601 South Figueroa Street
ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey.
Join us at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an innovative organization made up of talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions in service of our scholars and families. Now is the time to join us and make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.
Reporting directly to Alliance’s Chief Talent Officer, the Vice President of Human Resources plays a vital role in Alliance’s overarching people strategy – how we attract, grow, and keep top talent at all levels of the organization to work in service of Alliance scholars and families. He or she will lead the Human Resources (HR) teams (including school staffing, HR operations, and benefits administration) and lead transformational work to improve Alliance’s human resources functions.
Demonstrate a Leadership Mindset
- Serve as a strategic advisor and functional expert to the Chief Talent Officer and Talent Leadership Team regarding human resources strategy (staff life cycle from entry to exit), initiatives and issues.
- Design a compelling vision for the HR team that identifies strategic and operational priorities in support of Alliance’s mission and goals, and all Alliance schools.
- Develop and implement change management strategies to support network-wide improvement of human capital challenges (e.g. enhanced recruiting and onboarding tools, compensation and classification structures, etc.)
- Design systems-level protocols to ensure that all HR operations align and comply with Alliance policies, individual school charters, and state and federal labor laws, and ensure consistent, fair, and equitable application of policies and procedures to all staff, regardless of position or status.
Manage to Results
- Provide strong financial stewardship of HR team budget (e.g. ensure return on investment analysis, participate actively in Talent budgeting processes, etc.)
- Establish effectiveness indicators and monitor progress for all HR’s major functions (School Staffing, Operations, and Benefits Administration)
- Facilitate cross-functional cooperation, and identify and address strategic opportunities and challenges that support HR and talent strategy, initiatives, and organizational priorities.
- Guide HR teams to develop operational plans with clear and measurable goals that align with larger HR and talent strategy, initiatives, and organizational priorities.
- Build and maintain a strong team of HR functional leaders and support staff through effective recruiting, training, coaching, motivating, team building, and succession planning.
- Model and facilitate “best in class” culture practices and customer service standardsaimed at delivering high-quality HR support to all schools and Home Office teams/colleagues.
- Manage the professional growth of direct reports to build a strong HR leadership “bench”.
- Review team members’ work to provide ongoing, timely, relevant, and constructive feedback to HR functional leads and key cross-departmental leaders (e.g. school operations, performance management, employee relations).
- Collaborate closely with the Talent Leadership Team, Instructional Superintendents, and school site leaders to ensure cross-functional implementation of human resources strategy, school staffing, and other related initiatives.
- Establish strong relationships and work effectively with key internal and external stakeholders and/or partners (e.g., vendors, school and Home Office leaders, local school boards, community-based organizations, etc.)
- Represent the Alliance on HR-related matters related to human resources and develop relationships as needed to further the Alliance’s overall human resources strategy, initiatives, and priorities.
THE STRONGEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:
- Commitment to Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
- Deep knowledge of urban public schools and school culture
- Successful leadership experience in HR, knowledge of state and federal labor laws and employment provisions
- Ability to work effectively across multiple functions and roles (e.g., supervisors, direct and indirect reports, peers/colleagues, external stakeholders) within a complex, multi-layered organization
- Strong conceptual, analytic, and organizational/systems thinking needed to interpret data, inform goals and strategy development, and lead implementation/execution
- Proven record of effective leadership and ability to navigate complex issues and drive organizational change
- Strong people management skills with a successful track record of leading teams to excellent outcomes
- Exceptional project management skills and experience in a context of competing priorities with limited resources and infrastructure
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to convey information to a variety of audiences (e.g., large groups, staff meetings, executive briefings, memos, etc.)
- Ability to work well in emotionally charged and difficult situations involving confidential or sensitive matters
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office and Google-based applications
- Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
- Willing to go above and beyond for the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
- Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S.) from an accredited college or university in human resources, education, public administration or policy, or a related field; advanced degree preferred
- Seven (7) years of experience in a public school district, public administration, charter school/education management organization, or university, with at least four years of verified experience in human resources, employee or labor relations, supervision of schools, or equivalent experience
- Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification OR SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification preferred but not required
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision. Alliance covers 100% monthly premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.
Minimum Education Required