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HR Compliance & Benefits Specialist - Part-time position

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2022 8:58 AM
    Message # 12765460


    Plant with Purpose is a global Christian organization that addresses issues of deforestation and climate change, while empowering people to lift their communities out of rural poverty. For more than 30 years, Plant With Purpose has been a leader in operating at the nexus of Environmental Restoration, Economic Development, and Spiritual Impact. We believe that we honor God when we honor people and our planet. Come join our growing team and make a difference at this critical time in human history.

    Plant With Purpose THRIVE 25 Strategy Statement: Inspired by the impact of our work in service to rural communities around the world, we are driven to grow our programs to help address the rising need. By 2025, we plan to work in 10 countries, 60 watersheds, and with nearly 900,000 people globally; and project growing past our current goal of $22 million as we seek to become the premier organization operating at the nexus of environmental restoration and poverty alleviation.


    On July 1, 2020 we launched into a new strategic period where we plan to grow an average of 30% per year by 2025. A critical aspect to the planned growth is the retention and development of a diverse and remote team. We are seeking out a part-time HR professional who will contribute to achieving this goal by continually improving the benefits experience of our staff and enabling Plant With Purpose to provide a fresh and progressive set of holistic benefits; and diligently ensuring that our people operations remain in compliance with federal and state laws. As a member of the People & Culture team, we are looking for a team member who approaches their work with creativity, a growth mindset, and love and care for their colleagues. This role will be a blend of strategy, systems maintenance, and continuous improvement.


    As an HR professional, you know more than anyone how much the world of work has changed over the last two years––including your own! You may have needed to become an at-home caretaker, or decided to go back to school, or simply needed a break from the load of a full-time role in efforts to care for your Self. As such, you might be looking for a part-time role to keep your resume fresh, stay up-to-date in the HR field, and/or need the extra income during your break from a full-time role. Whatever the reason, you might be exactly what we are looking for.


    Location: Remote (San Diego preferred but not required)

    Type: This is a non-exempt, 6-month part-time contracted position, with possibility for extension in increments to be determined

    Time Commitment: Workload is approximately 15 -20 hours per week, but may be more or less depending on the season.

    Department: Finance & Administration

    Reports to: V.P. Finance & Administration

    Supervises: n/a

    Level: Professional

    Salary Range: $24.00 - $31.25/hour USD. Offer will be based on a market rate criteria of experience, qualifications, and geographic location.

    Benefits: Based on the contracted terms of this position, benefits are not included at this point.

    Travel Expectations: Visits to San Diego office: If located outside of Southern California, 1-2 trips per year may be requested for in-person staff events.


    You will report to the V.P. of Finance & Administration. Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to: 

    Employment Law Compliance

    • Ensure Employee Policy Manual (aka Employee Handbook) is in compliance with applicable multi-state laws (e.g., multi-state handbooks; or out-of-state addendums to core Policy Manual)
    • Ensure the compliant and effective administration of employee requested leaves of absence managed in compliance with federal and state laws.
    • Ensure HR policies are in compliance with federal and multi-state laws. Collaborate with employment lawyers to update and revise as necessary
    • Manage state payroll tax registration (for each new out-of-state employee) and account management when hiring an employee in a new state; submit information to payroll
    • Manage independent contractor system; Ensure all documents are acquired, signed, and stored internally
    • Manage part-time contracted employee system

    Benefits Administration & Payroll Operations

    Improve the Benefits Experience of our staff members; manage the back-end data (Jostle, Ease, BambooHR); serve as the main point of contact with our Health Administrators

    • Perform research on health plan improvements and make recommendations to VPFA 
    • Manage health plan back-end data
    • Lead health open enrollment and collecting paperwork from staff; update HRIS for payroll deductions
    • Lead health enrollment process with new hires, working with Health Administrators to send information to new hires and complete their enrollment
    • Complete annual Form 5500 filing of 401K Plan 
    • Work with payroll team to reconcile payroll prior to approval; make 401k payments; and process and submit to Accounting payroll reports for all pay cycles
    • Maintain payroll information and records in line with legal requirements and best practices

    Information Systems Management & Technology

    • Digital Personnel Files Management in HRIS
    • Manage organization’s wiki hub
    • Manage and keep updated Job Description Database
    • Manage key organizational and human resources policies; ensure updated with current policies, laws, and brand
    • Manage the cloud system to collect and store consultant contracts, W9s, and 1099s
    • Process annual 1099s 

    General “People & Culture” Team Membership

    • Collaborate with the People & Culture department on matters of intentional culture building, staff engagement, activities


    The above duties are not exclusive and with consideration of the job requirements and employee skills, this job description can be added to or taken away from at the discretion of the employee’s immediate supervisor.


