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Milwaukee Film, Inc

Human Resources Director


Milwaukee, WI USA


$85,000.00 - $105,000.00


Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and cultures and communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.



A strategic thinker with excellent interpersonal skills, the Director of Human Resources will lead, administer, and continuously improve our human resources program, processes, and practices that support our high performance, collaborative, diverse, and creative work culture of more than 70 year-round employees and 70 seasonal employees. The Director will additionally provide leadership for our internal EDI program, while working with all colleagues to ensure the program is adaptive to our organization's needs. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • In consultation & collaboration with appropriate fellow lead team members and organization Directors, develops, guides, and administers areas of human resources responsibility including talent sourcing, selection, management, on/offboarding, performance acceleration, feedback, succession, and coaching; compensation & benefits design, implementation, and communication; employee engagement, communications, education, and development; employee health & wellness; and policies & procedures development, revision, and communication. Ensures mission and vision and values are interwoven in all processes, procedures, and programs.
  • Build strategic partnerships with leaders and departments across Milwaukee Film to improve and develop our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion programs and to measure results.
  • Deliver workshops, seminars, and learning programs that support EDI efforts.
  • Drive EDI goal attainment through HR program management and defined project plans and goal measuring
  • Brings an HR perspective to business planning and ensures HR strategy aligns with attainment of the organization’s goals, objectives, strategies, and financial parameters and constraints. Partners with Lead Team members and organization Directors and others to drive & deliver HR process improvements and implement change.
  • Creates opportunities for coaching and developing others by building trusting relationships. Acts as mentor, coach, thought leader and functional expert to colleagues. Demonstrates deep understanding of the organization’s financial and operational positions.
  • Provides objective input and guidance to employees at all levels of the organization on management and employee relations issues. Responds to and moderates issues related to conflict, professional growth, performance, etc. Spends time on a regular basis with colleagues at all Milwaukee Film locations. Facilitates the balance between the organization’s and employees’ needs to ensure best outcomes for both parties. Serves as a catalyst to instill Milwaukee Film core values throughout the organization which contributes to a united culture.
  • Collaborates with, activates, and solicits guidance from the HR Committee of the Board of Directors to ensure a well-functioning and effective group. Offers agenda ideas for Committee meetings and stays on top of ensuring meetings happen on a regular basis (4x/year, or as needed.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal regulations as well as internal policies and requirements. Interprets and applies established policies and ensures documentation and records are well maintained.
  • Participates in development and management of budget, forecasting, and planning processes for matters related to HR practices.
  • Delivers presentations, communications, and materials on a variety of topics to diverse audiences.
  • Performs other duties, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Business-related discipline, is required. Advanced HR degree or certification (i.e., SPHR) is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of HR experience with at least 5 years in a senior, leadership role.
  • Training and practical experience in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion internal programming.
  • Enthusiasm for film and film culture is a bonus.
  • Demonstrated acumen in all areas of human resources, employment law, leadership, relationship building, and general business operations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of business, budget, and financial mechanisms.
  • Adept at external networking with business, non-profit, and other industry professionals.
  • Demonstrated coaching, mentoring and team building skills. Exceptional communication, organization, and presentation skills.
  • Must be a big picture thinker paired with deep analytical and problem-solving skills using judgment that is consistent with Milwaukee Film mission, standards, practices, policies and procedures, and compliant with government regulation or law.
  • Able to exercise influence and constructively persuade and negotiate toward mutual benefit.
  • Experience successfully managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously with competing deadlines. Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems in a timely manner and proactively develop alternative solutions.
  • Must be a dynamic, resourceful, and experienced leader with the confidence to express a strong point of view and honest feedback, even if it proves unpopular, who can work collaboratively and authentically to drive best results.
  • High level of personal integrity, compassion, and composure.
  • Adept with Microsoft Office, Google applications, HR & payroll technology, and other digital communications channels.


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