HR Generalist COCA - Center of Creative Arts


Reports to: Director of Administration

The Human Resources Generalist is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level and works closely with the hiring managers to support the overall mission of the organization. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: recruitment/hiring, onboarding, benefits administration, performance management and employment law compliance.


  • Recruits, interviews, and facilitates the hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings.
  • Reviews, tracks, and documents compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory training, continuing education, and work assessments. This may include safety training, anti-harassment training, professional licensure, and aptitude exams and certifications.
  • Conducts background checks and responds to requests for employment verification.
  • Conducts new hire orientation and on-boarding.
  • Implements employee recognition programs.
  • Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs including but not limited to compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff or legal counsel.
  • Manage the Teaching Artist/Accompanist Letter of Agreement (LOA) process.
  • Manage the bi-weekly payroll approval process for all Hourly Employees.
  • Attends and participates in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
  • Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Provides leadership for COCA’s I.D.E.A. Committee (Inclusion Diversity Equity in the Arts).
  • Coordinates materials, communications, scheduling and takes meeting minutes for HR Task Force.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

• Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
• Experience with ADP Workforce Now and ADP Recruitment.
• 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 and to delegate them when appropriate.
• Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required.
  • At least two years of human resource management experience preferred.
  • SHRM-CP or HRCI-PHR certification preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds at times.

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