HR Generalist



Position Description: Human Resources Generalist

JOIN ( is a non-profit organization that exists to support the efforts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition off the streets and into permanent housing. We are inspired by the vision of a community where everyone has a place to call home.  

JOIN has an organizational commitment to equity and inclusion, and to ensure that programs and staff culture are equitable in both access, experience, and outcomes regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, culture, language, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship or immigration status, sexual orientation or family status.  JOIN is committed to pursuing effective strategies and devoting dedicated time and resources at every level of the organization to address disparities based on identity and to apply an equity lens to all decisions, programs, and policies in furthering JOIN’s commitment to become an anti-racist organization, including dismantling white supremacy culture.

Position Overview:

This position will have the primary responsibility for performing supportive tasks related to hiring, training, compensation and benefits, employee relations, workplace safety, and legal compliance with fidelity to our organizational commitments to anti-racism.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help HR department foster a culture of employee appreciation and accountability at an organizational level
  • Oversee employee labor and HR federal laws and regulations to assure compliance
  • Review and select resumes during hiring processes and update database
  • Work with Director of Equity and Inclusion to approach all HR practices with an equity lens 
  • Coordinate hiring processes by posting open positions, conducting reference checks, supporting/coordinating interview processes, completing new employee packets, and maintaining personnel file
  • Execute the onboarding process, including coordinating 6-month check-ins to follow up with new employees
  • Coordinate with Benefits manager to assist with employee benefits enrollment and access
  • Assist in collecting and organizing data to help conduct quarterly staff satisfaction surveys
  • Conduct exit interviews and be responsive to feedback from departing employees
  • Track changes to Oregon and Federal employment laws and policies and keep JOIN’s policy handbook up-to-date
  • Occasionally assist JOIN’s development team with event preparation and preparing reports
  • Arrange seminars, workshops, additional HR training, and conferences based on each department’s needs
  • Work closely with the finance department to ensure that payroll is processed accurately and in a timely manner. 
  • Other duties as assigned according to business needs

Successful candidates will have: 

  • Experience as an HR Generalist in a workplace with more than 50 employees
  • A 4-year degree with a Human Resources specialty, Social Science degree, or any combination of work experience with leadership responsibilities and HR coursework or certification
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Experience centering racial equity in their work and a commitment to JOIN’s goal of becoming an anti-racist organization
  • Experience and/or commitment to balancing the legal compliance issues of HR with the anti-racist organization’s goal of interrupting white supremacy workplace culture

Core Competencies Needed/The Ability to:

  • Agree that a commitment to equity and inclusion is fundamental to JOIN’s work and workplace
  • Support and contribute to JOIN’s goal of becoming an anti-racist organization
  • Understanding of anti-racist implications for HR and how to center anti-racism in HR practices
  • Support and nurture a diverse and inclusive environment where all people feel welcomed
  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and maintain a sense of humor
  • Be equally comfortable working independently and as a member of a team


Salary: $45,000 – $57,000 DOE

Full time, non-exempt with employer paid Health Benefits (medical & dental benefits for employee and all dependents), employer paid Long and Short term disability benefit, employer paid $50,000 Life insurance, EAP, Flexible medical and dependent care plans, unmatched 403(b), flex plan, 10 days paid vacation, 160 hours PTO (prorated), 8 hours/month paid community involvement opportunity, 2 weeks paid parental leave, paid bereavement leave, paid trauma leave, and an 8 week paid sabbatical after 7 years of employment

Supplemental Questions


  1. JOIN is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization and dismantling white supremacy culture internally and externally.  Please draw from your professional or lived experience in your understanding of how to apply an anti-racist lens in HR.
  2. Please describe your understanding of the causes of homelessness.
  3. Please explain your understanding of a trauma-informed approach.