Director of Talent Development

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Director of Talent Development

Posted date
October 4, 2017
Location
Denver, Colorado
Employment Type
Full-Time
Position: Charter public schools in Colorado are only as strong as their capacity to attract, develop, retain and support exemplary educators who can serve an increasingly heterogeneous cross-section of learners and families in urban, suburban and rural communities statewide. Right now, the prevailing talent recruitment channels and HR practices in PreK-12 education are under-developed. The League is seeking a Director of Talent Development to spearhead the development of a new business unit that relentlessly advances the quality of public education in Colorado by: (a) helping member schools and the League itself implement highly effective human resource practices; (b) recruiting teacher and leadership talent into the charter sector statewide, particularly educators of color; and (c) assisting member schools with leadership succession and sustainability including board and management. The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified. Compensation/Benefits • We recognize that we are seeking a candidate with unique qualifications to fill this position. The position will be paid competitively including a full-time salary, the opportunity to earn a significant performance bonus, generous paid time off, and attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits. • The position will collaborate closely with other members of the League team and develop the capacity of all team members to disseminate effective HR and talent development practices through close teaming, ongoing communication, and shared learning and decision-making. • The position will have significant scheduling flexibility to support outreach to colleges and universities, relationship building with member schools, and otherwise advance the development of talent recruitment channels and professional networks. • The ideal fit is a seasoned leader with executive experience who wants to have a major social impact at this phase in his/her career and, thus, is motivated to advance an ambitious annual agenda and execute against measurable performance goals with substantial professional ownership and initiative. Qualifications • Minimum 10-12 years of experience managing different aspects of personnel management, human resources and talent development in large organizational settings where significant resources and expertise are invested in excellent practice, from talent recruitment and selection to professional coaching and mentorship to performance evaluation and differentiated compensation and role delineation and promotion. • Deep knowledge of professional networks and associations, current trends, recommended practices, and evolving theories in talent development and human resources in fields with immediate applicability to K-12 education such as health care and higher education. The right candidate does not need to have deep experience in charter schools but must have the aptitudes necessary to readily navigate the learning curve and apply his or her experience base to charter opportunities, needs and realities. • Demonstrated experience, capacity and commitment to attract a diverse talent pool with experience recruiting candidates of color within and across a variety of settings. • Education and professional specialization in human resources required with an advanced degree from a reputable higher education institution preferred. Examples include but are not limited to an MBA with a concentration in human resources, a master’s of science in organizational leadership, and/or a master’s in human resource management. • Excellent working knowledge of how to make managerial decisions and implement personnel practices within applicable state and federal employment laws. The right candidate may not have specialized in charter schools but must be able to quickly fill knowledge gaps and advise member schools on how employment law applies to all aspects of charter school HR practices. • Excellent communication and facilitation skills in individual, small group and large group settings (written, presentation, verbal, interpersonal). Effective ambassador for the League with strong personal character and diplomacy skills. • Comfortable working in close collaboration, coordination and ongoing communication with other members of the team and providing support to staff at various levels. • Comfortable balancing a demanding set of roles, relationships and work-streams with the purpose of influencing the advancement of a large and growing market segment. • Diligent, well-organized, timely. Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail. Takes pride in following through to completion. • Self-starter with a strong work ethic who works independently, learns quickly & easily, and takes pride in striving for individual and organizational excellence. • Knowledgeable about and proficient in the setup and ongoing use of electronic systems for recruiting, selecting and support talent. • Passionate about ensuring that all families and students can access high-quality educational options. • Enjoys working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where change is embraced. • At least 5 past employer & coworker references available upon request Responsibilities • Support the League in designing and implementing excellent HR practices that cultivate high levels of performance, productivity, satisfaction, morale and retention among all employees. • Develop and execute against annual and multi-year goals that directly impact opportunities, needs and gaps in charter school talent development and HR practices. • Work closely with other members of the League team – such as the director of research & evaluation, director of governmental affairs, and director of school services – to take a strategic, multi-faceted approach to developing the talent pool for charter schools, including elevating the visibility of opportunities, highlighting professional shortages and needs, reaching out to aligned individuals and organizations, and advancing collaborative efforts. • Engage partner organizations and leaders in designing and advancing collaborative initiatives that yield a decisive, measurable impact on the accessibility, breadth, diversity and specialization of the statewide talent pool available to public charter schools. • Spearhead outreach to colleges and universities in Colorado and surrounding states to attract undergraduate and graduate students to opportunities in the Colorado charter sector, including engaging institutional leaders, educational programs, professors and student interest groups. • Organize and attend career fairs, state and regional conferences, and other events in cooperation with member schools and/or as a League representative. • Find effective ways to directly advise, coach, inform and equip a growing membership of schools at different stages of development so that they can implement effective talent development and HR practices. To apply - send cover letter and resume to Lisa Jarvi Nolan - ljnolan@coloradoleague.org by Friday, October 20, 2017.