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Vice President, Talent
Location: Boston, D.C., or New York City
Position is available: March 2020
Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities, deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.
At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.
Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Times “Best Nonprofits to Work For” and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.
We are seeking a strategic, equity- and people-driven Vice President, Talent to ensure all talent initiatives, processes, and policies work in direct support of ANet's goal to be a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization. This individual will set an org-wide talent vision and provide strategic support to all functional talent areas, including human resources & people operations, talent development, and recruitment & staffing support. They will lead a Talent Team that works in strong partnership with others and that serves as a model of engagement and culture for the organization.
Reporting to and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer, a successful VP, Talent will use data, engage collaboratively with key stakeholders, and act as a change agent to ensure ANet's talent strategies produce equitable outcomes. They will foster a culture at ANet where staff members feel heard, valued, and that they can thrive. Overall, the talent systems they build and manage will be sustainable and scalable so that ANet is staffed, trained, and resourced to execute on our mission, particularly as we grow.
Serve as ANet's organizational leader of talent-related strategy and initiatives
Create and execute on a multi-year talent strategy that supports ANet's mission, growth goals, financial sustainability, and commitment to equity and anti-racism
Serve as an advisor to ANet's senior leadership team while setting a vision for excellence across all talent practices and investing senior leaders in talent planning processes
Lead org-wide annual workforce planning processes and develop succession planning frameworks in collaboration with, and with execution support from, functional area leaders
Collaborate closely with ANet's Equity & Anti-Oppression Team and HR Change Team to ensure ANet's core values and anti-racist priorities are integrated org-wide through all talent frameworks, systems, practices and policies, including being the point person for the execution of ANet's anti-racist HR standards
Build and oversee a comprehensive talent tracking data system and use data to drive continuous improvement in our people and culture decisions
Ensure that ANet's Total Value Proposition remains strong and attracts and retains diverse talent, making ANet one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For
Cultivate authentic relationships with internal stakeholders and serve as a strategic mentor in navigating talent-related challenges
Serve as leader of the Talent Team
Motivate, support and provide strategic guidance to a team of high-performing talent professionals, elevating their lines of sight to maintain effective leadership and execution of their respective areas of purview
Cultivate strong cross-functional collaboration and communication among talent team members and teams across the organization through the facilitation of effective cross-team engagements and sustainable workflow systems
Ensure the ongoing engagement and growth of all direct reports through consistent performance management and professional development strategies, including regular 1:1 check-ins, consistent performance reviews and growth/stretch experiences
Develop and own a talent dashboard, in collaboration with Talent Team members, that helps drive team decisions and that helps facilitate strong communication and transparency with senior leaders
Manage all Talent-related budget and project approvals
Ensure execution of a high-impact vision for talent at ANet within these areas:
Human Resources and People Operations
Manage and support the MD, HR & People Operations to manage the day-to-day administration of ANet's benefits and policy systems, as well as evaluate ANet's policies and people systems and recommend and implement efficiencies
Serve as ANet's people champion and ensure the Talent Team provides strong customer service to employees, including proactive communication and education to staff
Professional development and performance management systems
Manage and support the MD, Talent Development to lead enterprise planning on talent development initiatives encompassing the on/offboarding experience, professional growth, career pathing, evaluation, and succession planning
Ensure ANet has the performance management, evaluation systems and frameworks that drive professional learning, growth and managerial excellence
Recruitment and Staffing Support
Manage and support the MD, Recruitment & Staffing Support to oversee recruitment and hiring to ensure ANet attracts and hires strong, diverse talent and meets aggressive hiring targets
Invest in leaders (via communication, training, directives, etc.) across the organization to be champions of our recruitment and hiring efforts
In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:
You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily. You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.
You have developed and led a cohesive talent strategy, including building and managing systems, policies, and practices with an eye for how they advance equity and are energized by supporting org-wide change management initiatives aligned with ANet's anti-racist standards
You have experience leading and managing other managers across talent development, recruitment and/or human resources departments, with particular comfort in managing and mitigating HR risk. You have previously worked in the talent function for a scaling or mid-size organization with 250+ staff members.
You demonstrate strong vision and strategic thinking with the ability to link the selection, engagement, training, and development of people with organizational goals and outcomes
You are an exceptional listener who is skilled at cross-functional collaboration and building strong relationships across diverse leadership styles. You have experience managing processes through others remotely and/or across multiple sites.
You are a bold thinker who is not afraid to build out new strategies and systems from scratch while also identifying opportunities to improve existing ones.
You have experience with training and supporting leaders on HR and talent practices, helping them to navigate complex people and HR matters, and in coming up with creative solutions to difficult situations together.
You lead with a data-driven approach toward achieving outcomes and generating insights that inform talent strategy, including experience managing your own team's budget while supporting others in using their resources effectively in order to meet team and org goals.
Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:
You have SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification, or equivalent HR functional experience.
You bring experience and knowledge of up-to-date best practices across different Talent/HR contexts, preferably with experience in the nonprofit or mission-driven sector as well as the for-profit sector.
ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.
We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.
ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.