Director of Human Resources, The Goodman Theatre

  • Full Time
  • Chicago
  • October 30, 2021

Noetic Search

Goodman Theatre, recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, is internationally recognized for its artists, productions and educational programs.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective is a group of world class artists that includes Pulitzer Prize finalists, Tony Award winners and MacArthur “Genius Award” winners.  The Goodman Theatre has an operating budget of approximately $20M and has approximately 150 full-time employees as well as a team of contract professionals.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Roche Schulfer, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for maintaining and enhancing Goodman Theatre’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resource policies, programs, and practices to attract, develop and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce and ensure an inclusive and equitable culture for all those working at and with the Theatre.  They will evaluate and advise on the Theatre’s policies and systems concerning human capital.  As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, they will be a collaborative partner providing solutions and guidance as the organization continues to optimize levels of service across a diverse staff.

We seek a forward-thinking Director of Human Resources who brings outstanding problem-solving, analysis, writing, project management, and influencing skills. They encourage open discussion of different ideas and views; maintain strong relationships and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.  The ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints and make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to senior management and employees is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the Goodman Theatre’s mission.  Experience leading a best-in-class human resources function and will thrive in an environment with open communication and a commitment to diversity, equity, anti-racism and inclusion. The successful candidate will be a change agent that can influence the organization to embrace growth and change. The ideal candidate understands the intricacies and processes of the theatre community including the culture within an organization that relies on a wide range of artists, performers, and administrative skills.

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Human Resources or Business, as well as DEI, Crucial Conversations training, SPHR or PHR certification, are desirable. Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 5 years of human resources experience and minimum of 5 years in a managerial role with senior managers.  Knowledge of employment and benefits laws and regulations as well as experience working with outside legal counsel is expected.

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, equity 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.

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search.  Please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Noetic Search.  For more information, please see our website or the Goodman Theatre’s website.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $110-130