Director, Total Rewards (Compensation) - Location Flexible

Posted by
Year Up
Boston, MA
Published 15 days ago


We are open to candidates living in any of the states in which Year Up operates

The Director, Total Rewards (Compensation) will report to the Senior Director, Talent Administration on the Human Resources (HR) team. This role will be responsible for helping to develop our Total Rewards philosophy and be a critical player in the strategy, communications, and compliance of all Total Rewards programs, policies, and processes. Working on a growing Total Rewards team, this role will initially be one of two dedicated resources for Total Rewards and have a primary focus on compensation. It will work in partnership with various stakeholders, internally and externally, to achieve critical organizational objectives.

As a successful candidate, you will bring strong subject matter expertise in Total Rewards together with compensation program management; as well as an ability to analyze and create insights from pay data, process improvement, and strategic thinking skills. You enjoy both working alongside and through others to achieve ambitious goals on behalf of talent in a growing organization. You leverage an equity lens in your analysis and program design and are comfortable in a changing environment. You recognize the value and potential of Total Rewards to attract, retain, and support staff as they work to close the Opportunity Divide. You will help shape what operating as an antiracist organization means within Total Rewards and compensation.

The Director, Total Rewards will also interact with Year Up students as a coach, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.


Compensation Program Management (Primary Focus)

  • Design infrastructure and processes to set and maintain an effective, equitable compensation and total rewards strategy, engaging stakeholders such as HR Business Partners, Talent Acquisition, executive leadership, and consultants
  • Work closely with Senior Director, Talent Administration to design and maintain a market-competitive compensation program, as well as review and evaluate the effectiveness of programs
  • Manage annual compensation processes (e.g. Merit) and the related design, prep, implementation, and follow up
  • Analyze pay data to generate shareable insights and recommendations, implement/maintain controls for strategy and guidelines (e.g. audit appropriate pay code utilization), compliance and equity, and support ad hoc report and/or data requests from leadership
  • Provide and oversee compensation-related services, including management of external benchmarking reports, salary band review and assignments, and salary band conversations with stakeholders
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert for compensation, providing/approving salary offer recommendations and guidance
  • Develop, oversee, and ensure strong execution of compensation communication strategy (within Total Rewards communications strategy), driving to achieve key objectives (e.g. baseline understanding, setting equitable, competitive salaries)
  • Partner with HRIS team and Director, Talent Administration to provide user-friendly technology tools and resources (e.g. compensation change business processes, total rewards statement)
  • Stay abreast of and ensure compliance with evolving Federal and state compensation-related legislation
  • Provide thought partnership to the Senior Director, Talent Administration, HR Business Partners, and Chief People Officer on compensation strategy and overall Total Rewards strategy
  • Other duties as assigned

Benefits Program Management (Secondary Focus)

  • Support the Associate Director, Total Rewards with benefits program management; sample tasks noted below
  • Support inclusive processes to maintain benefits and total rewards strategy, engaging stakeholders such as staff advisory committees and resource groups, executive leadership, and consultants
  • Work with benefits brokers, Total Rewards counterpart, and Senior Director, Talent Administration, as needed, to design and deliver market-leading benefits programs, manage the annual benefits renewal process, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs
  • Help ensure benefits communication campaigns and messaging are effectively developed with compensation communications and overall Total Rewards messaging
  • Support quality, compliant benefits program management across all offerings
  • Support upgrades to and the overall effective functioning of key programs (e.g. Leave of Absence administration), in partnership with relevant resources
  • Stay current with best practices and trends; present findings and alternative solutions that are cost-effective and consistent with Year Up's core values, mission, and compensation philosophy
  • Stay abreast of and ensure compliance with evolving Federal and state benefits-related legislation

Systems and Processes

  • Ensure compliant and consistent compensation and benefits administration occurs in all relevant systems, in partnership with Talent Administration and other team members
  • Ensure that HR systems, databases, and records accurately capture benefits and compensation records, changes, information etc. in a clear, compliant manner
  • Partner with the HRIS team and other HR team members, as appropriate, to ensure HRIS improvements are regularly occurring, and Total Rewards reporting and analytics are readily available, as needed by the business

Site Team/Learning Community Member

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


  • Minimum of 10 years of overall work experience
  • 6+ years experience in HR (compensation administration and Total Rewards knowledge required; additional HR administration experience preferred)
  • Knowledge of HR policies, procedures, and federal legislation related to employment practices and Total Rewards administration
  • Experience with Workday and ADP preferred
  • Reporting and analytics skills, plus Excel knowledge required
  • Demonstrated success in creating strategic plans and managing stakeholders to achieve and sustain business improvement and results
  • Inclusive and supportive program management skills
  • Experience in managing senior-level stakeholder relationships both internally and externally
  • Exceptional sense for customer service and usability
  • Active listener, able to see all sides of an issue and balance policy/process with solutions mindset
  • Ability to leverage data to drive decision-making and action
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, improving, and streamlining processes
  • Understanding of how to lead, communicate and implement organizational change
  • Sound judgment and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • A passion for working with 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, equity, and inclusion


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults-no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country-a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults; and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up's intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has directly served more than 35,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up's nationwide presence includes Arizona, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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.


We are open to candidates living in any of the states in which Year Up operates

The Director, Total Rewards (Compensation) will report to the Senior Director, Talent Administration on the Human…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 6, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    June 3, 2022
  • Experience Level
See below
$105000 - $106000 per year + medica/dental, 401(k) match, PTO


medica/dental, 401(k) match, PTO
medica/dental, 401(k) match, PTO


Boston, MA, United States

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