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Director of HR

Our Mission:

We create, perform, teach, and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.


Our Vision:

Nashville Ballet is an accessible and inclusive organization that creates community through excellent and innovative dance and dance education; is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for artistry, community engagement, and financial sustainability; and is a rewarding and satisfying place to work.

Our Enduring Values

  • We believe in the transformative power of art.
  • We inspire appreciation for the art of ballet.
  • We strive for excellence with integrity in all we do.
  • We respect one another and the art form.

The understanding of and the ability to not only support but celebrate our culture is essential to each and every person at Nashville Ballet.

Nashville Ballet Diversity Statement:

Nashville Ballet is invested in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We believe we can best achieve our mission by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of all voices, celebrating diverse stories, increasing arts access, and sparking communal discussion about our community and our world through our art form and our artistic programming. When considering the diversity of the Nashville Ballet community, we look at all aspects, including: race, gender, age, socioeconomic status, disability status, geographic (rural/urban), and sexual orientation. However, Nashville Ballet recognizes the racial inequalities that have plagued the dance world for far too long and is deeply committed to educating our constituencies on systemic racism, engaging in antiracist work in every branch of our organization, and doing our part to abolish racial inequalities in ballet.

Nashville Ballet 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.


Job Description for Director of HR


Reports To: Executive Director

Area of Responsibility: Human Resources

Wage Classification: Exempt

Position Summary: The Director of HR is an essential member of Nashville Ballet’s leadership team, reporting directly to the Executive Director. This person will lead all aspects of Human Resources needs of Nashville Ballet.  Along with the Executive Director, the Director of HR works closely with the HR Committee of the board to guide development of these resources in accordance with strategic objectives.  This person acts as a trusted resource for personnel matters, including documentation, communication, benefits management and assisting in administrative needs of the Finance department as directed.  

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee high-level human resource strategies and planning; track and communicate the company’s progress towards key goals, and partner with the leadership team to establish human resources objectives in alignment with organizational priorities
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state legislation pertaining to personnel matters
  • Maintains paper and electronic personnel files, ensuring proper documentation of work eligibility and proper segregation of documentation protected by HIPAA     
  • Ensures continuity of process and documentation of the employee cycle, including recruitment and onboarding/orientation to exit interviews
  • Manages unemployment claims and external surveys related to employment
  • Manages conflict resolution through structured feedback, evaluation process, staff development and training opportunities, and staff recognition
  • Works closely with Executive Director on strategies for employee retention, including managing the annual Employee Engagement Survey process
  • Serves as a liaison with benefits manager, ensuring proper education of staff regarding all benefits and coordinating open enrollment process
  • Participates on HR Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Board
  • Foster an office culture of teamwork, collaboration, respect, mutual support, clear communication, and accountability.
  • Manages emergency plans, including communication, testing and staff training
  • Manages 401K compliance and assists in external audits
  • Completes yearly Discrimination compliance – Title VI
  • Completes yearly EEOC data collection
  • Produces and distributes wage letters
  • Assists Executive Director and CFO with personnel budget and forecasting

General Leadership:

  • Maintains positive community and constituent relationships, instilling trust and transparency in Nashville Ballet’s human resource practices
  • Work with Executive Director and senior leadership team to leverage strengths of the current team members, help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals;
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.

Work Requirements and Qualifications: This is an extraordinary opportunity for a multi-talented multi-tasker with great organizational skills and extraordinary communication skills.  This person will act as a leader on behalf of the organization for all matters regarding Human Resources.

Additionally, this individual will have the following experience and attributes:

  1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years experience in HR or related work experience.
  2. SHRM certification preferred.
  3. Proven track record and prior experience relating to staff members and external constituents, including non-profit Board members.
  4. Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  5. Maintains credibility through sincerity, honesty, and discretion; maintains a high level of confidentiality regarding sensitive information.



Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are a non-exhaustive list of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle, feel, talk, and hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms above the shoulders.  The employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. While this document is intended to be an accurate description of the current job, circumstances may require that other, or different tasks be performed (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@nashvilleballet.com with “Director of HR” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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