Human Resources Director

  • 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.


Job Description

The Director of Human Resources & Inclusion will report to the CFO and will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team and will provide leadership, direction and execution in all aspects of the human resources function, including talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation and benefits, performance management, succession planning, and employee engagement. Additionally, this role will be responsible for creating and implementing strategic human resources initiatives that support the Nashville Symphony’s mission and values, including equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The goal is to make the Nashville Symphony a desirable of choice for talented, passionate, committed people who believe and want to participate in the organization’s mission and vision.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

·Provide Human Resource consultation and support to management on HR-related issues.

·Foster an internal culture that supports mutual accountability, respect, collaboration, transparent communication and personal growth.

· Support the organization’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) by promoting equal employment opportunity, fairness, and consistency in the treatment of employees.

· Collaborate with management to implement an annual goal-setting performance management system by establishing clear performance expectations, ongoing feedback and coaching.

· Develop, implement and manage Human Resources policies, processes, and procedures.

· Partner with the executive leadership team to understand and prioritize critical business challenges.

· Manage the daily operations of the Human Resources department and provide consistent, outstanding customer service to all employees.

· Facilitate and supervise hiring, orientation, and separation processes.

· Lead the organization in drafting and adopting policies, job descriptions, employee manuals, and related documentation.

· Design and implement plans for:

              o   Staff Training and Development

              o   Leadership Development

              o   Succession Planning

              o   Employee Wellness

              o   Staff Recruitment

· Draft, distribute and analyze results of annual employee engagement survey.

· Oversee the design, maintenance, and implementation of all employee benefit plans.

· Serve as the organization’s 403(b) plan administrator.


The duties listed above are not all inclusive. The person in this position is expected to perform other work-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree, plus a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the Human Resources field, including recruitment, training, benefit administration, compensation, and employee/labor relations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related field a plus.
  • PHR/SPHR and/or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preferred.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications and be knowledgeable in Human Resources software systems.
  • Prior experience working in a union environment helpful.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.
  • Ability to research and gather data from the internet and other sources, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Must have knowledge of principles, theories, and practice of Human Resources management.
  • Must have exceptional customer service, interpersonal, and organizational skills.



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, Nakisha Hicks.


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.