Chicago Artists Coalition helps people connect with opportunities including calls for artists, jobs, grants, and art advising


Theater ,
submitted by
Michele Anderson

People and Culture Director

Responsibilities include:


  • Partner with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and General Manager to plan and execute People and Culture strategy as it relates to organizational culture, staffing, recruitment, and retention.
  • Build and nurture a culture of collaboration and open communication.
  • Review and propose any necessary changes to People and Culture policies and procedures.
  • Analyze and present People and Culture data quantitatively and qualitatively.


  • Administer People and Culture programs including, but not limited to disciplinary matters, disputes and investigations, performance and talent management, orientation/on-boarding; productivity, recognition and morale, and training.
  • Establish best practices for hiring and talent management and guide team leaders through the hiring practice. Participate in candidate screening and interview processes, as needed.
  • Develop and manage programs for staff recruitment and retention that supports institutional goals for anti-racism, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Ensure staff productively participate in performance management.
  • Conduct annual analysis of staff demographics and advise leadership on progress towards goals in anti-racism, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
  • Develop training initiatives designed to foster the success and retention of staff and enhance company culture.


  • Partner with leadership to apply cross-departmental strategies which deepen Lookingglass’ commitment to anti-racism, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and to becoming a holistic anti-racist organization, as reflected in Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion Statement – Lookingglass Theatre Company. (
  • Serve on Lookingglass’s Anti-racism, Equity and Inclusion accountability committee, which includes representatives from staff leadership, Board of Directors, Ensemble and staff.
  • Recruit facilitators and assemble resources for on-going anti-racism training.
  • Support and shepherd staff affinity and learning spaces.


  • Review, edit, and maintain employee resources including annual review of Employee Handbook.
  • Serve as a direct point of contact for employees in connection with staff complaints, reasonable accommodation requests, and other staff-related matters.
  • Oversee employee disciplinary meetings and investigations and partner with staff leadership, Board leadership and legal counsel, as necessary.
  • Confer with pro-bono employment counsel on employment-related personnel issues,
  • Serve on staff Health and Safety / COVID compliance committee.


  • In partnership with General Manager,
  • Administer payroll, benefits, leave, and workers’ comp administration.
  • Monitor the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations and propose any necessary modifications to maintain compliance.
  • Advise leadership on the implications and potential risks related to key human resource issues and important strategic decisions.
  • Coordinate and implement policies and initiatives to support the organization’s human resource compliance needs.


Successful candidates will have

  • Experience implementing human resource practices on an organizational scale with joy and care.
  • Experience advocating for and activating inclusion, equity, and access in a professional setting.
  • Outstanding communication and project management skills with particular attention to detail.
  • An empathetic and flexible approach to negotiation and problem-solving.
  • Sensitivity and discretion when addressing personnel matters.
  • Ability to hold the big and small picture simultaneously.
  • Understanding of learning practices and application in staff development.
  • Knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Comfort with adopting a growth mindset within a nonprofit setting.
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago IL