Junior HR Generalist (Temp to Perm)

San Francisco, California, United States | HR | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Common Sense (https://www.commensensemedia.org/) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on AppleTV, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

We are seeking an eager junior HR generalist (temp-to-hire) to provide first-rate customer service and HR support. The junior generalist will work closely with the director, people operations and talent acquisition manager to support the full employee life cycle (recruitment, onboarding, professional development) and the day-to-day administrative operations of the team. This is a great opportunity if you are looking for continued exposure to a wide range of HR work streams at a dynamic organization serving families and kids across the country. This position requires discretion and a high degree of confidentiality, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.   

TYPE: Full-time, temporary (with strong potential to convert to full-time, permanent)

HOURS: ~40 hours per week

REPORTS TO: Director, people operations

LOCATION:  San Francisco, CA (remote during COVID-19)

Provide excellent customer service to our employees while supporting the day-to-day HR operations behind the scenes.

Payroll administration and benefits support (40%):

  • Prepare payroll changes and documents; enter payroll and personnel changes in HRIS.
  • Process semi-monthly payroll; deliver and mail paychecks.
  • Work closely with ADP representatives to troubleshoot payroll and benefits problems.
  • Run payroll and ad hoc reports for accounting.
  • Administer and provide employee customer service on the full suite of benefits (health, 401(k), FSA, commuter, etc.) provided to staff.
  • Assist employees with benefits enrollments; check benefits enrollments for accuracy. 
  • Work closely with benefits vendors and finance team to ensure the accuracy of our records/billing.
  • Answer benefits and payroll inquiries in a timely manner.

Recruitment support (30%):

  • Schedule candidate phone screens, in-person interviews, and follow-up communications with a high level of customer service.
  • Manage complex schedules using various tools, including Google Calendar, Zoom, and Recruiterbox.
  • Assist with screening of select candidates to determine skills alignment.
  • Manage candidates seamlessly through the recruiting process.
  • Assist with drafting recruiting reports and provide regular updates to hiring managers on the recruiting status of each position.
  • Conduct initial phone screens and synthesize feedback for manager review.

HR and office administration (30%):

  • Support employee onboarding and offboarding.
  • Maintain HRIS database (BambooHR).
  • Ensure that personnel files and records are maintained in accordance with all legal requirements.
  • Support HR programs (recognition programs, intern programs, and wellness programs).
  • Assist with the coordination of logistics for staff meetings and annual staff retreat.
  • Provide backup reception coverage as needed.


  • Two years of HR or applicable professional experience (e.g., operations, office management) with some combination of:
  • experience using an HRIS and/or payroll system,
  • experience supporting payroll processing, and
  • experience in recruitment support, including conducting phone interviews.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Strong computer skills; G Suite and experience with spreadsheets required.
  • Ability to be creative and innovative in bringing solutions to problems. 
  • Proven track record of providing superior customer service in previous roles.
  • An eye for improving processes and building systems to support future projects.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments.
  • Fluency in another language is a plus.


  • Work with passionate professionals.
  • Comprehensive health benefits: medical, dental, and vision.
  • Matching 401(k).
  • Work/life balance.
  • Commuter benefits.
  • Gym and wellness incentives.
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids and families!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.