Human Resource Generalist

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Woodwell Climate Research Center

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Falmouth, MA, United States

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30+ days ago

SUMMARY: We’re looking for a Human Resource Generalist to join our People & Culture team. The People & Culture department is focused on providing people-centric support to the organization, and its most valuable resource; the staff that make our mission possible. This person will play a vital role in ensuring we continue to encourage, support, and retain our employees. Reporting to the Chief People & Culture Officer, the HR Generalist will serve as a resource to staff and management by proactively providing a broad range of HR services and by ensuring efficient and seamless administration and coordination of HR-related projects, programs, diversity initiatives, and activities.


  • Assists the Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO) in different areas such as but not limited to: wage/benefit administration, training, and the execution of employee relation activities in order to provide each department with guidance and support as necessary.
  • Support the Benefits Specialist to establish benefit offerings, select providers and plan offerings, serve as a backup to Benefits Specialist when required. Bi-annually complete a comprehensive benefits audit and survey.
  • Support the Recruiting and Onboarding specialist as required, including working with hiring managers to draft opportunity posts, screen resumes, welcome and shepherd candidates through the in-person interview process.
  • Annual audit of all job descriptions.
  • Manage new hire orientation, including onboarding process improvement, and tactical tasks such as: new hire paperwork, I-9 verification and new hire gifts.
  • Provide support within employee relations for employees, support supervisors as needed.
  • Work with Woodwell’s Diversity, Inclusion, Retention, and Equity Committee to support our ongoing efforts and initiatives; advocates and implements Woodwell’s internal diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice initiatives.
  • Manage the performance management process, and ensure all employees participate.
  • Ensure compliance with company policies and procedures as well as state, federal, and local laws and regulations and perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.
  • Review, track, and document compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory training, and continuing education. This may include, anti-harassment training, professional licensure, safety training, and aptitude exams and certifications.
  • Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute People & Culture programs including but not limited to benefits, and leave; status change letters; promotions; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and people management; engagement, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Manages, updates, develops reports on employee demographic data, and other employee statistics on a monthly basis and as required by the CPCO and leadership.
  • Handles employment-related inquiries from employees, and supervisors, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.
  • Serve as a member of the Administration Committee and Diversity Committee.
  • Promote People & Culture programs to create an inclusive and conflict-free work environment.
  • Implements employee recognition/engagement programs.
  • Represents Woodwell to diverse external parties, insurance representative, legal counsel, and others.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5-7 years experience as an HR Generalist.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, Business Administration, or related field required.
  • Ability to connect deeply with people, maintain trust, and navigate sensitive issues with colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively deal with department heads and team members, some of whom will require high levels of patience, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Must be service-oriented, collaborative, creative and charismatic.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, a willingness to find solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that build trust and instill confidence.
  • Possesses a high degree of confidentiality and judgement when handling sensitive and confidential matters.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations, including knowledge of EEOC, ADA laws.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organizations HRIS and talent management systems. ADP Workforce experience is a plus.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Massachusetts Public Notary
  • SHRM-CP is a plus.

Application review will begin ongoing.

Desired Start Date: Immediately

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the annual salary range is $65,000 - $85,000 dependent on qualifications/experience. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts, this is not a remote position, possibility to work from home one day per week.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our career’s portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type HRG22-2 on all correspondence.

Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 100+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.