Human Resource Generalist

Location: San Diego, CA

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Boston. We accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions via program administration, technical assistance, policy innovation, and other forms of market facilitation. We are uniquely positioned and engaged with a variety of stakeholders and market actors, including policy-makers, state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, utilities, business and civic leaders, and individuals. Our areas of focus include distributed energy resources (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, fuel cells, combined heat and power) and clean transportation.

Job Description

Supports a variety of Human Resources functions including staffing, employment processing, compensation analysis, processing of benefits, training and development, HRIS data management, report writing, event planning, project management, performance management, orientation and terminations.  Provides advice, assistance and follow-up on company policies, procedures, and documentation.  Coordinates the resolution of specific policy-related and procedural problems and inquiries.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct new-hire orientations.
  • Handle full cycle employee relations issues, including counseling, outplacement counseling and exit interviews.
  • Handle terminations including preparation for all termination meetings and required documents.
  • Conduct wage surveys within labor market to determine competitive wage rates.
  • Conduct investigations as necessary to resolve employee issues such as complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and troubleshoot conflict between employees and their managers and/or fellow employees.
  • Conduct Human Resources analyses, including turnover, recruiting and other hire data.
  • Administer Employee Benefits programs; serve as a primary contact for employees, benefit plan vendors, third party administrators in regard to all benefits issues. Recommend best plan options by researching employee benefit plans and vendors to identify those that present the best value. Coordinate transfer of data to external contacts for services, premiums, and plan administration.  Investigate discrepancies and provide information in non-routine situations. Enters new hire benefits information and current employee changes into HRIS. Reconciles monthly bills.
  • Administer time off programs including sick leave, vacation, leaves of absence and Workers' Compensation including FMLA leaves and disability claims. Guides employees through the process; serves as liaison between Company and Workers' Compensation or disability administrator(s) to safely return injured employees to work. Ensures full compliance with state leave laws.  
  • Implement and administer wellness programs and initiatives in a timely manner; champion employee participation in these programs.  Plan, develop, and implement site-specific wellness initiatives and activities to address the unique health needs and demographics. Coordinates monthly wellness programs, suggest employee referrals to various wellness programs, including the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), as appropriate. 
  • Administer HRIS; responsible for data entry and report writing; supports and maintains the HRIS including upgrades, patches, testing and other technical projects as assigned; ensure employee data is maintained in a confidential manner.  Coordinates with accounting/payroll to ensure all employee changes are properly captured for payroll processing.
  • Administers NOVATime time and attendance system including upgrades, patches, testing and troubleshooting.
  • Ensure organizational compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by filing the annual EEO-1 report, maintains the OSHA 300 logs and prepares reports for OSHA.
  • Maintains HR public employee file/drive
  • Develops and implements employment policy and procedure for designated functions to include coordination of employee handbook revisions.
  • Identifies human resources solutions by collecting and analyzing information then recommending courses of action.
  • Completes special projects by clarifying project objectives, setting timetables and schedules, conducting research, developing and organizing information, and fulfilling transactions.
  • Manages client expectations by communicating project status and issues, resolving concerns, analyzing cost and time issues and preparing reports.
  • Complies with federal, state and local requirements by studying existing and new legislation, anticipating legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements and advising management on needed actions.
  • Develops and presents training in specialized function(s) for employees and managers.
  • Update knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal/professional networks, and participating in professional organizations.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of multiple Human Resources disciplines
  • Experience with HRIS and payroll time-keeping systems
  • Experience applying state and federal labor laws in multiple states or jurisdictions
  • Analytical skills and ability to develop alternative solutions in solving problems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to stay focused, efficient, and able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to defuse emotional situations in a calm manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good judgment.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Mature, energetic and able to take on challenging work.
  • Flexibility with ability to overcome obstacles to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to build rapport with all employee levels.


  • Experience working closely with management on business-related and/or confidential issues.
  • Experience working closely with attorneys in the evaluation of potential conflicts and their resolution.
  • Experience working with ADP, NetSuite, and NOVATime
  • Experience in non-profit environments


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience, required.
  • Master’s degree preferred.


  • 8 years of related experience

Licenses, Certificates or Registrations:

  • SPHR (Senior Practitioner Human Resources) Certification preferred

CSE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 


CSE reaffirms its commitment to provide Equal Opportunity and affirmative action in its employee policies and practices