THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE is building a community-based, client-centered, holistic public defense office in Wayne County and we invite you to join our team as we represent our clients with excellence. Building on 30 years of experience of providing high quality representation, we are expanding our efforts to bring the same caliber of representation to the communities of Wayne County. We are seeking a team of highly organized, self-driven, and resilient individuals dedicated to our mission. The Criminal Defense Practice at NDS Detroit will represent residents of Wayne County who are charged with felony crimes and cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients are represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, client advocates, and team administrators. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes.  NDS is committed to addressing the comprehensive legal and social service needs of clients while treating each client with dignity and respect.

The Human Resources Assistant is an integral part of the defense team who demonstrates a commitment to serving marginalized persons and communities. The Human Resources Assistant is experienced administrative professional who has a strong knowledge of organizational structures; understands how to support effective employee programs; and is an experienced in generalist tasks. The Human Resources Assistant will help shape our present and future—contributing to a collaborative environment and culture of excellence in alignment with our values. At NDS Detroit, how we represent our clients is as important as individual case outcomes and our ideal Human Resources Assistant approaches the cultivation of a positive office culture and staff development with equal rigor and commitment. 


Recruiting (50%)

  1. Perform administrative tasks in support of hiring efforts and maintaining a strong candidate pipeline, including:
  • Sourcing and reviewing resumes for open positions
  • Conducting initial screenings with candidates
  • Coordinating interviews with hiring manager and interview panel
  • Creating and updating active candidates in recruitment e-folders
  • Completing reference checks
  • Maintaining timely communications with candidates
  • Updating recruiting report spreadsheet for all open positions
  • Dispositioning candidates during and at the conclusion of hiring for open position

Employee Administration/Records (30%)

  1. Organizing and updating employee files, including:
  • Creating new employee folders and organizing onboarding paperwork; Following up with new hires to ensure all required items have been received
  • Adding pay action updates to employee files
  • Maintaining historical human resource records by keeping past and current records organized and accessible
  • Protecting organizational integrity by keeping employee personal information in the strictest confidence
  • Assisting with employee performance evaluation process
  • Conducting quarterly audits of employee files to ensure required paperwork is up to date and accessible

Continuous Improvement Efforts (20%)

  1. Build and develop relationships with internal staff and external partners essential to the human resources function by:
  • Listening to external applicants and internal team members on how to improve HR processes
  • Being creative, innovative, and exceptional follow-through abilities with implementing best practices and reaching people in a meaningful way
  • Recommending revisions or implementation of policies and procedures relevant to our staff and our office culture and the evolving workforce
  • Keeping a pulse on employment law updates according to city, state and federal regulations

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will bring:

  1. A demonstrated commitment to criminal justice, indigent defense, racial equity and social justice issues and Wayne County communities and a substantive understanding of the biases impacting our clients.
  2. At least one year of experience in human resources with some experience as a recruiter or HR team member with administrative capabilities.
  3. A high level of maturity and discretion combined with an ability to quickly build relationships across varying identities, income levels, races and ethnicities. 
  4. A track record of strategically guiding projects and relationships; applying good and practiced judgment; and routinely pushing through roadblocks to achieve your goals. 
  5. Ability to keep calm under pressure and navigating shifting priorities.
  6. A high level of organizational and administrative skills.
  7. Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  8. A bachelor’s degree.

Compensation:  Compensation is commensurate with experience. Full medical and dental benefits, as well as retirement plan with company match, robust time off perks, paid parental leave and other benefits, are provided. The salary range for this position is $35,000 – 66,500.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to with the subject line, “Detroit HR Assistant.” Please send your application as one document, preferably PDF. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at

The Neighborhood Defender Service is committed to creating a diverse environment that reflects the community we serve.  NDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. NDS encourages people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people to apply.