    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business with emphasis in Human Resources and/or completion of certificate in Human Resources
    • Minimum 5 years experience in HR functions of legal compliance, benefits administration, payroll, and database management
    • Comprehensive knowledge of federal and California laws and statutory requirements; current legislation, rules, regulations, and court decisions affecting human resource activities; and organizational human resources policies and procedures


    • At least one standard HR-field certification: PHR, SHRM-CP/SCP, payroll certification (CPP, FPC, or similar), etc
    • Experience with our internally-used cloud-based HR and organizational systems: BambooHR, Quantum Workplace, Hive project management software, Jostle, DocHub

    Required Skills for Alignment with our “People & Culture” Beliefs

    • We are an anti-racist organization. As a member of the People & Culture Team, you understand your responsibility in cultivating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, fairness, and advancement. These values are deeply aligned with your personal development; you educate yourself on topics of racism and unconscious bias, working daily to check them. You pay attention to diversity of thinking and psychological safety, and believe you play an active role in building cohesion on any team of which you are a part. You strive to be an inclusive ambassador in your organization, regardless of your position, and actively equip others in your organization to cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment.
    • Our “People and Culture” philosophy is to cultivate a relationship-based, community-oriented culture here at Plant With Purpose. Though “culture-work” is not a key part of the tactical aspects of your role, full alignment with our “People & Culture” beliefs will be required for the effective implementation of our policies and benefits programs.

    Other Required Skills

    • You have thorough knowledge of HR programs such as employment classification, compensation, recruitment, benefits, leave of absence administration, HRIS, employee relations, training and development, immigration and visa compliance, and policy development.
    • You love the legal and compliance sides of human resources so much you probably could have been a lawyer in another life
    • And as much as you love the legal stuff, you have a keen sense of discerning when there is space for flexibility
    • You are able to quickly respond to time sensitive benefit related inquiries while maintaining a high quality of work and attention to detail
    • We are a technology savvy, Mac-based organization. You must be skilled in using technology, including video conferencing systems that support meetings, coaching, and trainings.
      • Technology platforms you will use are: MacOS, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), Google Workspace, Hive, Jostle, Quantum Workplace, BambooHR, Divvy
    • You keep current on developing trends in Human Resources in order to provide thoughtful analysis and subject matter expertise
    • You have the ability to display sound judgment and discretion in dealing with complex and sensitive personnel issues of a confidential nature
    • You have a demonstrated ability to deal with challenges or events that do not always have a process, system or solution in place
    • You have strong project management skills, and the ability to initiate, self start, work independently, and seek out solutions
    • You are innovative and willing to take risks in boldly presenting ideas for experimentation and implementation
    • You think with a whole-system's lens when implementing a piece of it
    • You have effective interpersonal skills and the ability to interact comfortably with people across differences, individually and in a group setting. 
    • You have a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective and positive working relationships, internally and externally. 
    • You are willing to work over your agreed-upon hours per week seasonally, as needed and discussed in advance


    We are a collaborative, interdependent team that relies on relating and supporting each other to achieve our goals. Through the way we live within and shape our culture, we seek to build community and a sense of inclusion and belonging in  our local, national, and global families. We are committed to expanding diversity, cultural and lived experience, and expertise on our team. We want people who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences to the work we do. Diversity helps make our system-improvement efforts more informed and effective.

    Being a member of the Plant With Purpose team as the HR Compliance & Benefits Specialist will require you to be  a communicator, a learner, a servant leader, and an includer in the following ways:

    • You deeply resonate with the holistic mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
    • You have a personal alignment with our organizational core values of faith, collaboration, empowerment, innovation, stewardship, and sustainability
    • You have a love for humanity regardless of socioeconomic status, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, or culture
    • You intentionally build community and a team mentality by pursuing the "we" over the "me"
    • You understand the priority of relationships in getting work done
    • You feel most successful as a team member when each person on the team succeeds
    • You reflexively express gratitude and growth-oriented feedback
    • You accept feedback with a growth mindset
    • You listen with an intent to understand and ask clarifying questions 
    • You seek out learning and development opportunities for yourself
    • As a team member, you pay attention to diversity of thinking and psychological safety, and believe you play an active role in building cohesion on any team of which you are a part.


    The physical demands described here 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 regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    START DATE: approx. July 11, 2022


    All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

    If this sounds like you, please apply on our website here.  Please include a Cover Letter with your application that shows us how you are a great fit for this position, the organization, and our culture. 

    Plant With Purpose is an EEO/AA employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating a positive and inclusive work environment for all employees.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, or need reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application, please email Human Resources at careers@plantwithpurpose.org. No phone calls please.

    Get Job Link: https://plantwithpurpose.org/our-team/careers-internships/


    San Diego, California


    Human Resources

    Employment Type: 

    Part-time, Contracted Temp


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