Communities In Schools of Los Angeles

HR Generalist

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Communities in Schools of Los Angeles serves low-income students at various LAUSD Schools, focusing on providing student and family supports that help the student graduate, attend college, and/or enter the workforce.  Our proven methods make a difference in the lives of these families.  The organization is growing rapidly as our programmatic work succeeds.  We are adding staff, including a new role for a Human Resource Generalist.  We are looking for a new team member that shares our mission and values and can help bring those values to life through various human resources best practices.  Like many nonprofits, we are a fast-paced environment, balancing out the tremendous needs of the community with care for our team members.  This new role reports to the Chief Operations Director.


Chief Operations Director

The ideal candidate is ready to advance your career as an HR practitioner, excited to support initiatives in developing a values-driven organization that is steeped in social and racial justice.  You have a strong background in human resources basics, including benefits, payroll, recruitment, and employee relations.  You are looking for a place to make an impact, bring best practices, and engage in healthy discussions around wellness, equity, professional standards, and talent development.  You will, of course, be passionate about our mission to support students from underserved communities, doing your part to increase opportunities in underserved communities. 


Values and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

  • Live our organizational values (integrity, collaboration, accountability, empathy, justice, community) through behaviors, and coach the team members to do the same.  Help leadership foster a positive work culture. 
  • Partner with the Chief Operations Director and the DEI Committee to support training, coaching and safe spaces for this vital discussion. 


Employee Relations 

  • Oversee and expand our employee wellness programs.  
  • Support the gathering of employee feedback, through pulse surveys and other evaluations; encourage actions to leadership when employee feedback shares relevant issues and/or suggestions  
  • Support the Chief Operations Director should employee issues arise, seeking quick results and thoughtful resolutions.  


Learning & Development 

  • Working with senior leadership, elevate our professional development opportunities.  
  • Support people leaders and individual contributors to achieve success in goal-setting and performance evaluations in collaboration with department leaders. 
  • Be the cheerleader for the employee handbook, ensuring compliance, handling issues, and ensuring employee safety. 


Recruitment, Hiring and Onboarding 

  • Create a positive experience for potential candidates and for hiring managers.  Work with the Chief Operations Director to elevate qualified candidates quickly and arrange interviews.  Standardize our job descriptions for quicker postings. 
  • Be an advocate for our organization in terms of recruitment, seeking diverse talent, and elevating our brand as an exceptional place to work.  Make recommendations to senior leadership if improvement can be made. 
  • Oversee all onboarding of new hires, delivering an exceptional first week experience.  Ensure people leaders are providing 30/60/90-day coaching for new hires to maximize success.  Conduct exit interviews as needed and elevate concerns.  


Performance Management 

  • Ensure that our performance evaluation systems align with our organizational values.  
  • Partner with Chief Operations Director to ensure the individual and team goal-setting and evaluation processes are timely, efficient, and effective. 


Administrative and Legal 

  • Lead our payroll and benefits functions.
  • Oversee all HR record keeping, and support the design of new practices as needed 
  • Monitor state labor and employee laws to ensure organization remains in compliance; elevate issues that require senior leadership action in a timely manner.  Ensure we are in legal compliance.  Conduct investigations as needed. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or related field 
  • 3+ years of experience working in the human resources field 
  • Experience in managing compensation and benefits programs  
  • Experience in handling performance management for an organization 
  • Ability to develop and manage interpersonal relationships at all levels of the company 
  • High level of employee relations and listening skills 
  • Strong and timely communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • The highest capacity to maintain discretion and confidentiality 



  • Human resources certification (SHRM-CP or PHR) 
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing employee relations practices 
  • Experience with a variety of HR software programs including payroll, benefits, and performance management tools (Paylocity preferred) 
  • A strong interest in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives 
  • Working knowledge of employment laws and regulations (ADA, EEO, FMLA, FLSA) and the ability to appropriately spot employment risk issues 



  • To perform this job, you must be able to carry out all essential functions successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the job. 
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Adjusting or moving objects up to 25 pounds.  
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license. 
  • Criminal background check required.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required (digital record).


Hourly rate: $30.00 - $34.00
Includes medical, dental, and vision insurance. Generous paid time off policy, and most major holidays. 

CISLA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. 

NOTE: Currently, our organization operates WFH with no timeline for a return to office. 

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