People and Culture Coordinator

Lisle, IL
Full Time

The Morton Arboretum's People and Culture team is seeking a coordinator to play a vital role in supporting our commitment to an engaged and inclusive workplace culture. In this role, the selected candidate will facilitate employee onboarding processes, provide broad administrative and project coordination, and organize recognition programs to promote positive employee relations and foster employee engagement. The selected individual will join a team dedicated to supporting the needs of the Arboretum staff, which helped earn the designation as a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace for three consecutive years. If you're highly organized, detail-oriented, and passionate about cultivating positive employee experiences, this position is right for you!


Position Summary: Provide broad administrative support to the People and Culture department. Coordinate processes for all incoming employees and maintain departmental records. Coordinate employee events and recognition to promote positive employee relations and foster employee engagement. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Provide general assistance and support to the People and Culture department, which includes meeting logistics and scheduling, data entry, job posting, distributing and collecting documentation, and maintaining office supplies. Track, draft, proofread, and/or process routine outgoing correspondence.
  • Maintain personnel and applicant records and departmental document retention. Maintain staff lists, photo directories, and related records, and the People and Culture pages of the Arboretum’s intranet, Rooted.
  • Coordinate new employee materials for all new and returning staff, which includes coordinating all necessary pieces prior to first day arrival, such as routing offer letters, coordinating pre-employment testing and screening, collecting documents, and ensuring all new employee post-hire requirements are completed. Process employee IDs.
  • Maintain the schedule of the vice president, making appointments and coordinating arrangements for an active calendar of meetings and events. Proactively resolve scheduling conflicts. Prompt and support the vice president in preparation for and in follow-up to engagements and commitments, and manage essential communications with internal and external contacts. Provide support in preparation for quarterly board committee meetings.  
  • Provide assistance in the coordination and execution of department activities, quarterly orientations, and employee social activities, which promote positive employee relations. Process and distribute monthly employee birthday and related cards.
  • Coordinate recognition programs that include service recognition, the Champion of Trees program, and other programs that support a positive work culture.
  • Maintain and monitor monthly department expenses. Assist in the compilation of the annual budget by gathering and analyzing data for various accounts. Prepare departmental expense reports. 
  • Coordinate processes related to employees separating from the Arboretum.
  • Serve as the primary person entering and maintaining data in the various HR databases, which includes the HCM, as well as other applications. Assist employees with questions and troubleshooting related to the human capital management (HCM) and applicant tracking software (ATS) systems.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Arboretum’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning, and make the Arboretum exceptional.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Success Factors:

  • Related experience in a human resources or project coordination capacity
  • Highly organized individual who can manage multiple tasks at various stages of execution and with frequent interruptions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • High attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Proficiency with Google applications, project management software, and HR/Payroll systems
  • Ability to adapt to changes with new technologies and evolving trends 
  • Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner 
  • Outgoing, friendly, and energetic individual who is able to relate effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, education, ages, and experiences
  • Conversational Spanish a plus

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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 to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 15 lbs.); operating a computer for prolonged periods
  • Work Environment: Office environment, Hybrid-eligible position
  • Equipment: General office equipment

The expected hiring range for this nonexempt position is annualized at $50,000-$53,000 based on experience that will be evaluated during the candidate selection process. We believe in the importance of pay equity and consider the internal equity of our current team members as a part of the final offer. This position is also eligible for a competitive benefits package

For full consideration, please include a cover letter and resume with the application.

The Morton Arboretum is a champion for diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hiring and developing employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment. 

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