Senior Director of Talent and Human Resources

Apr 15, 2024

  • Academic SY: 2024-25 School Year
  • Report to: Chief Executive Officer; supervises Manager of Talent and Human Resources
  • Location: Seattle, WA. The position regularly spends time at all four Impact school sites (Tukwila, Seattle, Renton and Tacoma) for a minimum of half a day at each site each week.
  • Salary: $127,345 – $152,189
  • Job Type: Full-Time

Who You Are

You are fiercely passionate about staffing, both recruitment and retention. You believe that there is nothing more important in a school than the quality of the educator in the classroom. You have experience leading HR and are comfortable navigating complicated situations and policies. You are innovative, solutions oriented, and excited to roll up your sleeves and continue making Impact a great place to work for all employees.

Characteristics and Qualities of an Ideal Applicant

Below are some of the skills, experiences, and dispositions that we’re looking for in an applicant. We don’t expect strong candidates to excel in every one of these.

  • You are passionate about Human Resources and implementing HR policies
  • You have an eye for innovation and love to improve systems and processes
  • You are passionate about the full recruitment life cycle and
  • You enjoy collaborating across teams

IPS seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We believe that educator diversity is critically important and are striving to recruit a team that reflects our communities.

Who We Are

Our model is grounded in social emotional learning, personalized instruction, project based learning, and a culture of positivity.  We prepare a diverse student body to succeed in college and impact communities as the next generation of equity-driven leaders. Students at Impact’s flagship school performed in the top 2% in ELA and Math, statewide, as compared to other schools serving 60% or more low income children.

Essential Functions of the Senior Director of Talent & Human Resources

Talent-Recruitment Leadership

  • Lead on talent recruitment processes to attract mission-driven, qualified, and diverse candidates for both school site and home office positions. This applies to both recruitment for future and immediate needs.
  • Implement and monitor systems to track progress toward hiring goals that can be shared with Lead Team and school leaders.
  • Lead on candidate engagement strategies to support new hires from their interview through start date.
  • Partner with leaders throughout the organization to ensure selection processes are consistent, aligned to core values, rigorous, and competency based. Ensure hiring managers are fully prepared to execute interview tasks and utilize hiring rubrics.
  • Collaborate with IPS leadership to evaluate the employee experience and identify strategies to continually improve Impact’s Employee Value Proposition.
  • Lead partnerships with external organizations that support Impact’s talent pipelines and form new partnerships to proactively solve for emerging talent needs.
  • Work in partnership with organization leaders on communications plans for topics related to talent, HR, and the employee experience.

Human Resources Leadership

The Director of Talent supervises a Manager of Human Resources and Talent. Many of the tasks below may be accomplished through effectively managing this individual on key HR operations.

  • Ensure employee onboarding is welcoming for new hires, aligns to Impact core values, and satisfies key compliance requirements.
  • Manage and update faculty handbook, ensuring HR policies are current, aligned to best practices, and legally sound.
  • Build leader capacity through ensuring processes are user friendly, critical paths are up to date, and leading training on key HR (and talent) processes.
  • Facilitate complaint processes, procedures, and investigations- particularly for complaints regarding discriminatory or sexual harassment.
  • Proactively identify gaps in HR processes, practices, and policies and develop trainings and materials to ensure ongoing excellence in HR.
  • Oversee HR administration functions, including payroll, benefits administration, and HRIS management.

Compliance Oversight

  • Oversee compliance for and ensure timely completion of all faculty regarding fingerprints, certifications, Safe Schools, and Food Handlers Permits.
  • Ensure that HR compliance reports, such as S275, OSPIs Educator Equity Report, and Commission reports, are completed timely and accurately.

Skills and Characteristics:

  • Strategic Vision and Direction-Setting: Ability to collaboratively establish and communicate a compelling vision for the organization’s talent and human resources strategy.
  • Human Resources & Talent Leadership: Proficiency in managing day-to-day operations of the talent and human resources functions.
  • Organization and Management: Strong planning, organization, and people management skills to lead efficient, effective, and ethical human resources.
  • Problem-Solving: Ability to analyze complex situations and propose creative solutions in alignment with the organization’s vision and values.
  • Influencing and Relationship Building: Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with a myriad of stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Analytical Skills/Continuous Improvement Mindset: The ability to analyze data, keep current with latest research,  trends, and metrics to make informed decisions and drive continuous improvement and capacity building across the organization.

