About Phoenix Charter Academy
Phoenix Charter Academy aims to show the world what all young people can do, and to defy the limitations of societal assumptions, classism, and racism. Phoenix Charter Academy was founded on the unwavering belief that all students can succeed at high levels. While this mantra is typical of high-performing schools, particularly those in the charter sector, Phoenix truly endeavors to reach every student, focusing on a growing number on the margins of the traditional public district education system. We believe that these students, like all students, are completely capable of developing the skills necessary to set themselves up for lifetimes of economic prosperity and success. We support our students with individually tailored and academically rigorous curricula and push them to succeed at the highest levels by providing them with the resources and mentoring that they need to reach their full potential.
Why Our Work is Important
Students across America are dropping out of high school at an alarming rate. Dropping out of high school has a substantial impact on a young person’s life. Over the course of their lifetime, an individual who drops out of high school is more likely to have reduced earning power, greater social service dependency, increased rates of criminal involvement, and shorter life expectancy. Phoenix Charter Academies addresses this trend by creating environments where students can demonstrate their talent and resilience and prepare themselves for success through high school, college, and beyond.
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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Phoenix, we recognize the importance of forming a school community inclusive of all visible and invisible identities. We act to ensure that our students and staff always see reflections of themselves and their communities.
At Phoenix, we aim to break down systemic barriers by providing access to resources, experiences, and differentiated supports for historically marginalized groups.
At Phoenix, we solicit, value, understand, connect, and leverage multiple perspectives and experiences. We invite all perspectives except those that perpetuate oppression or dehumanization.
At Phoenix we do not just accept difference - we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our scholars and the communities we serve. We believe difference makes us stronger.
About The Opportunity:
The Director of Talent and Recruitment is an essential member of the Phoenix Network team developing talent strategy, advising senior leaders and influencing the organization's people priorities. The Director of Talent and Recruitment is directly responsible for attracting, developing and retaining an inclusive, mission-aligned staff. In addition to recruiting top talent, this individual will support school leaders to be outstanding people managers.
This is a full-time, hybrid role that will require weekly travel to our 3 schools across Massachusetts. Must live within driving distance to our schools.
The Director of Talent and Recruitment will be responsible for the following:
Talent Strategy & Statewide Leadership
Advise the CEO and senior leadership on talent strategy by determining people-centric goals and measures of success
Successfully lead and manage organization-wide retention/recommitment process
Partner with statewide and school leadership teams to understand each school’s unique landscape, budget and context and meeting their school based talent metrics
Support the coordination of the organization’s DEI Implementation Plan to ensure metrics and timelines are on target
Report quarterly to the Board of Directors
Effective Talent Systems, Communications & Culture Building
Anticipate the hiring landscape’s impact on network priorities and work creatively to solve complex recruitment challenges and develop competitive and diverse teacher and staff pipelines
Develop Phoenix’s employer value proposition using compelling and effective communication to represent Phoenix externally and support partnership building/collaboration (e.g. Teach Western MA, BU Masters Partnership & career fairs)
Design a sustainable, codified talent program that promotes equity and transparency
Lead training and support initiatives for hiring managers/school leaders ensuring the execution of a rigorous, equitable, and anti-biased interview process
- Lead full cycle organization-wide recruiting, including:
Ensure proactive candidate communication and on-going cultivation throughout the application and interview process for strong positive candidate experience
Coordinate hiring logistics across the organization’s three campuses - Chelsea, Lawrence, and Springfield
Maintain the applicant tracking system (TalentED) and all external job postings, social media and job announcements
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally at Phoenix Charter Academy public schools. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
A deep belief in the mission of Phoenix Charter Academy Network, focus on a strong diversity, equitable and inclusive culture and understanding of the importance of diverse, lived experiences that reflect our student community
5-7 years of full-cycle recruitment experience, teaching experience preferred
Demonstrated experience sourcing and networking to identify qualified candidates including experience with applicant tracking systems (ATS), LinkedIn Recruiter and diverse recruiting
A willingness to persevere in a challenging teacher hiring landscape, able to think outside the box to how to attract new talent to the Phoenix Charter School network
A collaborative workstyle able to communicate and build respectful relationships with culturally diverse teams that engender trust and accountability
Detail-oriented with superb follow-through and a proven record of success
Self driven with a growth-oriented mindset: a desire to learn and grow as a professional
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Compensation & Benefits
This is an outstanding opportunity to build diverse teams in support of Phoenix’s mission. Starting salary is $95,000 and is commensurate with lived and professional experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid parental leave, retirement savings, generous time off, STD/LTD/Life Insurance, and paid professional development. Phoenix also offers longevity bonuses leading up to a 6 week sabbatical, learn more here.
How to Apply
To apply to this position, please prepare a resume and compelling cover letter to complete this application. For confidential inquiries or for assistance in completing the application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timeline and Hiring Process
We will review and respond to all applications received. While subject to change, candidates elected to advance can expect a process inclusive of initial conversations with Positively Partners, interviews with the CEO and COO and for finalists, an interview day with Heads of Schools and the Phoenix Network staff. Anticipated start date is Spring 2022.
Phoenix Charter Academy is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual's employment.