Human Resources Specialist

Minneapolis, MN

The Walker Art Center empowers people to experience the transformative possibilities of the art and ideas of our time and to imagine the world in new ways. In our over 125-year history, we have become one of the most celebrated art museums in the country and we are known for our innovative presentations and acclaimed collections of contemporary art across the spectrum of the visual, performing, and media arts.

The HR Specialist will gain exposure and valuable development experiences by supporting the human resources function within a world-class contemporary art institution. You will coordinate with internal and external partners to support Human Resources strategy, including Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, Learning & Development, People Analytics, and Organizational Development. 


Department Communication

  • Be the front-line resource for employees and managers, addressing their needs by applying a broad knowledge of concepts, analytical methods, processes, procedures, systems, and a general understanding of department fundamentals.
  • Properly assess inquiries and concerns, discerning when it’s appropriate to elevate matters to team members or the Director of Human Resources for resolution.
  • Create positive employee experiences by facilitating timely and accurate HR correspondence via email, phone, and virtual and in-person meetings.
  • Help drive the success of departmental initiatives through training and institutional communication.

HRIS & Benefits Administration

  • Support payroll and benefits administration by ensuring accurate enrollments and pay information, benefits and compensation education, and ongoing staff support.
  • Coordinate new hire background checks, orientation support, systems and training setup, tracking, etc.
  • Maintain the HRIS and departmental data systems. Conduct routine audits, research and resolve data integrity issues, and run requested reports.
  • Help troubleshoot HRIS and HR platforms issues as they arise.

Department Coordination

  • Partner with HR colleagues to establish and refine procedures and policies within Human Resources understanding how they work together to achieve institutional objectives.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, as well as recommended best practices.
  • Support recruitment efforts through candidate review and screening, interview coordination, and partnership with hiring managers and HR partners.
  • Proactively identify departmental opportunities and collaborate with team members to improve HR initiatives, services, and systems.
  • Work semi-independently and be responsible for own work under general supervision.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.


  • Minimum of 1-year experience working in human resources function is required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field preferred
  • Excellent communication skills across all mediums working effectively with all levels of management and staff.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive matters with judgment, delicacy, and diplomacy
  • Strong strategic problem-solving orientation, relationship-building, negotiation skills, and business acumen
  • Demonstrate high professionalism with excellent time management skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize competing objectives.
  • Must actively support and promote a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of programs
  • HRIS experience with ADP experience preferred


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk 

Job Specifications 

  • This position is considered full-time (35 hours/week), non-exempt. As an exempt position, it is not non-eligible for overtime pay. The minimum compensation for this role is $25.82 (annualized at $47,000) . The Walker offers a wide range of benefits for both part-time and full-time employees.
  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.

Vaccination Expectation The Walker Art Center’s COVID vaccination policy requires staff to be fully vaccinated or to supply a negative test every 6 days. We will consider requests for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs

Walker’s DEI commitment The Walker is committed to being an employer with a staff who, at all job levels, reflects the rich diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to ensuring inclusion and equity in all our employment practices. We deeply value and welcome all the unique lived experiences in our applicants and encourage anyone meeting the minimum requirements to apply.

Recruitment Timeline All positions are open until filled.