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Chief People Officer - Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

The Organization

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded in 2004 based on the belief that all young people––regardless of ZIP code, income, ability, or background–– are capable of achieving at high levels. Alliance is now one of the largest and most successful public charter school networks in the nation, operating 26 high-performing middle and high schools, serving 13,000 scholars in Los Angeles communities that have been systematically oppressed: though 93% of incoming sixth graders come to Alliance reading below grade level, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 73% to a four-year university. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, making long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

The Opportunity

The Chief People Officer sets a vision and strategy for all people, talent, culture and equity work across Alliance by including and holding people, scholars and their families and communities at the center of the work. The CPO builds a lasting culture of equity, inclusion and belonging by operating in authentic partnership and relationship with the Cabinet (Senior Leadership team), School Leaders, the Talent team’s leaders and all of Alliance’s stakeholders. The CPO champions and leads the Talent team’s work to develop, support and recognize every Alliance staff member, ensuring equitable opportunity for professional growth. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the CPO leads, supports and develops a team of 20+ talent professionals, including members of the Staffing, Human Resources Operations and Employee Relations & Engagement teams.

This role is centered in Alliance's Los Angeles-based Home Office (i.e. central office) and the CPO is expected to be community, school and Home Office facing.

Areas of Leadership & Impact

  • Culture & Community Champion: Build trusting relationships with the entire Alliance community, including demonstrating empathy, credibility and influence with the Cabinet, Talent team, Alliance school leaders and staff. Collaboratively partner and develop the rituals and systems to build a high-performing, caring and inclusive organizational culture.
  • Organization & Talent Team Leadership: Advocate for and from the people and equity perspective as a Cabinet member. Develop and advocate for the Talent team’s multi-year operating plans, providing excellent customer service as a strategic partner to schools, Home Office teams and individual staff. Provide leadership of optimized talent systems to attract, engage, grow, manage and retain Alliance’s 1,400+ person team, including building out robust career pathways and professional growth opportunities.
  • Employee Engagement & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: In partnership with the Cabinet and Vice President, Employee Relations & Engagement, continue to advance and embed the strategic work related to diversity, equity and inclusion across the organization and align people practices to that work (i.e. compensation, promotions, etc.), including improvement in overall staff satisfaction, employee engagement and retention across Alliance schools and home office teams.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Executive level experience in a large, equity-focused organization with demonstrated results as a people-first leader
  • Experience leading organization-wide change management and culture-building, and in advocating for and creating change in communities, complex organizational systems and teams
  • Committed to and practiced in leading diversity, equity and inclusion, including an understanding of how to move the work from commitment to practice and influencing and coaching executive teams to develop and hold accountability for the work
  • Working knowledge of talent/human resources administrative and operations functions
  • Deep passion for and commitment to communities of color and anti-racist practices
  • Ability to establish and drive a short and long term and inclusive vision, supported by clear priorities and measures of success, strong implementation and equitable, inclusive practices
  • Demonstrated ability to support the intersection of interests across an organization and how that intersection impacts the organization’s culture and ability to realize its vision
  • Adaptive leader and relationship-builder who can coach, develop and advocate for and across individuals, teams and peers while respecting multiple perspectives and interests
  • Exceptional communicator who listens to understand and speaks up and out to peers, teams and every stakeholder in the face of challenges
  • Ability to lead authentically and with vulnerability, empathy, care and passion for people

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 8 years professional work experience in a related field
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • A commitment to ensuring educational equity and excellence for all students

Compensation & Benefits

In alignment with our commitment to equity for our scholars, Alliance is committed to equity and transparency for our team. As such, we offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and a comprehensive group health benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision. ​This role is exempt. The compensation range for this position is $170,000 - $220,000. ​To​ allow room for growth in compensation, the maximum initial salary placement is 80% of the range.

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