Nov 21, 2019

Vice President, Human Resources

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Redwood City, CA, USA
Full-time Human Resources

Job Description

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

The Position

As a champion of Rocketship's mission, culture and values, the Vice President of Human Resources partners with managers to help them lead their teams, navigate and resolve employee relations issues, and promote culture and climate programs with a focus on high performance, retention, and diversity and inclusion. By building trusted and authentic relationships throughout the organization and having a deep understanding of core organizational needs, the VP of HR simultaneously represents the strategic interests of the organization while leading a team of service oriented HR Business Partners and HR Operations staff (HR team of 13 FT staff). Additionally, the VP ensures Rocketship meets all HR risk management and compliance needs, supported by well-designed policies, clear and transparent communications, and consistent and responsive support for execution.

Essential Functions: Staff Culture and Retention
    • Ensure the human resources strategy positions Rocketship as an "employer of choice" for top talent within the education field
    • Collaborate closely with Senior Leadership to drive staff satisfaction and retention through aligned programs including onboarding, performance management, staff engagement and professional development.
    • Manage feedback processes that provide network leaders with trends and insights for staff to guide development including manager feedback survey, staff satisfaction survey, and 360-reviews.
    • Strengthen organizational culture by developing rituals and practices that illustrate and celebrate network core values, strengthen connection and understanding between network and school staff, and support regional identities.
    • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of the organizational talent strategy

Essential Functions: Employee Relations and HR Compliance
    • Manage a team of 4 HR Business Partners with 3 staff based in the Bay Area and one in Washington, DC to manage and resolve complex employee relations issues at schools across the country.
    • Help HRBPs build capacity in managers across the organization through a combination of training support and effective policy frameworks that reinforce management best practices and to ensure that employees receive appropriate and reasonable treatment.
    • Enhance employee relations processes, including identifying key metrics, analyzing trends, improving documentation, and integration of HRIS and other systems.
    • Serve as the expert and as a resource on employment law and regulations in support of all talent policies.
    • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations

Essential Functions: Performance Management and Compensation
    • Lead the development and administration of network-wide compensation strategies with a focus on attracting and retaining effective educators
    • Collaborate closely with regional teams and finance to ensure compensation is competitive with local benchmarks while considering financial parameters and network-wide equity.
    • Partner with the finance team in the selection, management, and administration of health and welfare benefit programs and retirement funds
    • Ensure that a strong performance management model is in place across the network, including educator evaluations that are grounded in student achievement data.
    • Support managers and staff to consistently hold effective discussions on performance and development

Essential Functions: HR Operations
    • Develop strong HR operations systems that scale and efficiently provide excellent service and consistent compliance, including for new hire paperwork, mandated trainings, benefits and leave administration.
    • Support HR and payroll systems and process alignment to ensure timely and accurate processing of people management transactions
    • Manage the educator credentialing team ensuring staff remain compliant with varied state requirements and the network meets authorizer expectations for different roles (general education, special education, school leadership, etc.)
    • Provide accurate and timely data and insights on talent to guide business leaders decisions and actions - i.e. talent dashboards, employee survey results, compensation analysis

    • Bachelor's degree required. Masters Degree, PHR/ SPHR certificate or any other advanced education/ training in the HR field preferred.
    • Experience managing in a multi-site organizations and during the growth phase of an organization
    • Presence and self-awareness to serve in a leadership role for a diverse staff, setting the tone for an inclusive, and welcoming workplace culture
    • Strong technical understanding of HR functions, including but not limited to compensation, performance management, HR systems, and employment law (familiarity with California preferred)
    • Ability to develop others through coaching, feedback, and professional development
    • Committed to build and deepen a results-oriented culture that sustains the organization's values of pursuit of excellence, tenacity, innovation, community and authenticity
    • Irreproachable personal integrity
    • Incisive thinker with strategic problem solving capacity
    • Excellent decision making and conflict resolution skills
    • Ability to build trusting relationships and influence at all levels of the organization, including in cases without direct authority
    • Track record of building systems and improving systems and policies to build HR's capacity to handle increasing scale and complexity

Work Location
    • This role can be primarily based out of our San Jose, Oakland, or Redwood City, CA offices. At least one day per week will be spent in Redwood City. The role requires your own independent transportation to and around the Bay Area.
    • Occasional travel to our out of state locations (TN, WI, DC) will be required

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools' employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy . For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Email: [email protected] Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.

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