HR Generalist

HR Generalist

Reports To: Operations Manager
Location: Remote
Classification: Full Time (40 hours a week), Exempt
Salary Range: $70-75k

About Bend the Arc

Bend the Arc is building a multiracial, multiethnic, intergenerational movement of Jews and allies across the country who are rising up to build an American future free from white supremacy, antisemitism, and racism. We’re investing in systems that keep our communities safe and divesting from systems that uphold white supremacy. We organize, advocate, tell stories, and develop the leaders that we need to finally build a true multiracial democracy in America. And we’re fighting for the joyful future we deserve: one where Black liberation is realized and where all of us — within and beyond our Jewish community — are safe and thriving.

The Bend the Arc family of organizations consists of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, our 501(c)(4) organizing and advocacy arm; Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, the first and only Jewish PAC to advocate exclusively for progressive policies in the U.S.; and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, our 501(c)(3) education and leadership arm. We are proud to be a Union shop and to be working with the Non-profit Employees Union (NPEU) toward finalizing a Collective Bargaining Agreement and achieving our goals.

Headquartered in New York City, we have remote staff nationwide with clusters in Los Angeles and Washington DC, along with a network of staffed chapters, volunteer-led local groups, and affiliates organizing across the country.

Working at Bend the Arc

As a workplace, Bend the Arc is committed to building an antiracist and pro-Black organizational culture where staff can be whole people and are set up to be successful in their work. We are creating a culture of resilience, self-awareness, and ongoing learning to meet the political moment and to move toward our north star: a multiracial democracy where Black liberation is realized and where everyone can live and thrive.

We recognize the difficulty of our work and are committed to joy, celebration, and meaning in the midst of growth and struggle. We do this by prioritizing wellness and meeting staff needs through our policies, benefits, Bend the Arc Workers Union, culture of appreciation, and focus on relationship before task. As a Jewish organization, we root ourselves and our work in Jewish tradition, ritual and wisdom by engaging with Jewish holidays, text study, and more. We work in a collaborative hierarchy and strive to make decision making clear and transparent.

As an organization currently led by a majority Black team but with a majority white staff, our work to become an antiracist, pro-Black organization is ongoing and resourced. All staff are expected to participate in our race equity transformation work and apply shared principles, practices, and tools in executing their everyday job responsibilities. Staff are held accountable to a set of competencies that are regularly assessed through our evaluation process. This work takes place in regular all-staff meetings, trainings, an annual staff retreat, team meetings, and in ad-hoc and standing cross-team committees.

About the Position

Bend the Arc is hiring an HR Generalist to support with implementation of and adherence to Bend the Arc’s policies, procedures, and benefits, in service to supporting staff throughout their full employee lifecycle and building a pro-Black organizational culture.

The HR Generalist will oversee all Bend the Arc hiring processes and support with onboarding, evaluations, and offboarding. In addition, the HR Generalist will manage the organization’s day-to-day HR functions and oversee benefits and policy administration for all Bend the Arc employees (approximately 26) and employees of its three fiscally sponsored organizations (approximately 32). Bend the Arc works with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), Insperity, that provides and administers employee benefits and other HR support.

The HR Generalist is an integral part of Bend the Arc’s People and Operations Team and will report to the Operations Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Benefits and Policy Administration: Manage annual open enrollment process for health and other benefits for all staff and support staff in implementing changes throughout the year; support with leave of absence requests; manage anti-harassment trainings for all staff; support with implementation of organizational and state mandated changes to policies and benefits, including updates coming out of our soon to be finalized Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Bend the Arc Workers Union; act as primary liaison to our PEO, Insperity
  • Hiring: Participate in all individual hiring committees and support hiring managers in following our policies and best practices; act as a project manager and track hiring steps for all hiring processes via Bend the Arc’s hiring platform; maintain hiring calendar for Bend the Arc and its fiscally sponsored organizations; post jobs, schedule, and conduct interviews and reference checks as needed; draft offer letters for new hires
  • Onboarding and Offboarding: Set up new hires in Insperity and support with benefits enrollment; conduct orientations with all new staff to review policies and benefits; complete termination forms, separation memos, and severance request forms; conduct exit interviews
  • Personnel Support: Provide day-to-day support and guidance to Bend the Arc staff; maintain personnel records; support and manage processes around accommodations, personnel conflicts and disputes, Performance Improvement Plans, evaluations, disciplinary matters, and EEO investigations as needed and in collaboration with our PEO, Insperity, and in accordance with our soon to be finalized Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Bend the Arc Workers Union
  • Supporting Fiscally Sponsored Organizations: Act as Bend the Arc’s HR liaison to its fiscally sponsored organizations; support with hiring, onboarding, offboarding, benefits administration, and policy administration

