Kounkuey Design Initiative,

Human Resources Generalist

20 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

KDI is a non-profit design and community development organization. We collaborate with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities. We accomplish this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works.

We have been recognized for our innovative approach to participatory design by notable institutions such as Architectural League of New York, World Resources Institute, MIT, The Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations-Habitat, The California Endowment, Ashoka Changemakers, Smithsonian Institute, IDEO, The Atlantic Renewal Project, and Swiss Re Foundation.

About this job

KDI is currently seeking a talented and highly motivated Human Resources Generalist to add to our growing team of 20+ staff in Los Angeles, CA. The Human Resource Generalist will run the daily functions of the Human Resource (HR) department including hiring and interviewing staff, administering pay, benefits, and leave, and enforcing company policies and practices. The successful candidate will be a hands-on leader with strong analytic, organization, and communication skills.

Additional Information:

- Salary: $40-50/hour commensurate with experience

- Schedule: Monday to Friday, with flexible schedule options

Roles & responsibilities

Supervisory Responsibilities:

- May oversee the scheduling, assignments, and daily workflow of subordinate staff in the department.

- May assist with constructive and timely performance evaluations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Reviews, tracks, and documents compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory training, continuing education, and work assessments. This may include safety training, anti-harassment training, professional licensure, and aptitude exams and certifications.

- Recruits, interviews, and facilitates the hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings.

- Conducts or acquires background checks and employee eligibility verifications.

- Implements new hire orientation and employee recognition programs.

- Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs including but not limited to compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.

- Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.

- Attends and participates in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.

- Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.

- Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.

- Performs other duties as needed.


- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

- Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.

- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

- Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.

- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

- Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.

- Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required.

- At least three years of human resource management experience is preferred.

- SHRM-CP a plus.

Physical Requirements:

- Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

- Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.

- Must be able to access and navigate each department at the organization's facilities.

To apply

Send electronic copy of cover letter and résumé to lajobs@kounkuey.org

Subject heading: Human Resource Generalist: Your Name

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or medical condition. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

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