Human Resources Apprentice

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Goodman Theatre

Job Title: Human Resources Apprentice
Reports to: Human Resources Coordinator
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time
Location: Hybrid Eligible
Salary: $39,000 Annually

The Goodman Theatre is seeking an HR Apprentice for a one-year assignment who will primarily serve the administrative needs of the team. The successful candidate will assist with day-to-day operations within several functional areas such as recruitment & onboarding, compensation & benefits, performance evaluation etc. The ideal candidates will be very organized, proactive, a self-starter with the ability to work independently, and comfortable working in a developing environment.

  • Assist Chief Human Resources Officer with calendar management and administrative tasks.
  • Serve as back up for HR Coordinator with staff and internship recruitment including posting positions, organizing onboarding activities, and updating org chart and staff wall.
  • Process staff departures within HRIS system in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Assist with data entry, database management and other administrative tasks to support the Human
  • Resources Department including staff wide communications and maintaining demographic data.
  • Schedule ongoing meetings, such as Board IDEAA committee, Staff Committee, Staff Parties, All staff meetings etc.
  • Respond to HR related employee questions clearly and concisely. When necessary, elevate questions to the Chief Human Resources Officer or HR Coordinator for resolution.
  • Documents Human Resources processes for staff and Human Resources department.
  • Review monthly benefits bills and correct any issues, lead monthly new hire benefits presentations, and coordinates annual benefits open enrollment process.
  • Model behavior and values consistent with Goodman’s Community Agreement and furthering Goodman’s IDEAA (inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism and access) goals
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, or related field preferred; not required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong presentation skills, experience leading presentations preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, track, and follow up to ensure all tasks and duties are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Experience with HRIS, applicant tracking systems, and/or payroll systems preferred. We currently use PeopleGuru.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Must be a self-starter and
  • At least one year office experience required.

Chicago’s theater since 1925, Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the Loop, distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and community engagement. The theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics. As a cultural and community organization, Goodman Theatre is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theatrical profession, Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices.

We at Goodman Theatre believe that a diversity of people, ideas and cultures in our organization enriches both the art on stage and our civic engagement. In our workplace, we strive to reflect the communities we serve, and make space in which everyone is empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work. The Goodman values equity, diversity and inclusion and is committed to approaching our work through the practice of anti-racism. Learn more at

Goodman Theatre offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, paid vacation, sick leave, and retirement plan.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

The Goodman is an inclusive and accessible employer. Successful candidates will have experience working with diverse groups of people and will demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing equity and inclusion at the Goodman Theatre.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $39,000 annually