Required Skills and Qualifications

Staff Wide:

  • Strong commitment to justice and equity and grounding in pro-Black values and practices; familiarity and alignment with Bend the Arc’s mission and vision
  • Developed racial equity praxis (analysis and skill) that can be applied to day-to-day work
  • Resilience and self-awareness to navigate power, responsibility, and experience mindfully
  • Values and openness to giving and receiving feedback
  • Communicates effectively, honestly, and considerately
  • Works collaboratively and considerately with colleagues, within and across teams, to achieve goals and objectives
  • Completes administrative responsibilities in a timely manner

Position Specific:

  • At least 2+ years experience working in Human Resources or People Operations, specifically as an HR Admin, HR Generalist, or in another similar role
  • SHRM or HRCI certification is preferred
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate clearly and directly, engage in and manage productive disagreement and conflict, and hold others accountable compassionately
  • Strong project management skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Experience with administering, reporting, and tracking benefits
  • Commitment to refining and transforming policies through a racial equity lens (previous experience in this area is a plus)
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Experience working in a union environment is a plus
  • Proficiency in Google platforms and Microsoft Office Suite and comfort with learning new technologies and platforms

Working Conditions

Bend the Arc is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please advise in writing of any needs at the time of application by emailing [email protected].

Must be able to operate a computer, video platforms, and other office machinery throughout working hours. Must be able to identify, discern, and communicate across different platforms (chat, email, phone and video conferencing), and collect and analyze information in databases and spreadsheets. Must occasionally travel by air and ground transportation and move about to attend conferences, events, and an annual staff retreat in accordance with organizational guidelines on travel due to COVID. Any work related travel would be paid for by Bend the Arc.

Compensation, Benefits, and Work Schedule

This is a full-time, exempt position. The work schedule will include some evenings and weekends when needed. The annual salary range is $70-75k commensurate with experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc for individual coverage and employer contribution of 80% toward monthly premiums for dependent and family coverage;
  • Long and short term disability benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
  • Paid time off including:
    • 15 vacation days during your first three years with an increase to 20 vacation days in your fourth year
    • 12 sick days per year
    • 23 paid holidays each year
    • Caregiving / Personal Leave of Absence policy with a Paid Leave Benefit that covers up to 12 paid weeks after 90 days on staff
    • Fully paid 12 week Sabbatical for long-term employees;
  • Adoption Assistance Program providing reimbursement of up to $1,500 for qualified adoption expenses;
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account;
  • Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account for eligible health related expenses;
  • Commuter Benefits;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Life Insurance fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
  • Access to professional development funding;
  • Access to funding for home office equipment and a monthly utilities stipend for remote employees

To Apply

Research suggests that women and structurally marginalized and/or underrepresented groups of people believe they need to meet 100% of the requirements in job postings to even apply. Bend the Arc encourages anyone who believes they have the skills and motivation necessary to succeed here to apply for this role, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications, as no one applicant ever does. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with “HR Generalist” in the subject line of your message. Your cover letter should share why you are interested in working towards Bend the Arc’s mission and vision and how the skills reflected in your resume and past professional experiences will set you up to be successful in this role. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Due to the number of applications we typically receive, we sincerely regret that someone from our hiring team will not be able to respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview. No phone calls please.

Bend the Arc values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture because we recognize that diversity within our staff helps us organize and work well with diverse Jewish and progressive constituencies. Candidates should be willing to work within the Jewish community, but may be of any (or no) faith or background.

Bend the Arc provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally protected status. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.