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HR Generalist - Childpeace Montessori


Portland, OR






Childpeace Montessori School is looking for a detail-oriented, organized administrator with advanced communication skills and high emotional intelligence. If this sounds like you, then we want you for our Human Resources Generalist. This is a year-round, full-time, hourly, non-exempt position with scheduled hours occurring primarily within campus operating hours.

Childpeace offers a competitive salary structure based on qualification and a full benefits package.
The wage range is $22.88 – $29.74 and is commensurate with experience.

This position will work closely with our Head of School, Director of Finance and Operations, and administrative team, focusing on the well-being of our community members and managing HR, payroll, and substitute staffing tasks. The candidate must be able to gracefully take on a diverse workload in a fast-paced environment and regularly contribute ideas that positively affect the school. Montessori experience is not required, but prior experience with independent schools is helpful.

Our staff are from all walks of life; some new to Childpeace and others who have been here for decades. Our Human Resources Generalist will help foster the balance between the new ideas and valuable traditions that keep our community inspired and motivated. Additionally, the ideal candidate is passionate about DEI initiatives and has the concrete experience that will help connect our administrative team to the community and each other.

About Childpeace
Childpeace Montessori School is the only AMI recognized school to offer toddler, primary and elementary programs in one convenient downtown Portland location. We also have a middle school program operating adjacent to our Northwest campus, and a single Children’s House classroom in Southeast Portland. The majority of our administrative staff work out of our main downtown campus in a convenient spot for coffee, urban parks, and beautiful walking trails.

While we have staff in multiple locations, we come together often for community building, connection, and support. Childpeace values responsibility, educational excellence, love of learning, sustainability, and equity as important characteristics of our learning environment. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply so we can best learn and grow together while supporting each child’s educational journey.

Human Resource Generalist Position Overview
Childpeace is a non-profit organization with a staff base of 70 exempt, non-exempt, full-year, and school-year positions. The HR Generalist will work in collaboration with staff and external partners (benefit brokers, 401(k) representatives, Xenium HR consultants) to:
•Manage the full employee cycle from recruitment to termination
•Respond to and complete worker’s compensation, unemployment, disability, and leave paperwork
•Lead semi-monthly payroll using ADP Workforce Now
•Ensure all staff have appropriate background checks and required certifications
•Assist with employee relations matters
•Provide guidance on Employment, Wage and Hour, and other applicable laws
•Participate in benefits administration
•Uphold all policies, procedures, and compensation structures
•Partner with Program Directors to manage PTO requests and scheduling of substitutes

Candidate Qualifications
•Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Human Resources, Psychology or a related field
•1-3 years of progressive Human Resources experience
•Experience with ADP is highly desired
•aPHR, PHR or SHRM-CP certification a plus

Childpeace embraces the value diversity brings to our community. Childpeace does not discriminate in its hiring employment practices on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, a disability that can reasonably be accommodated, age, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. This policy applies to all personnel actions, including recruitment, hiring, training, transfer, promotion and demotion, compensation and benefits, evaluation, discipline, and termination. We expect all Childpeace employees to conform to both the letter and the spirit of all laws governing nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity. You are encouraged to bring questions or concerns about discrimination to the attention of the human resources manager. You can raise concerns and make reports in good faith without fear of reprisal. All reports of discrimination will be investigated promptly in as confidential a manner as possible.


Interested applicants are invited to submit the following documents our employment page at
•A cover letter describing where you are in your professional journey and why you are interested in this position
•Your resume detailing training and experience
•Two references with names, how you are connected to them and their contact information

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