GREAT OAKS LEGACY OVERVIEW
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative public charter school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K to 12th grade on multiple campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare students for success in college. We provide all children with the support they need - inclusive of resources that acknowledge and address systemic inequities - to be empowered to thrive.
We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We bridge the educational opportunity gap by supporting rigorous academics with daily individualized tutoring within a community committed to supporting equity and diversity.
These three principles guide our work, every day, in support of our students and mission:
- Creating a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships
- Being surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of all students and team members
- Setting and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Director – Human Resources is an integral member of the Human Resources & Talent team and drives key initiatives to make Great Oaks Legacy a great place to work by working with leadership to build a strong organizational culture.
HR ADMINISTRATION AND POLICIES:
- Responsible for advancing a mission-aligned environment that supports effective collaboration among the school leaders, staff, and AmeriCorps fellows.
- Develop relationships and build trust with key stakeholders throughout the organization, as well as with external partners
- Provide consultation to leaders on employee relations issues
- Provide training and consultation to staff and supervisors on employee relations and compliance issues (employee relations, sexual harassment, etc.)
- Serve as liaison to employees with questions/concerns relating to school policies and procedures
- Work with Associate Director of Data and Reporting to ensure accurate reporting of employee data.
- Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local law and regulation
- Develop and manage workplace protocols, complaint procedures, and policies governing employee grievances and separations; resolve employee relations matters
TALENT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY:
- Maintain and execute on-boarding and exit processes in partnership with other members of the HR & Talent team to create a values-aligned experience for our staff throughout the employment cycle
- Streamline and execuite the performance management process
- Drive diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across our hiring and day-to-day practices
- Oversee salary and benefits benchmarking to ensure GOLCS is providing comprehensive, competitive benefits.
- Serve as a liaison to our third party benefits administrator and manage all aspects of benefits planning and coordination, including open enrollment, eligibility, and plan configuration/provisions
- Review audits and reporting to ensure plan compliance and cost effectiveness.
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
- SHRM-CP preferred
- 3+ years of relevant HR experience required
- Strong knowledge of employment law and HR practice; multi-state experience preferred
- Experience working in a Charter School or non-profit environment preferred
- Demonstrated strong organizational and problem-solving abilities.
- Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision, interact with employees at every level and maintain sensitive information in a confidential and discreet manner.
- Experience using Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook
May perform other duties related to human resources, recruiting, payroll, or other administration.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
The Director – Human Resources is a twelve-month employee with salary to be recommended by Executive Director and approved by the board.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Minimum of 2-3 years of human resources, accounting, or payroll experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to assigned work.
- Knowledge of employment law, principles, practices, and methods.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite of products, and ability to learn and use computer information systems adeptly.
- Ability to maintain confidential information.
- Excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written.
- Successfully completes required criminal history proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident status.
- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and/ or acceptable.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP & EVALUATION
The Director of Human Resources is a full time, year-round (12-month) role and reports to the Chief People Officer, receiving semi-annual evaluations.
GREAT OAKS LEGACY PHILOSOPHY
Our students rise to conquer challenges with the help of individualized, whole-person support from the Great Oaks Legacy Charter School community including educators, tutors, peers, families and staff. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.
The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School ensures its students are ready to take on the world, therefore:
- We give our students the academic skills and socio-emotional support they need to build upon their own strengths and abilities in order to be ready and able to achieve their dreams.
- Our employees agree to take responsibility for their part in reversing negative outcomes for students, to work relentlessly to support our efforts to engage each and every student, and to uphold our mission to prepare every student to succeed in college to the extent possible.
- It is a given that all staff work very hard. Our employees acknowledge that they will do more than just work hard. Employees agree to seek – through feedback, professional development, and coaching – to continue to develop and improve their job performance while employed by the School. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is considered essential for all staff members.
As Great Oaks Legacy continues its journey towards anti-racism, we can be certain that our school community is ready for the work. As an organization, we are striving to be more intentional and connected to a larger, clearer mission for an educational experience that empowers scholars to be the change they want to see in the world.
GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Our staff and student population is diverse and culturally rich. We believe that racial justice and equity is critical to our mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond. We strive to be an organization that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and elevates our student voices in preparing them for life and college.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including rich health insurance plans, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.
Great Oaks Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.