HR (Human Resources) Assistant

Job Title: HR (Human Resources) Assistant
Department: Human Resources
Reports to: Vice President - Human Resources
FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) Status: Permanent Employee / Full time


The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization in Washington, DC dedicated to strengthening prosperity and human welfare in the global economy through expert analysis and practical policy solutions. PIIE was named best economic think tank in the United States, with research in areas such as trade and macroeconomic policy cited regularly in major news outlets.


The Institute has a new opportunity available within its Human Resource team for an HR Assistant. The HR Assistant will work under the direction of the Vice President of Human Resources. This entry to junior level role will gain administrative and project support exposure in key HR areas including Recruiting, Onboarding, Immigration, Compliance and HR systems development.

Applicants must have a strong background in ADP (TotalSource) software system, an exceptional eye for detail, an organized work style, and the required ability to secure and manage confidential work matters/material. A successful candidate must work well in a mutually supportive, collaborative environment.


  • Provide support to the VP – Human Resources with compliance tasks and internal systems development.
  • Assist with day-to-day operations of the HR functions and duties.
  • Can build and maintain excellent and credible relationships with manager and employees.
  • Maintains confidential department files to include personnel files, workers compensation, unemployment compensation and benefits files.
  • Process employment verification letters.
  • Support with recruitment tasks, including developing new hire administration/documentation and onboarding activities. Submit Employee Rejection Letters.
  • Coordinate nationwide advertising efforts and research new resources for job postings.
  • Produce monthly newsletter, featuring updates on HR policies and protocols.
  • Administer/update internal HRIS, including recruitment queries.
  • Process new hire background checks.
  • Monthly Birthday Emails, Coordinate Employee Social Events (Weddings, Baby Showers)
  • Draft New Hire Welcome Letters.
  • Manage Immigration internal e-documents.
  • Manage Employee Metro Subsidy.
  • Order New Hire Gifts (PIIE, Pens, Tee-Shirts, Mugs, Portfolio's) as needed.
  • Monitor and Track Employee Leave Balance in partnership with Senior Accountant.
  • Monthly Benefits Invoice Reconciliation.
  • Revise and update organizational chart as needed.
  • Compile and update employee records (hard and soft copies).
  • Act as a liaison with accounting, processing invoices and leave reconciliations as required.
  • Offer ideas to enhance and grow PIIE’s mission and HR vision.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management or related field with one to  two years of experience in an HR environment; or an associate degree in Business or related field with 2- 3 years of experience in an HR environment.
  • Intermediate / advanced experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype and Teams.
  • Calendar Management experience in Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using ADP or similar HR software.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of video platforms including Webex and Zoom.
  • The successful candidate will have strong initiative and an interest in developing a broad knowledge of Human Resources. Time management, maintaining confidentiality and communication skills are key in working with varied functions in HR.


PIIE offers highly competitive health and retirement savings benefits. PIIE also supports significant subsidies for tuition in education and training programs related to the employee’s work or international economics.

Retirement Accounts: After one year of employment, employees are eligible for the Institute's retirement plan. In this plan the Institute contributes 10 percent of the employee’s salary each month to an account with TIAA/CREF. The employee will be 50 percent vested after two years of service and fully vested after three years. Once the employee is fully vested the Institute’s contribution in the employee’s account belongs to the employee even after termination. 

Employees may also participate in a 403(b) on a voluntary basis. The employee determines the amount of the contribution which is then withheld from each paycheck and deposited into a retirement account.

Vacation/Sick Leave: Vacation leave (3 weeks) is for full-time employees and begins to accrue on their first day of employment.  Sick leave (12 days) is granted to full-time employees for illness or injury, or a doctor's appointment.

Holidays: Unless otherwise specified, the holiday will be observed on the day designated by the Federal Government. 

  • Additional benefits programs focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Commuter Subsidy
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account
  • Health Advocate
  • Parental Leave
  • EAP


This person will typically sit at a desk for extended periods of time throughout the day and use a computer to include monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Some walking to and from various offices, and the printer will be required. Some bending and stooping may be necessary to do filing. Occasionally you may be expected to lift boxes of up to 25 lbs. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment is a moderately open one with a combination of cubicles and offices. The noise level is quiet. The office, lavatories and building are all handicapped accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. (Hybrid work currently in place at PIIE, however subject to change in the future).

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for PIIE.  PIIE will require staff and visitors to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.


Monday through Friday – 40 hours per week. Must be able to work a flexible schedule based on the needs of the business.

Please submit your cover letter (including salary expectations), and resume to [email protected]. Cover letter and salary required.
No Calls Please.

PIIE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.