Chief People Officer

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Organization Leading Educators
Location Chicago
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 08/08/2017



Leading Educators (LE) is a national nonprofit committed to ensuring that all students – no matter their background – have access to high quality teachers and schools. We partner with districts and charter management organizations to help highly effective teachers develop the content, pedagogical, and leadership skills needed to successfully design and deliver rigorous content in their classrooms and throughout their school. We work to strengthen the instructional skills of teacher leaders who, in turn, lead their peers in similar efforts through intensive job-embedded coaching, professional development, and powerful cohort-based learning experiences. Our goal is to extend the reach and impact of highly effective teachers, build internal capacity within school districts, and dramatically improve student outcomes. Please visit to learn more.


Over the past several years, Leading Educators has grown from a small team of five to a thriving organization of over fifty staff members. We believe that our people are the heart of our work and our impact. As Leading Educators launches a new strategic plan and continues its significant growth, we are seeking a Chief People Officer to create and lead the vision and strategy for our talent function.

The Chief People Officer will ensure that Leading Educators is attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional and diverse leaders to make a positive and sustained impact on student outcomes. Key priorities for the Chief People Officer over the next year will include:

  • developing the vision for and leading the execution of a talent development strategy for the organization that is aligned to our values and maximizes the impact of our team members;
  • designing and executing on a talent acquisition strategy, in partnership with the Director of Talent Acquisition, to ensure strong and diverse candidate pools as the organization grows;
  • building the capacity of leaders across the organization by ensuring that managers are invested in talent development and equipped with the resources, skills, and mindsets to effectively manage and develop their teams;
  • contributing to a staff culture rooted in equity and inclusion by providing opportunities for personal and professional development for all staff members focused on race and equity.

The Chief People Officer will report to the Chief Executive Officer and be a member of the Leadership Team. The Chief People Officer will manage the Director of Talent Acquisition and make strategic decisions about the structure and growth of Leading Educators’ talent team in the coming year. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with significant experience managing talent development and human capital initiatives for a growing organization, demonstrated ability to coach and develop others and build a strong and inclusive team culture, and a commitment to helping to drive system-wide, catalytic improvements in K-12 education.


  • Set a clear and compelling vision for Leading Educators’ people work and develop our talent development strategy to attract, develop, and retain exceptional, diverse talent;
  • Manage and develop the Director, Talent Acquisition to drive a talent acquisition strategy to identify and recruit strong and diverse talent for open roles;
  • Build the capacity of leaders across the organization by ensuring that managers are invested in talent development and equipped with the resources, skills, and mindsets to effectively manage and develop their teams;
  • Lead initiatives that support Leading Educators in becoming a model of equity and inclusion in all aspects of our talent development work;
  • Provide strategic guidance on organization design, change management, and establishing Leading Educators as a learning organization that provides team members with opportunities to learn, grow, and excel in their work;
  • Assess current staff learning and development opportunities and develop a scope and sequence for staff development and manager development, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Support managers in maximizing performance management systems and structures to create strong individual development plans for team members and strong succession plans for their teams;
  • Recommend and implement compensation strategies to ensure that the organization stays competitive in the market, retains and motivates its top talent, and provides fair and equitable compensation for staff;
  • Lead collaboration on all aspects of Human Resources across departments;
  • Be aware of evolving state and federal laws on management, policies, processes and practices, and work to ensure that Leading Educators is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations concerning employment practices, employee health and safety, employee and labor relations, etc.;
  • Serve as a member of the Leading Educators Leadership Team and contribute to a strong and inclusive culture and strategic alignment and collaboration across the organization;
  • Model and foster the Leading Educators values of Equity, Service, Community, Growth, and Results and ensure that our talent development strategy is rooted in these values


The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in a human capital leadership role, preferably in a national non-profit organization;
  • A passion for and commitment to educational equity;
  • Significant experience successfully leading, coaching, and developing team members as a manager;
  • A proven track record for building strong talent development systems, including developing healthy talent pipelines, robust recruitment and onboarding processes, and effective professional development and performance management systems;
  • Strong vision setting and strategic thinking skills;
  • Ability to build strong, trusting relationships across a range of stakeholders and contexts;
  • A deep commitment to and experience in designing and leading professional development around diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Knowledge of traditional Human Resources functions including benefits administration, payroll, employee relations, and compliance with labor and employment laws;
  • Experience developing, implementing, and reinforcing human capital processes and tools to improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability;
  • Proven experience facilitating organizational change management, including changes to the workforce, organizational structure, and culture;
  • Strong communications skills:
    • ability to serve as a forthright, understanding, and effective thought partner to colleagues
    • ability to effectively facilitate trainings and other team learning opportunities
    • ability to serve as an expert, strategic advisor to the CEO and Leadership Team
  • The desire and ability to work collaboratively and virtually with staff members across teams;
  • Knowledge of research and exemplars of learning organizations and the structures and practices necessary for individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole to learn intentionally over time;
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment of rapid organizational growth and to balance multiple tasks effectively;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.


Flexible location, with a preference for Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; or New Orleans, Louisiana.


Not expected to exceed 25%.


Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience. In addition, Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees. Additional premium costs are covered 60% by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. We also offer a 4% matching 401k plan, Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, dependent care, and commuter expenses, as well as an employer-sponsored Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Benefits are valued at or above $8,000 for employees.

Additionally, Leading Educators offers generous time off with pay in order to support a sustainable high performance work culture. During the first three years of employment, full time staff accrue 22 days a year. Five additional days are accrued after the third and sixth year of employment. Leading Educators also offers 16 additional paid days off for various holidays, including three floating holidays staff may use at their discretion.


Leading Educators strongly values equity and challenges historical inequity with a persistent focus on dismantling systemic racism. We work towards a more just society and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.


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