Human Resources Generalist

  • United States
  • Full Time
  • Entry Level

The Whitney  Human Resources (WHR) -Team is seeking a results-oriented professional who is looking to thrive at the defining Museum of 20th and 21st Century American Art. The successful incumbent  will play a pivotal role in making the Whitney a premier museum to work for in New York City.  The HR Generalist will be instrumental in transforming the employee life cycle experience and provide support to all levels of our staff by fielding questions about policies and procedures.  Additional responsibilities include assisting the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with calendar management and  her strategic priorities and create efficiencies to meet the needs of the Whitney community.  This position will be hybrid with a minimum of three days onsite.


  • Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
    • Partner with managers throughout the talent acquisition process to ensure we recruit and retain top talent
    • Quality Assure job descriptions to ensure compensation and title alignment.
    • Shepherd hiring managers to assist with the approval process
    • Onboard new hires and facilitate new hire orientation program
    • Initiate new hire paperwork for incoming staff through the online portal
    • Research and implement best practices for hiring and provide training to our constituents 
  • HRIS
    • Input data, process new hires and assist with biweekly payroll
    • Explore and support  the implementation of additional HRIS modules
    • Develop training guides for our constituents and facilitate training sessions.
    • Train new employees on HRIS
    • Trouble shoot employee questions about attendance, time off, resetting passwords, etc.
    • Input leave of absence data in HRIS (Whitney Paid leave and necessary accrual)
    • Ensure integrity of data and provide reports and analysis
  • Benefits
    • Explore the feasibility of automating HR invoices
    • Process recurring invoices
    • Contribute to Employee Wellness Program and related initiatives
    • Support department by researching new ideas, products, and services that will benefit employees
  • Internship Program
    • Assist with all aspects of the full cycle paid internship program
      • Review and select qualified applicants for the academic and summer internship programs to help supervisors choose the best candidates
  • Special Projects
    • Manage the Chief Human Resources Officer's (CHRO) calendar and strategic priorities
    • Support team in revamping the Museum’s onboarding program
    • Assist with building a robust performance management program
    • Research ways to automate processes to make the department more efficient
    • Review and update policies
    • Assist with labor law and regulations research
    • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law
    • Process union billing and vendor invoices

You can also email: for inquiries.


  • B.A./B.S. in Business, Human Resources or related field
  •  3 years’ experience (background working in Human Resources within a non-profit environment preferred)
  •  Experience with full cycle recruiting, knowledge of Federal and State Employment laws and experience with compensation projects
  • Proactive problem-solving skills
  • Solid communication skills (verbal, written and listening)
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff in a friendly and professional manner
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results
  • Exercise good judgment
  • Ability to establish trust, work independently to maintain confidentiality and discretion


Technology Skills

    • Advanced knowledge MS Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
    • Concur, Slack and Zoom
    • Experience with HRIS databases preferred


This is a regular full-time exempt position.  The Whitney offers a full benefits package including medical, dental, and vision care.  Other benefits include a 403B with employer contribution, transportation benefits and free admission to most Museums nationally.


Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.


About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


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