HR Specialist

Posted on March 17, 2023

Position Summary

Under the overall direction of the President/CEO, the HR Specialist is responsible for daily HR functions for EMDC. S/He must be passionate about recruiting, supporting, and developing talent. This person will be responsible and reliable, and willing to regularly contribute to making our company a better place to work and reinforcing EMDC’s overall mission. S/he should be highly efficient, organized, and approachable. Candidates should have a solid knowledge of various HR functions and administrative responsibilities.

Essential Functions

  • Develops, recommends, implements, and interprets personnel policies and procedures.
  • Leads benefits administration, including initial setup, change reporting, approving invoices for payment, and annual evaluation of policies for cost effectiveness.
  • Manages ongoing review of pay and benefits to ensure consistency and competitiveness; approves and records changes to staffing assignments and employee compensation.
  • Conducts recruitment effort for all exempt and non-exempt personnel, students, and temporary employees; writes and places advertisements; reviews applications and interviews candidates; creates/revises job descriptions.
  • Conducts exit interviews, analyzes data, and makes recommendations to managers for corrective action and continuous improvement; provides guidance and input on succession planning.
  • Responds to employee relations issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, and civil rights complaints.
  • Facilitates and/or provides ongoing professional development and training activities, including new-hire orientation.
  • Reviews workflow management for departments and teams to better develop competencies and efficiencies to ensure best practices and outcomes.
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to team leaders and supervisors (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions); monitors performance evaluation program and revises as necessary.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.


Core Competencies

Computer skills – Skilled in the use of computers, adapt to new technology, learns new programs quickly, uses computers to improve productivity.

Dependability – Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, and meets attendance/punctuality requirements.

Integrity/Ethics – Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, and conveys good news and bad.

Teamwork – Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.


Position Competencies

Communication – Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others. Listens attentively, asks clarifying questions, stays open to other viewpoints, and manages distractions and interruptions.


Decision Making/Judgment – Recognizes problems and responds, systematically gathers information, sorts through complex issues, seeks input from others, addresses root cause of issues, makes timely decisions, can make difficult decisions, uses consensus when possible, communicates decisions to others.


Leadership – Leads through change and adversity, makes the tough call when needed, builds consensus when appropriate, motivates and encourages others.


Managing Conflict – Listens well, diffuses conflict before it starts, and finds causes of and solutions to problems, handles difficult people.


Managing Performance – Applies clear/consistent performance standards, handles performance problems decisively and objectively, is direct but tactful, provides guidance and assistance to improve performance.


Planning – Develops realistic plans, sets goals, aligns plans with company goals, plans for and manages resources, creates contingency plans, coordinates/cooperates with others.


Strategic Thinking/Management – Creates and communicates a long-term vision, balances short and long term goals, keeps own and team’s work aligned with overall goals, understands the market and can predict change, understands the industry and the competition, creates and adjusts strategic plans.


Vision and Values – Supports values and daily actions and decisions, communicates vision and values to others, generates enthusiasm, incorporates vision when planning.



Successful candidate will typically have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or related field and at least five years’ experience as an HR Generalist, preferably in a non-profit environment with 50+ employees.  PHR certification preferred.

Working Conditions

General business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, though exempt positions will typically require work to be performed outside general business hours. Work is generally performed in an indoor, professional office environment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or listen, and regularly required to use a keyboard for typing. The employee is often required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. The employee must travel to different locations and must be able to provide own transportation.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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