HR Generalist

Posted August 17, 2021

Job Summary


The Human Resources Generalist position is responsible for the daily functions of the Human Resources (HR) department by providing a combination of operational and transactional support to the HR Team.  This position plays a key role in determining how we optimize our employee experience to attract top talent, foster retention and enhance engagement.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and in a timely manner. The following duties are representative of the job but are not all inclusive and other duties may be assigned as needed.



  • Partner with HR Manager to develop and implement HR strategies and initiatives that align with the business strategy and objectives.
  • Assist in managing employee and labor relations issues, conducting effective, thorough, and objective investigations
  • Responsible for field crew management (dispatching, tracking union employees, labor relations, etc.)
  • Assist with establishing HR metrics and Key Result Areas (KRAs).
  • Continually investigate new benefits programs, improve existing programs, and manage benefits administration.
  • Manage compensation surveys, conduct related analysis, research market competitive practices, recommend new programs or enhancements, conduct benchmarking.
  • Manage the Pence Benefits Program and identify areas of opportunity within current programs and plans. Develops, evaluate, improve, and recommend improvements that support the needs of employees.
  • Manage working relationships with benefit plan providers, vendors, auditors, and consultants, ensuring quality delivery.
  • Document and maintain administrative procedures for assigned benefits processes.
  • Coordinate daily benefits processing. Handle enrollments, COBRA, changes, beneficiaries, disability, accident claims, rollovers, distributions, loans, hardships, and compliance testing.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable government regulations. Ensure timeliness and accuracy of required reporting and fees.
  • Monitor administrative costs of benefits programs and recommend cost containment strategies, including alternative methods for administration and funding. Prepare budgetary recommendations and assist in the monitoring, verifying, and reconciling of budgeted funds.
  • Design and distribute materials for benefits orientations, open enrollment, and summary plan descriptions. Provide training and support to group benefits associates, home office associates and the field staff.
  • Worker’s Compensation management.
  • HRIS implementation and maintenance.
  • Assist with facilitating and coordinating performance evaluations.
  • Handle general employee inquiries.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.




The following qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the job but are not all inclusive.


  • 3+ years of experience administering compensation and benefits programs required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Finance, or related field is preferred.
  • Relevant certifications, such as SHRM or CEB are preferred.
  • Knowledge of all pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements, both adopted and pending, affecting employee benefits programs, including the ACA, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, Section 125, workers’ compensation, Medicare, and Social Security and DOL requirements.
  • Computer proficiency and technical aptitude; strong proficiency in Excel and experience with HRIS and benefits databases.
  • Effective planning and priority setting. Ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously while working under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills and a thorough knowledge of plan designs.
  • Knowledge of benefits contract language.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.


Working Conditions: 


Works in an office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. May occasionally be required to visit job sites where work is done outside or in a Construction environment. May be exposed to weather, dirt/dust, loud noise, and may be required to wear personal protective equipment. Employee must possess good manual dexterity; can sit, stand, kneel, and squat; be able to lift at least 25 lbs. Regular attendance is required to perform the job satisfactorily.

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Pence Values:

Our philosophy is simple. The foundation of our success is rooted in the skills and talents of our people and their commitment to who we are. Pence lives by a set of values and we look to our employees to keep those values in everything they do. On your first day at Pence, you will learn about those values and how we live them straight from our owners. 

About Pence:

Founded in 1949 by Dale Pence, in Salem Ore., Pence Construction has been passionate about building with integrity and quality for decades. With many long-standing client relationships and lengthy employee tenure, Pence is a trusted partner to our clients. 

Formerly known as LCG Pence, Pence is owned by Paul Schulz and Dave Hays. With more than 150 employees currently, Pence serves a wide variety of clients from senior living, education, multi family housing, office, and more. We are looking for talented and value-oriented people to join us.



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