Senior Manager, Talent

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


Senior Manager, Talent

About Turnaround for Children:


Connecting the dots between science, adversity and student performance, Turnaround for Children equips educators to stabilize learning environments, reduce stress, increase engagement in learning and accelerate academic achievement. With Turnaround’s assistance, schools learn how to help their students develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills and mindsets they need to succeed in school and life.


Informed by 16 years of practical experience in schools, Turnaround has grown into a leader in the field of whole child development. Today, the organization is experiencing unprecedented demand for its applied science and consulting services which are designed to enable schools across the country to effectively integrate practices that support each child's social, emotional and academic development.


During the 2017-18 school year, Turnaround partnered with schools in New York City, Newark, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., serving more than 5,000 students and 600 adults. The organization currently provides hands-on professional support, coaching and training to leadership teams and educators working in New York City and District of Columbia public schools (NYC DOE and DCPS), for the KIPP DC charter network and for Summit Public Schools in Silicon Valley.


This position is based in New York City.

About the Position:

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced human resource professional to help strengthen the employee lifecycle with a focus on talent acquisition and onboarding, performance management, employee engagement, and staff development. The Senior Manager, Talent will develop and execute people initiatives, support policy and process improvements and provide critical support to employees and managers across our offices in New York and Washington DC and for a handful of remote employees. A critical component of this role is working to embed the organization’s core values into all of the employee lifecycle, thereby supporting a culture of high performance and creating an inclusive workplace that honors diverse perspectives. This role reports into the Vice President, People and Engagement, and is part of a 3-person team dedicated to improving the employee experience and overall organizational culture.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Partner with the VP, People and Engagement, on all efforts to embed our core values into the Talent team’s work.
  • Lead talent acquisition efforts to fill critical vacancies. Support end-to-end recruitment, including development of job profiles, managing applicant flow, managing applicant tracking systems, conducting interviews, reference checking, issue of offer letters and conducting background checks. Manage partnerships with search firms and external recruiters, as needed. Contribute to efforts to strengthen and build effective talent acquisition processes.
  • Strengthen onboarding for new employees and support offboarding processes.
  • Facilitate the performance review process, including goal setting, mid-year and end-of-year reviews, in collaboration with the VP, People and Engagement. Project manage, provide advice and guidance as necessary to employees and managers, support timely completion of processes, and ensure files are updated with the support of the team.
  • Support annual compensation review processes. Conduct salary reviews and research, as necessary.
  • Seek feedback on Talent polices/practices with the goal of equity and continuous improvement, and lead process of proposing recommended changes to the organization’s Executive Team. Contribute to the communication to and training of staff on all Talent policies.
  • Develop and lead ongoing staff engagement activities, in partnership with the Office Manager, to support a collegial and fun work place.
  • Partner with the VP, People and Engagement on developing key Talent metrics; lead the subsequent tracking of progress and reporting out of progress and challenges. Update all reports on employee data and share with relevant internal departments (IT, Admin, Communications) to ensure systems are up to date.
  • Ensure that all employee - related records and files are maintained in accordance with federal, state and local requirements. Maintain calendar to ensure timely completion and submission of required fillings, enrollments and talent management activities. Maintain recruitment platform update employee data in Paychex. Facilitate all staff training on issues of policies and compliance.
  • Serve as support on managing employee relations issues, in partnership with VP, People and Engagement.
  • Serve as backup to Manager of Office and People Services on processing payroll and on administering benefits.


 Essential Qualifications & Experience:

  • Minimum 5 – 7 years generalist experience in human resources with knowledge of, and experience in, talent acquisition, performance management, training and development, rewards and recognition, benefits management and administration, and compliance.
  • Prior supervisory experience and knowledge of good people management is beneficial.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. SPHR/PHR or equivalent preferred.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated capability in establishing and maintaining effective, collaborative relationships with all levels of management and staff.
  • A proactive, 'can -do' attitude with ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities, works well under pressure and able to respond effectively to changing deadlines. 
  • High levels of attention to detail.
  • Experience with leading staff trainings and speaking in front of employees on issues of human resources.
  • Comfortable working with and maintaining candidate and employee databases and other Talent technological platforms (Paychex, Zoho Recruit, MyStaffingPro, Culture Amp).
  • Strong commitment to the work, mission and values of Turnaround for Children, and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity.
  • This role will require occasional evening and weekend hours.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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All applicants must submit a resume together with a cover letter outlining the ways in which their skills and experience align with our specific needs.

Candidates of color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation is competitive based on background and experience and includes excellent benefits. Turnaround for Children is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, military and veteran status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot be used as a basis for an employment decision.