This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic Human Resources professional to foster an inclusive culture and manage people operations for Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education. It is our mission to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America. With 50 years of service, we have worked to make real and lasting change in the United States to promote and advance the arts.
To assist us with this important work, Americans for the Arts is hiring a Vice President of People and Culture who will report to the President/CEO and will function as the organization’s cultural leader, while partnering with senior leadership and providing HR guidance and structure across our organization. We are seeking a strategic, inclusive, hands-on person to steer Americans for the Arts forward through a time of change and growth. This role offers the opportunity to be an active, influential member of a team that is distinguished by passion, teamwork, and a commitment to the arts. The Vice President of People and Culture will demonstrate excellent relationship-building and communication skills, along with the ability to build trust across all levels and departments. The ideal candidate has a passion for employee engagement and people development and is someone who is process-driven and operations-focused.
Americans for the Arts knows that diversity fuels innovation and growth – in business, the arts, our communities, and our personal lives. The services we provide benefit from various perspectives, and diversity is vital to this process. Along with welcoming talented candidates from all backgrounds, we also strongly encourage people of color, women, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, gender-nonconforming candidates, those who identify as part of marginalized groups, and those with a commitment to supporting diversity to apply for this exciting opportunity.
We maintain an open-door policy to promote a collaborative workplace culture. We encourage career and professional development opportunities to lead our team members toward avenues that enrich their interests and work. We provide a variety of programs and benefits that include medical, dental, and vision insurance, prescription drug plan, health club memberships, flex spending account, retirement savings plan, vacation, sick and safe leave, paid volunteer leave, and 12 paid holidays.
Americans for the Arts' Organizational Values
- Creativity and Innovation
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Collaboration and Community Building
- Access to the arts for all.
The Vice President of People and Culture provides executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization’s Human Resources operations, as well as to the employees of Americans for the Arts. This position is based in Washington, D.C., and is not a remote-work opportunity, but Americans for the Arts does offer a robust telework policy.
This position is responsible for the daily operations of the organization's culture, staff, and HR programs, including managing recruitment; training and development; performance management; benefits; compensation; diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; succession planning; and employee engagement.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as the primary advocate and strategic advisor for establishing a healthy, people-centered, inspiring work culture.
- Assist in establishing a measurably diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where all staff have a sense of belonging, feel that their voices are heard, and that they have fair and equitable opportunities.
- Guide the HR function by overseeing talent acquisition, career development, succession planning, retention, training, leadership development, compensation, and benefits.
- Provide guidance and leadership to the employees; assist with resolving questions related to human resources, compensation, and benefits concerns, and employee relations matters.
- Collaborate with the executive team to define the organization's long-term mission and goals.
- Function as a critical thought partner to the CEO and senior executive team while providing sound counsel and professional discretion.
- Maintain knowledge and ensure compliance of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human talent management, benefits, insurance, safety, and requirements.
- Facilitate positive communication, conflict management, and conflict resolution approaches, providing objective, third-party insight to support healthy working relationships throughout the organization while always maintaining appropriate transparency and confidentiality practices.
- Serve as the primary liaison on employee relations matters, including counseling supervisors and employees, fielding issues such as policy violations, performance issues, accommodations, role eliminations, and handling employee concerns.
- Respond with appropriate judgment and resolution to all challenges, discrepancies, and miscommunications in a timely manner.
- Develop and implement employee engagement, talent management, benefits, well-being, and DEI initiatives, as well as related deliverables.
- Focus on creating a culture where accountability and fairness are present in every situation.
- Support an innovative, inclusive workplace that fosters creativity, encourages new ideas, and supports examining different approaches to existing initiatives.
- Recognize the contributions of direct report(s) in ways that are meaningful to them.
Equity & Inclusion Duties/Responsibilities
- Research, develop, recommend, and execute creative strategies to foster the organization's diversity goals, and identify programs to remove barriers that affect staff retention and advancement.
- Collect and research statistical data to evaluate the company's population per diversity standards and goals.
- Guide supervisory and human resources staff in developing objective performance and other employee evaluations and policies.
- Act as a liaison with government agencies concerning affirmative action and equal employment opportunities and maintain knowledge of diversity-related issues, legislation, and best practices.
Talent and Organization Development
- In conjunction with other specified leaders, recommend a staff performance evaluation system, train all staff to use the system, and manage the system to ensure it remains an effective tool to improve communication, performance, and alignment to approved goals and objectives.
- Provide guidance in developing objective performance and other employee evaluations and policies.
- Develop and maintain a career management system to help create a culture that fosters career progression and employee engagement.
Education and Training
- Administer the Americans for the Arts' staff training and Wellness Education plan
- Schedule courses and seminars in accordance with Principal and One Digital.
- Develop and/or acquire training to aid diversity and retention initiatives, including a staff recognition program.
Compliance, Policies, and Procedures
- Ensure that the organization complies with all federal, state, and local jurisdictional regulations on employment matters and preparing the procedures and policies to meet that compliance; includes EEO, USCIS, COBRA and its subsequent amendments, worker's compensation, unemployment, and disability insurances.
- Review current practices and policies, assessing and analyzing the extent to which they support or hinder the company's diversity goals.
Recruitment, Onboarding, and Orientation
- Recruit and advise on potential candidates for position vacancies.
- Oversee and conduct new hire orientation and onboarding process for new employees.
- Draft and implement recruiting and hiring strategies to attract employees from diverse backgrounds.
Compensation, Benefits, and HRIS
- Maintain and update all HR/personnel/benefits records, maintaining consistency with Americans for the Arts' policies and federal regulations; compile data from personnel records (HRIS system) and prepare ad-hoc reports, as needed.
- Coordinate benefits information to employees; including communicating health insurance network provider information; assisting employees in interpreting insurance claim information; and determining eligibility for employees and/or dependents, as well as other billing issues as needed.
- Develop and maintain a job evaluation system to analyze compensable factors and determine the relative value of positions to ensure a pay structure that is fair, equitable, and consistent.
- Ensure that the organization's salary administration practices are fair and equitable.
Qualifications and Experience
- Ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.
- Sensitivity and empathy toward a diverse group of people across the organization.
- Supervisory and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to build trusting partnerships with all employees.
- Ability to work on sensitive and confidential matters.
- Solid knowledge of human resource functional areas, HRIS.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to navigate the dual track of the role, supporting the organization and its people.
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills, using best practices and creative and agile strategies.
- Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects with ease in a fast-paced environment.
- Proficient Personal Computer (PC) skills including Microsoft Office, internet research experience, a basic understanding of any Content Management System (CMS), and basic PC troubleshooting.
- A positive attitude and an earnest interest in providing excellent service to our employees, members, stakeholders, and partners.
As an Employer of Choice, we maintain an open-door policy to promote a collaborative workplace culture. We encourage career and professional development opportunities to lead our team members toward avenues that enrich their interests and work. We provide a variety of programs and benefits that include medical, dental, and vision insurance, prescription drug plan, health club memberships for employees and dependents who are 14+, flex spending account, retirement savings plan, vacation, sick and safe leave, paid volunteer leave, and 12 paid holidays.
How To Apply
Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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