Position:  Human Resource Generalist
Location:  Detroit, MI
Job Id:  270
# of Openings:  1

At Alternatives For Girls, our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and to help them to explore and access the support, resources, and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong, and to make positive choices in their lives.
Our employees love being involved in the empowering work we do, and having a deep dedication to the mission is the foundation of our team. In addition to making a tangible, positive impact, some of the benefits our staff enjoy include:
  • Flexible work environment
  • Work-life balance
  • Ability to start accruing up to five weeks off after only six months of employment (and we encourage you to use it!)
  • Emphasis on staff development
  • Highly competitive benefits packages

Job Summary:

The HR Generalist serves as a key point of contact for employees and managers to engage with about basic HR questions/needs.  The HR Generalist will Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs including, but not limited to; employee relations, compensation, benefits education, leave management, communication, disciplinary matters, disputes and investigations, performance and talent management, recognition and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.  This role is ideal for that person who seeks to learn and grow professionally, with career aspirations towards human resource management.


  • Recruits, interviews, and facilitates the hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings.
  • Conducts or acquires background checks and employee eligibility verifications.
  • Implements new hire orientation and employee recognition programs.
  • Reviews, tracks, and documents compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory training, continuing education, and work assessments. This may include safety training, anti-harassment training, professional licensure, and aptitude exams and certifications.
  • Advises employees and managers on the interpretation of HR policies, programs and procedures. 
  • Maintains the Employee Handbook; recommends and implements revisions as approved.
  • Provides necessary support with the planning and execution of agency events and employee engagement events to support a positive agency culture.
  • Develops relevant HR metrics; examines and identifies key trends in data, providing recommendations based on data.
  • Prepares, revises and issues various HR reports.  Maintains the organization chart.
  • Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.
  • Attends and participates in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
  • Maintains employee files; execute and/or assist with HR audits and surveys.
  • Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • First and foremost, a person with passion for contributing to a mission-driven purpose. 
  • A team player who enjoys collaborating with others in pursuit of excellence and success.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Highly developed listening skills and the ability to feel/express empathy, along with generally strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • A desire to be held accountable for success and mistakes alike.
  • Integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • An unquenchable thirst for personal and professional growth through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and experiences.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of employment-related laws and regulations.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, or two years of HR Generalist experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Professional certification (e.g. SHRM-CP) is a plus.
  • Experience as a frequent user of an organization’s HRIS and/or Applicant Tracking System is a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Substantial periods of walking, including the use of stairs and an elevator.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times. 
  • Must be able to access and navigate each department at the organization’s facilities.

Additional Requirements:

  • Meet all Agency licensing requirements: TB test, MDHHS clearance, etc.
  • Valid Michigan Driver’s license, good driving record and access to personal vehicle.  Some local driving required as part of community speaking and fundraising activities, training, and meeting participation.

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