Breakthrough Public Schools is a nationally recognized network that was rated best CMO network in Ohio by the 2017 CREDO study at Stanford University. Breakthrough Public Schools originated as a commitment to increase educational options for Cleveland families. In 2009, three of Cleveland’s top stand-alone public charter schools discovered the challenges of operating individually and decided that sharing administrative functions would help them operate more efficiently and serve more students.
As a result, they formed Breakthrough Public Schools, a charter management organization, in 2010 with the mission to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life. Breakthrough manages core administrative responsibilities including human resources, finance, information technology, facilities, student recruitment, and marketing for schools within the network. In the 2020-21 school year, Breakthrough Public Schools will serve more than 3,600 K-8 students and is committed to setting them on an early pathway to lifelong success in school, college, and career.
For more information, visit https://breakthroughschools.org/. POSITION SUMMARY Breakthrough’s Director of Talent Management is charged with the strategic design, implementation, leadership, and maintenance of our network’s capacity to invest in human capital. This includes cross-functional systems for the identification of high performers and high potential staff, efforts to retain them, and the monitoring of efforts to grow & develop their skills in order to better pursue our mission for Cleveland. The Director of Talent Management reports to the Chief Talent Officer. Essential Job Functions: include the following.
Other duties may be assigned. Talent Management & Retention • Ensure continuous implementation and refinement of structures that allow us to identify, reward, and retain high performing and high potential staff members, while also building the capacity of leaders to implement highly effective talent management and career development practices. • Advise, support, and monitor the successful completion of consistent and high-quality performance evaluation processes for all Breakthrough employees, in order to create a culture of growth, feedback, and reward. • Become the network’s expert and adviser with respect to the application and implications of Ohio’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems (OTES & OPES, respectively). • Manage and ensure the successful and consistent implementation of performance-based compensation structures, by providing tools, calculations, and guidance to managers. • Collaborate with the Managing Director of Data to synthesize data analysis on performance, retention, and culture, in order to coach & support the improvement of staff quality and their retention. • Facilitate reflection on performance and culture with network and school leaders across all staff and within demographics to further enhance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. • Partner with network and school leaders to build distributed leadership capacity to utilize such talent management tools and processes so that Breakthrough Public Schools continuously improves as an employer of choice. • Manage, coordinate, continuously refine, and innovate the efforts of the Human Capital Team and the Breakthrough Support Team to ensure a growing & improving talent management initiative, and to ensure such initiatives are ultimately supporting excellent student and network outcomes. This includes the collaborative refinement of all of the above structures to meet the needs, challenges, and aspirations of our network, context, and staff. Talent Review and Development • Develop systems, tools, routines, and disciplines to assure that every Breakthrough employee participates in a thoughtful conversation annually on their career development and aspirations. • Utilize our talent review systems to track and record these discussions over time. • Create systems and processes to evaluate employee’s performance in their current position as well as their potential and readiness for growth and additional responsibility. • Identify cohorts of high potential employees and counsel and review efforts to provide targeted professional development and growth opportunities for those high potentials. • Work with the Head of Schools and Managing Directors of Schools to plan for and support leadership development in our schools and schools organization to assure thoughtful succession planning and the readiness of future leaders as they are needed by our organization. • Monitor and document succession readiness plans for all academic leadership positions. • Provide similar support for key Support Team leadership development efforts as well. • Proactively support the shared professional development and learning opportunities for staff to ensure we are uniquely growing our perspective and talent to meet the needs of our community and context. • Monitor to ensure talent assessment and management efforts are supported with responsive professional development resources and offerings • Collaborate and support Learning Opportunities across the network • Support the network’s cultural competency programming to enhance strategic efforts to further equity across the network. • Be the primary owner, designer, and implementer of the Talent Management tools within our HRIS system. • Assure full adoption of the tools available by designing and overseeing appropriate training and monitoring effective utilization. • Provide direction and design support for the future evolution and refinement of our Performance Management and Talent Review systems and practices. Human Capital Resource In collaboration with the Chief Talent Officer, provides Human Capital services to staff, including but not limited to: supporting employee relations matters and advising on performance management. Skills and Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty accurately. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Passionate belief in the mission of Breakthrough Schools. • Dedication to Mission. A genuine interest in finding ways to improve educational options in urban environments. • Speed, Precision, and Accuracy. Ability to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment with speed, precision, and accuracy. • Ability to lead courageous conversations related to race, class, privilege, and DEI. • Ability to work with a variety of organizational leadership to build consensus around strategy and tactics.
A high degree of initiative in resolving problems independently & collaboratively. Ability to manage ambiguous situations. • Flexibility. Ability to adjust expected tasks and schedule to the updated priorities. • “Beyond Z” Attitude.
Willingness to go above and beyond the requirements of the job to be innovative and support the organization. Ability to anticipate unforeseen needs and complexity and address them accordingly. • Experience engineering processes spanning multiple organizations with a diverse set of stakeholders. • The ability to and willingness to collaborate effectively and often with school instructional and operational leadership. • Extraordinary Attention to Detail. Thinks critically about the details of a task at hand. • Prioritization.
Ability to prioritize work and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment. • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills; high sense of urgency; ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently. • Excellent computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office Products, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. • Excellent, actionable analytical skills, including experience using qualitative and quantitative data. High attention to detail, skill, and comfort with budgets, research data, and statistics. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively. • Strong project management skills, including the ability to develop and implement high-quality deliverables on long-term as well as shorter timelines. • Ability to strategically and tactically evaluate and implement sophisticated talent development programs and initiatives. • Adult learning & management. Ability to effectively coach leadership.
Superior large-group meeting and adult learning facilitation skills. Required Education and/or Experience • 5+ years of experience in instructional leadership and talent development. • 5+ years of experience in organizational development. Significant experience in start-up organizations. Compensation and Benefits Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and will include a 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan. Breakthrough Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. Qualifications Education Required Bachelors or better. Experience Required 5 years: 5+ years of experience in instructional leadership and talent development 5 years: 5+ years of experience in organizational development. Significant experience in start-up organizations.