Human Resources Generalist

Human Resources Generalist

Human Resources Generalist

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International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
January 13, 2022
Washington, District of Columbia
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


Who We Are

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential.  To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person to person bridges between nations.

IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

The HR Generalist is charged with designing and implementing strategies to identify, recruit, and retain exceptionally talented staff. This includes management of a domestic and international benefits and compensation program; management and implementation of the IREX talent management plan; design and oversight of implementation of a comprehensive professional development strategy and plan; and work in all facets of HR functions at a complex global organization. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Vice President for Global Human Resources, and works closely with each practice/unit to build an efficient, strategic, and effective staffing structure for the entire organization.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business, Psychology or equivalent preferred.
  • 7+ years of progressive HR experience required.
  • May require specific experience in a subject matter. May require a professional certification (i.e., SHRM-CP, or PHR).
  • Prior experience maintaining an HRIS, preferably UltiPro.
  • Experience working at an international organization.
  • Proven ability to plan long-term, organized priorities and work under pressure with detail orientation.
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience developing and providing effective, mission-oriented, and compliant HR support.
  • Highly collaborative and able to establish positive working relationships with all stakeholders to maximize cooperation and productivity.
  • Strong HR-related technology proficiency and understanding required.
  • Prior experience utilizing multiple HR related online platforms such as benefits vendor platforms.
  • Fluent in English a must.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills; and ability to engage with staff at all levels and geographies of the organization.
  • Ability to write policies and guidelines.
  • Proactive, with strong ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to produce error-free work.
  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.


Your Daily Tasks

  • Coordinates and manages the performance management program, develops new systems and approaches, provides support and participates in addressing performance or misconduct concerns, and responds to all related inquiries.
  • Responsible for the administration of benefits, rewards and other initiatives, and responds to all related inquiries.
  • Coordinates domestic, expat and TCN benefits renewal process, works with brokers and vendors, and keeps abreast of benefit trends in the market.
  • Conducts compensation research, coordinates salary surveys, maintains systems for consistent compensation administration.
  • Stays abreast of best practices in compensation management, talent recruitment, onboarding and development, and regulatory compliance and HR policy.
  • Plays a central role in the organization's efforts to model our values and be culturally savvy in our internal and extremal interactions and undertakings.
  • Oversees personnel records management and liaises with finance staff on payroll changes.
  • Supports employee work-life balance.
  • Ensures the employee handbook is accurate and updated with revised policies.
  • Audits processes and access, and maintains the integrity of the HRIS.
  • Coordinates and implements efficient and effective workflow processes for HR services (including inclusive recruitment strategies, on-boarding, internal transfers, departures, promotions, trainings, etc.).
  • Ensures that personnel policies and systems are maintained and updated as needed.
  • Ensures HR records are appropriately retained and managed and complete required state and federal reporting.
  • Provides regular and timely reporting on staff retention, turnover, exits, AAP targets, etc.
  • Implements the new hire orientation program and ensures alignment with IREX's strategic goals and mission.
  • Identifies, designs, develops, and facilitates training and professional development programs for employees and managers.
  • Proposes strategies that consciously maintain IREX' s history of strong staff retention and conducts activities to build and maintain a positive work culture.
  • Coordinates employee retirement plan committee.
  • Proactively proposes revisions and drafts new policies and practices.
  • Develops and ensures HR performance targets are met.
  • Drafts quarterly and annual HR performance reports.
  • Produces monthly HR activities for the HR dashboard.
  • Maintains integrity of the HRIS.
  • Ensures all HR expenses are approved and promptly processed, ensuring compliance to USG and other donor requirements, and IREX procurement and financial policies.
  • Coordinates with relevant Finance Office and Field staff to ensure that HR information relevant to country office HR is transmitted and maintained in a timely and collaborative manner.
  • Maintains and cultivates relationships with HR vendors to ensure optimal service delivery.
  • Coordinates the recruitment and onboarding processes to identify top talent and maintain strong diversity.
  • Supervises staff as assigned.
  • Serves as coach to staff as assigned.


IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

We conduct background checks on all successful candidates.

This position is eligible for Telework. The eligible employee is a regular, full-time DC-based staff who works from a worksite outside the DC office for one or more days a week. 

This position is not eligible for Immigration Sponsorship.



EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

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