Human Resources Generalist and Chief Diversity Officer

Human Resources Generalist and Chief Diversity Officer

Reports to Director of Human Resources


The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking an experienced Human Resources Generalist and Chief Diversity Officer. The position is located in our Albany, New York office.  Legal Aid’s mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society that is inclusive and equitable for all. We transform lives, build community, and empower people by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities. Our service area spans sixteen counties with six regional offices. For more information about our work, our staff, and our clients, visit




The Human Resource Generalist will assist with the daily functions of the Human Resource (HR) department including hiring and interviewing staff, administering pay and benefits, supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives, assisting with agency policies and practices, and helping to ensure legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission and talent strategy.


Position Requirements

  • Ability to travel both locally, within the service area in New York, and elsewhere as needed.
  • Must have reliable transportation and driver’s license.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required or equivalent; or
  • At least five years of human resource generalist and/or specialist.
  • Experience with DEIB initiatives and a commitment to a DEIB agenda; and
  • Payroll and HR software experience.


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Seven years’ experience working in human resources.
  • Experience with Unionized Staff, Collective Bargaining Agreement and grievance procedures; and
  • Ability to speak Spanish. 



Chief Diversity Officer Duties

  • Serve as the Chief Diversity Officer managing DE&I matters including recruitment and retention, talent management, workforce planning, and employment efforts.
  • Maintain and revise as needed, the DE&I strategy by working collaboratively with the Race Equity Director, Director of Human Resources and the DE&I committee to advance DE&I as a core value of LASNNY.
  • Develop tracking strategies to monitor and evaluate impact of DE&I programs, generate reports to assess effectiveness of programs and initiatives, and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Responsible for developing and administering DE&I trainings, providing strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural humility, gender identification, disability, sexual and other unlawful harassment, building a climate of equity and inclusions, and increasing awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable nondiscrimination HR laws.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all LASNNY offices regarding diversity related issues.


HR Generalist Duties

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and facilitates the hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings.
  • Conducts or acquires background checks and employee eligibility verifications.
  • Administers or oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave, and training and development.
  • Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Implements new hire orientation and employee recognition programs.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
  • Implements and maintains Human Resource Management System (HRIS) to track critical data for recruitment, onboarding, and retention.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s HRIS and talent management systems.


Work Environment

This position operates in a professional law office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment and software and remote videoconferencing platforms.


Physical Demands

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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Salary and Benefits

Please note that the salary is based on experience, between $65,000-$80,000, plus generous benefits.


At LASNNY we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. We strongly encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGBTQ persons, protected veterans, applicants and recipients of public assistance, older adults and people with disabilities.


If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at LASNNY and we will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.



Closing Date:  May 8, 2023, or Until Filled


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