The Human Resource Generalist will assist in the daily functions of the Human Resources department including recruiting and hiring primarily non-exempt employees, administering applicable compensation plans, resolving employee inquiries and complaints, and interpreting and enforcing Academy policies and practices.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.
IMSA is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.
This Equity and Excellence work is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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; maintains updated non-exempt position descriptions.
Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors.
Serves as a liaison between employees and supervisors/managers to resolve disputes diplomatically and respectfully.
Advises supervisors/managers on performance management matters and attends and participates in employee disciplinary meetings and terminations.
Conducts thorough investigations of complaints, which consists of interviewing parties and witnesses and gathering evidence as necessary; prepares investigative reports with analysis, findings and recommended disciplinary or corrective actions for non-exempt employees to ensure compliance with Academy policies, federal and state laws and regulations; may assist in same for exempt employees.
Assists in research, development, and implementation of personnel policies
Advises managers on interpretation and application of personnel policies
Assists with recordkeeping related to hiring, termination, leave, transfer, promotions, and equity initiatives in connection with the ongoing implementation of the Academy’s Equity and Excellence Plan.
Conducts surveys, interviews, and other research related to personnel policies, compensation, and other HR data/needs; collects information, analyzes and reports results to management.
Assists with preparation of plans, policies, documents, and reports including, but not limited to, the annual compensated absences report.
Leads the employee recognition committee to support and improve employee engagement
Gathers and analyzes data with useful HR metrics, like employee turnover rates; analyzes and reports on HR quarterly dashboard identifying employee demographics and applicant and hiring trends.
Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices for human resources; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements.
To continue moving diversity, equity and inclusion forward, IMSA seeks to recruit, support, and retain diverse, talented individuals who are culturally competent, equity- minded, and constituent–centered. IMSA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation, amnesty, arrest record, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
The required skills and experience for this position include, but are not limited to:
A Bachelor’s degree in HR, Psychology, Business or relevant field
Minimum three (3) years of experience as an HR Generalist or equivalent
Understanding of general human resources policies and procedures
Solid knowledge of employment laws
Strong knowledge of MS Office and Google Suite
Solid experience utilizing ATS and HRIS
Excellent people skills
Strong problem-solving skills
Demonstrated understanding and application of principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in the recruiting process.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate a high volume of diverse assignments, effectively handling competing priorities, maintaining a high level of confidentiality, and maintaining attention to detail.
Must be able to work well with employees at all levels of the organization.
Must be self-directed and able to prioritize assignments. Must be able to meet deadlines.
High-level of human relations skills, maturity and considerable discretion in handling confidential matters required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work with minimal supervision and take initiative in pursuing responsibilities.
Ability to perform moderate to complex research.
A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration in Employee Relations, Human Resources Administration or similar field.
Five (5) years of relevant professional work experience demonstrating knowledge in the field of employee relations and human resources practices.
Experience working in a higher education environment is highly desirable.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships.