Director of Talent Operations

Summit Public Schools - Redwood City, California or Remote - Full time

Summit is seeking a Director of Talent Operations, to lead the organization’s compensation structures and design, build and manage the systems used to understand people across the organization. The Director of Talent Operations will work to ensure that we have the data and information we need to attract, develop and retain a high performing and diverse faculty, to facilitate the fulfillment of our mission, and continue excellence at our schools The ideal candidate is a systems thinker, is results-oriented, excels at critical thinking and has exceptional interpersonal and project management skills.

The candidate must be a highly motivated individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and wants to positively impact the lives of students by improving K-12 public education. The Director of Talent Operations will report to the Senior Director of Talent Operations. The position can be remote or based in Redwood City, CA and while travel is rare, occasional (annual) visits to our school sites in WA and CA will be encouraged and supported.

Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge, skills and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life? This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools.

Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.

We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned teachers to join our team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life. Join us!

What You’ll Do:

The Director of Talent Operations (DTO) is responsible for ensuring Summit’s compensation policy is executed with fidelity and our approach to compensation remains rooted in our values and leads to equitable outcomes for all employees. Additionally, as a systems leader, the DTO ensures that the talent team has the systems in place to access and analyze data that promotes a comprehensive understanding of organizational progress on recruiting, selecting and retaining a high-quality and diverse faculty. They are a key member of the Talent Team and work cross functionally with Recruitment and Selection and Human Resources to lead and execute on special projects.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead and execute on Summit’s compensation systems and approach. This includes:
    • Manage information and data for Summit’s compensation system.
    • Lead all annual compensation processes for Summit faculty.
    • Lead compensation calibration and approval conversations with the compensation committee, hiring managers, and Summit’s Senior Director of People Operations and Chief Operating Officer.
    • Determine salary scales for all roles within the organization.
    • Ensure equitable practices and execution of our policy and processes.
    • Serve as the primary contact for internal and external questions on Summit compensation
  • Manage the day-to-day functioning of internal talent systems to ensure team members have what they need, when they need it. This includes:
    • Manage systems for collecting, monitoring and analyzing key metrics to share with various audiences, including school and home office leadership
    • Build new systems and processes from the ground up
    • Lead on change management to ensure systems are used with fidelity
    • Troubleshoot issues in a timely manner
    • Support the Senior Director of People Operations on the search for and implementation of a new HRIS system
  • Project manage key Summit initiatives throughout the year, including:
    • Career Matrix
    • Faculty Compensation Updates
  • Lead/Co-lead on other special projects within the People Operations team based on organizational needs

What You Need:

Key Qualities and Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and alignment with Summit Public Schools’ mission, vision and values
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills
  • The ability to balance multiple priorities and execute effectively
  • A relentless growth mindset, comfortability with ambiguity, and the willingness to learn new systems or tools.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate in a persuasive capacity when speaking internally and externally.
  • Strong computer skills, including Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a graduate degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in education leadership, consulting, operations or related fields.
  • Willingness to travel in California and occasionally to other regions.
  • Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.
  • Previous direct experience with education or non-profit organizations preferred.
  • Experience with recruitment software (Greenhouse, HRIS systems, etc) preferred.

Who You Are:

About You

  • You’re a self-starter. You take initiative to solve problems.
  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in sharing successes.
  • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
  • You possess strong people management skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
  • You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
  • You thrive in innovative environments, and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.
  • You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.

What you get:

In addition to joining a highly motivated team and engaging in meaningful work, you’ll have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits including a retirement plan, unlimited “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of organization-wide closures during the year. You and your dependents will have access to multiple health, dental, and vision plans at 25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and employee life and disability insurance at no cost. Our compensation policy strives to be equitable and transparent. The salary in the California Bay Area for this position starts at $107,000and goes up to $141,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor each other’s voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

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Mid Level

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