HR Generalist

  • New York, NY
  • Full Time
  • Entry Level

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

We are seeking a talented and driven HR Generalist to support our HR managers and contribute to enhance our people practices and improve our employees’ experience. The person in this role will contribute to critical HR activities such as benefits administration, HR compliance, recruitment, performance management, new hire onboarding, payroll processing, maintaining employee data, special HR reporting, and HRIS maintenance. They will also participate in exciting and dynamic HR projects based on our 2-year strategic HR plan.


Benefits and Payroll

  • Assist with benefits administration and compliance, including entering employee data into appropriate systems; ensuring successful enrollment, changes, and terminations; external compliance reporting; and answering employee questions about benefits and payroll
  • Oversee the completion of compensation and benefits documentation 
  • Review and ensure accuracy of monthly invoices as they relate to benefit plans 
  • Assist with regular staff benefits and HR policy education; coordinate periodic benefit vendor presentations; and organize annual flu shot/health fair event
  • Assist with payroll preparation
  • Maintain all employee records including payroll, tax, I-9, and benefit documents 
  • Support maintenance of HRIS system (ADP) 

New Hire Onboarding

  • Complete employee background screening
  • Assist with new hire onboarding and related setup tasks
  • Assist with Brennan Center’s onboarding events

Additional HR Responsibilities

  • Act as the HR managers’ backup to address managers’ and employees’ questions, provide HR expert advice, and serve as liaison between employees and management
  • Participate in exit interview process by providing departing employees with survey and meeting with employees to discuss survey and benefits
  • Assist managers with performance evaluation process, retention strategies, and employee development and training
  • Support recruitment by interviewing entry level candidates, updating job descriptions, assisting with job fairs, tracking staff referrals, and other related tasks
  • Manage the hiring of temps along with any temp related administrative tasks.
  • Run HR standard and special reports to support decision-making
  • Manage logistics for different HR-led meetings and training events
  • Conduct and/or participate in key HR and DEI projects and new initiatives
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business, Organizational Development, Communication, or Industrial Psychology preferred
  • Minimum of two years of experience as a HR Generalist
  • Outstanding customer service and ability to address questions and concerns from management and staff in a productive and effective manner
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively juggle competing priorities among many demands
  • Strong judgment and the ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Highly curious and intentional about benchmarking HR best practices with other organizations and bringing forward new ideas for improvement
  • Autonomous, resourceful, collaborative, and adaptive 
  • Scrappy, self-starter, solutions- and results-oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills 
  • Data-driven, critical, and analytical thinker who leverages data and analytics to develop insights, drive decisions, measure impact, and achieve results
  • Ability to build strong relationships through demonstrating emotional intelligence and earning trust and respect 
  • Must be collaborative, agile and able to pivot when changes arise
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) preferred
  • Computer savvy and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, and HRIS systems, ADP highly preferred

The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.  We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true-self and feel a strong sense of belonging.   As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.

Salary:  The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available as well. 


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate is identified. To apply, please visit  Please complete your full application materials: resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting in your cover letter.

If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “HR Generalist" in the subject line, after registering in the online system. An online application, however, is strongly preferred to ensure your application is reviewed.

NoteThe Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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