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HR Generalist

  • Posted:Jul 13, 2022
  • Apply by:Jul 18, 2022
  • Job Type
  • Part time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Ontario, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

The Narwhal is looking for an HR organizational genius to support and nurture our exponential growth.

Location: Remote, in Canada
Hours: 20-30 hours per week
Salary: $50,000 - $60,000 full-time equivalent
Type: Permanent employee
Deadline: July 18, 2022


About Us

The Narwhal is an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about Canada’s natural world. 

Think of us as part newsroom, part non-profit and part tech start-up. As a non-profit, reader-funded news organization, our goal isn’t to sell advertising or to please corporate bigwigs — it’s to bring high-quality, evidence-based news and analysis to the surface for all Canadians. We’re leading a revolution in public-interest journalism that is reinvigorating the relationship between readers and the reporters who hustle on their behalf — and we want you to join us.

The storytellers in any society hold tremendous power. At The Narwhal, we recognize that this power represents both a privilege and a responsibility and we aim to use this power for the public good. The Narwhal is working to build an inclusive and equitable team that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in this field. 


The Position

We are seeking an organizational genius and empathetic team player to support and nurture our exponential growth. 

As our HR Generalist you’ll work directly with the Director of Operations & Impact and bring your unique spin to a range of people-management related initiatives, from policy creation to compensation to recruitment. You’ll play a critical role as the key lead of our processes, benefits, recruitment and team-building initiatives. You will directly support a team of about 20 people (and counting) and be deeply involved in creating a great employee experience and organizational culture. You’re truly excited about solving HR challenges and providing our team with thoughtful and innovative support. 

Our ideal candidate is an HR professional with 3+ years of industry experience, is well-versed in employment standards, counts diversity, equity and inclusion work as one of their passions and has a knack for policies and procedures.



  • Provide general HR administrative support to the Director of Operations & Impact and the Director of Finance and respond to staff inquiries

  • Manage the onboarding and offboarding experience, including onboarding team members to Bamboo, policies and org-wide platforms or tools

  • Draft and update employee policies and HR procedures

  • Manage and lead our benefits programs and offerings

  • Assist with all stages of the recruitment and selection process

  • Help build our inclusive culture through activities such as planning retreats, team socials, learning opportunities, celebrations and promoting wellness initiatives and perks

  • Manage and maintain all employment agreements, contracts, employee files and Bamboo

  • Lead all coworking and equipment requests and solutions 

  • Assist with diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including training and collaborations across the newsroom 

Required skills and experience

  • 3+ years of relevant HR experience

  • Post-secondary education in human resources management, or equivalent relevant experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including thoughtful and intentional listening skills and compassion

  • Independent and self-motivated with a willingness to collaborate 

  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills

  • Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment 

  • Confidence with Microsoft Office and Google Suite

  • The ability to keep sensitive information confidential

  • The ability to resourcefully problem-solve and innovate to find efficiencies

  • Passionate about inclusion, belonging and helping others

  • Committed to reconciliation and decolonization 

  • A genuine desire to lift people up


Desired skills (nice to have)

  • Previous experience successfully managing sensitive, confidential information

  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation 

  • Previous experience with diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives 


What we offer

  • Group health benefits after three months 

  • Professional development opportunities

  • A flexible workplace with a vibrant, collaborative culture

  • Four weeks’ vacation


Please don't be discouraged from applying if you do not possess the precise combination of all of the skills, attributes, qualifications and experience listed above. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé by July 18, 2022, at the latest, via this link. Please include your full name in the file name of any attachments you submit.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further. No calls please. We anticipate beginning the interview process in July.

The Narwhal is working to build an inclusive and equitable team that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in this field.

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