Human Resources Generalist

Hiring Organization: 
Foundation For A Just Society
City and State: 
New York, NY

Position Title: Human Resources Generalist            

Department:   Operations                                          Reports to:        Head of People and Culture

FLSA Status:    Exempt                                             Direct Reports:  None


Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) envisions a world where all people are equally valued and lead self-determined lives. FJS advances the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people and promotes gender and racial justice by ensuring those most affected by injustice have the resources they need to cultivate the leadership and solutions that transform our world.

FJS makes grants to local, national, regional, and global organizations and networks with an emphasis on Francophone West Africa, Mesoamerica, South and Southeast Asia, and the US Southeast. FJS supports efforts that advance long-term, structural change and meet immediate needs that enable women, girls, and LGBTQI people most affected by injustice to be leaders, strategists, and agents of change.


The Human Resources Generalist plays a key role in the full lifecycle of HR activities while also acting as an internal HR consultant to employees. Solid customer service, technology, and administrative skills are a must in this position, as the HR Generalist will drive the implementation of all internal HR functions including recruitment, onboarding and offboarding, performance management, HRIS, benefits, payroll and staff building.  The HR Generalist will also support the design and analysis of compensation budgets and, as required, manage other various HR-related projects. The HR Generalist will remain current on HR best practices and government regulations and is expected to be fully knowledgeable of the foundation’s policies and programs.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the recruitment process including sourcing candidates, screening resumes, advising hiring managers through the process, designing and administering employment assessments, communicating with candidates and maintaining all recruitment records.  
  • Oversee and coordinate the orientation and onboarding process for new hires, including preparation of desk/office space, access cards, phones, credit cards, etc.; ensuring all necessary onboarding paperwork is completed; conducting benefits orientation; and inputting new employees into the HR database.
  • Process leaves of absence - ensuring coordination with various local, state and federal mandated leave benefits.
  • Maintain organization charts, prepare HR metrics and annual budgets.
  • Support staff and managers in relation to policies, employee benefit plans, performance management and employee-relation issues.
  • Support the Head of People and Culture in the development of current and long-term organizational cultural change goals and objectives, as well as internal practices and protocols that reflect the values of the foundation and center anti-racism, gender justice, and individual and collective care.
  • Oversee employee disciplinary and separation meetings. Support workplace investigations.
  • In collaboration with the culture committee, and in co-chair capacity, coordinate all staff team building events (staff meetings, staff retreats, holiday party).
  • Work closely with MyHR Partner on benefits administration and payroll processing. Review and confirm payroll for accuracy. Review and confirm annual benefit plan renewals including leading the annual open enrollment process.
  • Manage the HRIS system including customization of the system as needed and resolving system issues. 
  • Review and update employee policies and practices handbook annually to maintain compliance. Recommend necessary changes or additions.
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state and local employment and benefits laws and regulations. Advise managers about implementation of such regulations.
  • Prepare and provide HR payroll and benefits-related quarterly reports to the finance team.
  • Facilitate annual compensation audits.
  • Support Head of People and Culture in managing and maintaining relationships with external vendors while researching and identifying new vendors, coaches and off-the-shelf training that can further support the organization’s professional development needs.
  • Assist with various HR-related special projects and reports on an ongoing or ad hoc basis.
  • Perform a variety of other support tasks as necessary to support the Head of People and Culture, CEO and CFO and carry out day-to-day responsibilities.


  • B.A. or B.S. degree required.
  • Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in human resources.
  • Experience and interest in a variety of HR generalist responsibilities, including strong DEI focus.
  • Knowledge of HR systems and databases.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the foundation’s vision and mission and deep alignment with its values.
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Ability to make decisions based on sound judgment.
  • Ability to work independently in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and desire to work through problems and issues in a proactive and innovative manner.
  • Proven experience maintaining a high level of confidentiality and professional conduct.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with sensitivity and respect for colleagues’ time, work styles, and needs.
  • In-depth knowledge of HR principles and government regulations.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Vaccination from COVID-19.


Salary Range: $65,000 - $79,100 depending on experience.

FJS offers a benefits package that includes:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for all eligible employees and their spouses, domestic partners, and eligible dependents.
  • Paid vacation days, and closed Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
  • 401(k) retirement plan (with employer match).
  • 100% employer-paid life insurance, supplemental short-term disability and long-term disability.
  • Generous parental leave with full salary continuation.
  • Educational support benefits – tuition reimbursement, student loan repayment, dependent tuition assistance.
  • Supplemental benefits for adoption, reproductive health, surrogacy, and transgender and intersex health.

FJS is committed to cultivating an organizational culture where everyone is able to bring their full, authentic selves to work. The foundation believes a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, education or disability, are valued and respected.


Submit a concise cover letter explaining why this role would be a great fit for you as well as your resume in one PDF.

All applications must be received via the application submission process. No phone inquiries please.

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