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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.
With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.
Brookings Human Resources department actively develops and implements HR best practices aligned with organizational priorities. The HR team delivers high quality HR services and ensures the recruitment, development, recognition and retention of a diverse, high performing and engaged workforce, and smooth and efficient operations. We are a collaborative HR team of 14, including Staffing, Benefits, Compensation & HR Technology, and Learning & Development, working to provide a supportive and well managed workplace where all employees have a sense of belonging and can contribute in an impactful and meaningful way.
Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.
Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
The Senior Human Resources Generalist is a member of the Staffing team which includes two senior HR business partners, one generalist, one coordinator, and the Director of Employment. The Senior HR Generalist is responsible for a comprehensive set of HR duties, collaborating cross-functionally to support the employee life cycle and ensure consistency in the application of processes and policies. This position receives guidance and direction from the Senior HR Business Partners and the HR Management team to support day-to-day HR operations and projects. The Senior Human Resources Generalist reports to the Director, Employment.
Recruiting, Selection and Onboarding (50%)
Performance Management and Compensation (25%)
General Human Resources Administration (25%)
Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required (concentration in Human Resources Management desirable). PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred. Minimum five years of HR generalist experience with a focus on recruitment, employee relations, performance management and compensation. Demonstrated experience in recruitment using traditional and new media search strategies and interviewing methods. Demonstrated ability to successfully perform in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities and deadline pressures. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
Thorough knowledge of federal and D.C. employment laws and regulations as well as HR best practices and policies. Familiarity with immigration and visa practices. Excellent written communication skills (including proofreading and editing) that demonstrate a clear expression of ideas, thoughts and concepts with the ability analyze data and design materials and reports. Must have sound judgment and the ability to use discretion in handling sensitive and confidential HR issues and information, along with skill in providing objective and neutral HR services. Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong customer service orientation and a proactive flexible work style. Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships among internal staff and external contacts. Possess a high degree of emotional intelligence, along with the ability to communicate with diverse audiences and quickly establish credibility. Must exhibit sound judgment and handle confidential, sensitive information.
Excellent organizational, project management, presentation and time management skills with careful attention to detail. Ability to resolve problems responsively and creatively while balancing internal client needs with HR compliance. Ability to work effectively both independently and on a small, collaborative team. Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and HRIS systems required. iCIMS and PeopleSoft preferred.
What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.
Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.