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Human Resources Generalist

San Francisco State University

This is a Full-time position in San Francisco, CA posted June 10, 2021.

Type of Position: 

Full-Time Job





Pay Range: 


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment.

Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience.

The job grade for this role is Human Resources-Solves 2 with a salary ranging from $78,000 to $87,000.

Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Position Description: 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization.

We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.

NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations.

Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a Human Resources Generalist to join our team in the San Francisco office.

In this role, you will work closely with the HR Partner to advise and support the delivery of HR services to a diverse client group of advocates, lawyers and subject matter experts.

You will serve as a key resource to clients and Operations partners on the application and interpretation of HR policies and processes, and the coordination of the employee lifecycle.

You will also have the opportunity to bring your execution excellence, exceptional client service, and creative problem solving skills to a variety of people challenges, initiatives and process improvements.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s physical offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until circumstances allow us to re-open our offices, we will continue to support staff with remote working arrangements.

Position Responsibilities: 
Drive the execution of employee lifecycle activities including onboarding (orientation, new hire check-ins, etc.), staff mobility (leaves, remote work arrangements, etc.), development (promotions, professional development applications) and departures (communications, exit interviews, etc.).

Advise, interpret and respond to inquiries related to HR policies and processes, ensuring timely resolution and consistent application.

Analyze data and recommend solutions to individual compensation questions.

Gather information, draft documents, and liaise with appropriate stakeholders to support the resolution of employee relations cases.

Coordinate visa applications in partnership with the HR Partner and internal / external counsel.

Support the roll-out of HR policies and projects within client groups, in collaboration with the HR Partner.

Support organization design and change management initiatives.

Champion HR best practices, NRDC values and DEI principles to clients and internal partners.

Liaise with HR Partner, HR centers of expertise, and Operations partners to elevate client issues, feedback and trends as appropriate.

Other duties as needed to support the HR team and client / institutional priorities.

Required Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required; concentration in HR or business preferred but not required.

2-4 years’ substantive experience in human resources; solid understanding of HR concepts and practices required.

Committed to building a career in human resources as demonstrated via career progression to date, expertise, and / or the pursuit or attainment of an HR certification (SHRM-CP / SCP or PHR / SPHR).

Able to ask the right questions, gather relevant information and craft tailored solutions that balance the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Comfortable exercising independent judgment and critical thinking in a continuously evolving environment.

Excellent client service skills, able to build relationships and trust at all levels.

Driven and focused on solutions, with a strong sense of ownership and urgency.

Committed to execution excellence; accurate and detail-oriented, with a sense of pride in the final product.

Well-organized and able to prioritize across multiple issues.

Comfortable switching between working collaboratively as part of a team and working autonomously as needed.

Credible, confident, tactful and professional.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

High integrity and commitment to confidentiality.

How to Apply: 
To apply, please visit  and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.

We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities.

Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs.

Please reference where you saw this posting.

NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace.

We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet’s most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.

– 5 p.m.
*We are closed for lunch from noon – 1 p.m.
**Staff is available by appointment only between 8:00 a.m.
– 8:30 a.m.

Lam Family College of Business
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

*Due to Covid-19 email is the quickest and preferred method of communication.