Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exist to change that.
Founded in 2006 by East San Jose native and National Board Certified Teacher Frances Teso, Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-language program. With the Voices dual-immersion model, students receive 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English starting in kindergarten. The percentages shift by 10% per year until reaching 50:50 in third grade. As a result, every student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.
In 2019-2020, Voices will operate four public charter schools: Voices-Franklin McKinley School District (K-8), Voices-Morgan Hill and Voices-Mt. Pleasant (both Transitional Kindergarten-5th, growing to Transitional Kindergarten-8th) and Voices West Contra Costa (Transitional Kinder-3rd) . As we expand to serve more traditionally underserved students in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, Voices seeks additional team members who share a commitment to its mission and believe joyful learning and world-class academic preparation are not mutually exclusive.
Voices Academies’ Vision
All students graduating from Voices College-Bound Language Academies will possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in any career path they choose to pursue in life by mastering academic standards and subject matter. Students will be aware of the many positive possibilities for their future, and enjoy learning throughout their lives. They will be able to think critically by asking questions, especially when confronted with the status quo. Our students will have a sense of social responsibility to make their communities better.
Voices Academies’ Director of Human Capital is an experienced leader and a strategic thinker responsible for leading talent initiatives across the organization. He or she will thrive in a collaborative setting and be an active networker who shares Voices’ mission and vision throughout the community. Reporting to the Chief of Staff (CoS), the Director of Human Capital will 1) lead an innovative and effective staff recruitment strategy that leads to a robust pipeline, 2) establish a strong Human Resources department that enables employees to thrive, 3) develop rigorous, data-driven talent systems, and 4) develop the growth of the talent team. Voices currently employs around 170 staff and will expand to just over 200 over the next two years.
Strategic Talent Acquisition:
Develop recruitment strategies with the goal of attracting and developing pipelines for diverse, highly qualified bilingual teachers, school operations staff, paraprofessionals, and CMO leaders
Refine processes to ensure effective, data-driven hiring; ensure a good feedback loop and optimize time-to-hire
Develop connections and leverage relationships with candidate sources and partner with education and community organizations
Build excitement about Voices by developing a marketing strategy aimed at increasing awareness among target applicants
Work closely with Voices principals and hiring managers to understand their needs and priorities for candidates
Support the Recruitment Manager to improve hiring manager training on best practices for recruitment
Measure effectiveness of recruiting efforts, communicate important information to the CMO Leadership Team, and use metrics to inform future priorities within the recruitment department
Development of Human Resources Systems:
Develop and manage staff retention initiatives that lead to the long-term staff retention by collaborating with leaders across the network
Oversees and supports the improvement of the onboarding program and verifies all HR new hire procedures are completed effectively at all times
Support management practices that promote positive employer-employee relationships and a high level of employee morale and motivation
Develop performance management practices and culture-building activities for the growing CMO team and collaborate with the Leadership Team on a professional development strategy
Ensure HR practices are data-driven by overseeing talent data collection and analysis, including staff engagement surveys
Ensure Voices’ policies and procedures comply with federal and state laws and represent HR best practices
Develop employee credentialing monitoring and support procedures to ensure 100% of current and incoming instructional staff meet credentialing requirements
Monitor the effectiveness of total compensation and rewards and collaborate with the CFO on compensation programs recommending changes that provide value to employees and align with organizational objectives
Manage the development and maintenance of the organization’s knowledge management system, particularly improving upon organizational communication
Ensure the growth and development of Recruitment and Human Resources staff through performance management, team-building activities, coaching and other support
Perform other related duties as needed
BA/BS degree or related experience
Minimum 5 years proven recruitment and/or human resources experience, executing a variety of talent searches
Experience in full-cycle recruiting/sourcing or experience owning a function of similar scope
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience giving formal presentations and training
Strong project management experience
Accessible and in disposition of understanding the duties and competencies of different roles
Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Apps
Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students from low-income communities
Outstanding organizational skills with experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders
Ability to work well independently and within a team environment; working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making decisions
Experience or commitment to public education, social justice, efficacy and equity
Knowledgeable and up to date on all federal and state regulations with reference to employee guidelines
Experience in managing HR/talent functions within an organization
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish
Knowledge of and experience working with low-income communities preferred
Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and demonstrated success in recruiting bilingual educators
Tolerate high levels of stress
Personal and Professional – Finally, the ideal candidate will hold the following personal and professional competencies:
Leadership – Couple strong management with excellent interpersonal skills in leading an organization in one’s functional domain
Relationship – Develop relational trust across constituencies, by maintaining a positive attitude with students, parents and staff, while also maintaining confidentiality
Organization – Be intensely execution-oriented and frighteningly organized, allowing one to work in a fast paced, but sometimes unpredictable, environment
Perspective – Combine maturity, humility, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and a roll-up-my sleeves attitude to celebrate successes as well as navigate times of ambiguity and high levels of stress
Professionalism – See oneself as an ambassador of the school, presenting oneself both positively and professionally at all times and with all constituents
Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and crouch
Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
Occasional evening and or weekend work
Willingness to be trained as needed
Prior to Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final contract:
First Aid/CPR Certification
Clear Criminal Background Check
Annual Salary Range $75,000-$100,000
Exceptional growth opportunities
Reports directly to Chief of Staff (CoS)
Permanent Salaried, Exempt Position
If you have any questions about this position, please contact our hiring team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status.