Apr 18, 2022

Human Resources Business Partner

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Washington D.C., DC, 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.


As a champion of Rocketship's mission, culture and values, the Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) partners with managers to promote a culture of high performance, retention, and inclusion.  Reporting to the Director, HRBP, the service-oriented HRBP represents the strategic interests of the regions and schools they serve while ensuring fair and equitable support for every employee.

Essential Functions

  • School and Regional Support
  • Effective and timely support of School and Regional Leaders 
  • Provide advice and counsel to managers regarding, performance management, employment practices, policies and employment laws
  • Strategic and respected point of contact for leaders on all HR issues including leaves, disciplinary actions, benefits, compensation, compliance, and employee development
  • Identify managerial skill development needs and deliver individual and small-group trainings to enhance managerial competence and understanding of organizational policies and procedures
  • Coach managers to a more productive engagement with disagreement
  • Lead monthly meetings with school leaders discussing variety of Talent related topics
  • Recommend process/customer service improvements, innovative solutions, and/or policy changes to enhance HR service delivery and effectiveness
  • Participate in developing annual department goals/objectives, and assist in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals


  • Employee Relations Resolution
  • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues 
  • Conduct effective, thorough and objective employee misconduct investigations and determine necessary level of progressive discipline
  • Manage the termination processes under the guidance of the Director, HRBPs
  • Mediate entrenched conflicts to allow relationships to improve and work to move forward
  • Ensure HR policies including progressive discipline and performance management policies are applied equitably across all staff


  • Employment Law and HR Compliance
  • Act as primary regional resource for staff and managers on all internal policies and direct them to appropriate resources
  • Ensure managerial compliance and understanding of all applicable regional labor laws and internal policies, procedures, and practices
  • Ensure fair and equitable treatment in pay, performance management, benefits, etc. for all employees
  • Maintain confidentiality of information. Take steps to ensure documents, files and information are kept secure and employee-related information is not shared outside of a “business need” context
  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and updates and communicates HR policies accordingly
  • Work closely with the Talent Operations team to ensure the organization complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to employees


  • Collaboration and Relationship Building
  • Build strong relationships within the Talent team, Managers, and cross-functionally across schools/departments in order to communicate and align HR strategy to meet business needs
  • Support other Talent teams with, the hiring, promotion, transfer processes, including approving offer letters 
  • Keep a pulse on all employees to ensure we are delivering excellence in the employee experience


  • Organizational Development
  • Partner with Talent team to meet developmental and training needs of the business and create a development roadmap 
  • Drive change in a complex environment, including communicating and coaching for change
  • Work with leadership to develop appropriate organizational structures
  • Use survey, retention, and exit interview data to propose and inform change
  • Develop retention and engagement strategies for regions and schools
  • Partner with internal communications to support communication efforts


  • Analytics and Project Leadership
  • Leverage all systems, tools, and resources to support completion of HR projects.
  • Initiate, manage, or participate in special projects in support of organizational initiatives, including all HR-related events
  • Assist in training new users on HR programs and systems
  • Help establish and maintain HR metrics
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree required, Field of study in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Labor Relations, Business, or related preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in Human Resources or related field required
  • HR Business Partner or Generalist experience strongly preferred
  • SHRM-CP/PHR or SHRM-SCP/SPHR preferred
  • Deep commitment to Rocketship’s mission to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime
  • Deep commitment to RSED employees and enhancing workplace culture and values
  • Possess the core characteristics required of every Rocketeer-mission- driven, innovative, disciplined thinker, collaborative, and personally responsible
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills, including proven ability to work effectively in a matrix environment
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and make decisions in difficult situations
  • Proficiency in working with HRIS systems and Google Suite technology
  • Irreproachable personal integrity
  • Ability to build trusting relationships, resolve conflicts and influence, including in cases without direct authority
  • Commitment to deliver excellent support to manager and staff needs, including timely resolution of issues 
  • Excellent decision making and strategic problem solving skills, especially regarding risk management 
  • Demonstration employee relations experience and strong working knowledge of HR functions, including but not limited to employment law (familiarity with California preferred), performance management, and compensation/pay practices, performance measures, change management, and labor relations 
  • Results-oriented problem solver with proven ability to multi-task in fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written communication skills, presentation skills, and listening and probing for understanding and tailoring communications to varied audiences
  • Presence and self-awareness to serve as a cultural leader for a diverse staff, setting the tone for an inclusive, and welcoming workplace

This role can be primarily based out of one of our DC offices. 

The role requires your own independent transportation to and from offices.

Occasional travel (up to 30%) may be required.


Rocketship is committed to the health and safety of our Rocketeers and complies with federal and state vaccine guidelines. For this reason, Rocketship is requiring employees in most regions, including National, California, District of Columbia, and Wisconsin employees, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Tennessee and Texas regions are not included in this requirement. Under this requirement, applicable employees are subject to vaccination as a condition of employment or subject to religious or medical exemptions.


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,  Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.

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