Give Merit, Inc Human Resources Generalist Detroit, MI · Full time

The HR Generalist is primarily responsible for interpreting and explaining human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, and regulations. This individual will also coordinate the pre-boarding and onboarding needs for Give Merit to include, but not limited to, job description development, job postings, screening and sourcing applicants, conducting background screenings in accordance with regulatory requirements, setting up new hires in the payroll system, and ensuring all newly hired staff complete all required new hire forms in a timely manner. The HR Generalist will also prepare and maintain employment records, related to but not limited to hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, or promotions.


Are you ready to be a part of growing non-profit organization located in the city of Detroit? At Give Merit, we are preparing for an exciting period of growth as a direct result of our successful mission and vision dedicated to serving youth. To ensure our continued success, we are seeking an HR Generalist.

Give Merit was Founded in 2011 and is the nonprofit arm of a cause-based fashion brand, Merit. The organization has worked intensively with Detroit high school students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) through its program called FATE. This eight-year cohort-based program provides innovative programming blending project-based learning, character development, career introduction, and mentorship into a co-curricular experience that emphasizes the value of education and the role it plays in providing access to achieving long-term career and personal goals. Students begin the program in the 9th grade and participate through their college graduation.

One hundred percent of FATE students have graduated from high school and received acceptances to colleges/universities! Currently, approximately 150 youth are served by Give Merit's FATE HS and Alumni programs and Give Merit has awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds.

Success in the role will include a strong ability to perform quality level work with moderate supervision. The individual in this role must be a self-starter, who can identify areas of opportunity and know how to critically think, and problem solve. This position will perform essential functions under minimum supervision.

If this sounds like a great fit, learn more about the essential job functions of the role below:

  • Provide general support for human resource functions within the organization
  • Interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, and regulations 
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate the pre-boarding and onboarding needs for Give Merit to include but not limited to job description development,  job postings, screening and sourcing applicants, conducting background screenings in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • Accurately set up new hires in the payroll system, and ensure all newly hired staff complete all required new hire forms in a timely manner.  
  • Prepare and maintain employment records, related to but not limited to hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, promotions, or similar events in an employee life cycle.
  • May assist in developing and executing personnel procedures and policies, and provide guidance and interpretation for business operations
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief of Staff to assist with the development of HR objectives and systems
  • Enroll, terminate, and change employee  benefit elections, compensation structures in accordance with final, approved documentation
  • Coordinate, administer, and maintain the employee performance program.
  • Proactively make recommendations to the Chief of Staff on  policy and procedure change or implementation needs to  improve employee experience and increase efficiency within the organization
  • Ensure compliance with state and national regulations, applicable employment related laws including but not limited to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and  Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)
  • Address employee relations issues, such as workplace concerns, and/or employee performance and behavior concerns
  • Ensure all applicable labor law posters and posted in the workplace in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations
  • Revise and update policy and procedures when necessary
  • Administer of all employee benefits, to include but not limited to medical, dental, vision benefits, disability plans, and life insurance plans
  • Keep track of leave time, such as vacation, personal, and sick leave, for employees
  • Issue and record adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases
  • Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies
  • Advise and assist managers with matters related to employee performance, administering discipline, termination, and refereeing employee disputes
  • Maintain and update human resources documents, such as organizational charts, employee handbooks, job descriptions, and performance evaluation forms
  • Schedule and conduct exit interviews to identify employee engagement and retention measures
  • Serve as the primary contact for employee safety, welfare and health benefits
  • Maintain and cultivate positive working relations with all levels of staff
  • Stay abreast of all federal, state, and/or local regulatory requirements related to employment law
  • Other related duties as assigned

To qualify for this role, you must meet the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or related field from an accredited college.
  • At least three (3) years of professional HR experience
  • Prior experience onboarding, recruiting, and off-boarding employees, strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of FLSA, EEO, OSHA, and other similar regulations
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP certification, a plus
  • Knowledge of payroll systems and administration
  • Nonprofit experience a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication with strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability with managing multiple tasks with time sensitive deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have a high sense of integrity and handle confidential information in a professional manner
  • Exhibit strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Work well under pressure and adaptable to change
  • Computer and typing skills sufficient to perform essential job functions
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Familiarity with Google applications (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive)
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends 

Give Merit is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We provide health benefits, 401K Retirement Plan, earned time off benefits, as well as the promotion of a flexible work environment that values work/life balance to include summer half-day Fridays.

If you want to join this team of dynamic, talented professionals, please submit a cover letter and a copy of your professional resume. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply!

Job Type: Full-time


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Detroit, MI 48204: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


$60,000 - $65,000 per year