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12 Jul 2022


Director of Human Resources

The 5th Avenue Theatre  Seattle, Washington, United States

The 5th Avenue Theatre job

Job Description

The 5th Avenue Theatre is seeking a Director of Human Resources to join its team.

About The 5th
The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America’s leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theater company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state.

Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow’s audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit.

For more information about the 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit

Land Acknowledgement
The 5th Avenue Theatre and the communities we serve are on the land and waterways of the Coast Salish people who have continuously inhabited our region since time immemorial. They are the original storytellers and theater-makers of this place we call home.

We also acknowledge and honor the Tribal nations across Washington State and the many Indigenous peoples from across the country who also live and work in the Seattle area. As we step into this new period of The 5th’s history, we hope to honor their legacies and bring greater attention to their continuing fight for equity and recognition.

At The 5th Avenue Theatre, we are actively working towards goals as an anti-racist organization, you can learn more about our work and statement here:



Position Summary: The Director of Human Resources helps to promote an effective, equitable and productive workplace through planning and implementing a broad range of human resources functions.  The position requires a strong base of knowledge of employee relations, diversity and inclusion, labor relations, problem resolution and facilitation, compensation, compliance requirements such as leave administration and ADA accommodations, and performance management. This position must also apply knowledge of recruiting, policy and procedure development, and compliance. The incumbent partners with leadership, management, and staff to resolve complex issues that may impact the productivity and effectiveness of the organization.

The Theatre has launched an extensive racial equity, diversity, and inclusion process and the Director of Human Resources will participate in leadership and coordination of this work as one of a number of key functions. This important equity component requires critical thinking through the lens of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Experience working with the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required values and job skills. In particular, knowledge of racial equity principles, racial and cultural differences and an understanding of systemic and institutional racial bias; especially within the framework of a theatrical institution are required.


  • This role supports The 5th Avenue Theatre’s goals towards being an anti-racist organization and culture and will act as a thought leader in this work
  • To represent The 5th Avenue to Staff, Artists and Visitors with radical hospitality surrounding Artist care, rehearsal and production practices.
  • Develop and implement HR policies and procedures; prepare and maintain handbook on policies and procedures; periodically reevaluate policies for effectiveness and compliance.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of specific short- and long-term projects that identify and address racialdisparities and other inequities and that embed equity, diversity and inclusion principles and values in The 5th Avenue Theater’s policies, practices and procedures.  This includes overseeing employee training, coaching and consultation.
  • Counsel employees and managers on a broad range of HR subjects, provide coaching and advice on employee relations, policies/procedures, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Coordinate performance management processes; assist managers with performance management, including coaching and discipline; hear and resolve employee concerns.
  • Coordinate recruitment processes and assist hiring managers on candidate selection process including background and reference checks; perform on-boarding and assure hiring processes comply with policy and legal requirements. Help assure recruitments are based on DEI principles.
  • Partner with management to address and improve workforce and employment issues.
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable employment-related local, federal and state requirements; conduct investigations as needed; maintain records; represent the organization at hearings.
  • Consult with employees and managers regarding wages, hours, work rules and specific requirements of ADA, FLSA, FMLA, WISHA/OSHA, EEO, NLRA, etc.
  • Perform benefits administration including employee enrollment and approving vendor invoices for payment. Work with benefits broker to help assure benefits are competitive and cost-effective, and manage annual open enrollment.
  • Assist management with communications with unions regarding grievances and employment issues.
  • As needed, conduct investigations regarding employment issues and work to successfully resolve issues. Work with management on appropriate solutions. Write reports and other materials as required.
  • Draft organizational communications to staff in collaboration with executive leadership.
  • Advise employees and managers on compensation issues and questions. Analyze salary survey information and make recommendations regarding compensation. Work with managers and Board to develop and maintain comprehensive compensation plan for the organization.
  • Maintain current documentation of job requirements and job descriptions for all positions.
  • Handle confidential information in an appropriately professional and respectful manner.
  • Maintain excellent workplace relationships. Demonstrate the highest levels of ethics and customer service. Establish credibility throughout the organization as an effective listener and problem-solver of people issues.
  • Communicate internally to provide employees with appropriate information regarding changes in policies, procedures and benefits.
  • Maintain professional growth and development through seminars, workshops and professional affiliations in order to keep current on the latest trends and requirements in human resources and employment law.
  • Manage the Company Management Department of two staff positions, Company Manager and Assistant Company Manager, who provide housing, travel and other support to hundreds of visiting artists and guests over the course of a season.
  • Work collaboratively and in close partnership with the Payroll Manager on new hires and benefits management.
  • Work collaboratively with the Artistic & Production teams on artist care, first day of rehearsals, production team trainings, and in rehearsal room conflict management pathway processes.
  • Identify, coordinate and implement wellness events and programs for the
  • Actively participate in the safety committee.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Thorough understanding of business, management, and employee dynamics and how strategic HR business partnerships support the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • A genuine commitment for creating an inclusive and equitable work environment and world.
  • Experience working with organizational diversity, equity, inclusion, and access efforts including engaging in difficult conversations with individuals and groups around race, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study from an accredited college or university; and 5+ years’ experience in an HR Generalist role; or an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position’s requirements.
  • Appropriate certification (e.g., PHR, SPHR or SHRM) desirable but not required.
  • Collaborative working style and effective interpersonal skills. Ability to develop strong partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Compliance knowledge of local, state, and federal employment laws including minimum wage, sick/safe time, background checks, anti-harassment, ACA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, WA Paid Leave, WISHA/OSHA, EEO, COBRA, and NLRA.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Experience with unions and interpreting collective bargaining agreements desired.
  • Self-directed project management skills. Efficient and detail oriented. Demonstrated skills for multi-tasking.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communications skills. Ability to convey information effectively
  • Personable, with ability to positively motivate others.
  • Ability to draft and present training materials. Ability to effectively present verbal information. Strong skills in business English, spelling and grammar.
  • The ability to listen and help manage emotional or stressful personnel issues.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of theatre or performing arts work environments desirable.
  • The finalist will be required to complete a background check as a condition of hire.


  • Regularly operates a computer and other office equipment
  • Lift/move up to 10-30 pounds infrequently
  • Required to stoop, bend and reach with arms
  • Must be able to communicate verbally

Reports To: This position reports to the Managing Director and works closely with the Producing Artistic Director and Chief Financial Officer.

Compensation & Benefits:
The full-time annual salary is $90,000.00

The 5th Avenue offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% Employer covered Medical, Dental & Vision package, Sick, Personal & Vacation time, commuter benefits (Orca Card and reduced-price parking), Life Insurance, AD&D & Long-term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account, Complimentary Tickets, and Company Paid Holidays. 401K retirement plan after eligibility requirement is met.

Work Location: is The 5th Avenue Theatre, located in the Skinner Building at 1326 5th Avenue, in downtown Seattle.


Application information & Timeline:

Applications from those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the theatrical industry are strongly encouraged. We are striving for our staff to be representative of a diverse and vibrant community that includes multiple identities,  perspectives & influences.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume & 2 references in a single word or PDF attachment by July  that explains your qualifications & interest for the position to
Please put in Subject line: Director of Human Resources

This position will accept applications until the position has been filled.
We will prioritize applicants who apply by August 15th, we are looking for this position to begin in the fall of 2022.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Director of Human Resources
The 5th Avenue Theatre
 Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director, human resources, management, and performing arts. States: Washington.

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