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People Development Manager


Job posted by: Year Up

Posted on: June 23, 2014

Job description


Title: People Development Manager

Office: Puget Sound

Location: Seattle


Year Up Puget Sound is seeking a thoughtful, experienced, and creative People Development Manager to guide human capital needs at our Puget Sound site. This person will manage professional development for staff and will play a key role in implementing people effectiveness initiatives. Reporting to the Associate Director of Operations, the People Development Manager will be the primary HR contact for all staff, managing activities including but not limited to; recruitment, on-boarding, performance reviews, and professional development.

Working closely with staff across departments, this person will act as an internal consultant and support system for staff, helping individuals refine skills and approaches for success. This role will require handling a wide range of HR-related projects and tasks, working independently and with teams to ensure high quality results. The manager must be able to tactfully interact with staff at all levels while remaining flexible, efficient, and professional under pressure.

In keeping with Year Up's values, the People Development Manager will also be a member of a Learning Community and interact with young adults as an advisor and group facilitator, often participating in and helping cultivate a positive environment for young adults and staff.


Human Resources & Recruitment

  • Manage and oversee the new hire recruitment and selection process
  • On-board all new staff members & interns, ensuring they receive necessary training, support and equipment to be a successful member of the team
  • Support hiring managers through the recruitment and onboarding processes
  • Work closely with the National HR office to ensure site compliance with all Year Up policies and practices
  • Act as the first point of contact for staff benefits/HR needs
  • Process all staff HR paperwork accurately & in a timely manner

Staff Performance & Career Development

  • Build and nurture critical relationships with staff and key stake holders
  • Manage staff professional development process & spending
  • Manage the development of employees by ensuring on-time reviews and access to professional opportunities
  • Oversee site wellness teams
  • Ensure all staff performance plans are created, up-to-date, and posted to the Year Up internal website
  • Act as a support system for staff performance and career development needs

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as an advisor/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Work experience (2+ years) working in human resource functions and HR policies/practices administration
  • PHR/SPHR strongly preferred
  • Strengths in meaningful relationship building
  • Strong acceptance of change, willingness to perform and lead through change
  • Experience successfully creating and/or modifying processes and practices
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong decision making ability, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize appropriately
  • Sound judgment, maturity, and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time for a variety of key stakeholders
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive training program, Year Up provides urban young adults ages 18-24 with a unique combination of hands-on technical and professional skills, college credit, and corporate internships.

With an annual operating budget of over $60 million, Year Up will serve over 1,900 students in 2013 nationwide, with sites in: Atlanta, Boston, Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley), New York, Providence, Puget Sound (Seattle), National Capital Region (Washington DC) and Chicago, with Year Up Professional Training Corps (PTC) sites located in Miami, Baltimore, and a new site in Philadelphia launching in 2013.

Voted one of the Best NonProfits to Work For in the country by the NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.

Please visit to learn more about working at Year Up, and to see a list of current opportunities.

How to apply


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.


2607 2nd Ave, Suite 100, Seattle, WA, 98121, US


Education requirements
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Salary details
Competitive and commensurate with education & experience
Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental and 401(k) match. Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year. Professional development funds available.
Job function
Owner's areas of focus