Human Resources Generalist

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s vision is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2.2 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. The Foundation ended 2021 with more than $3 billion in assets and provided $128.9 million in grants. We have about 80 staff across our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. The Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency.


The HR Generalist will partner with the Director of Talent on direct recruitment, liaise with outside recruitment firms, and manage staffing agencies for temporary employees. Over time, the HR Generalist will partner with all departments on all human resources related areas, conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in support of planning and executing key projects. This role will ultimately own the operational function of Talent and serve as the subject matter expert for our Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS) – Namely and SAP Litmos, respectively – ensuring they are deployed to their most strategic and full use. The HR Generalist will also provide orientation, coaching, and technical assistance regarding our Talent Advancement Program. 

Ideal candidates will be highly collaborative, organized, and learning-oriented with some HR background and a desire to become a generalist across all core facets of HR. The HR Generalist must be collegial, curious, and accountable with the emotional intelligence and interpersonal savvy to build and maintain trusting relationships while using discretion and managing confidentiality. Ultimately, the HR Generalist should be passionate about aligning practices and systems with organizational values and centering the team’s needs and voice in HR solutions just as the Foundation centers low-income workers. 


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The James Irvine Foundation is partnering with Walker and Associates Consulting, a BIPOC- and woman-owned national strategic management consulting and executive search firm, for these openings. To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to references) to [email protected] on or before 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, May 6, 2022. Use the subject line: HR Generalist Search. Submission via one PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred. Questions or Nominations? Email Jeannine N. Walker at [email protected]

The James Irvine Foundation offers an attractive benefits package. The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applicants who reflect the diversity of California. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (“FCO”). The Foundation greatly appreciates all expressed interest.