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Human Resources Generalist

American Association for Cancer Research

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
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Job Details

Job Category:   Full-time/Exempt
Department:     Human Resources
Reports to:       Associate Director, Human Resources

Organizational Profile:

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 37,000 members residing in 108 countries, is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to advances in all areas of high-quality, innovative cancer research.  Its mission is to prevent and cure all cancers.  The programs and activities of the AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in the cancer field as well as in related biomedical sciences.  AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 19,400 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in and reasons for hope in the biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy.

Job Summary:

The Human Resources Generalist is responsible for carrying out the operational role of Human Resources in the areas of staffing, administration of policies and procedures, compensation and benefits, employee relations and development, health, safety and security. This position is primarily responsible for developing, managing and optimizing all phases of AACR’s staffing & retention process.  As such, the Human Resources Generalist will play a critical role in ensuring that the AACR is a leader in identifying, evaluating and hiring the most qualified candidates possible, and for the administration of Human Resources programs, as assigned by the Associate Director.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

•Administers the AACR’s staffing and selection processes by working closely with hiring managers in developing job descriptions and by identifying the best candidates for open positions.
•Administers the AACR health and safety program, and ensures compliance with OSHA standards and guidelines.
•Works with other members of the HR team in the administration and implementation of local, state and federal compliance regulations, and the development and maintenance of documentation and reporting systems, in relation to staffing, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee development and employee relations.
•Represents the HR Department in its interaction with the different departments within the AACR, as well as external to the Association.
•Administers the job classification programs, which include classifying and reclassifying positions, and developing and updating job descriptions.
•Assists in the administration and preparation of the performance appraisal process.
•Administers the new employee orientation process, and coordinates with IT and Office Operations in ensuring that new employee space is set up appropriately and in a timely fashion.
•Conducts ongoing researches on new trends and developments in the Human Resource discipline, gives feedback and makes recommendations to the Associate Director of Human Resources, regarding programs and strategies that the AACR may implement.
•Assists with identification and determination of temporary and interim staffing needs for various AACR departments.
•Assists in the development and execution of recruiting plans to efficiently and effectively fill open positions.
•Works with hiring managers on recruiting planning meetings.
•Arranges interviews by coordinating schedules; arranges travel and lodging as needed.
•Evaluates applicants by discussing job requirements and applicant qualifications with managers; interviewing applicants on consistent set of qualifications.
•Communicates with managers and employees regularly to establish rapport, gauge morale, and source new candidate leads.
•Conducts weekly follow-up with managers to determine the effectiveness of the recruiting and hiring process.
•Coordinates and implements college recruiting initiatives.
•Creates, updates and works with managers to develop new job descriptions.
•Identifies and develops recruitment sources to build and maintain a strong pool of qualified candidates.
•Researches and recommends new sources for active and passive candidate recruiting.


Education Requirements:

•BA or BS Degree; advanced degree desired.
•SPHR/SHRM-SCP or PHR/SHRM-CP certification preferred.

Essential Knowledge and Skills:

•A minimum of 3-5 years in HR management, business partner, talent management and acquisition or combination of related experience.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•Exemplary interpersonal skills.
•Experience with employee relations.
•Ability to maintain confidentially re: salary, HIPPA, employee relations, and all HR-related matters.
•Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
•Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
•Strong leadership and team-building skills.

Technical Competencies & Special Skills:

•Familiarity with employment laws and the developing HR body of knowledge.
•Advanced knowledge of structured and behavioral interviewing techniques.
•Familiarity with pre-employment screening tools and processes.
•Computer proficiency: Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, Internet search engines.
•Knowledge of HRIS Systems and data management and maintenance.
•Experience with applicant tracking systems, and their respective reporting capabilities.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume (including salary history and requirements) to:
American Association for Cancer Research
Human Resources  or

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