Rising Ground, Inc

Employee Experience Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/15/2024 2:21 PM)
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Human Resources


The need to create connected employee experiences is more important now than ever before. The Employee Experience Specialist reports to the Director of Human Resources and will shape our employee experience strategy and develop a deeper understanding of our ever-changing business landscape at a site and organizational level. Duties include but are not limited to: managing continuous improvement efforts for employee culture & engagement initiatives using data and metrics to drive improvements; aligning employee experiences with Rising Ground’s core values as well as identifying opportunities to help support leadership in reinforcing an engaging culture. They will work closely with the organization to continuously understand its evolving needs and identify opportunities to deliver through solutions, such as assessments, engagement and retention initiatives, and organizational effectiveness programs.


Rising Ground


Founded as an orphanage in 1831, Rising Ground has been at the forefront of evolving community needs as a leading non-profit human services organization. Driven by the belief that each of us can thrive when life has hope and opportunity, Rising Ground provides caring support and proven paths to positive change, helping children, adults, and families rise above adversity, and each year, Rising Ground is a positive force in the lives of more than 25,000 individuals. We do this through 50 programs in 70 locations throughout New York City and Westchester. Our strong belief and commitment to diversity shows not just through our work with supported persons but is integral to the building of a strong staff that reflects the communities we serve. 




At Rising Ground, we encourage everyone to live a healthier life. When you enroll in health care benefits — medical, dental, and vision care, you and your family can take advantage of each plan’s preventive services, which will help everyone to stay well. Another way to remain healthy is to eat right and keep active. Ultimately, we all benefit when we make the right choices, whether through diet and exercise or health care services. You can also take advantage of other important benefits, including life and accident, disability benefits, the retirement savings plan, and the employee assistance program.


Annual Salary

$55,000 - $60,000


Essential Functions:

  • Drives innovative, effective talent, onboarding, and employee experience strategies to attract, grow and retain a diverse, top-talent pipeline.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership to understand targets and strategies related to staffing, recruiting, retention, and development of human capital.
  • Works with partners, vendors, and internal stakeholders to identify, develop, and implement new engagement programs, tools, processes, etc. that enrich the employee experience and reinforce RG’s culture.
  • Develops and maintains site integrated schedule to include key program milestones, diversity and community events.
  • Partners with DIFB Division and Employee Resource Groups to enhance inclusion across the sites.
  • Assists with new projects that amplify our culture and inspire and captivate employees at every phase of their journey.
  • Infuses onboarding activities ensuring new hires have effective orientation and introduction to resources needed to be successful.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains a sustainable rewards and recognition program that acknowledges employees’ contributions. Research and make ongoing recommendations regarding branding and recognition experience, award options, and best practices.
  • Creates onboarding/off boarding surveys and analyze results to identify areas of strengths and weakness; makes recommendations.
  • Builds on our existing feedback channels to maintain an open and fluid effective feedback culture; create and/or contribute tools, training materials and resources to help leaders successfully build action plans based on results.
  • Ensures the organization’s values are reflected in people-oriented decisions.
  • Maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation; ensures adherence to federal and state statutes and administration of company personnel policies.
  • Participates on committees, perform special projects, and other duties based on organizational needs.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of one year of progressive HR, People Operations, Employee Experience/Engagement and/or DEI is required; Human Resources Certification (PHR, SHRM-CP) or interest is a plus.
  • Knowledge and experience building and delivering in person and remote recruiting and onboarding experience.
  • Project management and/or coordination capabilities preferred.
  • Proven successful track record of relationship building with diverse employees.
  • Knowledge of human resources law and best practices.
  • Ability to build and execute HR strategies related to engagement and employee satisfaction.
  • Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership skills and ability to demonstrate a strong people focused mindset.
  • Able to work independently and under pressure to meet deadlines in a fast paced, challenging and dynamic environment.
  • Creative and innovative thinker.
  • Ability to handle matters of confidentiality with utmost tact and diplomacy; ethical decision making.


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