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Human Resources Generalist

Atlantic Council

District of Columbia 20005
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Full Time
  • HR Generalist
  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment/Recruitment
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Job Summary:

The Atlantic Council is seeking a talented, energetic and motivated HR Generalist to oversee the implementation and administration of all human resource functions including recruitment and staffing, performance management, compensation and payroll, employee relations, benefits administration, training and development, employee retention and HR policy and compliance under the guidance and direction of the Chief Talent Officer/Director, Human Resources.

The HR Generalist will work with a small but dedicated team of HR professionals and participate in the development of department goals and objectives and execute plans to meet these goals. S/he will be the first point of contact for employees on HR-related questions and will collaborate with directors to promote a positive work environment. S/he will be passionate about setting up employees for success and implementing talent strategies that enable an organization to be an employer of choice. 

The successful candidate will communicate effectively, thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, be capable of embracing ambiguity, and be able to manage the high-level multitasking challenges of a busy and evolving HR department. The candidate must be discreet, collegial, reliable, exceptionally organized, and ideally, have an interest working for a nonprofit mission-driven organization. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment and Staffing: Manage end-to-end recruitment cycle of all staff positions, including resume screening, interviewing, coordinating with senior-level program/center staff, reference checks, writing tests, and negotiating an offer; 
  • HR Documentation: Manage documentation relating to personnel activities and draft all offer letters for permanent and contract employees, nonresident senior fellows (NRSF), and 1099 consultants;
  • Onboarding and Orientation: Manage new employee orientation and ensure appropriate onboarding process for all new employees, including presenting and processing paperwork, administering benefits, coordinating with the program/center staff, meeting with new employees on their first day, etc.;
  • Benefits Administration: Manage benefits enrollment and administration for all employees (health and dental insurance, pension, flexible spending accounts etc); coordinate annual open enrollment process and ensure annual plan documents and SBC’s are updated to ensure compliance; manage FMLA processes, COBRA administration and short-term and long-term disability claims; 
  • Compensation and Payroll: Oversee pay administration and track all employee changes for each pay period, ensuring compliance with federal and state laws; 
  • Training and Development: Assist with implementation of training programs for staff to develop new skills and prepare for advancement;
  • HR Legal/Compliance: Work with immigration attorney to process H1B visas; manage completion of annual and monthly surveys as required (i.e. Annual HR Think-Tank Survey, Census Data, BLS Monthly reports etc.) ensure annual updates of compliance posters, complete annual EEO-1 report etc.; 
  • Health and Safety: Coordinate and implement emergency preparedness procedures and oversee Workers Compensation procedures as required; 
  • Perform other special projects as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or Business Administration or related field, PHR certification highly preferred; 
  • 5-8 years of HR experience or a combination of education and experience with a strong focus on compliance, training and recruitment; 
  • General knowledge of HR law, principles and practices are required. Must have technical knowledge to understand and relate state and federal regulations and laws including EEO, FLSA, ADA, COBRA, FMLA, OSHA etc. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management skills; 
  • Strong customer service and relationship management skills with ability to interface with all levels of the organization from interns to executives;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail; 
  • Experience with HRIS and Applicant Tracking Systems; advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Superior internet research skills with ability to take initiative on projects; 
  • Professional telephone presence and interpersonal skills.
  • Interest in foreign policy or international affairs desirable but not required.

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