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HR Business Partner 

About the Organization The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has received 'highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.' (Bloomberg News). Founded in 1980, the Dance Group performs the repertory of choreographer Mark Morris, hailed as the 'the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical' (The New York Times), whose work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group. It has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996, and regularly collaborates with orchestras and opera companies around the world. In addition to 17 full-time dancers, the organization currently employs 34 full-time staff and 75 part-time staff, teaching artists, and musicians.

In the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, the Mark Morris Dance Center, founded in 2001, is the hub of dance and music education in Brooklyn. The nine-studio building provides affordable classes in multiple genres for people of all ages, levels, with and without disabilities, accompanied by live music. The studios, a performance space, a Wellness Center, and ancillary spaces are all available to the community and to nonprofit organizations at subsidized rates. MMDG's Community Education Programs partner with public and private schools and community centers to provide customized classes. MMDG also offers customized dance workshops for persons with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.

MMDG programs in NYC and worldwide engage nearly 100,000 people annually. Propelled by core values of community, access, excellence, and creativity, MMDG is committed to ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion work to ensure its programs are welcoming and accessible to all.
Category Human Resources  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

Reports to: Executive Director

The Mark Morris Dance Group is seeking a full-time experienced HR professional to join our team as an HR Business Partner. This newly created Department Head level position will play a vital role in supporting our staff and supervisors by working collaboratively with leaders and staff across the organization to create and implement HR strategies that align with our mission, vision, and values, while supporting the growth and development of our staff members. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and mission-driven organization.

The HR Business Partner will work in partnership with our PEO, Insperity, to support the full employee life cycle, from recruiting, hiring, and onboarding to benefits administration and labor laws compliance to managing professional development opportunities, employee relations and ongoing support of our staff and supervisors. The HR Business Partner is the primary liaison to the Insperity PEO support team including a dedicated HR Consultant, Benefits Specialist, Payroll Specialist, DEI Consultant, as well as Strategic Consulting Services, EAP, and other resources.

With a current annual operating budget of $8.5 million and employing approx. 200 employees (50 full-time and 150 part-time) the non-profit organization operates the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, home to the internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group and MMDG’s Education and Community Engagement Programs. The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated arts and administrative professionals who are propelled by Mark Morris’ commitment to artistic excellence, access to the arts, and the impact that the arts have in connecting and engaging communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

Employee Relations and Professional Development
• Coach and assist managers on employee relations matters including providing guidance on behavior and performance matters. Partner with Insperity to resolve complex employee relations issues, deferring to leadership, Board HR Committee and/or legal counsel as necessary.
• Review and revise employee relations documentation including corrective actions and performance improvement plans.
• Further evolve performance development programs and leadership development programs. Support team leads as coach/thought partner to improve their teams’ engagement.
• Foster an environment that ensures MMDG is increasingly inclusive and diverse across all positions, levels, teams, and ways of work.
• Develop effective employee relations protocols and ensure information is distributed and available to all staff through a variety of communication modes.
• Provide guidance to employees and supervisors to guarantee that staff are informed of avenues for support and reporting concerns.
• Coordinate training in interviewing, hiring, performance management, safety, sexual harassment, inclusion, and diversity.

Payroll, Benefits and Compliance
• Collaborate with the Insperity Payroll and Benefits support team to coordinate onboarding, benefits open enrollment, state/federal compliance, and PTO/Leave management.
• Maintain the Employee Handbook and guarantee that it is distributed to all employees and available through several modes of communication.
• Maintain knowledge of and be able to effectively communicate information regarding employee benefits programs, including payroll deductions; paid time off and other forms of leave; health, dental, vision, and supplemental insurances; COBRA, FMLA, USERRA, and COVID-19 legislation; and the retirement plan.
• Serve as custodian of personnel files in accordance with established policies and procedures to include all organizational, state, and federally required forms.
• Ensure completion, documentation and tracking of all compliance training.
• Serve as internal consultant for department managers on policy interpretation and application.

Organizational Culture
• Foster a positive and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, respect, and open communication.
• Develop and implement strategies to enhance team cohesion and morale.
• Collaborate with other leaders and Department Heads to align culture with the organization’s mission, values, and goals.
• Oversee and support the work of the Work Life and Culture Committee (WLCC) - an internal cross-departmental ERG) to further Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) efforts and alliances.
• Promote staff engagement and participation in organization wide activities and trainings.

Talent Management
• Responsible for improving key lifecycle processes for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, employee relations, and off-boarding.
• Implement inclusive recruitment strategies that utilize nontraditional sources and ensure diverse applicant pools are presented.
• Create training opportunities for hiring managers to ensure they have the technical skills to conduct unbiased interviews and record appropriate documentation.
• Design and execute a comprehensive orientation and onboarding program that introduces new employees to the mission, values, key policies, and protocols, helping them to feel a sense of belonging and aiding in increased rates of employee satisfaction and retention.
• Manage job descriptions in partnership with directors and managers to ensure they are up-to-date, effective, and consistent for all positions.
• Recommend, implement, and monitor a comprehensive performance evaluation process.

You will be successful in this role if you are:
• Authentic, approachable, and trustworthy.
• Someone who is open to different perspectives and encourages new ideas and views.
• Able to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy, tact, and care.
• Firm on policies and procedures but flexible in managing people and relationships.
• Patient and can exhibit grace when interacting with different personality types.
• Adaptable and change an approach or method to best fit the situation.
• Able to manage competing demands and priorities.
• Proactive in resolving conflict and maintaining a positive work environment.

• Annual Salary: $87,500 - $100,000
• Generous paid vacation, sick/personal leave, holidays, and bonus days
• Comprehensive benefits package includes Employee Health and Life insurance covered 100%, Flexible Spending Plan, Voluntary vision and dental coverage, Pre-tax commuter benefit, 403(b) retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program, Education Reimbursement Program
• Access to special events and MMDG performances (when available)
• Access to free and discounted classes at the Dance Center and online
• Invitations to cultural events extended to staff members by community partners.

• Applications accepted through our website –
• Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
• Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
• You will be asked to submit the following as part of your online application:

  • 1-page Cover Letter addressed to Elizabeth Fox, Chief Financial Officer
  • Complete résumé highlighting relevant experience.

• The position is open until filled.
• Please note that 1st round candidate interviews may be conducted by video using the Zoom ( video communications application. Please download the application in advance and have a functioning camera and speaker on your device. MMDG can also provide candidates with reasonable accommodation, if needed.

Position Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in human resources, labor relations, organizational behavior, or related field required.
• Four years of professional human resources administration, including two years in employee relations preferred OR its equivalent through training, education, and other experience.
• Current human resources and/or compensation credentials or certification, such as PHF, SPHR, CP, CCP, SCP or similar, preferred.
• Read, analyze, interpret, and apply sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies. Effectively present information and respond to questions.
• Excellent analytical, problem solving and organizational skills.
• Thorough understanding of dispute resolution with an ability to remain tactful, calm, and persuasive in controversial and/or confrontational situations.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Accuracy and rigorous attention to detail
• Compliance with MMDG COVID-19 Safety Plan and Vaccination Policy
• Proficient in HRIS software
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: General mobility in office areas. Ability to operate data processing and other office equipment. Prolonged periods sitting or standing at a desk and working on a computer.

SCHEDULE: This is a full-time exempt position; Monday - Friday, flexible schedule, on-site most days

EOE Statement We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status. It is the policy of MMDG to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). MMDG does not discriminate against any qualified employees or job applicants with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability. MMDG makes reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not require significant difficulty or expense.  

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