Chief Human Resource Officer -- San Francisco Public Schools - San Francisco, CA

Post Date: 03/16/2017

0995 Chief Human Resources Officer



Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school District in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.



What It Means to Work Here

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014 SFUSD created an inspiring statement, Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE District, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025. 



Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers, embody our Core Values and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.



About this Role

As the Chief Human Resources Officer you will be responsible the District’s overarching human capital strategy – how we attract, grow and keep nearly 10,000 high-quality employees at all levels of the organization to work in service of SFUSD students, families and the District’s strategic plan. You will report to the Superintendent, supervise the Human Resources (HR) Division, be part of the District’s senior leadership team and help lead transformational work to improve the District’s human resources functions.


We expect our Chief Human Resources Officer to:  


Demonstrate a Leadership Mindset

  • Serve as a strategic advisor and functional expert to the Superintendent, Executive Leadership Team and Superintendent’s Leadership Team regarding human capital/talent strategy, initiatives and issues.
  • Design a compelling vision for the HR Division that identifies strategic and operational priorities in support of the Talent & Culture section of SFUSD’s strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement change management strategies to support District-wide improvement of human capital and talent management challenges (e.g. performance appraisal tools, compensation structures, enhanced recruiting and onboarding tools, etc.)
  • Advise on and participate in collective bargaining and labor relations projects and issues
  • Design systems-level protocols to ensure that all HR, human capital and talent management operations align and comply with the District’s core values, governing board policies, collective bargaining agreements, California Education Code and state and federal labor laws, and ensure consistent, fair and equitable application of policies and procedures to all employees, regardless of position or status





Manage to Results

  • Provide strong financial stewardship of HR Division budgets (e.g. ensure return on investment analysis, monitor quarterly budget to actuals, participate actively in central office budgeting processes, etc.) 
  • Establish effectiveness indicators and monitor progress for all areas of HR operations and human capital/talent strategy
  • Facilitate cross-functional cooperation, and identify and address strategic opportunities and challenges that support HR and human capital/talent strategy, initiatives and District priorities
  • Guide HR Division leaders to develop operational plans with clear and measurable goals that align with larger HR, human capital/talent strategy, initiatives and District priorities


Manage Team(s)

  • Build and maintain a strong team of HR Division leaders and support staff through effective recruiting, training, coaching, motivating, team building and succession planning
  • Model and facilitate “best in class” culture practices and customer service standards aimed at delivering high-quality HR and human capital/talent strategy support to all school site leaders and central office colleagues
  • Manage the development and professional growth of direct reports to build a strong HR Division leadership “bench”
  • Review team members’ work and provide ongoing, timely, relevant and constructive feedback to HR senior leaders and key cross-departmental leaders (e.g. General Counsel in Legal Office, Chief Labor Relations Officer, etc.)


Manage Relationships

  • Collaborate closely the Superintendent’s Leadership Team (SLT), LEAD (Assistant Superintendents and their Directors), and school site leaders to ensure cross-functional implementation of human capital/talent strategy, school staffing and other related initiatives
  • Establish strong relationships and work effectively with key internal and external stakeholders and/or partners (e.g., Board of Education, labor partners/employee unions, District site and central leaders, Civil Service Commission, the City and County of San Francisco, community-based organizations, etc.)
  • Represent the District in all external matters related to human capital/talent strategy and develop relationships as needed to further the District’s overall human capital/talent strategy, initiatives and priorities


The strongest candidates will have: 

  • Deep knowledge of California urban public schools and the PK-12 educational landscape
  • Successful experience in staffing schools with historically high turnover rates
  • Commitment to the mission of an urban public school system focused on providing equitable opportunities and outcomes for its most disenfranchised, historically marginalized and vulnerable students and families
  • Successful leadership experience in human resources, including knowledge of state and federal labor laws and employment provisions of the California Education Code
  • Successful experience in a multi-union environment within a public agency context
  • Strong conceptual, analytic and organizational/systems thinking necessary to interpret data, inform goals and strategy development, and lead implementation/execution
  • Demonstrated record of effective leadership and ability to navigate complex issues and drive organizational change in a culturally diverse organization
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple functions and roles (e.g., customers, policy-makers, supervisors, direct and indirect reports, peers/colleagues, external stakeholders) within a complex, multi-layered organization
  • Strong people management skills with a successful track record of leading teams to excellent outcomes
  • Excellent project management skills and experience in a context of competing priorities with limited resources and infrastructure
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to convey information to a variety of audiences (e.g., large groups, staff meetings, executive briefings, public board meetings, memos, etc.)
  • Ability to work effectively in emotionally charged and difficult situations that may involve confidential or sensitive matters




Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S.) from an accredited college or university in human resources, education, public administration or policy, or a related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Ten (10) years of experience in a public school district, with at least four years of verified experience in human resources, labor relations, or supervising schools



What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $141,120 - $188,160, commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive benefits package including dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.



How to Apply

  • Visit and create a new account to begin your application
  • Electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses 
  • Our HR team will review your application to determine eligibility status and contact you should you move forward in the process