Senior Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

The Senior Director for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion (SDHRDI) will provide comprehensive oversight, planning and management of the human resources functions of NYCB while pursuing the organization's core values and strategic commitment to attract, retain, advance and support a broadly diverse workforce of the highest level of excellence that thrives in a respectful, inclusive and equitable workplace culture. The SDHRDI reports to the Executive Director, is a member of the senior management team, and serves as staff liaison to the Diversity Committee of the Board of Directors.

NYCB’s workforce is a mix of union and non-union personnel. The non-union administrative staff includes approximately 130 employees, the SDHRDI’s focus for which includes overseeing recruiting and hiring as well as developing and managing all aspects of HR policies, procedures and issues. The Company’s 90+ dancers work under a collective bargaining agreement and virtually all are recruited from the affiliated training institution, The School of American Ballet (SAB), and the hiring decisions are made by the NYCB artistic team. NYCB’s 62-piece orchestra also works under a union contract and recruiting protocols are dictated by the contractual audition procedure. Thus, regarding these and 7 other unionized departments, the SDHRDI’s responsibilities do not include recruitment and hiring per se, but focus on company-wide personnel policies/practices and diversity strategies in coordination as appropriate with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, the Senior Director of Operations and the Managing Director of the David H. Koch Theater.

Organizational Overview

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with an unparalleled repertory of ballets, most of them created for NYCB, and many which are considered modern masterpieces. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.  
The Company was founded in 1948 by the visionary arts patron Lincoln Kirstein and the legendary choreographer George Balanchine, who served as Ballet Master of NYCB from its inception until his death in 1983. In 1949, Jerome Robbins joined the Company as associate artistic director and, with Balanchine, created a varied repertory that grew each season.  In 1964 NYCB moved to its current home at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater), which was built especially for NYCB.
Today the Company has over 90 dancers and a 62-member orchestra. NYCB performs a 22-week season in New York City each year, in addition to annual seasons at both its summer home at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  NYCB is also responsible for the management and booking of the Koch Theater, and has an annual budget of approximately $85 million. 
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

New York City Ballet pursues the highest levels of artistic excellence and innovation and, therefore, seeks to attract, retain and cultivate the most talented dancers, choreographers, musicians, designers, stage technicians and arts administrators. 
To that end we are deeply committed to creating and sustaining an organizational culture that values diversity, inclusion and equity, and are inspired by Balanchine, our founder, who envisioned an authentically American expression of ballet with a company that reflects the rich cultural diversity of this nation.In pursuit of his vision, we are committed to educating, developing, and supporting an organization that embodies diversity in its many forms.

Primary Responsibilities

1. Oversee, monitor and develop (as necessary) comprehensive HR strategies, policies and practices that support the organization's goals and needs, and that create a diverse, respectful, welcoming and inclusive work environment for all employees.   

2. In partnership with management, lead strategic thinking and planning related to organizational development and structure. 

3. Oversee and coordinate administrative staff recruiting and selection process, with special emphasis onexpanding the recruiting network to attract a diverse pool of candidates of the highest caliber.  Design and implement strategies and protocols to build the capacity of all departments to interview, hire and retain a broadly diverse work force. Monitor compensation and benefits to ensure equitable treatment and industry alignment.
4. Design and implement strategies, including ongoing education and training programs, to build the capacity of staff to work effectively, respectfully and equitably across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender orientation and expression and other social identities and diversity segments.

5. Work closely with artistic and administrative leadership to implement effective staff orientation and on-boarding programs, in addition to coaching, counseling and training/professional development opportunities.
6. Oversee a system of regular staff evaluation, provide guidance and training to supervisors to enhance effectiveness of evaluation process.  Advise managers and supervisors on progressive discipline and performance improvement processes as appropriate. Conduct investigations when employee complaints or concerns are brought forth. Keep senior leadership and executive team informed of significant issues that emerge and advise on addressing them.   
7. 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 Company's values and goals.  
8. Lead Company 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.
9. With the assistance of the CFO, recommend and obtain cost-effective employee benefits, monitor national benefits environment for options and cost savings. Oversee benefit orientations and training as needed.
10. Formalize and oversee student internship program with an emphasis on broadening the diversity of the students participating.
11. Manage HR operations and systems, including overseeing a team of two HR staff. Collaborate with Finance Department on developing annual HR budget and accomplish goals working within that budget.


Position Requirements and Experience

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in human resources, organizational development or related field

Ten plus years of progressive leadership experience and responsibilities in human resources positions

Broad knowledge of and experience in organizational development, employee relations, recruiting, coaching and training, a strong networker

Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a multi-faceted performing arts organization while effecting and leading change where needed

Experience and success in advancing organizational diversity, inclusion and equity strategies in a complex organization

Specialized training in organizational development, employment law, compensation, employee relations and staff training a plus

Active affiliation with a broad range of professional networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement preferred

Experience with non-profit cultural organizations and union environments a plus

Demonstrated ability to lead and develop human resources staff members

Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a board of directors

Evidence of the practice of a high level of discretion, tact and confidentiality

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Excellent organizational skills

New York City Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. For consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter referencing “Sr. Director, HRDI” in the subject line to or by fax to 212-870-4286.