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Human Resources Generalist

Los Angeles or San Francisco

About the Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s vision is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2.09 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. The Foundation ended 2020 with more than $3 billion in assets and provided $109 million in grants. We have about 60 staff across our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. The Irvine Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency.

Position Summary

This new position, reporting to the Director of Talent, will administer the daily functions of the Talent department including hiring and interviewing staff, administering pay, benefits, and leave, and communicating and accountability reporting for company policies and practices. As an HR Generalist, you will provide orientation, coaching, and technical assistance regarding our Talent Advancement Program. Irvine has a progressive Work Location Policy and offers generous retirement, leave, and benefit plans. The position is ideal for a current generalist or someone with a staffing background who is looking to become a generalist. We offer a competency based professional development model supported with budget, time, and an expectation of continual learning as part of Irvine’s culture.

Your first year in this new role will be spent focusing on recruitment and onboarding of new employees as Irvine undergoes a significant expansion in its workforce. We expect to employ about 80 staff by the end of 2022 across both offices.  This will include direct recruitment, liaising with outside recruitment firms, and managing staffing agencies for temporary employees. Over the coming years, this position will develop into a full generalist role, partnering with all departments on all human resources related areas.

Irvine is dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In 2020 we committed to expanding our knowledge and understanding of race across the institution, and awarded $20 million of grantmaking over 18 months to specifically address anti-Black racism and racial equity more broadly. The HR Generalist will be a key partner in the development of racial equity competencies and collaboratively work with colleagues as we look to operationalize racial equity within our talent processes and operations in 2022.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitates the hiring process of qualified job applicants for open positions, from collaborating with hiring managers to determine desired skills and competencies, through recruitment, interview, and onboarding process management
  • Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and managers, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff
  • Designs and implements new hire orientation and employee recognition programs
  • Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs including but not limited to compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and engagement; occupational health and safety; and training and development
  • Reviews, tracks, and documents compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory training, continuing education, and work assessments. This may include safety training, anti-harassment training, professional licensure, and aptitude exams and certifications
  • Partners with colleagues on employee engagement efforts, ranging from staff surveys to organizing culture building activities
  • Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • A strong desire to contribute to the mission of The James Irvine Foundation and a personal commitment to racial equity
  • A combination of education, work experience and background related to the role
  • Participation and experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; and racial equity work within progressive organizations is preferred
  • Experience in staffing is ideal, which could be in the public, nonprofit, or private sectors

Desired Skills and Abilities

  • An empathetic professional with excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with a strong attention to detail and proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to learn and implement new systems and approaches that enhance productivity and culture
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm to learn employment-related laws and regulations
  • Proficiency with HRIS and talent management systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Application Process

This retained search is managed by Mary Law of Mary Law Executive Search. We specialize in placing professionals across all sectors of the San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit world.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter directly to:

Mary Law

Mary Law Executive Search

925-785-6991 direct

Position Details

Reports to: Director of Talent

Status: Non-Exempt

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled