Human Resources Generalist at Development Guild/DDI

Posting ID : A1068478879
Date Posted : 2015-08-18
Category : Human Resource

Development Guild/DDI
Human Resources Generalist

Brookline, MA
August 2015


Development Guild/DDI, a growing management consulting firm working exclusively with education, health, and nonprofit organizations, seeks a Human Resources Generalist with excellent customer service, attention to detail, organization, writing and interpersonal skills to support the Human Resources and administration team. Reporting to the Director of Staff Development, the HR Generalist will facilitate and provide management support for various HR systems such as benefits, payroll, internal employee communications, and general firm wide operations. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated individual to gain experience in HR and office operations in a service-oriented firm. This position is based in Development Guild/DDI's Brookline office.

Development Guild/DDI has successfully worked with a diverse roster of clients, including the following representative list: Babson College, Barnard College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Children's Hospital Trust (Boston), Children's National Medical Center (Washington, DC), City College of New York, Facing History and Ourselves, Greater Boston Food Bank, Harlem Children's Zone, Harvard School of Public Health, Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The MacDowell Colony, Museum of Science (Boston), Noble and Greenough School, Perkins School for the Blind, Phillips Exeter Academy, Pine Street Inn, Wheaton College, and Year Up.

About Development Guild/DDI

Each year Development Guild/DDI partners with approximately 80 to 90 clients in the following areas:

Fundraising: The largest fundraising firm based in Boston and a growing force in other geographic regions, Development Guild/DDI applies an approach that combines evidence with strategic insight and experience to help shape and achieve ambitious client fundraising goals. We engage with our fundraising clients for periods that span from five months to five years. Services include fundraising assessment and planning, campaign feasibility studies, strategic campaign counsel, design and implementation of major gift programs, and training for fundraising professionals and volunteers. Development Guild/DDI staff work in teams tailored to each client's unique needs, providing specific sector intelligence, cross-sector insight, and hands-on functional expertise.

Executive Search: Development Guild/DDI provides retained search counsel for leadership-level positions: Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Chief Advancement or Development Officer, and Directors of the key fundraising units. At the same time, we offer multi-search services for clients building out their teams in support of ambitious strategic philanthropic goals. We have a valued history of providing these multiple services to clients over time, leveraging the knowledge, relationships and insight gained during a fundraising engagement for an executive search. The span of our client engagements across our service lines provides an optimal platform for lead generation and sales, and gives us access to those organizations investing in leadership positions.

With offices in Boston and New York, Development Guild/DDI invests considerable effort to ensure challenging and interesting opportunities for its staff, offering a collegial environment exemplified by committed colleagues, a learning culture, and cross-team assignments. The company's consistently high quality and exceptional staff of 30+ employees are a direct result of Development Guild/DDI's ongoing, major commitment to the professional development of its staff members and cross-training of its professional staff in firm management and client services.

About the Position

Development Guild/DDI seeks a full time Human Resources Generalist with knowledge and experience in various HR functions, specifically in benefits, payroll administration and employee relations. The HR Generalist is responsible for supporting administration and coordination of benefits eligibility and enrollment and the bi-weekly payroll process, as well as supporting firm wide administration and management systems and initiatives, such as HRIS implementation. The HR Generalist may also have the opportunity to be involved in recruitment, reviews, planning, training, and development. This is a great opportunity for a self-driven, motivated individual early in their career looking to build further HR expertise while working collaboratively with a committed team of staff members. The position reports directly to Kate Michaud, Director of Staff Development, and is based in Development Guild/DDI's Brookline office.


Support administration and coordination of benefits, enrollment/disenrollment, manage employee-requested changes, ensure compliance, and process monthly invoices
Serve as resource for employees on benefit questions and provide internal communications on benefit changes/promotions
Support annual benefits renewal process, research analysis, open enrollment administration
Process bi-weekly payroll, ensuring accurate payroll reporting and records
Establish vendor/broker relationships
Draft project-based employee contracts
Support management of the firm's service certification program
Coordinate HR aspects of new hire orientation and training processes
Support planning of annual staff retreat and meetings
Manage Employee Manual, update and draft new policies
Maintain all employee files and HR records
Assist in annual HR budget planning
Assist to identify and implement a HRIS system
Maintain working knowledge of all HR systems and review for efficiencies/standardization
Process annual state registrations
Help ensure compliance with various employment laws and regulations, conduct research, and create policies
Assist with internal recruitment and employee performance review process, as needed


BA or BS degree
2-4 years of work experience in a human resources professional setting; benefits and/or payroll processing experience preferred
Ambitious, takes ownership
Discretion handling sensitive and confidential information
Experience working with senior leaders
Superior communication skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data
Strong computer skills (MS Office Suite), ability to pick up on new systems, HRIS experience a plus
Customer service oriented and professional, with a sense of humor and friendly disposition
Able to work well with different constituencies
Patient and flexible work style
Resourceful; able to work well in a fast-paced environment, multitask, and prioritize
High level of professionalism, diplomacy, and responsiveness

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Kate Michaud
Director of Staff Development
Development Guild/DDI

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