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Human Resources Assistant

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $5M agency with approximately 90 employees.  Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center.

Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Employment and/or Job Related
Category: Human Resources Closing Date: Sep 4, 2019
Job Type: Part Time Salary: Hourly + PTO/Vacation
Hours: 20 hours per week 

Primary Duties:

RESUMES without COVER LETTERS will not be reviewed or considered for employment at Cornerstone Advocacy Service.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Human Resources Assistant position acts as first point of contact for the Human Resources department; supporting recruitment of non-exempt and exempt positions; posting jobs on internal and external job boards; conducting orientation; following up and requesting hiring updates; responding to recruiting process questions from managers; preparing and mailing offer letters; entering payroll information into spreadsheet and HRIS; and assisting in administering employee benefits.

The Human Resources Assistant will also provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director with assigned administrative duties. Accomplishes human resources department and organization mission by completing related results as needed. At Cornerstone, it’s not just a job; it’s a career.



  • Provides job candidates by postings open position on internal (Cornerstone social media, CAS Connect, email, HR Boards, etc.) and various external job boards; serves as main contact during pre and post-hiring process ensuring timely response to questions from hiring managers, new hires, and candidates; following up and requesting hiring updates from hiring managers; ensuring timely scheduling of new hire orientation; ensuring receipt of all reviewed and interviewed candidates’ resumes (but not hired) for Affirmative Action reports.
  • Welcomes and orients new employees by providing orientation information packets; reviewing company policies; gathering withholding and other payroll information; explaining and obtaining signatures for benefit programs.
  • Prepares materials for HR related job fairs; recommending and representing Cornerstone at related job fairs.
  • Assists in participates in payroll process by providing payroll information; accurately entering payroll information into spreadsheet and HRIS - calculating PTO and vacation hours; calculating pay (vacation, pay adjustments, merit increases, etc.); maintaining entered information; forwarding any received documentation to accounting.
  • Responds to basic benefits questions and forwards complex inquiries to human resources manager.
  • Assists in administering medical, dental, and life insurance; 401K; and disability programs by advising employees of eligibility; providing application information; helping with form completion; verifying submission; responding to benefits questions from employees; and organizing the annual open enrollment.
  • Monitors unemployment claims. Discuss claims with HR Manager. May review claims; substantiates documentation; or consults with Unemployment State Trust-Equifax division.
  • Maintains employee information and confidentiality; records new hires, transfers, terminations, changes in job classifications, merit increases; tracking vacation, sick, and personal time into HRIS. Ensures accurate and complete employee files with all required materials; ensures compliant.
  • Promotes exit surveys forms upon receipt of termination notice; ensures completion; promptly forward responses to human resources manager.
  • Documents human resources actions by completing forms, reports, logs, and records.
  • Assists in compiling information for Affirmative Action Program; annual EEO-1 report; and maintain other records, reports and logs to conform with EEO rules/regulations.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities and reading professional publications.
  • Supports Human Resources Manager in maintaining organizational chart and HRIS system.
  • Supports Executive Director with assigned administrative duties.
  • Other duties that may be assigned deemed necessary.



1. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or 2-3 years’ experience supporting Human Resources department.

2. Excellent verbal, written, and in-person communication skills.

3. Excellent computer skills and superior knowledge of all MS Office Suite programs; accurate reporting skills.

4. Excellent planning, organization, interpersonal, and customer service skills.

5. Patience with routine and attention to detail; proactive and process-oriented working style.

6. Ability to multi-talk, meet pressing deadlines and anticipate needs; Ability to maintain confidentiality; Ability to work independently and autonomously.

7. Relationship builder; A team player with all departments.


  • Excellent verbal, written, and in-person communication skills.
  • Champion in promoting respect and teambuilding.
  • Broad knowledge and understand of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


    Additional Info:


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employee’s abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.


      Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer Cornerstone offers a generous salary and benefits package.

      How To Apply:

      RESUMES without COVER LETTERS will not be reviewed or considered for employment at Cornerstone Advocacy Service. Please e-mail your COVER LETTER AND RESUME to No agencies; No walk-ins; No phone calls please.


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