Human Resources Director

Powerhouse Workshop

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Powerhouse Arts is a not-for-profit based in Gowanus and Red Hook, Brooklyn, established to create a robust platform for art production and employment in the arts. Powerhouse is stewarding the redevelopment of the former Brooklyn Rapid Transit Power Station in Gowanus to create a new facility that will house fabrication and production facilities in wood, metal, ceramics, textiles and printmaking. Our programming includes education, employment and public engagement to increase access and opportunity for participation in the arts for all New Yorkers.

The Human Resources Director will be Powerhouse’s first dedicated HR team member. You will focus your efforts on developing and stewarding values-aligned, people-centered, equitable HR practices for our growing team. This position will report to the Senior Director of Strategic Planning.

Who you are:

  • Enthusiastic about fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equity-driven organizational culture at Powerhouse Arts

  • Deep understanding of foundational HR areas (employee relations, L&D, compensation, performance management, benefits, leaves, payroll, immigration, legal, etc.)

  • Strong emotional intelligence, communication and presentation skills and the ability to deal effectively, empathetically, and courteously with all levels of employees

People who thrive in Powerhouse’s organizational culture are those who:

  • Are action-oriented, collaborative, and work well in ambiguous/changing circumstances

  • Enjoy research and iterative problem-solving

  • Have independent follow-through and pay attention to detail

  • Value and work towards an equitable and inclusive workplace


HR Operations

  • Collaborate with the administrative team to update company policies and procedures, communicating and operationalizing Powerhouse’s values in compliance with all legal requirements, standards and procedures

  • Working closely with the Financial Manager, oversee employee data and identify and implement new processes and technologies to grow and maintain our team

  • Ensure ongoing compliance of all legal and organizational requirements, standards, and procedures and advise finance and senior leadership team on needed actions

  • Review, track and develop employee benefit programs that support a growing and diverse employee population. Oversee open enrollment and relationships with vendors

  • Lead a semi-annual equitable compensation and performance calibration across the organization

  • Collect data to ensure the organization is staying true to its equity-driven culture

  • Participate in on-boarding all new employees to ensure they feel welcomed and have the tools and knowledge they need to succeed at Powerhouse

  • Participate in strategic visioning work and other long-term projects, as required

Learning & Development

  • Plan and implement ongoing training and career development programs and activities for staff, including facilitating conversations about ongoing diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and anti-bias; Identify opportunities for external and internal professional development

  • Oversee performance management processes including but not limited to semi-annual performance reviews, employee development programs, and 1:1 best practices

  • Ensure all new hiring managers are equipped to carry out equitable and informed decisions around recruitment

Recruiting/Talent Acquisition

  • Develop and implement comprehensive hiring practices that align with Powerhouse’s people-centered recruitment and hiring philosophy

  • Source, screen and interview candidates

  • Ensure that new hires reflect the constituencies that Powerhouse Arts seeks to serve

Employee Relations and Employee Experience

  • Provide clear guidance and perspective on how to manage employee relations; coach managers to resolve employee issues promptly, effectively, and objectively while staying aligned with organizational policy and culture

  • Develop and implement procedures and benchmarks to ensure a diverse, inclusive, and equity-driven organizational culture

  • Keep your finger on the pulse of the organization; support employees through challenges

  • Stay informed on employment best practices

  • Passionate about our mission

  • 6+ years in related Human Resources roles

  • Strong foundation in compensation, performance management, change management, benefits, compliance, employee relations and recruiting

  • Experience building and optimizing programs across diverse teams and cultures

  • Previous non-profit experience a plus

How to Apply

Please email your thoughtful cover letter and resume as a PDF document to with “HR Director” in the subject line and your first and last name in the PDF file name. Deadline to apply is July 8, 2019. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an initial interview by July 22, 2019.

Powerhouse Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants receive consideration without regard to race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Powerhouse is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applicants from all backgrounds strongly encouraged apply.

Benefits include health insurance, employer-sponsored retirement plan, generous paid vacation and PTO, a CitiBike membership, and TransitChek.

Posted on June 18