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Jobs (Edmonton): HR Senior Manager – Fringe Theatre Adventures

Jobs (Edmonton): HR Senior Manager – Fringe Theatre Adventures

Position: HR Senior Manager
Position type: Permanent full-time
Compensation: $60,000 plus commensurate benefits
Anticipated start date: As soon as possible
Reports to: Executive Director, Finance Director, Fringe Theatre Board of Directors

The HR Senior Manager will be responsible for guiding and managing the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for Fringe Theatre by overseeing the daily operations, policy administration, and the humanness of Fringe staff. In collaboration with Fringe’s Executive leadership and Board, the HR Senior Manager will ensure the implementation of Human Resources (HR) strategies, programs, and initiatives are strategically aligned with Fringe’s goals. This is a new position within Fringe Theatre’s administrative operations, and we’re excited to welcome in someone enthusiastic who wants to nurture a people-first culture that supports the evolving, creative work of our staff, volunteers, and artists.   

Is it you we’re looking for?
You are a highly organized and detail-oriented individual who brings experience and energy to this important leadership role. You have a people-first mentality and value the importance of recognizing the humanness of employees. You communicate clearly and confidently. You are deadline driven and value timely correspondence. People are your passion, and you care about cultivating a creative, respectful work culture. You thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. You understand flexible work environments and can support a staff team that seasonally scales with operations. An understanding of arts production, theatre, live events, and/or creative work environments is an asset. You enjoy being a part of a big, artistic team who makes great things happen. You are a collaborator who believes in supporting the arts community. You bring an open and positive energy to everything you do. You’ve got a great sense of humour and desire to make the arts industry (if not the world!) a better place. A love for Fringe, live theatre, and the local arts scene helps, too!

Job description: 
The HR Senior Manager is responsible for:

  • Building, managing, and facilitating all HR operations including but not limited to, payroll, benefits administration, compensation and total rewards, employee relations, performance and/or disciplinary issues, terminations, training and development, and policy and handbook reviews and updates; 
  • Supporting the development of a Human Resources Strategy, and creating, executing, and managing programs and policies in relation to that strategy;
  • Coaching and supporting various levels of management from Executives to front-line managers on employee-related matters including evaluation, training, discipline, termination, and other HR issues;
  • Managing and facilitating the full-cycle recruitment process including the onboarding of new staff members; 
  • Analyzing trends and metrics to develop solutions; 
  • Keeping current with existing and proposed laws and regulations affecting HR practices;
  • Maintaining personnel files and records of employment, as well as case management regarding leaves of absence, disability management, Work Safe, benefits, parental leaves etc.;
  • Managing HR services, policies, and employee benefits;
  • Developing staffing budgets and strategies for sustainable operations;
  • Developing educational and training plans and programs to promote diversity, inclusion, and collaboration among employees and set diversity and inclusion goals and objectives;
  • Developing and implementing programs and events to foster good company morale and employee satisfaction; 
  • Collaborating with the Programming Department to support the onboarding of contracted artistic workers; 
  • Participating in various committees (ex. Joint Health & Safety Committee, Safer Spaces Committee etc.);


  • Minimum five years of progressive Human Resources experience combined with post-secondary degree or diploma in Human Resources or a related field;
  • CPHR Designation or candidacy considered an asset;
  • Basic accounting knowledge and/or Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation considered an asset; 
  • Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office and Quickbooks;
  • Experience in developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives and training plans along with influencing positive change in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Exceptional leadership skills;
  • Phenomenal attention to detail;
  • Willingness to give and receive constructive feedback; and
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, creative environment that responds to the evolving and innovative needs of a leading theatre arts company.

This position is responsible to Fringe Theatre’s Executive Director, Finance Director, and Board of Directors, and works cross-functionally with all departments, as well as vendors, granters, sponsors, donors, and other stakeholders important to the health of Fringe Theatre. It is expected that this role will enthusiastically champion Fringe Theatre’s commitment to radical hospitality for all fringers.

This is a full-time, permanent position. While this position is a Monday-Friday position within the organization, it is reasonably expected the HR Senior Manager be available and on-call for the lead up, execution, and reconciliation of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival every summer.

To apply: 
Please email your cover letter and resume to Megan Dart, Executive Director, at with “HR Senior Manager” in the subject line. Applications accepted until October 31, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is hired.

Why Fringe?
At Fringe Theatre, we foster artists. We nurture audiences. We take chances. Fringe Theatre cultivates safer spaces for brave ideas and big artistic risk.

Since its very beginning, Fringe Theatre has been the meeting place where experience, perspective, diversity, and passion are explored, uplifted, and celebrated. Representation onstage, backstage, in the Front of House and Box Office, in our administrative spaces, and in our mentorship and training programs matters. The future of theatre in Treaty 6 is equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible. We believe representation within our organization will lead to greater equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in our community.

We are a collaborative, playful, creative, flexible, hard-working team where big ideas and out-of-the-box approaches are encouraged. We know you have a big, beautiful, busy life outside of Fringe and we will do everything in our power to honour your humanness beyond the amazing work you do with us.

Our base of operations is the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns in Edmonton, AB (10330 84 Avenue). Our hours of business are typically 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday, though as a busy cultural space supporting more than 500 events year-round and as the producers of the largest, longest running Fringe Theatre Festival in North America, there is an expectation that staff are reasonably available evenings and weekends based on season and Festival event activity.

Employees are expected to uphold and champion Fringe’s Safer Spaces and Anti-Racism programs and abide by our Code of Conduct.

COVID-19 Considerations:
We believe in care and kindness above all else – we’re all in this together. Fringe Theatre is a relaxed work environment that supports both in-person and remote work options. We are a mask-friendly workplace where personal choice is respected. Staff will be trained on all COVID-19 mitigation.

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