HR Business Partner

Hennepin Theatre Trust has an opportunity for a human resources business partner. 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 for the role cover the full spectrum of the employee life cycle, but there are two areas of emphasis: (1) diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and (2) organizational effectiveness. It is essential that the person in this role have a successful track record weaving DEI into all aspects of the employee life cycle and be able to model strong leadership and collaboration skills. It is also important that the person in this role have experience with organizational effectiveness-related work like culture building, employee development, performance management, process improvement, and org design. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, facilitating the hiring and on-boarding process, conducting employee relations, ensuring compliance and safety standards are maintained, maintaining job descriptions and overseeing third-party payroll processing and benefits administration partners.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Strategic HR-related programs and projects

  • Ensure DEI is woven seamlessly into the employee life cycle’s policies, processes and programs, including the implementation of a training program.
  • 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.
  • Assist the CAO on work related to organization effectiveness, organizational design and workforce planning.
  • Model, teach and coach behaviors that contribute to a collaborative, productive and inclusive work environment.

Recruiting, interviewing, hiring and on-boarding 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 on-boarding 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.
  • Provide guidance and support to employees; resolve employee relations issues and problems as needed using progressive discipline. Lead investigations.


  • Submit invoices for assigned vendors.
  • Other work as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience; at least five years of HR-related experience
  • Successful track record of weaving diversity, equity and inclusion into HR programs and processes
  • Strong evidence of having worked on becoming an inclusive leader
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Experience in a variety of organizational effectiveness projects
  • 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
  • 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 and schedule 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.