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Uncommon Schools HR Generalist in New York, New York

Timeline: Immediate

HR Generalist

Human Resources Team Overview

The Uncommon Human Resources (HR) team is based in New York City and provides support to 2,500+ staff members across 54 schools and the Home Office (HO). Working in close collaboration with regional and school leaders, as well as HO managers, the team provides high-quality HR operations services as part of Uncommon’s overall investment in our people. The team works closely with Uncommon’s other Talent teams, including Recruitment, Talent Development, and Diversity to deliver an outstanding employee experience.


We are seeking an autonomous, service-focused teammate to join our Human Resources operations team and support the administration of our HR policies, procedures, and programs! Day-to-day operations include employee relations, policy implementation, payroll support, workforce planning, workforce data analysis, and other related tasks.

Employee Relations

  • Under the direction of the Director of Employee Relations, respond to employee relations issues and concerns promptly and effectively.

  • Advise and help train managers on key employee relations topics (e.g. effective mentorship, documentation, and corrective action).

  • Maintain employee relations dashboard, engage in data analysis, report on data to key partners.

Employee Support

  • Provides daily HR support to our employees and managers, utilizing customer service ticketing systems (Zendesk), knowledge library, and other resources.

  • Assists HR team leaders with planning and rollout of HR programs and initiatives.

  • Collaborates with Accounting team members and school-based leaders to support time and attendance management and payroll processing, etc.

  • Effectively onboard and off-board all employees including I-9 compliance, contract issuance, ensuring all staff receive vital onboarding documents and exit survey distribution.

HR Policy Implementation

  • Communicates and documents programs and policies clearly and consistently to staff and managers.

  • Efficiently implements HR policies, programs, and processes. Ensures network-wide adoption of policies and programs by responding to feedback and assisting networks in implementation.

  • Finds opportunities to improve team policies and propose solutions to change inconsistent HR policies and gaps

  • Assesses adherence to related compliance requirements to achieve operational excellence.

Workforce Data and Analysis

  • Executes requests for data and delivers appropriate analysis of meaningful HR data

  • Compiles information for routine reporting and analysis (e.g. wage/salary analysis, retention, state/federal reporting, etc).


  • Experience with ADP Workforce Now, ADP Time & Attendance, and/or Workday preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred

  • 3-5 years of HR generalist experience

Skills and Experience

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively

  • Strong focus on clients and the ability to establish partnerships and work collaboratively with school leaders and other Home Office teams

  • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills; ability to prioritize

  • Thrives in evolving, fast-paced, high-change multifaceted organizations; takes a proactive approach to their work

  • Knowledge of benefit plans’ structure/requirements and insurance claims management

  • Outstanding judgment, sensitivity, and high discretion

  • Solid attention to detail, ability to project manage, and serve as a strong individual contributor to HR communications planning

  • Some knowledge of employment law in NY, NJ, and/or Massachusetts

  • Above average knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Interest in education/charter schools a plus

  • Background working with entrepreneurial organizations is strongly preferred

  • Exhibits a ‘can-do’/flexible approach to work

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a very generous benefits and vacation package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students./ As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability/.