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Senior Human Resources Generalist

Job Details

Reports to: Vice President, Human Resources

Staff reporting to this position: None

Department: Administration

Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 4

Minimum compensation: $61,000

Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)



The Senior Human Resources Generalist is responsible for completing a variety of tasks to support the daily operations of the Human Resources team. They provide generalist expertise, advice, and counsel in areas including recruiting, compensation, benefits, labor relations, employment law, health and safety, workers’ compensation, organizational development, performance management, onboarding, training, and relocation.

The role will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in supporting American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Employee relations and training:
    • Communicate policies pertaining to Human Resources to employees.
    • Identify employee, manager, and/or organization issues that require policy attention or review from a regulatory and/or compliance perspective.
    • Oversee and facilitate employee orientation.
    • Oversee and facilitate employee compliance training.
    • Administer counseling services to employees.
    • Participate in recruitment, onboarding, and offboarding processes.
  • Recruitment:
    • Work with the Vice President of Human Resources to assist in the design and implementation of the overall recruitment strategy.
    • Support hiring managers throughout the recruitment process.
    • Assist with the administration of the American Progress Internship program.
  • Compensation and benefits:
    • Assist with responding to employees on basic benefits questions.
    • Assist with ad-hoc requests, such as compiling materials requested for an audit.
    • Assist in the planning of open enrollment and end-of-year tasks.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • At least five years of experience in human resources.
  • A SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, or SPHR certification is preferred.
  • Experience administering an HRIS, preferably Paycom.
  • Excellent cooperation skills and team orientation and flexibility is required.
  • Highly skilled in knowledge of U.S. labor and employment laws.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $61,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.