Director of Human Resources
Minneapolis, MN 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description
Director of Human Resources
Reports to: Managing Director
Compensation: $103,400 - $128,350 annually plus benefits
The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization.
Every year more than 500 people, both on stage and off, help ensure our success in creating and supporting the highest level of theater. As an organization, we are committed to our values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.
The Guthrie Theater would like to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.
The Director of Human Resources provides overall strategic human resource leadership to all divisions within the Guthrie Theater. Oversees the development and implementation of human resources policies, programs, and services, including recruitment, selection, retention, legal compliance, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, employment practices and procedures, employee communications and employee events. Serve as internal consultant to leadership and senior management teams, supervisors, and employees on human resource issues that affect performance and business relationships. Directs, creates, and implements the human resource strategic plan and total rewards strategy. Leads a human resource team of 3: Human Resources Manager, Volunteer Development Manager, Human Resource Generalist and 3 temporary positions: Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources Recruiter (2). Accountable to the Managing Director for a wide range of responsibilities requiring a high level of confidentiality. Demonstrates the ability to deal diplomatically with a wide variety of people, possesses strong organizational skills and an ability to delegate tasks with an attention to detail. All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie's core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility; and Fiscal Responsibility.
This position is full-time, exempt and benefits-eligible. Compensation for this position is $103,400 - $128,350 annually plus benefits. The typical schedule for this role will vary based on the dynamic schedule of a theater but will primarily be Monday-Friday, daytime hours. Must occasionally be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends.
The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
1. Employee Experience
  • Lead efforts to foster an organizational culture at the Guthrie Theater that is a reflection of its strategies and values.
  • Serve as an internal consult to employees regarding human resource and labor-related issues.
  • Ensures the development of and maintenance of employee wellness programming. Generate new ideas, initiate initiatives.
  • Creates and promotes employee engagement efforts.
  • Identify areas of interest and concern to employees initiating and implementing new programs as needed.
2. Employee/Career Development
  • Conduct job analyses to establish the specific requirements of individual jobs within each department for the creation and oversight of all job descriptions.
  • Responsible to manage, create and lead efforts around organizational structure and org charts.
  • Create, implement, and monitor a staff development plan.
  • Provide & facilitate quarterly trainings for Managers and Supervisors
  • Schedule, create and ensure delivery of workplace harassment employee awareness and trainings.
  • Oversee performance management and performance review process. Ensure supervisors are trained on providing ongoing feedback and conducting formal reviews.
  • Facilitate performance improvement plans and terminations as needed in a way that protects the theater and ensures the dignity of outgoing employees.
  • Implement succession planning as needed.
3. Talent Recruitment and Acquisition
  • Develops and implements recruitment and staffing strategies to attract, retain, and engage an effective, committed, and diverse workforce for the Guthrie. Ensure processes comply with legal standards.
  • Ensures and leads internal and external recruitment efforts such as job postings, ads, websites, social media etc.
  • Oversees open position process from recruitment to hire/onboarding.
  • Reviews applicants with hiring managers to match experience with position-related requirements and essential functions.
  • Partners with Guthrie community engagement efforts to ensure culturally diverse candidate pipelines.
  • Responsible to craft and design interview questions and consistent formatting for all positions.
  • Ensures staff are well trained to use best practices and comply with legal standards for recruitment/ interview processes.
  • Ensures onboarding processes are inclusive and designed to emphasize the critical importance of welcoming and integrating new employees into the organization's culture (with the emphasis on the Guthrie's values and policies).
4. Total Compensation
  • Obtains bids upon renewal, confers with senior leadership regarding benefits costs, making recommendations as to employer/employee cost sharing and plan design. Researches, evaluates, and oversees implementation of employee benefit changes where needed to ensure the Guthrie Theater remains competitive with other employers.
  • Works with and directs benefit broker to ensure quality service and appropriate benefits pricing.
  • Oversees all benefits processes (including Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, Short Term Disability, Retirement Planning, Flexible Spending, COBRA).
  • Researches, develops, and implements a total compensation strategy that aligns with organizational goals. This includes compensation philosophies, position range/grade design, and market analysis.
