Director of Human Resources

The Shed

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About The Shed

The Shed commissions original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences. From hip hop to classical music, painting and sculpture to literature, film to theater and dance, The Shed brings together leading and emerging artists and thinkers from all disciplines under one roof. The building—a remarkable movable structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group—physically transforms to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Committed to nurturing artistic invention and bringing creative experiences to the broadest possible audiences, The Shed, led by Artistic Director and CEO Alex Poots, is a 21st-century space of and for New York City.

About the Position

The Shed seeks an HR Director to work as a key member of a highly accomplished and skilled management team. The HR Director will report to the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer and will recruit and support the growth of our staff, ensure compliance with prevailing laws and best practices, manage HR systems that help our staff grow professionally, and help to build a culture that supports the core values of The Shed including collaboration, quality, continuous improvement and high-performance standards. Due to the start-up nature of The Shed, the ideal candidate will be well versed in developing and implementing innovative HR policies and systems for a new organization.

  • Analyze the effectiveness of existing HR policies and procedures (including compliance, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, employee relations, training and off-boarding of personnel) ensuring best practices

  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and ensure organization’s compliance to governing regulations while supporting The Shed’s mission and institutional values

  • Analyze and manage the implementation of a human resources information system that includes personnel and payroll records, time and attendance reports and other personnel information in compliance with applicable employment laws

  • Provide leadership in administrative affairs, including coaching managers, counselling employees, and providing forums for communication and conflict resolution as needed with sensitivity and expertise to promote employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention

  • Design, implement, and cultivate effective training programs and professional development experiences to engage and develop The Shed’s employees

  • Interface with employees at all levels to foster a culture and environment of collaboration, high performance standards, learning and continuous improvement

  • Enable and implement a culture of with diversity and inclusion using best practices

  • Manage recruitment and hiring processes including assisting hiring managers on writing job descriptions, determining appropriate salary levels, and interviews to identify best candidates

  • Manage and administer employee benefit programs

  • Collaborate and work closely with Finance Department Payroll Manager onboarding new hires and payroll deductions

  • Assist with benefits administration and grievances for various union collective bargaining agreements

  • Develop, manage and administer annual performance evaluation process and compensation reviews

  • Supervise staff of the HR department

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, SHRM-SCP/SPHR certification is preferred

  • Five or more years of progressive HR experience in a senior management role, Labor/Employee relations experience in a unionized setting preferred

  • Must have experience and be comfortable training at all levels of the organization

  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a highly motivated, energetic team

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding in dealing with sensitive employee issues

  • Experience in the practice of tactfulness, discretion, and diplomacy

  • Strong computer skills essential

  • Knowledge and experience using Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) systems, ADP Workforce -Now preferred

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task and work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment is required

  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed


Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Please provide salary requirements with your application.

The Shed is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff, and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete an application and submit rĂ©sumĂ© and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name through our Career Center page in the application link below:

Posted on May 13