Human Resources Generalist

Seattle, WA /
People Operations /
Ridwell is a service that inspires people to create a future without waste. Today, we make it easy to reuse and recycle more by identifying recyclable and reusable items that the city doesn't collect, picking them up from our customers' doorsteps, and matching them with local partners that can use them sustainably. Our future plans go much further and include making zero waste a reality for millions.

We are a social purpose corp, meaning sustainability is not just a company value - it's fundamental to the purpose and interests of our company. Our mission is to empower communities to waste less, and every success our product team celebrates means more waste saved from the landfill and more valuable donations in the hands of local non-profits.

We’re funded and growing quickly and can't wait to add to our team. We are a team invested in the personal growth of its employees and this is a unique opportunity to get in at the beginning and help build something special!

About the role
We’re looking for an energetic and empathetic Human Resources Generalist to bring Human Resources knowledge to the employee lifecycle and work closely with Human Resources Management in supporting the entire organization. Your responsibilities will include benefits administration, employee relations, performance management, new employee onboarding, policy implementation and employment law compliance. 

Our Values

    • Our member is our hero.  Our members are at the core of our company. Only by empowering them can we accomplish our vision.
    • We Never Settle.  We are relentlessly pursuing the exceptional and challenging the status quo–always making our service, experience, and company better.
    • We Take Our Success Personally. We all have a stake in the success of Ridwell. You are empowered to make an impact. 
    • Purpose Drives Our Actions. Knowing why we are doing something enables us to focus on what is truly important.
    • We Are Stronger Together. Every person is critical to our success. We need diverse perspectives to execute on creative solutions. By fostering collaboration and connection at every level, we can be phenomenal.

How to succeed in this role

    • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
    • Handles employment related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors. Refers complex matters to the appropriate staff.
    • Supports the People Operations team and entire company through fast paced growth and expansion. Has a basic understanding of state by state differences in employment.
    • Oversees the employee onboarding and offboarding workflows and ensures an engaging and seamless process takes place with each new hire and employee exit. Makes recommendations based on how the process can be improved over time considering growth and resources.
    • Generates process improvements from manual workflows into the HRIS.
    • Educates employees on the Ridwell benefits program and assists employees with technical questions regarding benefits administration and enrollments.
    • Brings energy and enthusiasm to company culture initiatives such as employee recognition programs and other engagement projects as assigned. Generates innovative ideas on making processes more efficient and engaging for employees.  Educates employees on FMLA and other state leave programs and processes requests accordingly. Tracks employee leaves of absence through the HRIS system and communicates with managers regarding payroll and absent employees.
    • May assist with processing payroll and has a base knowledge of payroll compliance and record keeping.
    • Brings energy and knowledge to company training programs such as safety compliance and Ridwell culture training.
    • Participates as a member of the Ridwell team and performs other projects and duties as assigned and handles all internal employment information with professionalism and confidentiality.

We're open to a variety of backgrounds and experiences, but here are the general skills and experience we’re looking for

    • Strong written and oral communication.
    • Ability to problem solve independently and excellent critical evaluation.
    • Excellent time management, must be able to prioritize and plan work activities.
    • Must be organized, accurate, thorough, and able to monitor work for quality.
    • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction, and must be able to improve performance through management feedback.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources or related field.
    • 2-3 years experience in Human Resources preferred.
    • PHR or SHRM-CP is a plus.
Benefits at Ridwell
We are committed to creating a supportive environment for our employees. We offer the following:
Flexible vacation and sick leave policy
Comprehensive healthcare benefits including vision and dental
Paid parental leave
401(k) plan

Individuals seeking employment at Ridwell are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

COVID-19 update for Ridwell employees
All Ridwell employees must be fully vaccinated except as necessary to accommodate disability or religious belief, candidates will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., a copy of a vaccine card or other similar official document confirming vaccination status) prior to their first day of employment.

How we are protecting employees from COVID-19
At Ridwell, employee health and safety is our top priority. We have implemented processes and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. For more information, please contact our HR department at