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Human Resources Generalist

Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Department: Human Resources
Supervisor: Vice President, People and Culture


The Human Resources Generalist carries out responsibilities in the following areas: benefits administration, HRIS maintenance, onboarding/offboarding, policy implementation, performance management, employment law compliance, and training/development.   


  • Benefits Administration, which includes enrollments, changes, and terminations; claims resolution; COBRA, FMLA, disability plan, retirement pension administration; managing the annual open enrollment process; periodic audits of invoices and HRIS data; and ensuring that plans are administered in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and that plan provisions are followed;

  • Employee onboarding and offboarding, which includes conducting benefits orientations and exit interviews;

  • HRIS maintenance and data accuracy, partnering with Finance on payroll-related processes and issues;

  • Manage HR-related reporting, which includes OSHA, EEO, and employee census;

  • Manage Workers’ Compensation process;

  • Manage the employee performance appraisal program and salary increase process.  Update and improve performance management process as needed. Monitor status of employee six-month review, one-year anniversary evaluations, annual performance appraisals, and all salary increases;

  • Assist with the development and implementation of an organization-wide training and development program;

  • Proactively identify and implement HR systems and process improvements;

  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, which includes annual mandatory reporting;

  • Coordinate employee events, i.e. health fairs, flu vaccine clinics, employee appreciation events;

  • Maintain HR portal of the intranet, ensuring forms and information are up-to-date and relevant

  • Maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion with sensitive information;

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned. 


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in human resources, business, organizational development, or related discipline.

  • Experience: 3 years of progressively responsible human resources experience required. Full-cycle benefits administration experience is required. Equivalent years of experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education requirement listed above.

  • Certification/Licensure: PHR/SHRM-CP preferred


  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and HRIS required. Experience with ADP Workforce Now strongly preferred;

  • Ability to create and maintain efficient systems and processes;

  • Strong written and verbal communications, attention to detail, and customer service/interpersonal skills required;

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Federal and DC employment law (i.e. OSHA, EEO, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA) required; ability to become knowledgeable with state and local laws in the national areas in which Defenders operates is required. Experience with multi-jurisdictional organizations preferred;

  • Ability to effectively and equitably interface with all levels of employees

  • Dependable, detail-oriented, organized, and able to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision


  • Up To $51,000


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. 


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


  • Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.

  • Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.


Interested applicants should complete an application for employment. Please reference Human Resources Generalist in your subject line and submit your completed application, a letter of interest, and resume to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.