We are seeking a dynamic leader to be the Chief Human Resources Officer at Portland Public Schools District. This dynamic leader will partner with the Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations and other executive leadership to develop and implement the human resources operational systems and structures that will support the District’s critical teaching, curriculum, and student support work. As the day-to-day business and operations leader, the Chief Human Resources Officer reports directly to the Deputy Superintendent of Business & Operations, and will lead under policy direction, plan, organize and direct the staff and activities of the Human Resources department. This includes leading and communicating the Human Resources strategic plans and actions which align with the District’s mission, vision and goals; address and balance increasingly complex and changing regulatory requirements and budgetary constraints while serving to employ, develop and ensure a highly skilled workforce that reflects and supports the educational, emotional, cultural, racial, linguistic, and social values of the students, families and communities served by the District.
The Chief Human Resources Officer will work closely with the Deputy Superintendent of Business & Operations and other executive leaders to engage and communicate with all major stakeholders, including students, teachers, families, community members, business and civic leaders, and other interested parties to ensure that PPS keep its promises to students and families, engage high achievement and joyful learners, and make equity a reality.
● Plan, direct, organize, control, integrate and evaluate the work of the Human Resources department, with overall responsibility for the Administration, Operations, Benefits, Labor Relations, Classification, Compensation, Talent Management, Organizational Development, Employee Benefits, Staff Training and Development, Workforce Diversity and Development, and strategic planning activities.
● Provide technical expertise and information regarding department activities and participate in the formulation of policies, procedures and programs; advise on trends or challenges and recommend appropriate courses of action.
● Provide internal consultation services and recommend Human Resources policies to the Deputy of Business Operations, Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education.
● Assure compliance with local, state and federal laws relating to employment and human resources administration; provide support to District departments, internal and external stakeholders in assessing the impact of legislation, ballot measures, negotiations and related matters; direct the analysis of impending legislation and recommend new and revised legislation language to assure human resources laws which enhance the District’s educational mission.
● Implement and evaluate programs, plans, processes, systems and procedures to achieve District goals for human resource services.
● Analyze, develop and review reports of findings, alternatives and recommendations involving a broad range of human resources issues.
● Serve as the exclusive bargaining agent for the District; lead staff and oversee collective bargaining negotiations; advise District administration regarding related issues and impacts.
● Demonstrate a commitment to the Portland Public Schools Equity Initiative by developing a thorough knowledge and application of the district Racial Educational Equity Policy, Equity in Public Purchasing and Contracting and other board policies; participate in staff development, in-services and trainings related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in K – 12 education; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend and implement improvements to business practices with awareness and understanding of their impact in a racially and culturally diverse community.
● Oversee preparation, administration and control of department budget.
● Deliver presentations to District management, Board of Education, District employees, the general public and others on District human resources programs, activities and operations.
● Facilitate meetings, workshops, seminars and in-services; represent the District in a variety of local community based organizations and coalitions to effect positive dialogue and relations in human resources matters; at local, state and national organization meetings and conferences relating to human resources management.
● Supervise the performance of assigned personnel; interview, select, evaluate and train employees and recommend transfers, reassignment and disciplinary actions.
● Perform related duties as assigned.
● A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, I/O Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field is desirable.
● Ten (10) years of human resources management experience in a full-service unionized school district, municipal, state or Federal public agency is required. At least three of these years must have been in a senior management capacity, overseeing multiple human resources operations and employee/labor relations activities and staff. A Master’s degree in one of the above-identified fields will substitute for two years of the required experience.
Any other combination of training and experience which demonstrates the applicant is likely to possess the required skills, knowledge and abilities may be considered.
● PK-12 public education experience, preferably in a large urban school district.
● PHR, SPHR Certification.
● Demonstrated success implementing and leading shared services.
● Experience in leading large scale business program development in an educational reform environment.
● System thinker with the ability to develop and implement specific, tangible plans.
● Proven ability to work effectively with racially and ethnically diverse staff, students, and community to bring groups together towards common goals.
● Experience in project management, including the ability to to identify, develop and deploy resources across multiple initiatives.
● Ability to build consensus and resolve conflict; exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations.
● Demonstrated ability to skillfully navigate existing political structures/systems.
● Skilled at re-envisioning, building and managing a team, especially in a time of growth and change; excellent at identifying talent and taking advantage of each person’s skills and contributions to team effort.
● Exceptional communication ability, both written and oral.
● Ability to listen and accept feedback constructively.
● Possesses High emotional intelligence skills
● Experience with Conflict Management Strategies
● Unwavering personal integrity.
Ability to lead in a fast paced, demanding, constantly changing environment
Salary commensurate with experience and follows the Senior Leadership SL200 Salary Schedule.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.
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