Director of Human Rescources


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$115,000.00/yr -$140,000.00/yr

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities with world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more. With an annual operating budget of approximately $50 million —the majority dedicated directly or indirectly to programming—BAM is a leading presenter of emerging and contemporary artists.

The HR Director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music will be the "right hand" to the Chief People Officer and is a key leader on a cohesive HR team supporting 200 full-time and 600 part-time/seasonal employees working in our internationally renowned performance spaces and cinemas.  

The HR Director role require the ability to:

  • Oversee a team of two Human Resources Generalists, one Recruiter and one Payroll Manager.
  • Provide tactical and strategic support for our program leaders throughout the organization using a relationship-oriented, collaborative approach.
  • Work with management and employees to improve work relationships and morale, increase productivity and reduce turnover.
  • Foster an inclusive and equitable work environment for our staff and promote a harassment and discrimination free workplace.
  • Primary leader of BAM’s DEI program, including setting objectives, facilitating cross-organizational collaboration and measuring the progress and success of the program.
  • Ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the HR Department including:
    • HR administration
    • HRIS management
    • employee relations
    • performance appraisals
    • policy creation and revision
    • special initiatives and payroll processing


  • Oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, disciplinary matters and terminations; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity; recognition and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development
  • 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 upper management.
  • Ensures the integrity of HR data sets; conducts regular audits of HR data to ensure accuracy; provides data analysis and data-based insights as needed
  • Oversees the organizations DEI and anti-oppression program; research, develops, recommends and executes strategies to foster the organization’s diversity goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Human Resources, Management or Business Administration) or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years’ experience managing a Human Resources team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills including a collaborative approach
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience working with both union and non-union employees
  • Experience managing Human Resources Information Systems
  • Passionate about BAM’s programming


  • SPHR or SHRM-CP 
  • non-profit experience 
  • Experience working with Paycom 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to sit for long periods of time. Ability to lift up to 15 pounds. This role will require some movement within the office.

COMPENSATION: Salary will range between $115,000 - $140,000 annually commensurate with years of experience. This position is full-time exempt and eligible for benefits. This is a hybrid position with three days at our Brooklyn location per week required.