HR Generalist
Kansas City, Missouri, MO Human Resources
Job Type

Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the HR Generalist will provide employee life cycle support including full-cycle recruiting, benefits administration, onboarding/off-boarding, and facilitation of staff development activities. The HR Generalist will also have operational responsibilities including reporting, HR compliance, and leave administration.  

A reliable and trusted partner, the HR Generalist will work with the Director of Human Resources and Library leadership in developing, socializing, and administering Library policies, practices, and procedures.  

  1. Full-Cycle Recruiting: Co-manage a comprehensive recruitment practice for exempt and non-exempt personnel. Responsible for thorough background and reference checks and coordinating candidate schedules and travel for department.  
  2. Onboarding: Work with Director of Human Resources and supervisors to develop, deliver, and manage new employee onboarding experience, ensuring new hires are properly introduced to the culture and thoroughly trained. Will be responsible for HR and benefit orientations.  
  3. Compliance and Leave Administration: Help ensure organizational compliance with all local, state, and federal employment legislation including workers compensation, FLSA, FMLA, non-discrimination legislation, and COBRA, etc. Administer routine compliance training, prepare, and file mandatory reports, and maintain employee files. 
  4. HR and HRIS Operations: Execute and deliver on internal process improvements to drive effectiveness and efficiencies for the department. Ensure optimal use and functionality of the HRIS by serving as the subject matter expert. Provides initial response to internal and external inquiries.  
  5. Staff Performance: Support progress and coordination of staff, management, and organizational development activities to increase individual skills and team performance. Co-administer annual performance review program and advise managers on individual performance improvement plans. 
  6. Planning and Research: Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources and libraries. Help research, write, and communicate new and updated Library policies and procedures.   
  7. Library Culture: Contribute to the ongoing development of a Library culture that values professional development, key employee retention, and high performance. Participate in wide-ranging employee engagement programs and conduct staff surveys and exit interviews to evaluate and improve staff satisfaction and reduce turnover. 
  8. Performs other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of the Library.  
  • Bachelor's degree in human resources or related field and/or equivalent experience. Masters is desirable.  
  • At least 3-5 years in a generalist role, ideally within a library, museum, academic, or cultural institution.  
  • The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge of Human Resources as well as general administrative responsibilities and will be comfortable taking initiative in a fast-paced environment. 
  • SHRM-CP credential preferred.  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel) and HRIS systems.  

Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Comfortable working at all levels of the organization.  
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Working understanding of human resource principles, practices, and procedures. 
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines. 
  • Display a high degree of integrity and honesty, exercises confidentiality and neutrality in complex and sensitive situations. 
  • Verbal, mathematical, and reasoning abilities sufficient to analyze data, work with computer databases, communicate effectively, and perform other duties. 
  • Creative and resourceful. Comfortable establishing new policies, practices, and procedures.  


This is not a remote position. The work is primarily performed in an office setting.  


The Linda Hall Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. The Linda Hall Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. 

Salary Description
Range starts at $56,002