HR Generalist

San Diego, California
Salaried, negotiable according to experience and fit; package includes company stock options
May 11, 2018
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

Tocagen is a clinical-stage, cancer-selective gene therapy company focused on developing first-in-class, broadly applicable product candidates designed to activate a patient’s immune system against their own cancer from within.

Every member of our team plays a significant role in our success.  Tocagen hires individuals who share our passion for ending cancer mortality and have exceptional talent that will contribute to this goal.


The HR Generalist is responsible for administrating and organizing all aspects of HR, with a heavy focus on Payroll and Benefits Administration. In addition to managing Payroll and Benefits Administration needs, the HR Generalist will manage the employee file administration, policy & procedures communication, employee on-boarding process, safety compliance administration and assist with recruiting and compensation needs. This position interfaces with employees at all levels and the information handled must be accurate and kept strictly confidential.

Duties and Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Payroll:
    • Processes and submits biweekly payroll; reviews timesheets and audits for overtime hours; maintains current knowledge of wage and hour laws and legal rulings.
    • Ensures payroll deduction and accumulator codes are properly entered into the HRIS system. Properly fund various benefit plans including HRA, and 401K.
    • Provides accurate and timely payroll reports to accounting.
    • Prepares reports as needed for ESPP funding and other benefit programs as needed.
  • Benefits Administration:
    • Health Insurance, 401k, ESPP & Stock Options:
      • Conducts new hire orientation on benefit programs (health insurance, 401k, ESPP, Stock Options), ensuring enrollment goes smoothly for all programs.
      • Assists existing employees with questions on plan benefits, claims, loans, etc.
      • Processes monthly invoices, working with the vendors to reconcile differences.
      • Provides employee communication regarding benefit plan changes, open enrollment periods, and other events as needed.
      • Maintains benefit records and data; monitors change reporting and eligibility.
      • Assists in coordinating annual benefit review and insurance renewal process.
    • Oversees the company’s vacation, sick and holiday benefit policies, ensuring accurate accruals and usage.
    • Responds to Unemployment Insurance claim requests.
  • File Management & HR Compliance:
    • Maintains all employee files/records following HR best practices and HIPPA requirements.
    • Processes employee data and runs reports in the HRIS and train managers and employees to use the system.
    • Develops and tracks HR related metrics; Supports other departments and management with requested data.
    • Interprets and explains Company policies and procedures as well as HR related laws, standards and regulations as needed.
  • Employee On-Boarding:
    • Works with Recruiting Manager to prepare New Hire Orientation Agenda.
    • Calendar meetings with team members involved in New Hire Orientation.
    • Prepares New Hire Orientation Booklets with all new hire documents.
    • Conducts the New Hire Orientation meeting with new employees.
    • Follows up with manager and employee to ensure New Hire Training is progressing smoothly.
  • Safety Administration:
    • Maintains and updates the IIPP and Emergency Action Plan.
    • Coordinates with managers to provide safety training and employee sign offs on training.
    • Responsible for coordinating and tracking compliance and safety certifications.
  • Recruitment & Compensation:
    • Assists Recruiting Manager with:
      • Preparing and updating job descriptions and requisition forms.
      • Posting position notices to relevant online sites.
      • Conducting reference or background checks on job applicants and preparing offer letters if needed.
    • Prepares compensation reports using current benchmark salary survey data as requested.
  • Employee Relations:
    • Provides verification of employment information.
    • Prepares separation packets as needed.
    • Refer employee relations concerns to the Associate Director, Human Resources.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Desired Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong attention to detail, goal oriented.
  • Ability to use good judgment in sensitive situations and maintain confidentiality.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities.

Education and Experience:

  • 3 years of Human Resources experience.
  • 2 years of Payroll experience.
  • A degree or certification in Human Resources is preferred

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and use hands along with fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and balance.

The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to lab areas and moving parts.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position and is not an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with it.

Reports To: Associate Director, Human Resources and Administration

Position Type: Salaried, negotiable according to experience and fit; package includes company stock options, as well as tax advantaged employee benefit plans.