Director of Human Resources and Institutional Culture

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Salt Lake City, Utah

Work Location: In-office


Website Utah Symphony | Utah Opera


The Director of Human Resources and Institutional Culture will develop and execute the HR policies and activities of the organization, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission and talent strategy. The Director will work with the President & CEO alongside other members of the senior staff team to build and maintain a positive company culture and be a primary guide in our equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.


·         Administers or oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and FMLA leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance, productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.

·         Oversees the daily workflow of the Human Resources area.

·         Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization’s goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.

·         Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management, manages recruitment processes and onboarding, maintains job descriptions, and works with supervisors and department heads to maintain expectations and support the culture across the organization.

·         Develops and implements policies, processes, initiatives, trainings and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.

·         Actively works to further the equity, diversity, and inclusion goals of the organization by regularly communicating across the institution, identifying needs and solutions for cross-institutional efforts, being present with colleagues doing this work across the community, and identifying when the organization is not achieving our service goals with our full community.

·         Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.

·         Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to senior staff.

·         Maintains an understanding of the collective bargaining agreements with the American Federation of Musicians and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

·         Develops and implements departmental budget.

·         Recommends and facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities.

·         Performs other duties as required.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.

·         Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

·         Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.

·         Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

·         Strong supervisory and leadership skills.

·         Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.

·         Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.

·         Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.

·         Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

·         Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn HRIS and talent management systems.

·         Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.

·         At least five years of proven human resource management experience required.

·         SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP highly preferred.


·         Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

·         Must be able to lift 20 pounds at times.

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) is committed to connecting our community through the performance of great live music. In service of that goal and to create an incredible place to work, USUO prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which maintains that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. If you have questions concerning USUO’s compliance with Title VI, please contact the office of the President & CEO.

To apply please submit cover letter, résumé, and references at Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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