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Sr. Human Resources Generalist 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

The Senior Human Resources Generalist supports the Museum’s mission by leading and fulfilling human resources initiatives and building a culture that attracts and retains staff and volunteers committed to the Museum’s mission.


Responsibilities include:

  • Process bi-weekly payroll ensuring that timesheets are completed and approved in accordance with complex timekeeping policies.
  • Provide onboarding of all new staff, including set-up of any technology, distribution of uniforms and nametags and conducting new hire orientation (paperwork, handbook review, etc.).
  • Assist in preparing new employee on-boarding plans with manager. Conduct new staff orientation including review of employment and safety policies, schedule Wonder Workshop sessions, and act as employee liaison during process.
  • Serve as primary recruiter and manage full recruitment function to include heading up and coordinating all candidate searches, candidate communication, interviews, and pre-employment background screens.
  • Develop and track measurable aspects of the recruiting and hiring process for evaluation of continuous improvement and assurance that the Museum is hiring and retaining the best possible candidates.
  • Evaluate annual benefits renewal process, lead benefits enrollment and communications for eligible employees, short-term/long-term disability processing, COBRA, to include benefits billing and auditing; enrollments, terminations, changes, 1094/1095, and 403b.
  • Provide support on company policies and procedures, review and make recommendations for improvements, communicate changes and work with supervisors and managers to implement across the Museum.
  • Maintain knowledge of federal and state employment legislation and seek to gain necessary compliance throughout the organization.
  • Evaluate and oversee employment life cycle beginning with on-boarding and extending through exit interviews. Seek to establish culture that attracts and retains a staff committed to the Museum’s mission.
  • Provide guidance and support to mangers and staff on Employee Relations issues and consult with Director of Human Resources and Inclusion on recommendations for appropriate resolution.
  • Support Director of Human Resources and Inclusion with various duties, including but not limited to risk management, special project planning/implementation, and HR budget recommendations.
  • Develop, coordinate, and deliver various trainings throughout the year.
  • Evaluate and recommend development opportunities for managers and staff.
  • Actively cultivate a strong working relationship with employees, managers, and supervisors and work to maintain a strong understanding of each departments’ needs and challenges.
  • Maintain Organizational Chart.
  • Staff Engagement: Coordinate monthly Wellness and Engagement activities, Anniversary Letters, and other engagement events, as needed.
  • Develops new or improved HR processes, forms, checklists to maximize efficiency, reduce redundancy, and satisfy legal compliance.
  • Coordinate uniform ordering and inventory maintenance.
  • Administration of Workers Compensation incident and injury reporting and maintenance of OSHA 300 Log.
  • Provide information related to federal and state labor regulations, including FLSA, ADA, FMLA, HIPAA, EEO, AAP, etc.
  • Serve as subject matter expert of Paychex software, including data entry, record updates, running reports as needed, providing training to new users and troubleshooting problems, as necessary.
  • Actively cultivate a strong working relationship with employees, managers, and supervisors and work to maintain a strong understanding of each departments’ needs and challenges.
  • Train as an Emergency Coordinator and be available to assist in case of emergencies.
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to maintain a dedicated and trained volunteer team.
  • Provide support to maintain the Employee Handbook.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in HR or related field
  • 2-5 years of Human Resources experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to relate to employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong Microsoft Office, HRIS, Payroll and Applicant Tracking Systems experience
  • Understanding and knowledge of employment law, both state and federal (including but not limited to FLSA, FMLA, ADA, HIPAA, EEO, AAP)
  • Ability to work with and manage a high level of confidential information.



  • PHR or SHRM-CP certification
  • 1 - 3 years HR Generalist experience
  • Paychex HR/Payroll software experience
Shift Days  
Pay Range $46,000-$50,000  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Human Resources  

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