Minneapolis, MN

Director of Human Resources, Walker Art Center

The Organization

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.

One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center is known for its innovative presentations and acclaimed collections of contemporary art across the spectrum of the visual, performing, and media arts. Over the course of more than 100 years, the Walker has evolved from a privately held collection into an internationally recognized institution and civic resource.
The Walker Art Center is committed to taking a proactive role in improving and promoting inclusion in our workplace and into all our work practices:

  • to seize opportunities to ensure our current methods and actions reflect our commitment to cultivating a more diverse and inclusive workplace
  • to provide an inclusive visitor experience for diverse audiences
  • to provide programming that engages with and is relevant to our diverse community

Position Overview

This Director of Human Resources is an innovative, strategic and hands-on position. This leader is responsible for the tactical management, oversight and alignment of talent management, total rewards, compliance, culture building, payroll and risk management, in support of the Walker’s mission and priorities. The HR Director partners with key stakeholders across the organization, to effectively design, develop and implement strategies, programs, systems, and tools to ensure the organization has the talent and operational capability it needs to execute its strategy and work plans.
This director oversees all human resource activities and initiatives to ensure a continued dedicated emphasis on our people and our culture; serves as thought leader on organizational culture matters; leads efforts for operational process improvements and performance enhancements to ensure a strongly aligned, sustainable, employee-centric operation. Board committee interfacing with this role includes the Talent and Compensation Committee.

Stewards the full range of HR-related functions for the Walker, including recruitment and staffing, organizational design, talent management, access, equity and inclusion initiatives, compensation, health and retirement benefits, management and leadership development, and succession planning. The Director of Human resources will frame and interpret the “cultural big picture” with senior leadership, guiding the HR team and their efforts relative to employee engagement and performance to achieve desired results and support the Walker’s strategic and mission objectives.

How to apply: The Walker Art Center is partnering with kp companies in this search. Applications can be submitted ONLINE HERE or if preferred, resumes and cover letters can be emailed to terra@kpcompanies.com. Please include Walker – HR Director in the subject line.

The Walker Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.

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