25 days old

Sr. HR Generalist / HR Generalist

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Are you looking to join a dynamic team of HR professionals, leveraging your rich HR capabilities in support of one of the most interesting scientific research and academic Institutions in the world?  Interested in working with fantastically smart, committed people in a beautiful seaside community?  If yes, we’d like to know more about you!  We’d also like to share why you will enjoy joining our spirited HR team supporting the most accomplished ocean science and engineering minds that are shaping our understanding of the ocean, our planet, and life on Earth.  For nearly a century, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been one of the best known and most trusted names in ocean science, engineering and exploration.  In fact, WHOI is the world’s largest, private, non-profit ocean research institution.   This newly created position of Sr. HR Generalist / HR Generalist is a regular, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for our generous benefits package.


This role has been designed to infuse the team with additional HR professional experience, project planning and importantly, executive support to the Director, Human Resources. There will be a blend of strategic initiatives, project-work, foundational HR activities and leave of absence coverage.  The successful candidate will naturally have a can-do attitude and a developed sense of how to contribute to a team. Deep general knowledge and experience in HR disciplines and systems is critical. The environment is highly collaborative, often fast paced, requiring an adaptive style.


  • Support the Director, HR and EEO Officer
    • Contribute to strategic initiatives, including the development of supervisor and leadership training
    • Conduct research as required
    • Draft documents and maintain records
  • Support the HR Team members
    • Perform talent related activities including full cycle recruitment
    • Maintain HR employment records
    • Perform the institutional role of Alternative Responsible Officer as a member of our Foreign National Team assisting with immigration matters
    • Support Benefits Open Enrollment and other benefits related activities
    • Contribute to the administration of leave programs
    • Assist with data entry to ensure data integrity
    • Document procedures and processes
    • Assist in preparation for a variety of HR audits
    • Recognize potential issues and recommend/implement solutions
    • Work closely with HR colleagues on department-wide projects
    • Contribute to a highly collaborative work environment
    • Fill-in for other HR professionals and/or perform other duties as necessary


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor


WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email
eeo@whoi.edu for assistance.



Required and Desired Education/ Soft Skills / HR Experience:


Minimum - Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Psychology or relevant subject matter.

Preferred - Master’s degree and/or Certification in Human Resources; experience in academia, private research, or nonprofit environments as a Human Resources professional; Project Management Certification

Required Soft Skills:

  • Maturity in thought process, communications and approach to situations
  • A natural problem solver who works with a sense of urgency and enthusiasm 
  • Enjoys the dynamic nature of work that requires one to work independently on projects AND contribute as a member of a team, often simultaneously
  • Ability to balance day-to-day tactical demands of the position with the ability to partner on strategic programs/issues
  • Must be highly organized, adapt easily to changing work priorities and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Must have well developed interpersonal skills enabling one to work successfully with a diverse population
  • Verbal and written communication skills must be highly developed
  • Must be able to exercise discretion and assure a high level of confidentiality
  • Attention to detail is critical

Required HR Experience and Technical Skills:

HR Partner – Generalist:  Minimum of three (3) years’ experience as an HR Professional with knowledge and experience across a variety of HR Disciplines including a combination of any of the following:  Employment/Talent, Immigration, HRIS, Compensation and Benefits

Senior HR Partner – Generalist: Minimum of ten (10) years’ progressive HR experience across the core competency areas of HR Disciplines:  Employment/Talent, Immigration, HRIS, Compensation, and Benefits.  Must have a successful history of responsibility for strategic projects, initiatives or programs. Must have history of increasing responsibility and success in managing HR related projects.

Working knowledge of HR and EEO Federal and State laws and regulations and reporting requirements to comply with and to interpret policies and procedures

Must be highly proficient in MS Office with HRIS experience 

Preferred:  Project Management experience and/or PMP Training


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident status as well as pass a background check to satisfy the requirements set by the U.S. Department of State to serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer for the Institution’s Exchange Visitor Program.
  • Must have a reasonable commute to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution or be willing to relocate to the area


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, often sedentary, walking to meetings, talking, working around others, work with others, and working alone. Physical duties are subject to change.



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