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Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by helping children facing the most obstacles the ability to create a new story. We do this by providing the most vulnerable children with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking a skilled grants professional to join our National team as our National HR Generalist.

At Friends of the Children we put children first and use our values to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth. As our National HR Generalist you will help Friends of the Children expand by hiring people that embody our values:  Put Children First, Build Relationships on Love, Commitment to Empowerment, Pursue Goals Relentlessly and Demand Equity. Are you ready to use your people and tactical skills to make an national impact? If so, the role of a HR Generalist might be for you.

Curious to learn more? See the position details below. 

Basic Function / Position Objective:  

The Human Resources Generalist plays a crucial role in promoting a strong customer service-oriented focus, where both national and chapter employees feel comfortable approaching the National Human Resources (HR) department for anything from hiring questions to personal and sensitive issues. The HR Generalist also plays a large part in fostering a healthy culture of employee engagement and ensuring HR compliance and consistency across Friends of the Children network. The HR Generalist carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: company culture, recruiting & hiring, benefits administration, compliance and policy administration.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

The HR Generalist position is responsible for the day-to-day management of HR operations. The HR Generalist manages the administration of the policies, procedures and programs of the national organization ensuring that chapters are supported.


  • Support and guide our culture
  • Identify employee engagement and culture growth needs
  • Assist in specific event planning and employee engagement initiatives


  • Follows up with applicants, schedules interviews and answers applicant inquiries
  • Coordinates new hire and ongoing employee paperwork processing to meet deadlines and ensures compliance with legal and grant requirements
  • Provide recruiting support for the applicant tracking system and posts internal and external jobs
  • Tracks and conducts background checks s for employees per policy and contract requirements

Compliance and Policy Administration

  • Responds to employment-related inquiries from staff, chapters and outside organizations
  • Serves as a resource to managers and employees on policies and processes
  • Participates in planning and process improvements
  • Create and enhance chapter policy programs
  • Maintains proper documentation
  • Audit and maintain the employee personnel files

Clerical Administration

  • Maintain electronic and paper files.
  • Track and manage tasks for multiple hiring and HR projects.
  • Assist in drafting and editing correspondence.
  • Assist management team with supervisory and disciplinary matters
  • Under direction, performs duties to administer Human Resource activities to maintain and improve HR processes including but not limited to payroll, recruitment, policy, benefits, training and regulatory compliance in accordance with established policies, practices and procedures
  • Support ordering, issuing,  and tracking of computer equipment

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations.
  •  Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate cross functionally
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple and varied tasks.
  • Ability to interpret and explain human resource policies, procedures, laws, standards and regulations and support chapters in consistent application, ensuring compliance

Required Education, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of two to four years of human resources administrative experience, including new hire processing, coordination with payroll, and benefits administration
  • Use of performance-based metrics
  • Experience supporting organizational change
  • Experience with process and continuous improvement
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Education, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Experience managing employee relations, conflict resolution, performance improvement plans
  • Use of HR database or HR systems (HRIS, Payroll, Applicant Tracking) 


  • Salary Range 43K-50K
  • Full benefits  

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

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Location: Portland, OR
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