The Bronx Defenders

  • Human Resources Generalist

    Posted Date 5 days ago(12/7/2018 10:22 AM)
    Job ID
    Human Resources
  • Overview

    The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an organized, creative and committed Human Resources (HR) Generalist to provide support to the Human Resource Department.

    BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 300 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.

    Each year, we defend 27,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.


    Under the direction and supervision of the Human Resources Manager, the HR Generalist is responsible for supporting HR-related duties on a professional level working closely with other members of the HR team and supporting the overall mission of the organization. In addition to supporting traditional HR duties related to benefits administration, recruitment/employment, payroll, retention, compensation, labor and employment law, and regulatory compliance, the role will provide expertise and support to both employees and supervisors, explaining proper procedures and guidance to achieve effective outcomes. The HR Generalist will:


    • Ensure that all BxD HR/benefits materials and official communications, including the staff handbook, FAQ’s and job descriptions, are clear, up-to-date, and accessible
    • Ensure that staff are aware of and conversant in all relevant HR/benefits policies and procedures
    • Assist with BxD policy and procedure development
    • Collaborate with Hiring Managers to create and review job descriptions
    • Conduct periodic wage surveys, analyze and prepare recommendations to obtain comparative wage and salary data
    • Conduct research and compile information related to hiring, retention and workplace wellness as necessary/upon request
    • Create, distribute and monitor employee performance evaluations and maintain the performance evaluations log to ensure they are done in a timely manner
    • Provide consistent Employee Relations support
    • Lead BxD onboarding and exiting process; including drafting offer and exit letters
    • Proofread, update and maintain staff biographies and directories
    • Collect, maintain and develop reports related to staff demographics
    • Provide administrative support as needed along with other duties as assigned


    Applicants must have:

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Proven ability to work collaboratively with staff in various positions and practice areas within the organization; ability to build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues
    • Ability to work well independently, effectively prioritize demands, and flexibly navigate change in a fast-paced, high volume professional environment
    • Strong attention to detail, great ability to multi-task and adhere to pressing deadlines
    • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and great ability to quickly master various computer software
    • Proficiency in Human Resource Information Systems  and report writing
    • Experience in conflict resolution, disciplinary processes and workplace investigations
    • Experience exercising discretion and maintaining workplace privacy
    • Associates Degree, and a minimum of least 3-5 years of Human Resources experience


    Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary range for this position would be approximately $60,000 to $70,000.  Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy; and a professional development fund. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.

    To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both a cover letter and resume as a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.


    The application deadline is Thursday, January 3rd, 2019, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. Please contact Lourdes Santiago, Human Resources Manager, via email at with any questions regarding the position.




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