The Human Resources Specialist is primarily responsible for optimizing the AWEA team by maintaining a strong and authentic culture and by ensuring strong recruiting, onboarding, staff development and team building opportunities. This position will be interacting with employees daily, coaching managers and working with all employees bring out the best in the team, individually and collectively. This position includes some employee relations responsibilities. Over time, this position will also support the work of AWEA staff liaisons to member committees and working groups that focus on safety, training, and workforce development for the renewable energy industry. The HR Specialist will report to the HR Manager & Business Partner and may work with the CFO and SVP of Operations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Culture and Climate
The HR Specialist is responsible for developing organizational culture in support of AWEA’s core and leadership values. This includes coordination and analysis of staff climate surveys, assist in developing an engagement plan to address areas for improvement, and collaborate with the HR Manager & BP to execute that plan. In support of this, the Specialist co-leads a volunteer staff group that works together to design and carry out activities intended to translate AWEA core values into how we work ongoing. This position is responsible for coordinating the annual employee staff retreat and holiday and community engagement volunteer events, and for developing and administering (non-compensation) reward and recognition programs. The Specialist works with the HR Manager & BP to ensure that AWEA practices foster diversity and a sense of inclusion among the team.
The Specialist is responsible for ensuring a smooth, timely, and complete new hire onboarding process, coordinating with the new hire’s manager to ensure the individual can be fully effective quickly. Should an employee depart, the Specialist is responsible for scheduling and/or conducting exit interviews and identifying and tracking turnover trends and drivers for management attention. Additional responsibilities will include: writing/reviewing/editing job descriptions, maintaining benefit and personnel files/filing, preparing job announcements, conducting reference and background checks, and conducting New Hire Orientations.
Training and Development
Assist with staff learning, training, and development. Works with managers to identify common training needs and coordinates training for staff based on these needs, determining optimal training resources and ensuring delivery of high-quality classes. May create and deliver training sessions. Ensures training is assessed objectively so feedback can improve future sessions. Provides resources to and counsels staff with development goals each year.
Provides benefits support to staff and assists with the annual open enrollment period. Partners with Payroll Manager to reconcile statements, including enrolling/terminating employees to/from benefit plan coverages (401(k), medical, dental, vision, etc.).
Records & HRIS Maintenance
Exercises confidentiality in overseeing and maintaining staff personnel records; completes and audits employment compliance documentations; keeps the HRIS and AWEA’s intranet data current and accurate.
Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Oversees the association’s emergency evacuation program in coordination with the Operations Manager and continually informs the management team of changes or safety occurrences. Oversees the appropriate processing of Workers’ Compensation claims.
Works with and counsels managers/directors/supervisors toward resolving employee relation issues. With guidance from the HR Manager & BP, interprets policies and guides managers with discipline and/or with seeking behavior changes with employees.
May Work with External Groups
Supports AWEA staff liaisons working with industry safety, training, and workforce development committees and working groups. Takes initiative to understand industry workforce challenges and opportunities and participates as a supporting advisor to said committees.
Performs additional HR tasks as requested and assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal relations skills and the ability to build trusting partnerships with managers, directors and employees.
Strong communication skills – verbal, written, and especially active listening skills.
Experience translating desired organizational culture into practice. Solid understanding of change management best practices and change theory in large group settings.
Experience creating and delivering training programs.
People-oriented, but with enough organizational skills to fully manage and successfully execute all aspects of multi-step processes involving staff and outside resources.
Must be able to perform in an environment that has considerable independence and latitude to develop solutions, policies, programs and procedures for the HR department.
AWEA is a fast-paced, high-energy organization with a very ambitious agenda and staff that is highly motivated. This position may experience high work demands under tight timelines with sometimes fluctuating priorities. Occasional travel, weekend and extended hours may be required as events demand. This position will frequently interact with AWEA staff, sponsors, and vendors.
Education and/or Experience
AWEA is seeking applicants whom reflect and understand our core values: We HEART Wind Energy, The Truth Prevails, Together We Succeed, and Ahead of the Curve. Qualified applicants may possess any combination of education and experience enabling them to successfully perform the responsibilities of the position. Preferred qualifications are: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or a related discipline; plus at least 2 years of relevant HR experience. Energy industry knowledge a plus; if not well-versed in the industry must possess a desire and ability to learn quickly about renewable energy.
To apply: Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to email@example.com(please use “[Your Name]-Human Resources Specialist” in subject line) or mail to AWEA, 1501 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005, attention Human Resources.
AWEA is Metro accessible and provides a generous benefit package. To learn more visit www.awea.org.
AWEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About American Wind Energy Association
AWEA is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry - one of the world's fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world.
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