• HR Generalist

    Job Locations US-NY-Elmira
    Human Resources
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Kennedy Valve
  • Overview

    Kennedy Valve Co. is a gray and ductile iron foundry and computerized machining and assembly operation. We supply fire hydrants and valves to the water works and fire suppression industries. We have been manufacturing these products in Elmira, New York, for over 125 years.



    The HR Generalist develops policies, procedures, and programs. The Human Resources Generalist develops and establishes Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and ongoing development of a superior workforce. Develops human resources solutions by collecting and analyzing information; recommending courses of action. The HR Generalist performs a wide variety of both complex and routine administrative services and provides Human Resource services in support of the company’s mission and vision within areas, such as recruitment, affirmative action, benefits, on-boarding, and HR procedures & compliance.


    • Maintains knowledge of legal requirements, and reporting regulations affecting human resource functions, and ensures company compliance.
    • Develops and maintains affirmative action program; files EEO-1 and VETS 100-A annually; maintains other records, reports, and logs to conform to EEO regulations.
    • Establishes and maintains department records and reports. Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends.
    • Maintains the work structure by updating job requirements and job descriptions for all positions.
    • Maintains company organization charts.
    • Conducts hourly exit interviews and analyzes data to identify improvement opportunities and improve key HR metrics, such as employee retention and turnover. Provides recommendations for areas of improvement to the Human Resources Manager.
    • Researches, proposes, and develops improvements to policies, programs, and processes. May make presentations to employees and managers regarding policies, programs, and procedures.
    • Ensures all necessary personnel information is maintained in HRIS to include employee data, records and files.
    • Lead support personnel, ensuring accurate record-keeping and compliance with legal requirements and reporting regulations.
    • Design materials for benefits orientation, open enrollment, new hire paperwork, etc.
    • Conducts the annual benefits open enrollment process.
    • Point of contact for FMLA and disability leave information.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • BA degree in Human Resources or related field with three (3) years progressive Human Resources experience.
    • AAS degree with minimum five (5) years HR Specialist position or higher
    • Proficiency with MS Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, and Word) and experience working with HRIS database and report-writing tools.
    • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local employment laws.
    • Team player
    • High Energy
    • Organized
    • Detailed
    • Multi-Task
    • Personable
    • Analytical Skills
    • Exceptional Communication Skills
    • Ability to tolerate standing, walking, dust, fumes, and noise, on occasion.
    • Ability to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer.
    • Physical job analysis attached.


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