Happiness Resources Generalist | Full Time

Category: Renewable Energy

Location: 442 Route 2


This position enjoys a terrific variety of work in HR (what we call Happiness Resources) – including benefits administration, payroll and recruitment support. We’re looking for someone who nails attention to detail, commitment to excellence and delighting our staff with answers to their questions and serving their HR needs. This role works with Leadership, Finance and HR teams to deliver wonderful communications with our valued customers and amazing staff.  It’s a combination “people person” and diligent record keeper – because both are necessary to provide the service our beloved employees deserve.  This position is a crucial member of our team of HR professionals and will have responsibilities in any and all of the following: benefits administration, processing payroll, recruiting, onboarding, employee relations, performance management, policy implementation and employment law compliance. Sounds like fun, right?!


  • Performs benefits administration, including monitors employee eligibility for benefits plans. Reviews benefits with employees and processes enrollment, cancellation or changes. Organizes and annual open enrollment communications and election process for regional office. Maintains and distributes list of new and cancelled employees under each benefit plan.
  • Coordinates payroll, adjustments on pay rates, employee status changes and the like. Coordinates, collects and verifies hours worked for hourly staff; and personal leave for all.
  • Conducts recruitment efforts for exempt and nonexempt personnel, students and temporary employees; conducts new-employee orientations; and writes and places job advertisements. Develops and maintains regional recruitment network at key schools, colleges, community and environmental groups.
  • Assists in employee meetings and communications.
  • Maintains human resource information system records and compiles reports from the database.
  • Administers various human resource plans and procedures for all employees; assists in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures; prepares and maintains the employee handbook and the policies and procedures manual.
  • In collaboration with HR leadership, ensures we’re meeting all obligations federal and state employment and benefits laws and regulations.


  • 5 years Human Resources experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills with all levels of employees
  • Deep knowledge of NYS labor laws
  • Project Management Experience
  • Experience in data collection, entry and reporting with great attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication abilities with aptitude in problem-solving, organization and time management
  • Excellent customer service skills and oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to continually embrace personal and professional development
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic business environment and shift gears as needed (we call it the solar coaster)
  • Thrives in collaborative, team atmosphere – giving and taking feedback to improve your personal performance as well of that of your team and the entire business
  • Demonstrated commitment to social change


SunCommon provides our employees with competitive pay and a strong package of benefits, including:

  • For the employee and their family, fully paid medical premiums as well as a significant contribution toward medical deductible expenses,
  • For the employee and their family, fully paid dental premiums,
  • 3 weeks paid personal leave (combined vacation and sick) for year 1; 4 weeks for year 2,
  • 10 paid holidays annually,
  • 401k company match 1:1 up to 3% of salary that the employee sets aside then 1:2 match for 4 or 5%.
  • Student loan pay down program
  • Short and long term disability
  • 25K Life insurance with buy-up option


To Apply:

Please submit application here.