  • Manages and is responsible for the effective use of the Payscale compensation system to complete annual market analysis for all positions.
  • Researches, determines, and implements the annual review, preparation, and administration of annual performance appraisal process.
  • Oversee Worker's Compensation Program. Ensure OSHA workplace safety protocols are adhered to.
  • Ensures timely reporting to IRS for benefit plans (5500).
  • Ensures compliance with federal regulations in regard to Family Medical Leave Requests (FMLA).
  • Directs staff in the implementation of appropriate work rules and ensures labor law compliance.
  • Prepare responses to unemployment claims while protecting the interest of the theater. Participate in unemployment law hearings as needed.
5. Administration
  • Provide employee relations, employee counseling and conflict resolution services to managers and employees. Assist with labor relations issues to facilitate a positive, legally compliant work environment.
  • Create and implement termination guidelines and monitor/oversee terminations to ensure compliance with employment law.
  • Serve as the primary contact with legal counsel regarding staff employment.
  • Stay apprised of current local, state, and federal labor laws; inform theater supervisors/managers of important issues and changes.
  • Formulate, review, and revise personnel policies and procedures, to comply with appropriate legal requirements and promote employee satisfaction and retention. Direct the implementation and interpretation of personnel policies and procedures. Participate in labor management meetings and in union contract negotiations.
  • Develop and determine human resource budget.
  • Creates and directs the implementation of the human resource strategic plan for the Guthrie Theater.
6. Leadership and Supervision
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Team and the Steering Committee.
  • Lead, manage and supervise Human Resources Manager, Volunteer Development Manager, Human Resources Assistant.
  • Using the organizational monthly check-in form complete monthly check-ins with all direct reports.
  • Actively participate in team building. Fostering a work environment of artistic excellence, community, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and financial responsibility
  • Hire staff members to ensure quality work.
  • Attend and/or run department meetings to communicate pertinent information along to the employees.
  • Coach and develop staff members by monitoring employee productivity and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among employees; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; and completing annual performance evaluations.
  • Maintain and approve direct report timesheets, Personal Time Off requests, and other personnel records.
  • Demonstrated experience in human resource, leadership development and managerial level experience, or a combination of equivalent experience and training.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State Employment Law.
  • Skill in communicating effectively and persuasively in oral and written communication on an interpersonal or group level.
  • Skill in identifying and resolving issues including highly charged employment and labor issues.
  • Skill in assessing, coordinating, and conducting training sessions.
  • Capability to handle confidential information in a professional manner
  • Knowledge of employee benefit issues and the ability to work effectively with benefit brokers and vendors.
  • Knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act and how to manage within a unionized environment.
  • Skilled in leading, motivating, and supervising employees.
  • Capability to create and administer compensation and performance management programs.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities to ensure work is completed in a timely and productive manner.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including occasional evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.
The Guthrie Theater is located in the historic Mill District along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the largest city in the state, Minneapolis offers a large variety of parks, lakes, great food, festivals, malls and more.
Be a part of a leading non-profit organization that is committed to serving not only the local Twin Cities community but the industry as a whole. In addition to a competitive salary, the Guthrie offers top-notch employee benefits and staff perks.
Competitive Benefits
Health Insurance
Health Savings Account
Flexible Spending Account (medical and dependent care)
Dental & Vision
Life Insurance and AD&D
Long Term Disability
Short Term Disability
Employee Assistance Program
403(b) Retirement Plan with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of employment
Paid Time Off
Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains
Discounted pre-tax monthly ramp parking
Discounted bike locker rental

Discounted Nice Ride annual membership

Complimentary Tickets

To Guthrie productions

Discounted Tickets
To all shows produced by the Guthrie
To some performances hosted by the Guthrie
Classes and Camps
Discounts to Guthrie classes and camps
Other Employee Perks
Wellness Program
Guthrie Store discount
Admission to opening night parties
Affinity Groups
For the safety of our guests and staff, the Guthrie Theater requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Documentation of vaccination status must be provided if an offer of employment is made.

Applicants must submit a resume to be considered for the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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