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19 Dec 2023

Full-Time Senior HR Generalist

MMFS – Posted by Mary McDowell Friends School New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Director of Human Resources, the Senior Human Resources Generalist implements school policies aligned with the school’s mission while ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. The role will be responsible for policy and procedural guidance and daily operations in functional areas such as onboarding, employee engagement, HRIS, learning and development, and benefits administration.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare and maintain manual and automated employee records and files.
  • Manage job descriptions, job postings, employment reference checks, and background checks.
  • Assist with conducting new employee orientation.
  •  Collaborate with the Director of HR to understand staffing needs and implement effective recruitment strategies.
  • Help define HR guidelines and policies and ensure federal, state, and local compliance with labor laws.
  • Support the Director of HR with various ad hoc HR projects across the school.
  • Assist with the execution of HR programs/processes in the areas of performance management, learning and development, employee relations, and employee engagement.
  • Assist with organizing employee special events, including but not limited to team building, holiday events, and activities.
  • Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute various employee benefits programs.
  • Assist with FMLA, PFL, STD, LTD, and leave administration.
  • Performs intake for Workers’ Compensation claims and processes claims with carriers.
  • Utilize HR analytics to assess key metrics and provide insights for decision-making.
  • Assists with the acquisition of complex data reports, summaries, and logs for senior leadership and HR staff.
  • Conduct exit interviews and circulate exit packages, memos, etc.
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Working understanding of human resource principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.


Diversity and Equity Commitments

  • Understand and participate in all school-wide diversity and equity initiatives
  • Examine teaching practice through the lens of race, identity, equity, and privilege.
  • Develop a curriculum that provides students with an opportunity to recognize their many identities

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands

This job operates in a clerical office setting and is largely sedentary; however, some filing is required. This would require lifting files, opening filing cabinets, and bending or standing as necessary. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, with a half-hour paid lunch. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand and will be scheduled in advance.


Travel between campus is necessary on occasion, and is within walking distance from each other.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Human Resources Management or Business
  • 4+ years of experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and G Suite applications; Paylocity HRIS proficiency a plus
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all employees, management, and external agencies to maximize performance, problem-solving, and achieve results.
  • Sets a respectful, collaborative, and positive tone and recognizes our responsibility to create a diverse and inclusive environment that supports and celebrates each individual in our school community
  • Must maintain a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism about employees and school information
  • Experience in the private sector; independent school system is a plus.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, this position’s annual base salary range is $85,000 – 95,000. Mary McDowell Friends School considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, essential skills, internal peer equity, and market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

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How to Apply

Application To apply, please upload a resume, cover letter (preferred), and contact information for three professional references as a .pdf (preferable) or word document to our employee portal. Your references will only be contacted if you are being considered for the position. We offer a rewarding work experience in Brooklyn, NY. The school has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the school's staff. If your background and experience are appropriate for the position, you will be contacted directly by a member of our search committee.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Generalist, human resources, and special education. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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