Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? That’s okay if you don’t – we have a team of staffers who do! But if you think science and space are freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about people, culture, and working in an incredible environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Director of Human Resources to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
The Director of Human Resources is responsible for overseeing the policies, practices, and procedures directly impacting the most valuable asset to our organization - our people! Reporting to the VP of Finance and Administration/CFO, this person approaches all aspects of their role with a positive, employee-focused lense to help further the advancement of the Adler’s mission and strategic goals. This position is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of Human Resources services, including oversight of the Adler’s Volunteer program.
This individual will also be responsible for:
Serving as a resource, mentor, and coach to employees and managers navigating work challenges
Advising Executive Team on personnel policy, practices, and strategy
Developing training initiatives to further the development of staff, including employee onboarding, management skill training, harassment training, and the Continuous Feedback Conversations program
Collaborating with management in developing teams and organizational design
Providing strategic direction in creating policies related to employment; interpreting and communicating policies to staff
Providing guidance on compensation and benefit design that are competitive and cost-effective; ensuring effective communication of compensation and benefits to employees
Holding fiduciary responsibility for retirement plans, including a frozen defined benefit pension plan, ERISA and non-ERISA defined contribution plans; ensuring regulatory compliance and overseeing annual audits
Supporting institutional risk management and ensuring compliance with applicable federal and state requirements
We are looking for a dynamic professional who is excited about the opportunity to pitch innovative ideas, implement new strategies, and develop talent within a growing organization. This person is a true leader, always looking for ways to help employees learn and thrive. They value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are passionate about infusing those values within an organization’s culture. This person is an expert project manager, able to juggle tasks in an environment that can present unexpected challenges. Someone who has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and is comfortable collaborating with individuals from all levels of an organization.
At least ten years of experience in a Human Resources leadership role
Experience and in-depth knowledge in all aspects of Human Resources Management, including compensation, benefit administration, and HRIS software
High level of knowledge around legal and compliance requirements for policy design and administration
Strong employee relation skills, including experience working with exempt and non-exempt staff
Experience creating systems, policies, and practices to support the mission and strategy of organization
Previous experience with guest-facing, public safety, and/or hospitality staff
Technical experience working with ADP Workforce Now and/or Navex
The Human Resources and Volunteer Services Teams take pride in supporting a unique group of the most creative, intelligent, diverse, and outstanding people in our universe! We develop systems, programs, and policies with the people we serve in mind. Supporting our fellow Adlerites to encourage the exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
Internal Number: 1148
About The Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.