UpTogether believes every person is an expert in their own life. But too many systems in our society have been set up to prevent hardworking people from getting ahead.
That’s because in the U.S., there is a broadly held stereotype that if you’re experiencing poverty or financial hardship, it’s solely your fault. After all, others have “pulled themselves up by their bootstraps” and you can too.
UpTogether knows that’s not true. Poverty is a policy choice. That’s why starting in 2023, we renewed our focus on a bold goal of changing systems and policies so all people in the United States are seen and invested in for their strengths, and able to build power, reinforce their autonomy and drive their own economic and social mobility.
Our systems change strategy is three-pronged: We work with individuals, families, funders, governments and community partners to:
- Invest unrestricted cash in families and individuals with limited incomes
- Amplify stories that tell the true lived experiences of people with financial hardship and financially under-resourced communities
- Rally for state and local policies and practices that support and accelerate socioeconomic mobility
The strategy is grounded in our strength-based approach of community, capital and choice, which honors people’s initiatives, abilities and self-determination.
|How We Do It||Why We Do It|
|Community:||We learn from financially under-resourced communities and co-create opportunities for people to build and strengthen their social networks.||People benefit from the power of community and naturally and routinely exchange social capital and help one another.|
|Capital||We invest in individuals and families through unrestricted cash.||People must have access to sufficient capital to invest in their own lives.|
|Choice||We trust that people are capable of making decisions for themselves and their families.||People are experts in their own lives and must have full choice and control over their time and resources.|
At UpTogether, we work towards these values:
- Community: We’re better together than we are alone, and we know that with the support of our neighbors, family and friends, all of us will have a better shot at achieving our goals and dreams.
- Impact: We focus our time and energy on collective work that will have the largest impact for people experiencing financial hardship.
- Collaboration: We center the lived experiences of our members, partner with them to change systems and work with them to co-create opportunities for people to reach their financial goals.
- Racial Equity: We are committed to being an anti-racist organization, and we promote anti-racist policies that eliminate the racial wealth divide.
- Leadership: We intentionally create space for everyone to lead, regardless of their title.
- Choice: We respect everyone’s autonomy and know each person is capable of making their own decisions.
The Human Resources Associate will provide administrative support to the Human Resources team throughout the employee life cycle, including: compliance, benefits administration, recruitment, performance management, onboarding, training and development, and other ongoing HR initiatives. This role will also support the HR team’s existing workstreams and strategic initiatives. This position will report to the Director of Human Resources.
This is a 100% remote position (must be based in the United States). A reliable internet connection and functional work environment, including a fully functional computer (laptop or desktop) with video conferencing capabilities, are required to be successful in this role.
The intent is to convert this contract role to a permanent role after 6 months. Please be aware that conversion to a permanent role is contingent on performance and organizational need.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
HR Team Support
- Benefits management (i.e.: support with staff inquiries, setting up new accounts [FSA & HSA], reporting, sending 401 K 6 month email notifications and related information, etc.)
- Contracts support (i.e.: liasing with staff, drafting, sending, tracking, etc.)
- Onboarding support (i.e.: assist with I-9 verifications, COBRA notifications for new staff, lead staff onboarding for HR and coordinate with managers)
- Performance Management support (i.e.: staff inquiries, 2×2 & Goals reminders)
- Employee verifications (i.e.: responding to internal and external inquiries for employment verifications)
- Support with training and development (e.g.: tracking mandatory training and following up with appropriate staff, support with developing and administering training, etc.)
- Support with compliance (e.g.: tracking and notifying HR of changes and supporting development & implementation)
- Knowledge and information management (e.g.: maintain and organize HR information, The Hub updates, support with Racial Equity/DEI Roadmap development and maintenance, etc.)
- Two years of experience in the Human Resources life cycle.
- Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources is a plus
- Extensive knowledge of the leave requirements and other legal protections afforded by the FMLA, ADA, and other applicable laws/completion of specialized certification or training on FMLA/leave administration are a plus.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Proficient in Google Workspace or similar software.
- Proven ability to thrive in a remote work environment; self-directed; proactively reaches out; responsive; comfortable in a virtual setting
- Ability to thrive in a fast-changing environment, flexible in the pursuit of goals
- Demonstrated commitment to, or passion for, our mission; deep belief and trust in the innate capabilities of families and communities with low-income; willingness to engage in conversations aimed at addressing erroneous stereotypes about people experiencing financial hardships and people of color.
- A deep belief in and operates according to UpTogether’s core values
- Strong command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required; familiarity with Google applications a plus
This is a contract position with an $27-$32/hr (dependent on experience).
We strive to create a community that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we support the efforts of others to build such communities. We encourage all qualified and interested persons to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter via this link: Apply Here. Your cover letter should outline how your personal and/or work history will contribute to the mission of UpTogether. We ask that you do not include a photo or image of yourself on your resume or cover letter. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.