Human Resources Generalist
RAND Corporation 12 reviews - Santa Monica, CA

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Human Resources Generalist

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. For over 60 years, decision makers in the public and private sectors have turned to RAND for objective analysis and effective solutions that address the issues that matter most, such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, and the environment. Our research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations, and private-sector firms. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has approximately 1,700 people from more than 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, with research organized across ten units and annual revenues of more than $250 million.

Position Description

The HR generalist will provide a broad range of recruiting and HR generalist support to approximately 330 research employees in RAND's Santa Monica

Responsibilities include :
  • Proactively identifying and consulting with management on HR matters;
  • Providing HR policy/procedure interpretation and issue resolution
  • Consulting with management on workforce planning issues including recruiting and talent management;
  • Partnering with client groups to plan, implement, and manage short and long-term recruitment initiatives such summer associate internship and campus recruiting programs
  • Conducting interviews and assessments to evaluate candidate’s suitability for various positions within the organization. Works closely with hiring managers, supervisors, and others during the full phase of the recruiting process
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with clients and business unit management to stay abreast of current and future talent needs
  • Coaching managers on handling workplace and performance issues; support and/or provide training to clients as necessary
  • Providing HR oversight of compensation administration and decision making (within guidance), and supporting performance review process;
  • Serving as liaison as appropriate for leaves and benefits-related matters;
  • Seeking to proactively add value as a partner to client management and identify opportunities to increase the impact of HR contributions to RAND at the dept/group/unit level;
  • Leading and working on special projects and contributing to policy development within the HR function.
  • This position requires occasional travel.

  • Solid knowledge of California employment law;
  • Strong foundation in recruiting and talent management initiatives
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as a strong service orientation;
  • Solid analytical skills as well as attention to details;
  • Proven presentation and project-management skills are critical, as are individual coaching and influencing skills;
  • Solid understanding of compensation principles
  • Demonstrated ability to be a proactive problem solver adept at working in a team-oriented and highly collaborative environment, but also able to function independently.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with HRIS systems,
  • PeopleSoft experience is preferred;
  • Understanding of international employment desirable

Education Requirements

BA/BS required; MA/MBA preferred. PHR/SPHR certification is a plus.

  • The candidate must have a minimum of 6 years’ of progressively more responsible Human Resources experience, including both generalist and functional recruiting experience.
  • Experience in workforce planning and talent management preferred.
  • Experience in an academic, research, or highly skilled professional environment is desirable.


Santa Monica, CA

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