The Learning Community is an innovative urban K-8 charter school serving students and families in Rhode Island. 84% of our students qualify for free or reduced price lunches and more than one-third are English language learners. For these students, and for their families, we commit to provide a vibrant, equitable, and welcoming school environment. To build an even more joyful, equitable, inclusive and effective school, we are seeking an HR Generalist to upgrade our talent systems, ensure equitable and effective hiring and management practices, and help us build the kind of adult culture our teachers, staff, and leaders deserve.
About the Role
As our founding HR Generalist, you will focus in five areas to elevate our People practices at the Learning Community:
•Manager Development and Coaching/Employee Relations: Working with managers and their team members to navigate conflict, build strong trust, and work through performance issues.
•Equitable and Effective Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding: Own all activities related to our sourcing, recruiting and hiring practices to get us the most race, gender, and lived-experience diverse team possible, with a specific focus on hiring for candidates that will bring effective new practices to the organization, connect deeply with our families, and be culture adds, not just culture fits. Own all HR tasks related to onboarding new team members, and support managers in developing hiring plans that help most new hires meet success and hit the ground running their first year.
•Organizational Culture and Team-Building: Work with managers, leaders, and employees to determine key moments and day-to-day practices to build stronger trust and camaraderie across the team. Coaching struggling leaders and their teams to ensure strong trust and rapport, and to trouble-shoot challenges. Running monthly pulse surveys to give leaders real-time feedback about culture needs in the building and on their teams.
•Equitable and Effective Performance Management and Professional Development Planning: Lead the annual Performance Management processes for the Learning Community (in partnership with managers), including the annual Professional Development Planning process. Ensuring all promotion and raise decisions align with Performance Management documentation, and that negative performance is supported appropriately to ensure improvement or equitable exit from the organization.
•Providing Guidance and Support on ER/DEIB Related Issues (w/ help from consultant): Weigh in on Employee Relations and DEIB related issues and patterns with leaders, team members, and others with support from DEIB consultant. In future years, this role may expand knowledge and credibility to fully absorb this area.
•Advanced HR knowledge: PHR, SHRM-CP, or HR certifications/degree highly preferred.
•Documented success managing HR at the generalist level for at least one year in a school context or similar setting is required.
•Strong background in at least 3 of the following: sourcing/recruitment, onboarding and retention practices, manager development, performance management and performance improvement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to the talent work of a charter school.
In addition to 100% of qualifications, our ideal candidate for this role brings 5 must-have capabilities:
•Strong emotional intelligence and relationship-building skills: can build strong trust with managers, team members, and others across lines of race and gender difference and power.
•Strong lens on racial justice, equity, inclusion and belonging as it relates to people management, culture-building and talent practices.
•Systems-thinker that brings a bent toward process-improvement to their HR work.
•Proven problem-solver and advisor with experience demonstrating solid judgment in tricky personnel situations.
•High-integrity, trustworthy leader with strong execution and follow-through, that builds credibility up and down the organizational chart by doing what you promise, when you promise it to a high degree of quality.
What We Offer
Warm and Professional Work Environment: We’re not perfect, but most days, we have an upbeat, proactive, and supportive atmosphere, and with your help, it’s our hope we’ll get even better! We have among the best family engagement in the state, and strong support from our community.
Equitable and Generous Compensation: We offer competitive salaries and health insurance benefits for full-time team members.
NOTE: For this role, our budgeted compensation is $60,000-$70,000, with $60,000 representing the junior-most candidate and $70,000 representing the rare, exceptionally qualified candidate. If your salary expectations are beyond this range, please note we are unable to shift this range. In addition, we are proud to currently offer 13 paid sick days/2 paid personal days per year in addition to 8 paid holidays and 8 weeks of vacation (4 during school year, 4 during the summer). We also offer a 401k salary match; 95% employer paid high-caliber health insurance with 100% employee paid dental/vision/life insurance plan options.
Shared Commitment to Educational Equity: Through their commitment to our families and our school’s mission, every team member creates and supports an environment for exploration, leadership and learning for both students and themselves. We believe that education is a fundamental right and existing inequities should not be a barrier to success.
Professional Development: Staff receive job embedded professional development and a variety of innovative options for growth, learning and sharing what they know. These include a two-week summer institute, professional development days throughout the school year, working with external consultants and attending professional development workshops.
Commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
At the Learning Community, we believe that the best way to create a welcoming, inclusive, joyful and supportive learning environment for our students is to hire, support, and retain a race, gender, and experience-diverse group of committed educators and staff – many of whom share lived experiences with the students and families we serve.
In our school, we welcome and honor talented and committed educators, operational team members, and other stuff of all race/ethnic backgrounds, religions, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, marital/civil union statuses, citizenship statuses, veteran statuses, political backgrounds, and those with and without disabilities. We seek to continually improve our management, culture, and policies to create an environment where every member of our team can thrive – and where all team members are able to bring all of themselves to work and to build, keep, and recover trust with each other and work collaboratively across lines of identity difference.
If you are passionate about ensuring students in Rhode Island receive an equitable, joyful, and exceptional education that honors their lived experiences and identities, you are just the kind of team member we are thrilled to welcome to our team.
As this position is not a traditional teacher or school leader role, we would like to simplify the application process to save candidate’s time and get better data about interested applicants. Please apply via this link https://forms.gle/8ZHH8c2hfmdr1ax8A no later than June 10, 2022. To ensure equity, we will only reach out to candidates once we’ve received sufficient applications to evaluate candidates fairly.
For more information: http://www.thelearningcommunity.com
The Learning Community is an EEO/AA Employer. No phone calls, please.
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