Human Resources Director/Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist - Richmond Ballet

Human Resources Director/Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist

Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, seeks a full time Human Resources Director/Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist.  As part of the Finance and Administration Team, the HR Director will join a dynamic company celebrating its 37th year as one of the country’s most admired and accomplished regional ballet companies.

This position is responsible for all human resource functions and will work closely with other senior team leaders.   Responsibilities include:  benefits administration, payroll processing, time and attendance reporting, and personnel file maintenance for 100 employees, personnel policy implementation and employment law compliance, administrative recruitment and staffing. In addition, the Director will lead the company’s DEI efforts.

Candidates should have an appreciation of the art form and the company’s mission to awake and uplift the human spirit. Candidates must have at least 4 years’ human resources and DEI experience, or a similar combination of experience and education.  Experience administering benefits plans and working with payroll systems preferred.

Benefits Package includes Health, Health Savings Account, Dental, Long Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 403B, Accident Insurance and the salary range is $60,000-$65,000.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to EOE

Richmond Ballet Human Resources Director/DEI Specialist
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Recruitment and On-Boarding:

  • Identify recruitment avenues and pursue new partnerships and pipelines.
  • Continuously improve and manage interview and hiring process.
  • Manage all Job Postings and Interview Processes
  • Ensure accurate collection of new hire data for payroll and benefits.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • Oversee employee benefits programs and the open enrollment process.
  • Oversee delivery of benefits services and support to all personnel.
  • Manage all employee benefits changes and communication with providers and agents.
  • Approve benefits billing for Finance and updates Payroll System accordingly.

Payroll Administration

  •  Manage all payroll administration and bi-weekly processing in partnership with a third party.
  •  Serve as main contact for payroll for employees, the finance department, and the outside payroll provider.
  • Oversee time system for approximately 100 Employees

Policy and Protocol Implementation

  • Administer human resource plans and procedures for all Ballet personnel; develop and implement personnel policies and procedures; consult with outside legal counsel as required.
  • Prepare and maintain employee handbook and policies and procedures manual.
  • Create and communicate Building Safety Protocols for Employees in partnership with Leadership and Medical Task Force Team.

Employee Relations

  • Handle employee relations counseling, conflict resolution, and on-boarding and exit interviewing.
  • Monitor Worker’s Comp claims, review annual audits, and work with agent to submit annual competitive insurance bids.
  • Review all unemployment claims.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Specialist

  • Lead efforts with the DEI Committee, Consultants, and Employees focusing on the mission.
  • Guide DEI team on the implementation of strategic planning and goals.
  • Help develop communications and messaging with the Marketing Department.
  • Organize and facilitate team DEI training and learning activities.


  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements and wage and hour laws.
  • Maintains management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending human resource policies and procedures.
  • Ensure payroll and benefits are paid according to state and federal law.
  • Work with partners to ensure all team members are properly certified such as first aid training.
  • Maintain current and historical human resource records.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; and participating in professional societies.
  • Work with Managing Director and CFO to edit staff handbook when needed.
  • Manage annual audit for worker’s compensation.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 4+ years HR and Management experience required.
  • Experience leading and working with DEI programs
  • Experience in a non-profit setting is preferred, but not required.
  • Public/community relations experience a plus.

Computer Skills:

  • Must be knowledgeable of or able to learn current payroll program, provided by Dominion Payroll, a third party vendor.
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, and Office is required.

Preferred skills and work experience:

  • Team player
  • Results oriented
  • Strong organizational skills and an obsessive attention to detail and follow through.
  • Ability to work with short or changing deadlines
  • Project management skills
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to prioritize.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; flexible; able to work autonomously as well as take direction, as needed.

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