Mar 26, 2019

HR Business Partner

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Human Resources Education

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.

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is part of a key team that drives mission-critical, collaborative partnerships with managers while ensuring fair and ethical practices for all employees. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Talent Culture & Employee Relations, the HRBP will be the primary point of contact with managers and will help drive HR strategy around compliance, benefits, compensation, and internal communication with the goal of improving the everyday experience of all Rocketship employees.

Essential Functions

  • Build strong relationships within the HR team and cross-functionally across schools/departments in order to communicate and align HR strategy to meet business needs
  • Strategic and respected point of contact for staff and leaders on all HR issues including leaves, disciplinary action, 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
  • Mediate entrenched conflicts to allow relationships to improve and work to move forward
  • Commit to a problem-solving orientation with managers (build bridges to solutions, not barriers to progress). Improve communication skills
  • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues. Conduct effective, thorough and objective employee misconduct investigations and determine necessary level of progressive discipline
  • Coach managers to a more productive engagement with disagreement
  • Ensure fair and equitable treatment in pay, performance management, benefits, etc. for all employees
  • Keep a pulse on all employees to ensure we are delivering excellence in the employee experience
  • Act as primary regional resource for staff and managers on all internal policies and direct them to appropriate resources
  • Support, manage and monitor the hiring, promotion, transfer and termination processes under the guidance of the Sr. Director of Talent Culture & Employee Relations
  • Analyze trends to develop solutions
  • Review and approve job descriptions, ensure FLSA classification compliance
  • Coach managers on performance management and support employees with professional development with the goal of career advancement within organization
  • Recommend process/customer service improvements, innovative solutions, and/or policy changes to enhance HR service delivery and effectiveness
  • 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
  • Support onboarding process, including approving offer letters
  • Lead monthly meetings with school leaders discussing variety of Talent related topics
  • Ensure managerial compliance and understanding of all applicable regional labor laws and internal policies, procedures, and practices
  • Produce timely and accurate reporting, including staff census data, hiring pipelines, and other metrics/analytical reports as assigned
  • Provide advice and counsel to managers regarding employee practices, policies and employment laws
  • Project Management: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program, On-Boarding Program, Employee Engagement and Manager Effectiveness Surveys, Employee Engagement Events

Non-Essential Functions

  • Participate in developing annual department goals/objectives, and assist in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals
  • 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
  • Perform some data entry and employee file maintenance, as needed
  • Other HR duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1+ years HR experience required (HR certification preferred)
  • Deep commitment to Rocketship’s mission to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime
  • Deep commitment to enhancing workplace culture and values
  • Possess the core characteristics required of every Rocketeer: community, tenacity, authenticity, innovation, and pursuit of excellence
  • Creative thinker who enjoys thinking outside of the box to solve complex problems
  • Ability to build trust, relationships, and credibility quickly with people in various roles at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to independently and effectively manage time in an environment with multiple work-streams, competing priorities, and a geographically dispersed team
  • Team player with extraordinary communications skills, high tolerance for ambiguity, and comfort in a rapidly changing environment
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements, including COBRA, FMLA, ADA, OSHA, EEO
  • Proficient in the use of business software (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and HRIS reporting tools

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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