Director of Human Resources, School of Drama

Connecticut, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre (YSD/YRT) Managing Director/Associate Dean, with a dotted line to Yale University’s Director, Human Resources Employee Relations, YSD/YRT Director of Human Resources, School of Drama provides overall strategic human resource leadership to YSD/YRT, and ensures that all faculty, staff, and students receive the highest quality human resource management and support conducted in accordance with government legislation and regulations, contractual obligations and University policies and procedures.

Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of the YSD/YRT staff is working remotely. It is our assumption that this position will also work remotely until such time as university guidelines change.

Essential Duties

1. Cultivates and fosters a collaborative partnership with Deans, managers and individuals within YSD/YRT and at Yale to lead s efforts to foster an organizational culture that reflects YSD/YRT’s mission and values, which include developing an anti-racist theatre practice and ongoing efforts of equity, diversity and inclusion. Provides proactive human resources guidance. 2. In concert with appropriate personnel, Leads, develops and implements recruitment and staffing strategies to attract, retain, and engage an effective, committed, and diverse workforce in the areas of exempt and non-exempt staff, and faculty. Oversees, and participates in (as appropriate), hiring process for staff and faculty. 3. Provides strategic support for organizational change. Analyzes the impact of the change(s), explores options and offers recommendations. 4. Counsels managers on HR policies and procedures and contractual obligations, consults with Central HR Director or Provost’s office as needed. 5. Serves as resource to staff and faculty in University policies and other best practices in the areas of flexible and/or remote work arrangements, return to work protocols, and caregiver needs. 6. Understands YSD/YRT’s labor relations environment; establishes strong relationships with employees, union representatives and Labor Relations. 7. In concert with appropriate personnel, creates, reviews, and updates new and existing staff and faculty position descriptions ensuring alignment with YSD/YRT values of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, and Yale requirements. 8. In concert with Assistant Dean, implements faculty search, promotion, and leave processes, working with Provost’s Office and YSD Governance Board, as appropriate. Serves as INTERFOLIO administrator. 9. Ensures onboarding processes are inclusive and designed to emphasize the critical importance of welcoming and integrating new faculty and staff into YSD/YRT’s culture. Serves as member of onboarding committee; in concert with Assistant Dean implements recommendations as applicable. 10. In concert with appropriate personnel implements compensation proposals, hiring, reorganizations, discipline, layoffs, terminations, and leaves that are compliant with employment law while ensuring the dignity and equitable treatment of employees.11. Works with HR Compensation Planning and guides managers and staff through job evaluations and employee audit process. Guides the Deans, Chairs, and faculty through the appointment, reappointment and promotion processes. Drafts letters of offer, appointment or salary for Dean.12. Oversees performance management and performance review process ensuring training in the areas of providing ongoing feedback and conducting formal reviews. Works with Digital Technology department to update local performance management databases. Reviews recommendations for performance ratings and salary increases.13. Oversees training compliance as mandated by Yale and/or YSD/YRT.14. Partners with managers to implement HR programs and initiatives.15. Partners with School’s business office concerning School’s operations as Yale I-9 Center, and compliance of YSD/YRT community.16. Partners with managers and employees to identify and address faculty and staff training and development needs. Serves as administrator of the STAR grant program and staff development fund.17. Provides resources and opportunities for managers to build skills to become supervisors of the highest caliber.18. Oversees faculty and staff recognition programs.19. In concert with appropriate personnel, develops and initiates wellness programs.20. Manages, creates, and leads efforts around organizational structure including, but not limited to, organization chart; published staffing lists , and mailing and distribution lists.21. May teach class(es) in area of expertise.22. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in related field and four (4) years of management level human resources experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Strongly demonstrated ability to identify/resolve complex HR and employee relations issues. Excellent critical and strategic thinking abilities. Ability to direct/influence change, collaborating with leaders to drive change in culture/management practices. Willing to bring individual experience/perspective to all situations, and speak that personal truth to power.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Strongly demonstrated experience and commitment to supporting equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the workplace. Knowledge of staffing, compensation, federal and state employment law, labor relations, training and development, benefits and HRIS applications. Ability to use a computer for long periods of time.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Strong listening, oral fluency and written communication skills. Well-developed interpersonal and inclusive problem-solving skills with the ability to explain complex issues in simple lay terms. Strong team building, facilitation, and customer service skills. Strong skills in assessing, coordinating and conducting training sessions.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Strongly demonstrated ability to work as a team player effectively and flexibly with a large number of staff, faculty, students, interns, guest artists, and other professionals with a commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Strongly demonstrated ability to work in a large complex working environment, and to prioritize a wide variety of complicated tasks with attention to detail. Strongly demonstrated ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience working for a non-profit organization.

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Evening Hours Required?


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Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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