ABOUT PARK AVENUE ARMORY: Part American palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of New York, supporting unconventional works in the performing and visual arts that cannot be fully realized in a traditional proscenium theater, concert hall, or white wall gallery. With its soaring, column-free, 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall and its array of exuberant period rooms, the Armory enables artists to create, students to explore, and wide audiences to experience epic, adventurous, relevant work that cannot be done elsewhere in New York. Such was its impact in its first years that The New York Times declared, “Park Avenue Armory…has arrived as the most important new cultural institution in New York City.” More recently, The New York Times has noted that, “few cultural institutions have been as adept at pushing the cultural FOMO button, triggering that ‘fear of missing out’ that New Yorkers hate…” Alongside unconventional programming, a creativity-based arts education program for underserved public school students has found a special niche at the Armory, offering at no cost to schools, student performances for all Armory productions; curriculum enrichment to partner schools; and a paid and highly mentored Youth Corps internship program that includes job training and engagement with Armory artists. The Armory also supports artists across genres in the creation and development of new work through its Artist-in-Residence program.
Concurrent with its artistic program, the Armory has undertaken an ongoing $215 million revitalization of its historic building, designed and overseen by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, that combines detailed and sensitive restoration of some of New York’s most important historic interiors with a dynamic contemporary renovation. Roberta Smith in The New York Times wrote of the renovation: “The restoration of the Park Avenue Armory seems destined to set a new standard, not so much for its scale, but for its level of respect and imagination.” For more information about this one-of-a-kind venue please visit armoryonpark.org.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The new position of Director of Human Resources will have the opportunity to create and build the Armory’s first formal human resources role and will play an important part in supporting its vision and overall direction. He/she/they will advance an organizational culture that is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence across all disciplines, and that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure that the Armory is well-positioned to attract and retain the very best talent.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director will oversee and execute a full range of human resources functions as a one-person department, including recruitment, talent development and retention, performance management, onboarding and offboarding, policies and procedures, employee relations, organizational structure, compensation and benefits, and the HR information system. With a relatively lean full-time staff of 60 and heavy workload, the Armory has a very hands-on, in-person culture and is looking for an individual who thrives in such an environment.
The Armory’s FY20 operating budget was $27M; due to the current limited season, the FY21 operating budget is $18.6M.
- Genuine interest in the Armory’s mission and in arts and culture.
- Significant HR experience in a complex and highly dynamic not-for-profit organization, ideally in a fast-paced performing arts or other cultural arts setting.
- Demonstrated success in and hands-on approach to the full range of generalist HR functions, especially in developing and implementing effective policies, procedures, and systems to facilitate and support change and growth.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of work.
- Knowledge of and compliance experience with HR laws, regulations, and best practices, combined with ability to advise management and staff on these matters.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and proactively manage multiple priorities with tight and changing deadlines.
- Exceptional communicator with well-developed listening and interpersonal skills, an open and accessible style, and a strong service orientation.
- Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
- Strength in working both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, with skill identifying solutions and driving consensus.
- Skill and judgment in handling complex, confidential, and nuanced matters with professionalism and sensitivity.
- High degree of proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Forms; as well as in HRIS and payroll software such as ADP.
- Ability to attend Armory events and activities outside of regular business hours, as needed.
- Conversational knowledge of Spanish a plus.
- An undergraduate degree is highly desirable.
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