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Continuing the work of its founder, Joe Papp, The Public Theater engages with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. As one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. The Public’s programming includes an annual season at its home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, The Mobile Unit, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub.

The Public Theater seeks an experienced Director of Human Resources who will be directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the Human Resources department, including setting the strategic direction of the HR function and ensuring its alignment with organizational goals.

The Public Theater is a $40 million organization which has180 full-time, year-round employees, and 1000 part-time and seasonal employees who work at our downtown locations at 425 Lafayette Street and 740 Broadway, and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater campus will soon be expanding to include studio and office space at 440 Lafayette St as well.

The Director of Human Resources will:

 Oversee the planning and development of Human Resources initiatives, diagnose critical areas for attention, build consensus with stakeholders, and implement decisive, clear strategies that anticipate and address problems with effective solutions

 Ensure compliance with Federal, State and City labor law; and work with legal counsel as appropriate

 Develop the internal structures and systems to support our employees and the work on our stages; recommend and implement efficiencies in all HR processes; evaluate, execute, measure, monitor and control business processes; work to ensure that business process outcomes are in harmony with the organization’s strategic goals

 Oversee the management of HR information systems and technologies; create and maintain metrics related to staffing and data resources

 Provide conflict resolution, mediation and facilitation upon request; conduct workplace investigations and act as a resource regarding disciplinary action and terminations

 Update all employee handbooks and HR related procedures

 Devise recruitment strategy to further reflect the Public’s commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization; oversee high volume recruitment processes

 Assess the Public’s labor market competitiveness by researching compensation and benefits comparisons

 Recommend and lead the implementation and maintenance of an improved compensation strategy

 Oversee the administration and clear communication of employee benefits and policy changes to employees; work with health insurance broker and Chief Financial Officer to negotiate benefit contracts

 Ensure the Public’s commitment to organizational development continues:

o Develop comprehensive and appropriate training programs for staff that are timely and relevant


o Oversee performance management and staff surveys, work with management on local and organizational responses to employee concerns

 Oversee Worker’s Compensation claims process, and administer leaves of absence

 Oversight of staff celebration events (picnic, holiday party, tenure lunch)

 Serve on the Work Life Balance, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Emergency Preparedness committees

 Act as liaison with colleges with whom the theater has partnerships regarding internships

 This position oversees the HR Systems Manager, the HR Manager, and a Payroll Administrator


Successful candidates will have

 At least 10 years of relevant, progressive experience in human resources with administrative and supervisory experience

 Experience working in a fast paced setting is required, experience in a performing arts environment preferred

 A high level of professional and proven Human Resources experience, an acumen for human resources leadership, and the demonstrated ability to lead and manage this area for a complex organization

 The desire to work in an environment that is mission based, values transparency and has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion

 Familiarity with compensation administration

 The proven ability to understand, analyze and interpret complex challenges

 The ability to understand and balance a complex array of constituent needs

 The ability to manage change, with a thorough, detailed and wide-ranging perspective on the impacts of these changes on the culture and community

 The ability to provide stability and inspire confidence when faced with important and quickly-changing circumstances, including through analyzing and evaluating various scenarios from a budgetary perspective

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

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