HR Specialist

Who We Are:

Ripley PR, Inc. is an award-winning global public relations agency specializing in skilled trades, franchising, manufacturing and B2B technology. Founded in 2013, Ripley PR has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top 10 Franchise PR Agency five years in a row, and was named to Forbes’ America’s Best PR Agencies list in 2021. The agency was also named as No. 2 PR Agency in the greater Knoxville area by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2022. These awards represent our focus and commitment to creating PR campaigns that drive results for our global clients.

Orange Orchard, a division of Ripley PR founded in 2018, focuses on promoting vegan and plant-based brands, and increasing awareness and fundraising for animal welfare organizations.

What We Do:

Offering a full range of strategic communication services, including traditional media relations and crisis management strategies, Ripley PR uses a blend of strategic business accounting and creative public relations branding to tell compelling stories and deliver measurable results. Ripley PR is a partner in IPREX, a $508 million global network of communication agencies, with 1,100 communications professionals in more than 100 markets worldwide.

How We Work:

At Ripley PR, we are solution-focused, outgoing, positive, and rally around producing high-quality work for our clients. We’re different than most PR agencies. Our teams of specialists provide clients with simple, ongoing analytics, showing the true return on investment. We want clients to know what we do on a daily basis to promote and advocate for their brand. We enjoy a fast-paced environment with open communication. With a work hard, play hard mentality, we enjoy a challenge as much as we enjoy our free office snacks, goal incentives, bi-monthly office massages and occasional short days.

What You’ll Do:

Ripley PR is looking for a full time HR specialist. This person will perform a variety of human resources and talent acquisition activities and work directly for the CEO. Due to the nature of this position, a high level of confidentiality must be maintained at all times.


  • Perform administrative tasks, maintain files, responding to emails and phone inquiries
  • Coordinate and manage PTO, benefits administration and coordinate for payroll
  • Assist with the hiring process, including developing job descriptions, creating and submitting job postings, and scheduling interviews
  • Assist with onboarding new hires and orientation
  • Assist with setting up new employees in HR software and processing new hire paperwork
  • Assist with employee reviews
  • Coordinate updates to the employee handbook and other policies
  • Professional in appearance and attitude
  • Maintain personnel files, records and documents


  • 4-7 years human resources experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Tennessee employment law
  • Commitment to protect confidential employee and business information
  • Ability and willingness to manage multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment, with unexpected requests and changing priorities
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Must have strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • First-class interpersonal skills
  • Works well collaborating as a team and working independently
  • Highly organized
  • Proficient in PC, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, WordPress and content management systems

Work Location:

  • Full-time, On Location in Maryville, Tennessee. (This is not a remote position.)
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