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YMCA of Greater Seattle Human Resources Generalist in Seattle, Washington


Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Job Summary

We are looking for a strategic, collaborative HR leader who will focus on the employee experience and interest in helping to improve retention of YGS team members. Priority-consideration candidates will have previous experience in developing new programs, processes and procedures, and should be able to build, develop, implement, and monitor employee data.

The Human Resource Generalist will serve as a HR liaison on the YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS) Employee Experience Team and be responsible for the following three areas and subsequent responsibilities:

1) Talent management:

a) performance feedback;

b) strategic workforce planning;

c) talent assessment;

d) career pathing/coaching;

e) goal setting/role expectations; and

f) performance improvement.

2) Learning & Development:

a) new employee orientation; and

b) employee development planning.

3) HR Instructional Design:

a) organizational redesign; and

b) process re-engineering.


  1. Ensure employees and supervisors are equipped with the appropriate tools for employee engagement and success by providing HR system and process navigation for all YGS staff within their designated scope of service.

  2. Maintain and communicate up-to-date and accurate HR information to all staff; develop and foster a feedback loop with all HR leaders for continuous improvement of HR processes.

  3. Take responsibility for planning and implementation of culture and function-specific onboarding of all new employees throughout their first year with YGS; coordinate with supervisors and other YGS support staff to ensure all required are completed; and work with the HR Specialist and other supervisors to assess and revise onboarding plans as needed.

  4. Manage all employee separations, exit interviews, and surveys; report information to appropriate staff

  5. Provide coaching for supervisors in addressing employee conduct and performance, and evaluating and elevating actions warranting investigation to appropriate staff.

  6. Develop and implement strategies to assess employee needs at specific timeframes during their employment.

  7. Identify and implement data-driven workforce engagement and retention strategies

  8. Assist in building, developing, and monitoring YGS leadership cohorts at each level of the organization

  9. Assist in developing and implementing a YGS workforce recognition system.

  10. Ensure compliance with applicable local and federal employment laws.

  11. Other duties as assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Cause Driven Leader Level: LEADER


Strengthens the Y’s culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.


Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.

Develop Self and Others

Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.

Quality Results

Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.

Change Capacity

Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y’s mission.

Inspire Others

Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity , maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships .


  1. Business Acumen.

  2. Critical Evaluation.

  3. Relationship Management.

  4. Ethical Practice.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. The HR Generalist role will require commuting to centers/program sites, partnering with team members and YGS leaders.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.


This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are typically Monday through Friday, typically 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend work will be required as job duties demand.


This is a regional role supporting multiple locations in the Seattle area. Reliable transportation to support frequent travel within King County required.


  1. Two years or more of relevant Human Resources experience or direct supervisory experience involving onboarding, performance management, progressive discipline, and terminations, and other duties as assigned.

  2. Knowledge of HR policies and best practices.

  3. Flexibility and willingness to work in a highly dynamic environment

  4. Ability to work independently as well as work with many stakeholders to build consensus around HR policies and procedures.

  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  6. Intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office suite.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources management, or a related field.

  • Flexibility and willingness to work in a highly dynamic environment

  • HR experience in a childcare, social services, or nonprofit environment.

  • PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification

Pay: $‎56,384 - $‎70,480.00/Yr.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (6/19/2020 8:00 PM)

ID 2020-10383

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 2

Location Association Office

Category Human Resources

Address 909 4th Avenue