Compensation & Benefits

Impact’s competitive benefits make us stand out as an employer. Home office employees:

  • Receive a generous PTO package, including major holidays, the week between Christmas and New Years, the week of July 4th, 18 flexible PTO days
  • Have a comprehensive benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, and long term disability insurance
  • Are part of the state’s retirement system, with generous employer contributions
  • Can access Impact’s Employee Assistance Program, which offers a suite of services including free counseling sessions
  • Can participate in various professional development opportunities with Impact’s partner organizations
  • Flexible work from home schedule

Educational Background, Experience & Additional Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or related field, preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years progressive human resources management and leadership experience; in both strategic and operational capacities; preferably in public education or non-profit sector
  • Demonstrated ability to advise leadership with strong business acumen and ethical practices; knowledge of operations of public and/or charter schools
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and delivery (verbal and written) to a diverse population of skill and culture
  • Highly disciplined, organized, and technically-inclined to manage various personnel programs and software applications
  • Proven high emotional intelligence to remain focused under high demand of timelines, constant change, and limitation
  • Demonstrated leadership in establishing and driving program objectives, timelines, milestones, etc.
  • Ability to develop and execute diversity talent recruitment strategies.
  • Demonstrated strengths in people leadership with and without direct managerial relationship, collaboration, analytics, and resourceful problem-solving
  • High-level of initiative to push for excellence, results, and process improvement
  • Data-driven approach to continuous improvement effort
  • Experience working with HRIS systems required, experience with ADP is a plus
  • Experience working with Washington State Department of Retirement Services and SEBB is a plus

Additional Requirements

  • Prior to the start date of employment all employees need to obtain clearance on a criminal justice fingerprint and background check.
  • Prior to being made an offer, the hiring manager will ask candidates to complete a character and fitness form from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.”
  • An offer is contingent upon verification that the person is authorized to work in the United States for any employer

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity and respect in the workplace are fundamental principles at Impact Public Schools (IPS). IPS prohibits and does not tolerate harassment, intimidation, bullying, discriminatory, or retaliatory behavior. All aspects of your employment are based upon your personal capabilities and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, disability, age, military status, marital status, partnership status, status as a victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other protected class as established by federal, state, or local law. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Amy Kiyota, CEO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Impact Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and concerns of alleged discrimination:

Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary

Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator at Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary: Jessica Baumer, Principal [1301 E 34th St. Tacoma, WA 98404, 206-712-7640,]

Section 504 Coordinator: Alicia Roberts, Assistant Principal at Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary  [1301 E 34th St. Tacoma, WA 98404, 206-712-7640,]

Impact | Salish Sea Elementary

Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator at Impact | Salish Sea Elementary: Caitlin Dietz, Principal [3900 S Holly Park Drive, Seattle WA 98118, 206-712-7640,]

Section 504 Coordinator: Lindsay Townsend, Assistant Principal at Impact | Salish Sea Elementary  [3900 S Holly Park Drive, Seattle WA 98118, 206-712-7640,]

Impact | Puget Sound Elementary

Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator: Eliza Gabriel, Principal at Impact | Puget Sound Elementary [3438 S 148th St. Tukwila, WA 98168, 206-712-7640,]

Section 504 Coordinator: Shalea Semana, Assistant Principal at Impact | Puget Sound Elementary  [3438 S 148th St. Tukwila, WA 98168, 206-712-7640,]

Impact | Black River Elementary

Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator at Impact | Black River Elementary: Egypt Charles, Principal [16950 116th Ave SE, Renton, WA 9805, 206-712-7640,]

Section 504 Coordinator: Kandice Horton, Assistant Principal at Impact | Black River Elementary [16950 116th Ave SE, Renton, WA 9805, 206-712-7640,]

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