Full-time HR generalist

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and new event center at 900 Hennepin light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Hennepin Theatre Trust has an opportunity for a full-time human resources generalist. Reporting to the chief administrative officer (CAO), the person in this role manages and implements a variety of programs, policies and processes in service of a productive, collaborative and inclusive work environment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, facilitating the hiring and onboarding process, managing our performance and development program, and assisting the CAO by leading projects related to diversity, organizational design, organization effectiveness and workforce planning. The person in this role will also manage employee relations, coach managers and employees, ensure compliance and safety standards are maintained, maintain job descriptions and oversee third party payroll processing and benefits administration partners. It is essential that the human resources generalist have a successful track record weaving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into all aspects of the employee life cycle and be able to model strong leadership and collaboration skills.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Strategic HR-related programs and projects

  • Coordinate the Trust’s performance and development program including annual goal setting, professional development plans, employee recognition, our employee engagement survey, and the annual performance review process
  • Work with CAO and other members of the organization to ensure DEI is woven seamlessly into our processes and programs. Implement a DEI training program
  • Assist the CAO on work related to organizational design, organization effectiveness and workforce planning
  • Model and teach behaviors that contribute to a collaborative, productive and inclusive work environment

Recruiting, interviewing, hiring and onboarding process

  • Ensure recruiting processes yield a diverse and qualified slate of candidates
  • Guide hiring managers and interview panels through the interviewing and hiring process
  • Facilitate the onboarding process, ensuring new employees are successfully brought into the work environment, shortening the time it takes to becoming a productive employee
  • As needed, update job descriptions and ask third-party vendors to conduct salary analysis

Payroll processing and benefits administration

  • Work with our HR outsourcing partner to ensure accurate and timely payroll
  • Work with CAO, finance team, our brokers and HR outsourcing partner to ensure a competitive and compelling compensation plan and portfolio of employee benefits, including, but not limited to, health, wellness and retirement
  • Act as liaison between employees and outside HR partners who provide our benefits
  • Complete monthly DOL audits and other HR-related reports
  • Keep employee records up-to-date

HR policies, compliance and employee relations

  • Create and revise HR-related policies as needed
  • Coordinate the implementation of employee safety programs. Track OSHA and City-required data
  • Provide guidance and support to employees; resolve issues and problems as needed
  • Teach and coach managers on how to encourage employees and manage performance, including employee recognition and, when needed, progressive discipline. Participate in the conduct of investigations


  • Submit invoices for assigned vendors
  • Other work as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; three to five years of HR-related experience; proven experience as an HR generalist
  • Successful track record weaving diversity, equity and inclusion into HR programs and processes
  • Strong evidence of having worked on becoming an inclusive leader
  • Knowledge of employment/labor laws; knowledge of HR policies and procedures
  • Effective leadership and coaching skills; experience in employee relations
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Experience working across teams with the spirit of collaboration and partnership
  • Excellent judgment and problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to operate as strategic thinker
  • Flexible and willing to adapt to change
  • Detail oriented, with keen analytical skills
  • High level of integrity and ability to keep confidential information private and secure
  • Skilled at project management, organizational skills, and time management
  • Proficient in MS-Office


  • Vendor management
  • Facilitation skills
  • SHRM certified

Physical requirements

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the assigned and essential functions.

How to apply

Interested parties should apply for the position by completing the online form. A resume and cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience in the arts will need to be uploaded. No phone calls, please.


Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required. All employees are responsible for following applicable Hennepin Theatre Trust policies and procedures as defined by their manager or Employee Handbook.

Hennepin Theatre Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.