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Human Resources and Racial Equity Director


Primary Objective of Position


The Human Resources and Racial Equity (HRRE) Director is responsible for administering human resources policies, programs, and practices which will include planning, developing, implementing, and directing all human resources and racial equity initiatives, policies, and programs at UCHC. The HRRE Director is responsible for staff recruitment and orientation, personnel records and matters, benefits administration, conflict mediation, and oversite of racial equity initiatives to maintain an organizational culture of anti-racism. The HRRE Director will oversee all human resources functions and issues including maintaining and updating personnel policies, staffing, and hiring policies and procedures, staff relations and orientation, conflict resolution, incident reporting, leadership development, and compensation and benefits. The HRRE Director will be a resource person for the organization in matters pertaining to racial equity and staffing to meet the needs of its many low-income clients and will develop and recommend best practices and procedures that will guide the growth, effectiveness, and cultural relevance of an organization serving the housing needs of a majority Black population. The HRRE Director will also ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The HHRE Director reports to the Executive Director.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Serve as the organization’s liaison and coordinator between all departments in matters pertaining to hiring, orientation, leave and personnel matters, mediation, leadership development, and racial equity and inclusion matters.

  • Develop a broad network for recruiting job applicants to ensure organization creates opportunity and hires individuals’ representative of the community which it serves.

  • Assist with preliminary screening of job applicants, setting up and interviewing with Executive Director and the direct supervisor or other appropriate department representative.

  • Work with all new hires to complete all payroll and benefits enrollment and documents as well as review personnel and other employment policies, and general staff orientation.

  • Work with staff on the development, deployment, and progress measurements of racial equity action plans, and greater effectiveness of the delivery of services, ensuring regular check-ins and providing data and support as needed to encourage continued progress.

  • Act as a resource and referral agent for information and services pertaining to racial equity.

  • Assist directors and board in developing a strategy to advance racial equity and inclusion, both internally and externally and to improve the effectiveness of the delivery of services.

  • Assist staff in ensuring racial equity is considered and built into new and existing programs and policies by developing toolkits and providing data, support, and recommendations.

  • Provide support and guidance when complex, specialized, and sensitive questions and issues arise.

  • Assist with grant proposals, general communications, memos, letters, and other documents as needed.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Experience in a human resources capacity working with diverse populations using culturally sensitive and anti-racist practices.

  • Experience conducting internal policy and procedures development pertaining to racial equity and building an anti-racist workplace culture.

  • Ability to effectively organize, facilitate and lead groups and teams.

  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, including effective public speaking and presentation skills.

  • Ability to work independently, be organized, coordinate multiple activities, and manage and interpret data.

  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, working evenings and weekends as needed.



Desired Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, human resources, organizational development, or another related field. Years of experience and demonstrated advanced ability in these areas will be considered equivalent to formal certification with sufficient letters of recommendation.

  • Training, certification, or 2-4 years of experience carrying out racial equity practices and principals in a non-profit, governmental, or community organizing setting.

  • Experience in recruiting and hiring staff for a non-profit, community-oriented organization, with a wide range of staffing needs and skills.

  • Experience in the creation, facilitation, and presentation of intercultural training programs.

  • Previous experience working in or with community outreach.

  • Experience in public process methods and conflict resolution.

  • Experience in employing effective problem solving and leadership skills to bring about transformational change in an organization.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and demonstrated commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, anti-racism, social justice, diversity, access, and equity.

  • Previous experience living or working with non-white populations.

  • Fluency in Spanish, Arabic or other non-English language(s) prevalent in the local community is an asset.



  • Full-time position.  

  • Salary commensurate with experience. UCHC offers generous medical benefits and time off.

  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule of both in-office and work-from-home conditions.

  • Schedule: 8:30 - 4:30 or 9:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday, though some additional time may be required depending on agency needs.

  • Accommodations can be made to enable the selected candidate to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Expected start date, as soon as possible. Applications are now being accepted and reviewed.

  • Position open until filled.  


Applicant Instructions

Interested candidates should send a resume, a completed employment application (click here), cover letter, and three references to  


About UCHC

The United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) is a nonprofit comprehensive housing assistance organization, which has provided a variety of housing-related services to Detroit's low-income residents since 1973. The organization has worked with tenants, homesteaders, homeowners, the homeless, community organizations rebuilding neighborhoods and providing affordable housing, religious, civil rights, labor, and housing advocacy organization to improve, preserve, and expand affordable housing opportunities for low-income Detroiters. Specific services include legal representation, rent payment assistance, housing relocation, tenant organizing, foreclosure prevention, home purchasing and repair support.  All services are provided to income-eligible families and individuals free of charge. UCHC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, UCHC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, and termination. UCHC gives great consideration to life experiences in hiring and has hired several former clients to staff positions.   Consistent with state and federal laws, UCHC is committed to maintaining a workplace free from the use of drugs and alcohol.

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