Human Resources Generalist

  • 1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our Mission: The Nashville Symphony inspires, entertains, and educates through excellence in musical performance.

One of Tennessee’s largest and longest-running nonprofit performing arts organizations, the Nashville Symphony has been an integral part of the Music City sound since 1946. Led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 83-member ensemble performs 170 concerts annually, with a focus on contemporary American orchestral music. It is one of the most active recording orchestras in the U.S. and has earned a total of 13 GRAMMY® Awards and 24 nominations.

Education and community engagement have been at the core of the Nashville Symphony’s mission since its founding. Each year the organization reaches 60,000 children and adults with more than 20 free or low-cost programs, including Young People’s Concerts for K-12 students, sectional lessons with band and orchestra students and free Community Concerts.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra’s home since 2006, is widely considered one of the world’s finest acoustical venues. Named in honor of former music director Kenneth Schermerhorn and located in the heart of Nashville’s booming downtown.

In addition to its classical and education programming, the Nashville Symphony offers a wide variety of performances, including pop, rock, jazz, country and family concerts. Schermerhorn Symphony Center has become an in-demand venue for artists including Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, Alabama, and Boyz II Men, all of whom have performed with the Nashville Symphony. The orchestra also performs regularly at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.

Job Description

Position Overview: The Human Resources Generalist plays a key role in assisting with the implementation of the full range of human resources policies and procedures at the Nashville Symphony. The scope of this position is dedicated to ensuring that the Nashville Symphony provides a healthy, high-functioning culture for employees, while also helping to fulfill the institution’s commitment to becoming a more inclusive workplace that is representative of the community it serves.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the execution of the organization’s long-range Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) plan to enact equitable and inclusionary practices and policies at all levels of the Nashville Symphony Association
  • Serve as a contributing member of the organization’s EDIB team
  • Oversee many aspects of the recruitment and selection process to attract and identify a diverse and talented workforce; responsibilities include creating and posting job announcements for all open positions, screening and reviewing all applications, providing hiring managers with recommendations of top candidates, communicating with job applicants and coordinating interviews
  • Conduct all part-time new hire orientations as well as full-time new hire orientations when needed; process and submit all new hire paperwork
  • Plan and execute training and workshops for employees and organizational constituencies to promote growth and understanding
  • Manage benefit administration by communicating insurance options and plan details to employees, submitting all enrollments, plan changes and/or terminations, ensuring the Payroll and AP Manager has the correct payroll deductions for participants and handling employee benefit questions and issues (medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, short term disability, vacation/sick/personal time, Flex Spending, parking, etc..)
  • Plan and facilitate monthly employee engagement activities including all staff meetings, annual holiday party, health fair, etc…
  • Assist Director of HR in the strategic planning process for each upcoming season by developing department goals, objectives and processes
  • Assist Director of HR in all aspects of the performance management process, including annual priority setting, managerial effectiveness survey review and employee evaluation oversight
  • Assist Director of HR in the administration of the compensation program including completion of salary surveys and updating pay grades and salary ranges
  • Oversee Internship Program by posting openings, attending university career fairs, conducting intern orientations and ensuring interns receive a beneficial learning experience
  • Establish positive relationships with employees, benefit brokers and providers
  • Assist the Director of HR in the resolution of sensitive employee relations matters
  • Coordinate termination process by ensuring all necessary forms are provided to exiting employees, all organizational property is returned, all benefits are terminated and all remaining time, vacation and/or severance is submitted to the A/P Manager and Payroll Manager
  • Complete and file the EEO-1 report annually
  • Complete and submit all employment verification request forms
  • Responsible for upkeep and dissemination of policy manuals and HR forms
  • Responsible for timely filing of all information that must be placed in an employee’s personnel file(s)
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelors Degree, preferably with an emphasis in an area that is applicable to Human Resources; SHRM or HRCI Certification required; Masters Degree preferred
  • Minimum of two to four years of Human Resource experience or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Knowledge of primary human resource functions including employment law, strategy, workforce management, learning and development, total rewards and risk management
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with employees at all levels of the company
  • Ability to analyze challenges involving employees and offer solutions based upon best practice and research
  • Ability to demonstrate agility and expertise when supporting change initiatives
  • Ability to provide clear, concise information in verbal, written and electronic formats
  • Ability to actively listen and provide thoughtful feedback in appropriate situations
  • Ability to value and consider varying perspectives and backgrounds
  • Ability to act with personal, professional and behavioral integrity 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products, applicant tracking systems and ability to quickly learn new software application programs
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining accountability

Additional Information


The Nashville Symphony 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.


The Nashville Symphony 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 the Nashville Symphony’s compliance with Title VI, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources and our Local Title VI Coordinator, Ashley Skinner.

This company is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 39-17-1801-1810. In accordance with that law and company policy, smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas of company property.