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Human Resources Generalist

City of Decatur

Listing Summary

The City of Decatur

Has an opening for a dynamic Human Resources Generalist who will focus on:

Recruitment, Training, and Employee Relations

Compensation $53,435 - $70,075 DOQ

Position reports to the Human Resources Director

Interested candidates should apply online at




The Human Resources Generalist will be responsible for various generalist related duties focusing on recruitment, training and development, and employee relations. The HR Generalist will develop innovative and aggressive methods to source, evaluate, and build a viable pool of candidates utilizing cost-effective sourcing techniques to attract the right talent. Identify and facilitate training at all levels within the organization. Coordinates the recruitment process with leaders to identify top talent, ensure consistency, and equability in the recruitment process and meet legal guidelines.  Maintain effective working relationships with all city management levels to anticipate talent needs and recommend the most qualified candidates for positions. The ability to improve city employees' productivity and assess city-wide developmental needs to drive training initiatives and identify training solutions is the goal of the HR Generalist and the HR Department.  


  • Conducts full life cycle recruiting to acquire talent for non-exempt positions, fire, and police as well as for exempt level positions. Represents the City at job fairs and hiring events.
  • Will use creative sourcing methods to screen resumes, interview candidates (by phone or in-person), administer appropriate assessments, conduct reference/background checks, drug screens, make recommendations for hire (or not hire), and deliver employment offers. 
  • Partners with departmental hiring managers to identify and hire qualified, engaged, and diverse talent to fill challenging positions.
  • Develops advertising programs to ensure high visibility with potential candidates.
  • Works to ensure the timely integration of new employees into the organization.  Ensures appropriate alignment and controls with administrative processes when auditing candidate data.
  • Effectively communicates essential employment information during delivery of employment offers (e.g., benefits, compensation); Conduct new hire orientation, conduct exit interviews, develop reports, evaluate trends, and make recommendations based on employee feedback.
  • Communicates effectively with hiring managers and candidates throughout the recruiting process. Utilize ADP Workforce Now to track candidate information.
  • Manages application and resume files according to city records retention policy. 
  • Manages the internal transfer process, including screenings, coordination of interviews with hiring managers, transfer offer letters. 
  • Provides a variety of recruiting reports to the HR Director.
  • Works with hiring managers to ensure compliance with all federal/state laws and regulations. 
  • Reviews and respond to unemployment claim with appropriate documentation.  
  • Update job descriptions as needed. 
  • Run reports to identify performance evaluation due dates. 
  • Conducts annual training and development needs assessment and make proposals to the HR Director based on the outcome of the assessments. 
  • Obtains and develops useful training materials utilizing a variety of media. 
  • Trains and coaches, managers, supervisors, and others involved in employee development efforts around such topics as performance management planning, harassment prevention, team building, and other programs.
  • Plans, organizes, facilitates training, and ensures appropriate supplies are maintained. 
  • Conducts follow-up surveys of all completed training to evaluate and measure results and modify training programs as needed. 
  • Collaborates with employees in various departments to develop comprehensive human resources related programs in support of the City's Strategic Plan; may serve on or lead committees as needed. 
  • Partners with the Human Resources Director on employee relations investigations to ensure compliance with company policies, procedures, and applicable laws. 
  • Acts as backup to payroll function as needed. 
  • May be asked to perform other duties as assigned. 

 Competencies & Skills

  • Works comfortably under pressure and meets tight deadlines.  
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at varying levels is critical.   
  • Strong communication and good writing skills are vital. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products. 
  • Must be comfortable working independently and making recommendations to the HR Director. 
  • Proactive and independent with the ability to take the initiative. 
  • Familiarity with laws, regulations, and best practices applicable to hiring and recruitment is essential. 
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively deal with competing priories.
  • Must remain open to change and new information and ideas and adapt to the same. Encourage and foster cooperation and teamwork. 

Required Education and Experience: 

  • A bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, or a related field is required. 
  • The ideal candidate will possess five to seven years of experience in human resources, specifically as an HR Generalist or in related areas such as recruitment, selection, training, employee relations highly preferred, or a comparable combination of education and experience.  
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR) credentials are highly preferred.
  • Knowledgeable of employment laws including but not limited to Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and the ability to apply to workplace situations.
  • Experience using LinkedIn, Indeed, Handshake, and other major job sites or social media platforms to develop a diverse pool of candidates.
  • Results Orientation (effective project and time management, sense of urgency, and deadline-driven).


 The City of Decatur is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels and is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, familial status, or veteran/military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.



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