RACC Opportunity: Human Resources Manager

Thank you for your interest in our open positions! Unfortunately, due to the unforeseen and significant  impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, RACC’s recruitment has been delayed.

We appreciate your patience during these challenging times. All RACC job openings will remain posted and open for applications until filled.


The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) has one mission – to enrich our communities through arts and culture. We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change. We also believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, learn, work and visit.

We strive to cultivate equity in all of our programs. Prejudice and privilege have created barriers that RACC must dismantle, systematically and strategically, until everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture.

As a RACC team member, your work will help to educate and empower people from all walks of life by providing and promoting access to a diversity of art and cultural experiences. If you’re eager to make a difference, that’s a great start. To best serve our communities, we need commitment – to our mission, our goals and, most importantly, to the people we serve.

If you are ready to be part of a committed, collaborative team dedicated to our community, we want to talk to you.


The Opportunity: Human Resources Manager


Position Summary:

The Human Resources Manager plays a key role in implementing a variety of human resources and organizational development strategies. This position is responsible for managing talent acquisition, implementing key diversity, racial equity and inclusion initiatives, and managing the organizational development and change management initiatives that enable and drive a high performance culture for RACC. This position will also develop strategies for staff development and engagement, collaborate with leaders of the organization on performance management, assist with conducting organizational surveys and assessments, and provide solutions to organizational challenges.

Essential Duties: 

  • Develop strategies, design processes and lead all talent management practices including onboarding and recruitment.
  • Conduct in-house training and recruit outside trainers to accomplish staff and organizational and staff development needs
  • Provide strategic leadership on the implementation of diversity, racial equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Assess organizational needs and drive comprehensive solutions in areas such as performance management, training, supervision, and staff development.
  • Coach and counsel managers on organizational matters, performance issues, and equitable practices.
  • Co-develop effective change management strategies and ensure successful implementation.
  • Conduct legal research to ensure that RACC policies and procedures meet compliance standards and legal requirements.
  • Help build and maintain a culture that fosters high performance, growth, innovation, collaboration, and support.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills, Abilities and Experience: 

  • Thorough knowledge of HR practices, procedures, laws, and regulations (including hiring, performance management, and organizational development).
  • Demonstrated success in helping achieve diversity, racial equity & inclusion as an organizational value.
  • Experience applying a racial equity analysis to one’s work; demonstrated experience developing solutions that address institutional and structural bias.
  • Excellent strategic and intellectual abilities coupled with pragmatism and a roll-up-one’s-sleeves attitude.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong project, time, and budget management skills; an ability to thrive working under deadlines and handling multiple tasks without sacrificing attention to detail.
  • Exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytic skills. Experience using both objective data and informed opinions to evaluate the impact of an organization’s work. Experience in assessing nonprofits’ health through analyzing staff recruitment, development and retention data, and assessing management, leadership, and organizational capacity.
  • Experience building strong, positive, collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies. The ability to listen to new ideas, encourage open dialogue, and inspire people to work towards common goals.
  • Demonstrated success in achieving high level results across multiple HR disciplines.
  • Demonstrated success at creating and implementing HR strategies and achieving results.
  • Demonstrated success leading organizational change and helping others adjust to a constantly changing environment of high expectations.
  • Proficient in verbal and written communications.
  • Demonstrated success in coaching/counseling managers and employees across a wide spectrum of HR, performance, and talent management issues.
  • Demonstrated success building collaboration within and across team; demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with people at all levels to obtain successful organizational outcomes and move projects forward.
  • Demonstrated success applying analytics and solving complex human resource and organizational challenges.
  • Demonstrated success working effectively with diverse populations and in high-pressure situations is essential.
  • Proven ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals and collateral materials.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Desired Skills, Abilities and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Organizational Psychology, or a related field, or equivalent years of experience. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • SPHR/PHR preferred
  •  Seven years of experience in Human Resource Management in an organization similar in complexity
  • A substantive background supporting non-profits, including experience working with the arts and culture sector, as well as a substantive understanding of Portland’s arts and culture ecosystem
  • Capacity to balance prior knowledge and experience in arts and culture with an objective open- mindedness about new solutions.
  • Experience negotiating agreements and managing contracts.
  • Commitment to the RACC’s mission, vision and values.
  • Cultural flexibility/agility and a commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment.


About Us

RACC advocates for public and private investments in the arts, provides grants for artists and arts organizations, manages public art, raises money through workplace giving, conducts arts education in public schools, and provides community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources. RACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Read more about our work.


Status:                         Full Time, Exempt

Schedule:                     8:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday

Flexibility will be required to accommodate events and business needs

Supervisor:                  Deputy Director

Compensation:            $75,000 – 85,000 DOE; Medical and Dental benefits; Disability and Life Insurance; Paid Time Off (PTO); and 401(k)


To Apply

Submit a Cover Letter and Resume.

Portland, OR