Jobs: Human Resources Generalist

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Department: Finance and Operations

Location: Headquarters, New York, NY

Reports To: Director of People and Culture

FLSA Status: Exempt/Full-Time

Union Status: Exempt


The Human Resource Generalist will be responsible for daily human resources functions such as recruiting, onboarding, employee relations, investigations, conflict resolution and compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and with the collective bargaining agreement.

Who We Are

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships; challenge discrimination against LGBT people and people living with HIV in the workplace, the home, in schools, in health care, and in the military; and protect LGBT families, including by winning and defending marriage equality. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. To be successful, we must approach our work with an understanding that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not the only obstacle to achieving full formal and lived equality for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV– rather, we recognize the intersectional nature of discrimination, specifically including biases based on race, religion, national origin, education, and class. In light of this reality, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting these biases and their compounding effects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; review policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Interpret Collective Bargaining Agreement provisions and respond to employee and labor relations questions, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Assist in planning and executing employee racial justice and morale and engagement initiatives.
  • Review, track, and document compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory training, continuing education, and work assessments. This may include safety training, anti-harassment training, professional licensure, etc.
  • Assist in posting, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings.
  • Implement onboarding and training program.
  • Assist in resolving advanced issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, discrimination, and situations involving interpersonal conflict in the workplace.
  • Attend and participates in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
  • Support in the gathering of documentation for complaints, grievance procedures, and arbitration hearings.
  • Assist in the Administration of Benefits. 
  • Coordinate, maintain records and assist supervisors with performance and talent management initiatives.
  • Perform ad hoc reporting on ADP Workforce Now as needed
  • Process payroll when Payroll and Benefits Specialist is absent.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Skills & Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field and 3+ years of human resources experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Previous work experience in a unionized environment
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work highly desirable
  • Self-motivated self-starter
  • Energetic with the ability to put people at ease, feel welcomed and engaged. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn ADP Workforce Now.
  • Proficient with report writing.

Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of the concerns of the LBGT community and an eagerness to work in a gender-diverse, and racially-diverse and equitable environment. 


Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.


The position is open until filled.

Send resume and cover letter by e-mail only to careers@lambdalegal.org, attention Mildred Perez with the subject line of “Human Resources Generalist”.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and cannot notify all applicants of status.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.