Human Resources Manager

Position Description
The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) leads people toward a lifelong engagement with music by providing widely accessible resources for high-quality music teaching, performing, and service activities—and harnessing the power of music to educate, inspire, and bring comfort to the communities it serves.

The Human Resources Manager is responsible for the management, administration, and coordination of all aspects of the human resources function. The position also manages employee benefits, the annual Benefits Open Enrollment process, and assists the CFO in negotiating the benefits offered to employees.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Maintain and manage all functional areas of human resources for staff employees, including compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management, recruitment, onboarding/off-boarding, emergency preparedness, safety, coaching and counseling, and internal communications. Serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs for faculty hiring, performance management, employee relations, etc.
  • Negotiate and maintain the various employee benefit agreements of the institution, including all employee health, insurance, and retirement benefits. Maintain Paylocity Benefits site including functionality, setup and current education materials. Lead annual Benefits Open Enrollment process.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements the continuous improvement of human resources policies and procedures to ensure the efficiency of all services performed.
  • Manage, administer and communicate annual performance management system for staff. In cooperation with employees in supervisory roles, collect and retain performance management documentation for staff employees.
  • Maintain detailed reports on employee benefits (medical, dental, disability, life insurance; TIAA/ 403b plans; FMLA; FLSA; COBRA, etc.) Interact with providers and employees regarding inquiries and disputes.
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of administration of employment laws, organizational policies and procedures, federal and state laws, compliance practices, standards, and government regulations. Communicate changes in relevant employment laws or statues to senior management and all employees, as applicable. Update Faculty and Staff Employee Handbook with current changes in employment laws and/or changes in MIC policies and procedures.

Ideal Candidate Profile
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and an excellent verbal and written communicator. They will have broad-based human resources generalist experience, particularly in the non-profit sector. The experience will include recruiting, benefits administration, employee relations, and expert knowledge of employment laws, among others. They will also have a positive spirit and energy, a good sense of humor, and a flexible/adaptable working style.


Required Qualification

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management or related field
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in human resources

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in the non-profit sector.


  • Ensures the organization is in compliance with federal, state and local employment regulations.
  • Ensure labor law postings are current at all locations.
  • Work closely with senior management team to identify practices that need correction.
  • Promotes the Paylocity Self-Service Portal as a user-friendly tool for employees.


Core Competencies

  • High level of integrity for accountability, timeliness, reporting, and accuracy.
  • Work involves the application of professional knowledge and personal judgment to a variety of technical, personnel, and managerial problems and issues.
  • Fluency with Paylocity human resources platform or similar Human Resources Information System
  • Strong skills relevant to recruiting new employees
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills.


Covid-19 Workplace Notice
Currently, staff work a hybrid model – partially in office; partially remote.

COVID-19 Vaccination Notice
All in-person employees of the Music Institute of Chicago must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination, including a booster shot.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: MIC welcomes candidate inquiries and referrals.

The Music Institute of Chicago has a casual yet professional work environment and is conveniently headquartered in downtown Evanston, close to public transportation – CTA, Metra, and PACE. Salary and benefits are offered commensurate with experience.

About the Music Institute of Chicago
For 90 years, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) has been transforming lives through quality, accessible music education. As one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, we are dedicated to sharing our love of music with the next generation and to cultivating musical ability and appreciation in people of all levels, backgrounds, and interests.

MIC harnesses the power of music to educate and inspire through its Community Music School, which provides comprehensive private and group music education to 2,000+ children and adults annually; the Academy, a nationally recognized training center for pre-college pianists and string players; Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art 550-seat performance space hosting 15,000 individuals annually for workshops and master classes, and performances; and community engagement programs and Music as Service, which create equitable access to music education for under-resourced communities.

Statement of Non-Discrimination
The Music Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We adopt employment policies that advance our vision of a workplace culture where employees are valued for their unique perspectives and participation in the activities and operations of the institution.

The Music Institute of Chicago makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business, artistic, and pedagogical needs at the time, and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, age, or disability. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, transfer, and other privileges of employment.