Human Resource Generalist

Grand Rapids Public Schools Grand Rapids, MI

Exempt Position (PS)

Base Salary: $49,562

Calendar: 52 Weeks Earning Days: 261

GRPS Mission: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.

Human Resources Department Mission: Human Resources, in support of the District's mission, will recruit, grow and retain talented and diverse employees in partnership with our customers.


The Human Resource Generalist is responsible for implementing human resource services, including hiring, onboarding, staffing, employment processing, employee relations and retention, EEO compliance, labor relations and completing personnel transactions.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS - Essential functions, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the duties, knowledge and skills outlined in this job description. This list is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:


* Ensure appropriate staffing by screening candidates for instructional and non-instructional positions; utilizing knowledge of certification and job qualifications; ensuring placement is consistent with Board policies, state and federal law and labor contract agreements; conduct employee onboarding.

* Ensure compliance by monitoring certification and/or qualifications of staff.

* Participate in staff interviews as needed.

* Act on transfers, leaves of absence, retirements, resignations, terminations, layoff and recall.

* Develop human resources solutions by collecting and analyzing information; recommending courses of action, including new policies and/or procedures.

* Build support and confidence in the Human Resources Department by acting as a liaison between principals, supervisors, and Human Resources; visiting the schools and departments on a regular basis.

* Improve principal and supervisor performance by identifying and clarifying problems; evaluating potential solutions; implementing selected solutions; coaching and counseling principals and supervisors.

* Assist with the administration and interpretation of various labor agreements and employee manuals.

* Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements including, FOIA, Wage and Hour, EEOC, FMLA, employment; study new and existing legislation; enforce adherence to requirements; advise management on needed actions.

* Complete special projects by clarifying project objectives; setting timetables and schedules; conducting research; developing and organizing information; communicating, to stakeholder.

* Protect the District's value by keeping information confidential.

* Update job knowledge by participating in professional development and other educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.

* Enhance department and District reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

* Interact with co-workers, administration, students, parents, and the community in positive, supportive, and cooperative ways.

* Other duties as assigned.


* Bachelor's degree required. PHR certification required or willingness to obtain certification within 18 months.

* Two years of human resource experience. Experience working in a unionized environment preferred.

* Experience creating and providing training or professional development to adults.

* Competence in working with Windows based programs (Word, Excel) required.


* Excellent oral and written communication skills

* Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

* Willingness to participate on the department committees and on district teams

* Ability to problem solve (listen, identify problems and solutions) and provide excellent internal and external customer service

* Ability to work collaboratively and be a team player

* Understanding of cultural competence and ability to work in a diverse environment

* Ability to work in a fast pace environment, handle multiple task at the same time, and meet deadlines in a timely manner

* Respect for confidentiality

* Regular and predictable attendance.


The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear (in a quiet or noisy environment), taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust/focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate. Work is performed indoors although there will be required outdoor activities. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing in the English language, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile and negotiate.


Grand Rapids Public Schools manages employment applications online. Applications must be completed online at A letter of interest and resume must accompany the electronic application for full consideration. No hardcopy applications/resumes will be accepted for this position. Computer terminals are available in the GRPS Franklin Campus lobby from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, for applicant use (Monday – Thursday during the summer).


The Grand Rapids Public Schools will not discriminate against any person based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability or veteran status.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations: Assistance with the application process may be requested though the Human Resources Department at 616 819-2022 or