Director of People and Culture

Minnesota Street Project

Minnesota Street Project and Minnesota Street Project Foundation are seeking a human-centered, culture-builder, and organizational leader to serve as the Director of People & Culture. This newly created position will provide overall HR leadership to the organization. Reporting to the CEO, the Director is responsible for managing the development and implementation of human resources policies, programs, and services, including recruitment, onboarding, retention, professional development strategy and execution, legal compliance, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, and employee communications. In addition, the Director will develop and implement key equity, diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives, and support organizational development, culture, and change management to support a high-performance people-centered culture for the Project and MSP Foundation. This is a tremendous opportunity for a motivated human resource professional with strong leadership skills to join the team bringing the Project and MSP Foundation into its next chapter.

  • This position is internally focused, advances the ethos and mission of Minnesota Street Project by achieving these key objectives:

  • Ensuring that the organization’s growth is successfully and sustainably managed through systems, structures, policies, and practices.

  • Implementing and maintaining systems and structures for administration, governance, human resources, equity and inclusion, program planning, program assessment, performance management, and accountability.

  • Fostering cross-departmental collaboration and multi-disciplinary strategies that enhance the work of MSP and are consistent with continuing the organization’s evolution.

  • Develop strategies, design processes, and lead all talent management practices including onboarding, recruitment and advancement.

  • Provide strategic leadership on the implementation of diversity, racial equity and inclusion initiatives.

  • Continuously review the training and development needs of all team members and seek out or create training opportunities to meet those needs.

  • Assess organizational needs and drive comprehensive solutions in areas such as performance management, training, supervision, and team development.

  • Coach and counsel Department Leads on organizational matters, performance issues, and equitable practices.

  • Co-develop effective change management strategies and ensure successful implementation.

  • Conduct legal research to ensure that company policies and procedures meet compliance standards and legal requirements.

  • Help build and maintain a culture that fosters high performance, growth, innovation, collaboration, mutual respect and support.

  • Directly lead all human resources functions of the organization, including providing support to hiring managers for hiring new team members.

  • Lead efforts to retain diverse team, including by convening a team satisfaction working group, regularly assessing team member satisfaction, proposing improvements that will enhance satisfaction and retention, and evaluating whether the total work environment provided is competitive with similar organizations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an excellent active listener and clear communicator

  • Possess impeccable written and spoken communication skills

  • Understand the longer-term strategic goals of the company and know how to support them

  • Be a self-starter and self-manger as well as excellent collaborator

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and access.

Required Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Thorough knowledge of HR practices, procedures, laws, and regulations (including hiring, performance management, and organizational development).

  • Demonstrated success in helping achieve diversity, racial equity & inclusion as an organizational value.

  • Experience applying a racial equity analysis to one’s work; demonstrated experience developing solutions that address institutional and structural bias.

  • Excellent strategic and intellectual abilities coupled with pragmatism and a rollup-one’s-sleeves attitude.

  • Strong project, time, and budget management skills; an ability to thrive working under deadlines and handling multiple tasks without sacrificing attention to detail.

  • Exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytic skills. Experience using both objective data and informed opinions to evaluate the impact of an organization’s work.

  • Experience in assessing organizational health through analyzing recruitment, development and retention data, and assessing management, leadership, and organizational capacity.

  • Experience building strong, positive, collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies. The ability to listen to new ideas, encourage open dialogue, and inspire people to work towards common goals.

  • Demonstrated success in achieving high level results across multiple HR disciplines.

  • Demonstrated success at creating and implementing HR strategies and achieving results.

  • Demonstrated success leading organizational change and helping others adjust to a constantly changing environment of high expectations.

  • Strong verbal and written communications.

  • Demonstrated success in coaching/counseling managers and employees across a wide spectrum of HR, performance, and talent management issues.

  • Demonstrated success building collaboration within and across team; demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with people at all levels to obtain successful organizational outcomes and move projects forward.

  • Demonstrated success applying analytics and solving complex human resource and organizational challenges.

  • Demonstrated success working effectively with diverse populations and in high-pressure situations is essential.

  • Proven ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals and collateral materials.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Desired Skills, Abilities and Experience:

  • Five (5) years of experience in Human Resource Management in an organization similar in complexity required.

  • At least five (5) years of experience supervising teams and developing leadership teams.

  • Bachelor’s degree. This requirement can be substituted for an additional two (2) years of experience.

  • SPHR/PHR preferred.

  • Capacity to balance prior knowledge and experience in arts and culture with an objective open-mindedness about new solutions.

  • Experience negotiating agreements and managing contracts.

  • Commitment to Minnesota Street Project mission, vision and values.

  • Cultural flexibility/agility and a commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment.

  • If you are ready to be a part of a committed, collaborative team dedicated to delivering high touch programs and services to our community, we want to talk with you.

How to Apply

To Apply:

Please submit a single PDF that includes a cover letter and resume to “Director of People and Culture – Last Name” to No calls, please. We will respond only to applicants we intend to interview.

Thank you for your interest in Minnesota Street Project.


Minnesota Street Project offers a competitive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, AD&D, Paid Time Off and Parental Leave, Retirement Savings, 401-k Plan, and Pre-Taxed Commuter and Childcare Benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Minnesota Street Project provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Posted on June 2