Job Title: Director, Talent Equity + Operations
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Employer: Leadership for Educational Equity
Job Location: Los Angeles, CA
Closing Date: 27/11/2016
Job Description:

About Leadership for Educational Equity
Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization dedicated to developing its members’ potential to ensure every child has the opportunity to receive an outstanding education.

Our kids and communities need more leaders who believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem. We believe that when our members are organized and reach positions of leadership, they’ll serve as a transformative force for students, communities and the broader movement for educational equity.

LEE is a diverse team of passionate and talented individuals committed to making a difference. We are a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement. If you would like to become part of our team and join the fight for educational equity, or if you would simply like to learn more about what we do, please visit

Position Summary
The Talent, Learning, Culture (TLC) team drives and sustains the impact of LEE as an employer of choice through acquiring, engaging, and developing high quality, high potential, future-oriented, diverse talent.  This team is responsible for talent recruitment, selection and onboarding, staff performance management, and professional development, as well as building an organization-wide culture based on our core values, talent and mission.

The Director, Talent Equity + Operations (TEO) reports to the Senior Director, Talent, Learning, Culture (TLC) and serves as the team’s “chief of staff” and impact multiplier.  The Director, TEO partners closely within the TLC team to work on a range of talent-related equity and operations initiatives aimed at driving and fostering a high-performing, diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture. This Director is responsible for driving and developing the alignment of Talent, Learning, Culture work streams through the identification of process improvements, and streamlining of core functional business initiatives. This role will partner across the TLC team and LEE enterprise to ensure new and existing priorities are designed striving for harmonization, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and alignment. The successful candidate approaches their work through a diversity and inclusion lens and works across the LEE enterprise to support the central operations and analytics of the team

The successful candidate seeks to embody LEE’s core values (Leadership, Collective Action, Meaningful Impact, All Voices, Continuous Learning, and Member driven) with a deep belief in LEE’s principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate and exhibit the following competencies in their day-to-day work:


  • Managing Team Execution:  Assigns, tracks, and prioritizes work appropriately to ensure high quality outputs
  • Operating, Planning and Executing: Able to organize, prioritize, track, and manage workflow and resources
  • Communicating Effectively with Others: Uses appropriate media to deliver messages and is able to effectively convey information through these avenues
  • Defining the Opportunity/Problem:  Identifies and systematically prioritizes opportunities to pursue and problems to solve
  • Conducting Analysis: Uses rigorous logic and data to perform a variety of quality-checked analyses

Position Location:  Los Angeles, CA

Travel Requirements:  20%


  • Partners with Talent, Learning, Culture  subject matter experts to identify opportunities to harmonize, streamline, and improve  policy, procedure and process, to ensure optimal efficiency and output, identifying areas requiring functional alignment and driving initiatives to create consensus across teams and approaches
  • Identifies current and future opportunities to continuously improve talent approaches and processes, online and offline, across all functional disciplines of Talent, Learning, Culture while making recommendations and proposed implementation approaches partnering with subject matter experts and functional owners to ensure compliance
  • Partner with the Senior Director, Talent, Learning, Culture  and subject matter experts to ensure initiatives are tracked, standardized, communicated and vetted regularly and captured on the global organizational calendar, regularly assessing progress against the plan and escalating delivery risks to the Senior Director, Talent, Learning, Culture
  • Champions the identification of process improvement in order to facilitate collaboration and partnership across Talent, Learning, Culture
  • Facilitates ad hoc and planned sessions to review ways of working, principles of engaging and find resolution to issues and risks
  • Identifies gaps and root causes of issues (people, process, technology) making recommendations for resolution and implementing solutions (i.e. payroll interface, employee onboarding, and time-tracking).

Specifically, key components of this role include:

  • 20%- Talent Analytics & Organizational Strategy
  • 15%- All Staff Programming
  • 15%- Internal Communications & Knowledge Management
  • 10%- Talent Generalist
  • 10%- Payroll, Benefits, Employment Policy
  • 10%- Team Management
  • 10%- Facilities & Operations
  • 10%- Special Projects

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field (or equivalent education/experience)
  • Six  years of experience in Human Resources or related field
  • Knowledge of HR operations and/or HR Generalist/Business Partner
  • Exceptional knowledge of HR organizations, principles, processes and policies, including but not limited to legal and compliance frameworks
  • Excellent written and oral communication, stakeholder engagement skills, with strong influencing skills and ability to build credibility and rapport quickly
  • Knowledge of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required. 
  • Ability to learn new software and technology
  • Prior experience in creating and driving consensus across teams in order to enhance their performance, with strong influencing, communication and engagement skills
  • Demonstrates experience of applying methodologies and frameworks to drive continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated record of project management, a bias to action, and extraordinary attention to detail
  • Demonstrated skills in influencing and relationship-building with clients, partners, and people from various backgrounds and cultures
  • Team player with effective communications skills, high tolerance for ambiguity, and the ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment
  • Effective analytical skills with ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy
  • Ability to travel up to 20%
  • Deep passion for and alignment with LEE’s vision of supporting the movement to end educational inequity

Preferred Qualifications: 
Candidates classified at the Senior Director level will also possess a set of these preferred qualifications:

  • ADP Workforce Now and Cornerstone experience 
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred
  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) preferred
  • Certification as Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
  • Working knowledge of all human resource disciplines, including organizational design, coaching/employee relations, performance management, compensation/benefits, diversity and inclusion, and federal/state employment laws

Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. 

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Leadership for Educational Equity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin.  We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job. 

An affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

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