People Generalist

Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Published 18 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
USD $67,000 - $80,000 / year


Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations, leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action, and work to shift the narrative so that decision-makers and the public understand what’s at stake and what’s possible. 

Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems by creating alternatives that are responsive, restorative, fair, and effective; to improve living conditions and life outcomes and safeguard fundamental human rights for the millions of people still subject to mass incarceration; and to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential. We operate from the understanding that the struggle for justice takes place in a context of historic, systemic, and pervasive racism.

We are a diverse and allied staff of reformers, transformers, abolitionists, and dreamers who bring a wide range of knowledge, skill, and life experience to the challenging work we undertake together. We’re committed to living our values and to creating the kinds of equitable and inclusive team environments internally that we fight to help create in our broader communities. This includes providing opportunities to all job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, criminal history, disability, or genetics. The organization strongly encourages people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, and individuals impacted by the legal system to join the team. A majority of individuals on our current executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ.

Who You Are

You are a dedicated and skilled HR Professional Generalist, ready to join our People Team. In this role, you will be an integral part of supporting our organization’s mission by managing various People Team functions and ensuring compliance with employment laws and regulations. We are seeking an ideal candidate with excellent communication and organizational skills, along with a strong commitment to integrity and confidentiality. If you are passionate about making a difference and possess the required skills and experience, we encourage you to apply and be a part of our impactful team.

That said, we know there are great candidates who may not think they fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself! And if you’re a formerly incarcerated individual, someone who has a family member who is or has been incarcerated, or otherwise have direct experience with the criminal legal or juvenile legal systems, we will be particularly excited to hear from you.

What You Will Do

The anticipated start date for this position is July 8th. You will report to the Director of People & Culture. Your core responsibilities will be:

  • HR Administration: Maintain accurate and up-to-date employee records, including electronic personnel files and benefits information. Conduct background checks and employee verifications. Ensure compliance with applicable employment laws and regulations.
  • Payroll and Benefits Administration: Administer employee benefits programs, including health insurance, retirement plans, and other fringe benefits. Assist employees with benefit inquiries and enrollment processes. Supports payroll processing and employment verification inquiries. Facilitate employee access to personnel and payroll records, including W2 distribution.
  • HRIS Management: Utilize the organization’s HRIS (Human Resources Information System) and talent management systems to manage employee data, generate reports, and streamline HR processes. 
  • Americorps Program Support: Partner with program staff to maintain electronic records and payments issued to seasonal Americorps participants. Assist with the annual onboarding of Americorps members and provide continuous support during the program year.
  • Recruitment and Onboarding: Coordinate recruitment efforts through the administration of our Applicant Tracking System, and provide support during the job description development and posting process. Facilitate the onboarding process for new hires, including tracking pre-hire communications, supporting orientation and training sessions, and facilitating the multi-month IJ Foundations onboarding course for new employees. 
  • Policy Development and Compliance: Assist in the development and implementation of HR policies and procedures. Stay informed about changes in employment laws and regulations to ensure compliance and mitigate risks. Support required compliance reporting related to benefits and payroll administration. Examples include: 1095-C reporting, annual worker’s compensation audit, ad hoc benefits claim verification requests, and other requests as needed.
  • HR Metrics and Reporting: Compile and analyze HR metrics and data to identify trends, assess organizational effectiveness, and identify trends to support informed decision-making.
  • Other Support: This position may periodically support performance management, training and development activities, employee communications, and candidate screening.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education / Experience Level 

Successful candidates applying for the People Generalist position at Impact Justice will have at least 4 years of professional training/education and/or closely related experience and at least 3 years of professional HR experience in supporting department initiatives through independently planning and managing work deliverables. Performs duties at the professional level in some or all of the following functional areas: benefits management, HR administration, employee relations, training, and payroll functions. 

Required Qualifications

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, with the capacity to maintain data and records with accuracy.
  3. Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s HRIS and talent management systems, including data entry and systems administration functions.
  4. Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  5. Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  6. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  7. Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate when appropriate.
  8. Ability to act with integrity and confidentiality.
  9. Proficient with Google/Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. SHRM-CP certification preferred
  2. Strong work ethic and ability to interface among teams, and collaborate with internal stakeholders, and partners when applicable.  
  3. Knowledgeable about learning new HRIS systems and system administration.

Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations…


The benefits that come with working at Impact Justice include medical, dental, and FSA plans, significant vacation and wellness leave, and immediate vesting in our 401K with a generous match. This is a full-time, salaried position. The candidate could be located in the Washington DC, Oakland, or Greater Los Angeles areas and will work out of one of these offices. The successful candidate will work a hybrid schedule.

We ARE NOT considering remote staff for this position.

COVID-19 Vaccination is a condition of employment for all employees (office-based and remote). We require employees to have received all recommended doses in the primary series and at least one booster.

If this all sounds like a good fit for you, please include your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are particularly interested in the role and why we should be particularly interested in you! 

We will be reaching out to those candidates we are prepared to interview within the month following the application deadline of June 17th, 2024. 


Hiring Process 

Elements of the Impact Justice hiring process may include phone screen interviews, candidate exercises (written or presentations), Zoom interviews, in-person interviews, and reference checks. Candidates are welcome to ask for alternative arrangements in the process if needed (for example, conducting an interview via phone rather than Zoom), Impact Justice will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests. Please communicate any alternative arrangements requested to the hiring manager.

The benefits that come with working at Impact Justice include medical, dental, and FSA plans, significant vacation and wellness leave, and immediate vesting in our 401K with a…


Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Washington, DC, USA

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