Director of Human Resources

Reports to the Director of Finance and Operations

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for creating and executing all HR infrastructure and policies. The position is critical to ensuring good procedures and processes for employee onboarding and retention, benefits maintenance and renewals, and legal compliance, skillfully coaching, consulting, and partnering with senior management on all issues relating to a strongly skilled and diverse workforce.

The HR Director’s role includes a deep awareness and understanding of the culture of Studio in a School and working closely with the Leadership team to provide clear pathways for staff training and development.  The Human Resource Director will plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate the policies, activities for the organization, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission.  This individual reports to the Director of Finance and Administration.

About Studio in a School Association

Studio in a School Association is comprised of two LLCs, Studio NYC and Studio Institute. Studio NYC engages over 30,000 public school students in all five boroughs each year and aims to ensure that New York City public school students receive standards-based, quality instruction in the visual arts regardless of socio-economic status. Studio Institute provides programs and creates new partnerships with communities and cultural organizations nationwide. Studio Institute is currently working with partners in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Providence.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure good procedures and processes for legal compliance and proactive HR practices are in place and well-executed, and keep leadership abreast of new developments in HR policy and guidelines.
  • Serve as staff liaison to Board Personnel Committee. Manage meetings, agendas, etc.
  • Keep manuals and policies current and administer a thoughtful staff performance review process.
  • Provide expert advice, counsel, and coaching to help senior leaders inspire, motivate, support, and oversee a diverse workforce, including guidance and management of senior leadership performance reviews.
  • Be a trusted sounding board to hear, vet, and navigate tough HR issues.
  • Support managers and employees on all employee-related issues such as, but not limited to: performance reviews, performance management, documentation, progressive discipline measures, career development, employee relations issues, policies and procedures, and all employment/labor laws.
  • Manage onboarding and exiting, as well as required paperwork for admin staff, Artist Instructors, and Interns for both Studio in a School NYC and Studio Institute, consulting with legal counsel when necessary. Maintain personnel files.
  • Oversee annual performance review process, working with supervisors to ensure that staff members receive timely and thoughtful job performance assessment. Work with Presidents, Board and Programming Team to annually review and re-issue Administration Staff and Artist Employee Handbooks.
  • Attend training/seminars to keep up to date on Payroll and HR laws related to above accountabilities as mutually agreed with Management.
  • Supervise HR consultant who manages ACA reporting and maintains ACA and ERISA compliance.
  • Work with insurance brokers to manage medical, dental and other benefit enrollment to ensure efficient and effective open enrollment, providing timely information to participants.
  • Oversee and track annual trainings for staff and artists including Anti-Sexual Harassment and Sexual and Physical Abuse Awareness.
  • Manage and respond to SUI inquiries and reports for New York and other states.
  • In coordination with team leaders, support the full employee lifecycle (recruitment, onboarding, etc.). Assist in the building of benchmarks of organizational strength through the identification, recruitment, and development of top talent.
  • Ensure that all HR needs of the company are being met and are aligned with the organization’s objectives.
  • Coordinate with hiring managers in all recruitment efforts by identifying best sites to post, maintaining job postings and consulting on quality of candidates.
  • Maintain excellent employee relations by keeping an open-door policy for staff to seek advice when encountering challenges at work, ensuring confidentiality and effective problem solving.

Desired Skills and Background

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an HR generalist role that demonstrate increasing responsibility, benefits administration, and the ability to think strategically and engage with senior leaders.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.


  • Demonstrated understanding of general HR policies and procedures, including working knowledge of local employment and labor laws.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay on top of ongoing changes and best practices related to HR.
  • Current SHRM or other recognized body certification or accreditation desired, but not required.
  • Experience and skills for discussing sensitive topics with senior leaders.
  • Ability to forge strong relationships with managers and staff, demonstrating an understanding of ability to meet diverse HR needs; experience with consulting firms desired, but not required.
  • Ability to thoughtfully identify HR needs/opportunities and clearly articulate the rationale and steps for implementing any suggested changes to senior leadership.
  • Aptitude in problem solving and experience supporting a diverse workforce.
  • Familiarity with technology solutions and online tools to automate processes and improve efficiency.
  • Experience developing and implementing policies with an equity lens.
  • Ability to organize employee events including holiday parties and staff recognition events.
  • As a member of the Leadership Team, this hire will attend weekly meetings and participate in leadership discussions that impact all aspects of the organization.
  • Work very closely with the Payroll Manager, sharing all relevant salary and other payroll related information.
  • Prior experience in design and delivery of training and development programs required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Must exercise the utmost diplomacy, calm, discretion, and respectful demeanor at all times.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public.

Habits of Work

  • Ability to multitask and juggle competing priorities
  • Creative and self-reflective
  • Self-starter but collaborative, team player
  • Committed to ensuring a congenial, collaborative, and respectful workplace
  • Skilled in being direct, yet graceful, organized and planned. Adaptive and thoughtful in a fast-paced environment.


  • As a result of Covid-19, we are currently working 100% remotely. Like everyone, we’re looking forward to getting back into the office. The HR Director will eventually be based in our New York City office.


  • We welcome an open discussion with all interested candidates about the full compensation package which is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments.

To apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Write “Director of Human Resources” in the subject line. No applications will be accepted without a cover letter. No phone calls, please.

Studio in a School is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to hire staff members who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at Studio in a School are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, employment status, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

The position is open until filled.