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CEI Human Resources Director

Center for Economic Inclusion
Minnesota, United States
$132,000.00 - $140,000.00
Closing date
Jan 21, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Human Resources
Community Development
Employment Type
Full Time
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OPEN POSITION: Human Resources Director

Human Resources professional with a proven commitment, understanding, and application of racial equity and inclusion lenses to create, implement, and maintain a strong HR presence for the Center for Economic Inclusion to drive narrative change to advance inclusive growth and close racial wealth gaps.


Founded in 2017, the Center is the nation’s first Black woman-owned and led organization dedicated exclusively to strengthening public- and private-sector civic infrastructures and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces while advancing an inclusive economy. The Center for Economic Inclusion equips public- and private-sector leaders and employers with the knowledge and tools to build, scale, and institutionalize anti-racist workplaces in shared accountability with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian people to close racial wealth gaps and build racially equitable and inclusive regional economies. 

The Center is in relentless pursuit of an economy that works for everyone and to achieve it, we work in service of four strategic goals:

  1. Create broad, measurable shared accountability for creating an inclusive and equitable economy among decision makers and policy makers.
  2. Equip public and private sector employers and policy makers with solutions to disrupt and dismantle systemic racism and institutionalize equitable policies for scale.
  3. Partner to enable the regional and place-based infrastructure of racial and economic opportunity
  4. Foster operational excellence and a high-performance culture.


At the Center, we take pride in bringing our values to life and “walking the talk.” We are a diverse team in many ways, and we believe our diversity of thought and experiences makes us stronger and our work more innovative and responsive to the communities we serve.

We strive to maintain a collaborative work environment that also stimulates individual autonomy and accountability for performance goals and excellence. We invest in great talent, nurture it, and believe in the power of career pathways within the Center.

We look for the following eight values in the talented individuals who join our team, and we strive to cultivate an environment that harnesses the collective power of these values, traits, and the expertise that each team member brings in pursuit of our mission:

Anti-Racism                                                       Self-Motivation

Inclusivity                                                           Nimble Action

High-Performance & High-Engagement          Collaboration

Shared Risk                                                        Adaptive-Learning


The Human Resources Director will partner with the CEO and senior leaders to plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate talent acquisition; talent management and development; organizational design; succession planning; employee relations and engagement; compliance, and compensation and benefits strategy for the Center. This individual will develop and lead HR strategies across the organization in support of the Center’s goal to amplify its impact as the region’s leading authority on inclusive growth and economic inclusion, and its executive leadership as a trusted thought-leader.

The Director will lead the team in maintaining a collaborative work environment that also stimulates individual autonomy and accountability for performance goals and excellence. The director supports the Center’s investment in great talent, nurturing it, and helping establish identifiable career pathways within the Center. 


Strategy & Vision

  • Serve as a strategic business partner to senior leadership to develop, cultivate and sustain a transformational culture for human resources and organizational development .
  • Design and oversee policies, standards, and practices to lead the Center’s talent management function and partner with team leaders to attract, develop, and retain the best talent in the industry .
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive compensation and benefit plan; Negotiate packages, benefits options, and offerings to meet both the needs of the organization and staff.
  • Coordinate implementation and revision of personnel policies and practices to ensure consistency with current federal, state, and local laws and organizational values.


Impact & Partnerships

  • Partner with senior leadership on organizational design, workforce planning, succession planning, skills assessment, and development.
  • Consistently recruit and retain excellent staff and maintain an effective onboarding process.
  • Partner with the Chief of Staff to cultivate a learning culture and offerings that meet the learning. and development needs of staff and board members. 

Operations & Organizational Effectiveness

  • Manage workplace investigations, disciplinary actions, and termination procedures with discretion and adherence to all internal and human resources policies.
  • Maintain employee and workplace privacy.
  • Maintain confidential employee records including payroll documentation.
  • Inform, coach, and guide leaders in the effective application of human resource standards and policies.


  • At least 3-5 years of experience in an executive human resources role
  • Knowledge of HR and office systems issues of particular importance to non-profit organizations
  • In-depth knowledge of labor laws and HR practices
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the mission of the Center for Economic Inclusion
  • Demonstrated experience in working in an organization with racially diverse staff, Board members, and clients
  • Demonstrated experience in successful employee engagement practices
  • Experience in providing training to adult learners
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and sound decision-making
  • Proven ability to understand the business strategy and translate into a concise and innovative people strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to coach managers and leaders
  • Excellent planning, project management, and interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with significant change; employing the necessary HR processes that enable the organization to innovate and grow
  • The ability to remain calm in stressful situations and deal well with conflict; Agile, responsive work style, with high attention to detail
  • Strong morals and ethics and sound judgement

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Business management required. A Master’s Degree and detailed knowledge in the HR field is preferred
  • Candidates should have at least seven years of progressive HR work experience
  • At least three to five years in a direct HR leadership position
  • Candidates must have a strong understanding of all HR functions and proven experience in driving a strategic workforce plan
  • Preferred candidates will also have experience providing change leadership, working with HR information systems, and working in a multi-cultural work environment 


The Center for Economic Inclusion is an Equal Opportunity employer. We offer an inclusive, engaging, dynamic, and rewarding workplace; a competitive total compensation package; and an opportunity to contribute to one of the most meaningful issues of our regions’ future.

The starting salary range for this position is $132,000-$140,000 and is complemented by a full suite of benefits including health, dental, vision, life, STD, and LTD insurance; mobile phone stipend, wellness, and transportation benefits; and paid time off and retirement savings match.


  1. Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to by January 13, 2022.
  2. The Subject Line should state: HR Director Application.

 Incomplete applications will not be considered.

No calls, please. Candidates whose profiles align with our needs will be contacted.

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