Under the direction of the President & Executive Director, the Human Resources (HR), Diversity and Inclusion Manager serves as a key member of the executive team. The Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion Manager provides oversight, planning and management of the human resources function of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) while pursuing the organization’s values and strategic commitment to attract, retain, advance and support a diverse workforce that thrives in a respectful, inclusive and equitable workplace and culture.
The MSO’s workforce is a mix of union and non-union personnel. The non-union administrative staff includes approximately 50 employees. The MSO’s 70+ musicians work under a collective bargaining agreement.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee, monitor and develop comprehensive HR strategies, policies and practices that support the organization’s goals and needs, and that creates a diverse, respectful, welcoming and inclusive work environment for all employees.
In partnership with executive team, lead strategic thinking and planning related to organizational development and structure.
Oversee and implement administrative staff recruiting and selection process. Design and implement strategies and protocols to build capacity for all departments to interview, hire and retain a diverse workforce.
With the assistance of the Finance Department, manage accurate processing and recording of MSO’s payroll, provide timely and accurate financial information and perform payroll department operations.
Monitor compensation to ensure equitable treatment and industry alignment;
Implement effective administrative staff orientation and on-boarding programs, in addition to coaching, training and professional development opportunities.
Oversee system of administrative staff evaluation, provide guidance and training to supervisors to enhance effectiveness of evaluation process. Advise managers and supervisors to enhance performance improvement processes.
Assist Director of Orchestra Personnel with HR strategies, policies and practices that support the organization’s union workforce.
Create strategies that encourage team building and increase communication across administrative departments and between administration and artistic areas. Develop and implement strategies for demonstrating employee value and appreciation. Monitor organization's culture to ensure that it supports the MSO's values and goals.
With the assistance of the Finance Department, recommend and obtain cost-effective employee benefits, monitor national benefits environment for options and cost savings. Oversee benefit orientations and training as needed.
Lead organization’s compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements (EEO, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, OSHA, etc.). Keep job knowledge up to date by participating in industry-related organizations and conferences, and maintaining and expanding professional networks.
Bachelor’s Degree in human resource management or related field required.
3-5 years of HR experience.
SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and CEBS professional designations preferred.
Experience working in ADP Workforce Now preferred.
Strong interest in the mission and vision of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Strong self-starter with superior organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Must be a collaborative team member with known leadership and management skills.
Ability to meet deadlines and handle a wide variety of responsibilities.
Strong analytical skills and a thorough knowledge of plan designs.
Excellent communication and organization skills.
To apply, please send a cover letter, salary requirements, resume and references to Heidi Gempeler, Chief of Staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. Position will be open until filled. No phone calls please.
Additional Salary Information: The MSO offers a competitive benefits package, which includes medical, disability, life insurance, 403b retirement plan, and paid time off.
About Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is among the finest orchestras in the nation. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee.
The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform more than 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A pioneer among American orchestras, the MSO has performed world and American premieres of works by John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher, as well as garnered national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes. Now in its 46th season, the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any U.S. orchestra, is heard annually by more than two million listeners on 147 subscriber stations in 38 of the top 100 markets.
The MSO's standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 40,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Educati...on (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, Family Series, Meet the Music pre-concert talks, and Friday Evening Post-Concert Talkbacks. Celebrating its 28th year, the nationally-recognized ACE program integrates arts education across all subjects and disciplines, providing opportunities for students when budget cuts may eliminate arts programming. The program provides lesson plans and supporting materials, classroom visits from MSO musician ensembles and artists from local organizations, and an MSO concert tailored to each grade level. This season, more than 7,200 students and 500 teachers and faculty in 22 Southeastern Wisconsin schools will participate in ACE.