Senior Human Resources Generalist

Posting Number: #006-21

Position Title: Senior Human Resources Generalist

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Oakland, CA (remote until mid-late 2021)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation, and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

The Public Health Institute is looking to hire a Senior Human Resources Generalist to provide human resources support to the organization. This individual will report to the Deputy Director of Human Resources and their primary responsibilities will include compensation, learning and development, performance management, and employee relations.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Performs compensation analysis and administration, including conducting job evaluations, approving and classifying job descriptions, completing and analyzing salary surveys, updating salary structures, and providing research and recommendations to improve policies and procedures.
  • Performance Management: Provides guidance to managers regarding performance management; Reviews performance evaluations; Coordinates the annual performance evaluation process for the Central Admin group; Provides analysis and recommendations to update PHI’s performance management process and forms.
  • Employee Relations:  Participates in the resolution of employee relations issues, including counseling employees and managers, problem resolution, conflict management, and conducting thorough and objective investigations. Provides guidance to managers and supervisors regarding employee relations topics.
  • Develops training content and facilitates management trainings or other HR sponsored trainings.
  • Administers the PHI Learning Management System, including assigning new users, organizing content, assigning courses, running reports, and following up with staff on course completions.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of employee policies and updates the Employee Handbook.
  • Creates, administers, and analyzes results for employee feedback surveys.
  • Identifies opportunities to improve HR procedures and implements workflow and automation as needed.
  • Ensures compliance with federal and various state employment regulations.
  • Participates in other special HR projects and other assignments as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of experience in professional human resources positions.
  • Bachelor’s degree or additional four years of related experience.
  • Experience in a wide variety of generalist functions, which should include several of the following areas: performance management, compensation, learning and development, consulting with managers on HR issues, employee relations, writing HR policies, leaves of absence management.
  • Experience in performing compensation analysis and administration required.
  • Excellent knowledge of employment laws, especially in California, and the ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Good consulting skills to consult with managers regarding HR issues.
  • Ability to be a strategic business partner with managers, and assess and anticipate HR-related needs.
  • Good counseling skills to handle employee relations issues and ability to empathize with individuals at all levels.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including conflict management.
  • Good presentation and training skills.
  • Ability to lead HR projects with minimal supervision.
  • Good Microsoft Office skills – Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to use excel to conduct compensation analyses.
  • Ability to work as part of the HR team.
  • Good understanding of business and operational processes.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of non-profit organizations.
  • Human Resources certification  (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP/SCP).

Important Information

  • This is a full-time position.
  • This position is currently remote and is expected to return to the regular office location in the Oakland area mid to late 2021.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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