Job Opportunity: HR Generalist

HR Generalist

Blind Beginnings – New Westminster, BC

$48,000 a year – 6-month contract position with the possibility of extension

Since 2008, Blind Beginnings Society has envisioned a world where seeing things differently inspires limitless potential for BC’s blind and partially sighted children. Through educational and experiential workshops, pre-employment training, summer camps, recreational activities and individualized counselling, Blind Beginnings offers these youth opportunities to develop skills, confidence and independence.

Blind Beginnings is accepting expressions of interest for a new role, Human Resources Generalist. The HR Generalist will work under the Executive Director and is responsible for implementing and initiating HR plans and policies. The scope of responsibility includes resource efficiency management, recruitment, contracting of personnel, orientation, benefit administration and volunteer coordination for the organization, and other initiatives as the role develops. The ideal candidate will be a person who likes to collaborate but has an entrepreneurial spirit. You will strive to provide superior support and guidance to the employees and volunteers of Blind Beginnings and will work to ensure all are being utilized as efficiently as possible to best promote the mission of the organization.  You will promote staff recognition, provide a strong focus on employee wellness, team building and bring forward best practices through strong HR policies and procedures.

Responsibilities to include but not exclusive to the following:


  • Recruitment: job postings (reviewing or writing). Posting to job sites for all salaried non-managerial positions. Conducting reference checks.
  • Orientation: preparing contracts and new hire packages. Conducting orientation tours and arranging enhanced orientations.
  • Exiting: interviewing and debriefing departing employees.
  • Benefit Administration: administering the benefits for BC medical and extended medical and dental insurance plan – orientating staff on benefits, adding and deleting employees, as needed.
  • Employee Development: working with other administrative staff on strategies to provide training and professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Administrative Support : When needed the HR Generalist will fill in for the Executive Director on administrative support for the Board of Directors and board committees.

Volunteer engagement, management and communication

  • Administer and oversee governance within the Volunteer Program, including criminal record checks, a Volunteer Handbook, resources and training for volunteer supervisors, and relevant policy and guidelines
  • Consult on, draft and map volunteer positions and role descriptions, with an eye towards capacity development within our volunteer base, given our team structures, culture and capacity
  • Maintain an effective and up-to-date volunteer database to support record keeping, reporting and other activities within the Volunteer Program
  • Review and establish processes for, and coordinate volunteer communication, including promoting upcoming volunteer opportunities, and gathering insight from volunteers
  • Redesign, oversee and deliver volunteer recruitment and intake
  • Work with volunteer supervisors to onboard and assign volunteers to roles
  • Initiate, oversee and deliver exit processes for volunteers, including dismissal procedures
  • Review and develop processes for event volunteer engagement
  • Work collaboratively to establish conflict-resolution processes for volunteer-related issues
  • Coach, advise and support volunteer supervisors with interpersonal and performance-related volunteer issues
  • Establish processes and policy specific to staff who oversee the Volunteer Program and also directly supervise volunteers
  • Conduct risk assessments to inform sound policy and processes
  • Build and implement comprehensive and effective volunteer engagement, benefits and appreciation programs with an eye to best practices and industry trends
  • Establish opportunities for volunteer training, development and sharing of best practices, partner and deliver as necessary



  • 2 years’ experience in an organization working in human resources.
  • Experience in a non-profit environment is an asset.
  • A diploma in Human Resources or related Business degree. CPHR designation is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage HR processes, such as performance management, and employee relations.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all HR information.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • An acute sense of diplomacy, including conflict resolution and people management skills.
  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Well-developed organization and time management skills.

Compensation: This is a 6-month contract, 35 hours a week position, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm with the possibility of extension. Salary is $48,000 per annum. Salary is non-negotiable.

Please submit cover letter and resume by Email to by Monday, May 15, 2018.