Kansas City Scholars, Inc. Human Resources Generalist Kansas City, MO · Full time

KC Scholars is one of the most effective college scholarship and support programs in the nation. Scholars provides three types of scholarships: college savings accounts (9th graders); traditional scholarships (11th graders); and scholarships to adult learners who want to secure an industry recognized credential or return to college to secure their associate or bachelor’s degree. Scholars is unique because most students graduate debt free, and as a result of the intensive supports provided to our scholars, the vast majority of our scholars graduate from college or their credentialing program and enter good careers. Students who are low- and moderate-income and reside in our six focal counties in the Kansas City Area (Kansas and Missouri) are eligible to apply. Over 90% of our scholars persist annually, and 74% of our scholars are on track for on-time graduation. KC Scholars currently has 6,293 scholars, and awards approximately 750 new scholarships annually. Our goal is to significantly expand our program and its impact in the coming years.



Reports to: Chief Talent Officer

Location: Kansas City, MO - Hybrid: 2 days in office, 3 days remote (technology provided)

Status: Exempt, Full-time

Salary: Annual salary based on experience

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, Life Insurance, PTO, Holidays, leave program, 401k including employer contribution, and others

 Key Performance Indicators:

  • 85% team member retention.
  • 90% of staff members rate Scholars as a great place to serve.
  • Every position filled with a high-quality leader within 6 weeks.
  • 90% of team members achieve their annual goals.



The Human Resources Generalist position will report to the Chief Talent Officer and will play a key role at KC Scholars. This role will ­­­­­be responsible for assisting in the development and management of HR processes and procedures related to recruitment, on-boarding, compliance, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, retention and cultural engagement.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Manages and administrates our recruitment, employment and on-boarding systems and processes.
  • Develops and implements compliance annual training and support training needs as the organization develops.
  • Manages and administrates employee engagement practices, programs and procedures.
  • Manages and administrates our performance management program and its deliverables throughout the year.
  • Assists in the management of benefits, compensation, and compliance programs.
  • Manages employee relations matters including, employee and/or management coaching, disciplinary actions, investigations and compliance.
  • Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and managers, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.
  • Assists in the implementation of HRI systems and metrics to measure effectiveness of service, programs, and processes.
  • Provides expert level knowledge regarding our employee policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates logistics of team events to improve employee work satisfaction.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required.
  • PHR or SHRM-CP a plus.

Work Experience:

  • At least five years of human resources generalist experience required.
  • Experienced HR generalist knowledge of full-life cycle recruiting, training, employee relations, benefits, and compensation.
  • Experience in administrating benefits, FMLA, safety/workers compensation programs and HR policies/procedures.
  • General understanding of college access, persistence, and completion issues – particularly for low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students and returning adult learners.

Additional Knowledge, skills, and competencies:

  • General understanding of college access, persistence, and completion issues – particularly for low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students and returning adult learners.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work in a fast-pace, transformational environment.
  • Able to shift priorities as needed.
  • Strong project management.
  • Ability to make objective decisions through facts and data.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Self-driven yet willing to follow direction, at times with limited input.
  • Strong relationship building skills.
  • Willing to go the extra mile as needed.
  • Personal value system that includes the highest standards of honesty, confidentiality, integrity, loyalty, and professional ethics reflective of the ability to succeed in building and maintaining positive relationships with the community.
  • Excellent communications skills (written, verbal, research skills, presentation skills, facilitation skills).
  • Extremely detail oriented and organized.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 15 lbs.
  • Ability to work in an office and remote environment.
  • Ability to travel from and to work and occasionally to regional sites as the organization grows.
  • Ability to interact with others via technology, face-to-face and collectively. 

KC Scholars firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state, or local law.


$60,000 - $70,000 per year