Director of Human Resources

STRIVE Prep - Denver, Colorado - Full time

THE CHALLENGE

Do you want to build and lead a best-in-class Human Resources (HR) function that ensures that our HR services, policies, and programs are a role model for equity & inclusion in K-12 education?

OVERVIEW OF ROLE

STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE) is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. The Director of Human Resources will join STRIVE’s growing Talent Team and leadership overseeing recruiting and organizational development, to help achieve our talent strategy to become the best place for top, diverse talent to work in education in Denver. The successful candidate will evaluate, redesign as needed, and implement--through an equity and inclusion lens--policies and procedures throughout the employee life cycle including but not limited to: onboarding & offboarding, benefits & wellness, performance management, evaluation, rewards & recognition, compensation, investigations, workers’ comp, leave of absences, and compliance. In so doing, we will create a best-in-class culture and work environment that unleashes the genius in each of our 500 team members and 3,800 students across 11 schools, who are Learning to Change the World.

THE MUST HAVES

Do the following must haves resonate with how you are wired and demonstrable in your unique talents and experiences? If so, we invite you to apply and can’t wait to learn more about you!

● You are a people whisperer: Your experience has shown you that an investment in people and culture can lead to transformative change in an organization. You proactively build meaningful and authentic relationships with your school and central office colleagues. You intentionally build context and authentically listen to others--which enables you to individualize your approach to ensure equity, accountability, and compliance with each of our team members.

● You KNOW and LOVE HR: You think, breathe, and eat HR. Your expertise shows up in your ability to quickly and effectively respond to the scope of responsibilities outlined in the Essential Functions section of this job posting. You are driven, agile and can adapt policies to fit the unique context of our school network (i.e. non-profit, charter schools, in Denver).

● You are a systems builder: You have experience building the efficient systems needed to support an ambitious vision.You document policies, outline processes, effectively communicate, thoughtfully train, and strategically incorporate learning into revised processes. This cycle of improvement energizes you.

● You have a strong lens on issues of equity and can enlist others to take action: You know that issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are often hard baked and self-reinforcing in organizational mindsets, culture, systems and processes. With this awareness, you are purposeful, diligent and methodical when surfacing and course correcting issues related to DEI. You bring a deep belief in equity and action-oriented commitment to advancing DEI work, and you galvanize others to do the same.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

With the must haves driving your daily approach to the work, the successful Director of Human Resources will manage a team of two and partner with our insurance broker to perform the essential functions of the role for STRIVE’s 11 schools and Central Office. The Director will collaborate with the Chief Talent Officer to identify strategic priorities for year one and beyond.

Benefits, Wellness, & Leave of Absences

● Annually evaluates, negotiates, recommends, and administers cost-effective, employee serving benefits and wellness programs that will attract and retain top talent.

● Oversees benefits orientation, and creates systems of accountability and reconciliation with STRIVE’s insurance broker who provides direct employee customer service for benefits.

● Collaborates with internal stakeholders to develop and implement a network-wide wellness program.

● Coordinates all leave of absences in accordance with applicable policies and laws as it pertains to theFamily & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and STRIVE’s sabbatical program.

Onboarding & Offboarding

● Collaborates with school and central office stakeholders to co-create a best-in-class onboarding experience for new team members that reflects a strong culture of inclusion.

● Evaluates and establishes as needed, systems and processes to ensure proper monitoring, improvement, and cross-functional coordination of onboarding and offboarding activities.

Employee Relations

● Evaluates and redesign as necessary personnel policies, procedures, and practices through an equity and inclusion lens.

● Communicates, advises, and trains school and central team members on STRIVE’s personnel policies, procedures, and relevant labor and employment laws to ensure proper administration, as well as individual and network-wide compliance.

● Assesses and creates procedures for appropriate and timely management of employee personnel and performance issues as they arise, including resolving employee grievances and complaints, and conducting internal investigations and terminations when necessary.

Performance Management & Insights

● Administers the mid- and end-year performance review and evaluation process in accordance with STRIVE’s pay-for-performance program.

● Selects, deploys, and manages a cost-effective Human Resource Information System (HRIS).

● Leverages network-wide data and observations to glean powerful insights and proactively makes recommendations to inform human capital decisions.

● Leverage external best practices and collaborate with internal stakeholders to redesign STRIVE’s performance evaluation system with a special lens on equity, inclusion, teacher voice, and the strategic direction of STRIVE.

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition

● Collaborates with central leadership and internal stakeholders to evaluate and revise STRIVE’s salary structure and pay policies through a DEI lens, and oversees the variable pay systems including bonuses, stipends, and pay-for-performance program.

● Monitors all pay practices and systems for effectiveness, equity, and cost containment.

● Leads competitive market research to establish pay practices that help recruit and retain top talent, and enables the establishment of a Teacher Career Pathways program.

● Evaluates STRIVE’s rewards and recognition program through a DEI lens and for stakeholder voice. Makes recommendation to central leadership, redesign and implement program.

Law, Policy, Compliance

● Ensures all HR policies, procedures and programs are consistently administered, aligned with organizational goals and are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws, as well as Denver Public Schools and Colorado Department of Education regulations and reporting requirements.

● Maintains knowledge of industry trends and relevant, federal, state and local employment legislation and their applicability to STRIVE.

● Annually reviews and makes recommendations to central leadership for improvement of the organization's policies, procedures and practices on personnel matters.

Team Management & Collaboration

● Collaborate with Talent Team leadership to set and achieve strategic goals, and ensure DEI best practices are at the foundation of STRIVE’s culture, mindsets, systems and processes.

● Build (hiring 1 of 2 team members) and lead a strengths-based team ensuring both psychological safety and accountability to breakthrough results.

Additional Duties

● Assist with other duties/tasks as needed or assigned by the Chief Talent Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and other senior leadership team members.

● As a member of the Central Team, you will be an active participant in network and school level activities and/or events.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (OR PREFERENCES WHERE NOTED)

● Bachelor’s degree (required). Degree in human resources, labor relations, organizational development, industrial psychology, business administration (preferred)

● Minimum of 5 years Human Resources experience(HR leadership in an organization with at least 200+ staff is strongly preferred)

● Charter school or school district human resources experience (preferred)

● Minimum of 5 years managing teams (experience with Gallup Strengthsfinder preferred)

● SHRM-CP or HRCI-PHR certification (strongly preferred)

● Independent travel (often without advanced notice) in the Denver metro area (required)

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

● Competitive compensation package and annual performance-based raises

● Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option

● Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans

● Approximately three weeks of summer vacation and eight days of paid time off annually

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

STRIVE works to make a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. We are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias and seek to provide each candidate with a unique and equitable opportunity for employment.STRIVE is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.

Our culture of inclusion is rooted in the belief that when we create the conditions that align…

  1. Your unique gifts (Bring your full self, skills/knowledge, & unique lens on the work)
  2. Your purpose/desire for impact (What challenges do you most want to tackle?)
  3. The organization’s needs (STRIVE’s strategic goals and value we seek from this role)

...then you will have the opportunity every day to unleash your genius--individually and collectively with your colleagues--to ensure our students are Learning to Change the World. We create these conditions with intentional, strengths-based coaching through an equity and inclusion lens, and a culture that leverages the rich diversity of our team to inform the work and achieve breakthrough results for our students.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Theo Smith at tsmith@striveprep.org

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