Human Resources Generalist (San Francisco)

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ACLU of Northern CA

Date Posted: February 21st, 2020

Location: San Francisco

The Opportunity

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks an HR Generalist for our San Francisco office.

The Approach: You are a self-motivated, data-driven and collaborative individual who is passionate about fostering a positive work culture. This role contributes to the health and success of the organization by identifying, developing, and implementing functional strategies that meet the needs of the organization.

The Position: The HR Generalist is responsible for performing HR-related duties with a high degree of confidentiality, professionalism, collaboration, and critical thinking.  This position requires an extremely perceptive person who can relate to individuals at all levels within the organization. You must be sensitive to both organization and employee needs.


About the Organization

The ACLU-NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. We are the resistance. Join us.


Duties & Responsibilities:

Employee Relations

  • Work with employees to problem resolve personnel issue and interpersonal conflicts
  • Provide guidance and consultation to managers and supervisors regarding performance management issues. 
  • Receive and investigate employee complaints in a timely fashion adhering to our internal policies and procedures as well as current employment law.
  • Oversee leave of absences and reasonable accommodations process
  • Assist with onboarding/offboarding


  • Administer benefits programs, including health, dental and vision, 401(k), Flexible Spending Account plans, and other insurance, including processing benefits for new staff members, answering staff questions about benefits and assist with the annual plan audit.
  • Support employees and new hires with benefits updates and questions, manage time-off and employee leaves
  • Work with brokers to ensure carriers are up to date with all employee changes
  • Coordinate Health & Welfare programs and events, including annual open enrollment.
  • Manages leaves of absences, works with employees and supervisors on family/medical leaves to ensure compliance and that employees are supported throughout process. 
  • Preparation of 401k and FSA submissions and funding requests to third party administrators


  • Works with HRIS provider to ensure functionality, data integrity and efficiency
  • Generates, analyzes and presents a variety of reports using employee data
  • Support compliance activities including EEO reporting and annual benefit plan audits
  • Implements new systems, technology and helps train internal users

Other duties as assigned.



Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, business or a related field preferred but not required.
  • 3 years of human resources experience, preferably in benefits, HRIS and/or leave administration

Required Skills / Competencies:

  • Interest and ability to thrive in a busy environment, including the ability to easily balance being available to staff and staying focused on details.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office 365 Suite, especially Outlook, SharePoint, Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated experience and enjoyment working with and supporting a diverse workforce.
  • Experience supporting an innovative recruitment/onboarding program.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • High level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Experience exercising discretion and confidentiality with sensitive information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Technical Skills:

  • Experience with HRIS platforms at an administrator level



Competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match.  Starting salary range is $77,426.95 to $86,487.56.


To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.  Applications must include (1) resume, and (2) a list of three references. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter. Please submit your application online at :


The ACLU-NC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.


The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.


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