Chief Human Resources - PGCPS - Prince Georges County - MD

Post Date: 02/07/17

POSITION TITLE: Chief Human Resources     

ORGANIZATION:Division of Human Resource

REPORTS TO: Deputy Superintendent


CLASSIFICATION:Executive, Grade 7  



Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is the 18th largest school district in the United States, and has 204 schools, approximately 125,000 students and nearly 18,000 employees. With an annual budget of $1.6 billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities. PGCPS is nationally recognized for its innovative programs and initiatives, including the expansion of Advanced Placement courses and partnerships with businesses and institutions of higher learning. PGCPS is participating in the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy which addresses issues and challenges specific to large urban school districts in the areas of recruitment, retention, professional development, principal and teacher quality, and many others. Embodied in this work is the fundamental belief that a strategic Human Resources Division is an effective one that yields the greatest level of efficiency and support to our students and employees.

The Prince George’s County Public School system seeks a Chief of Human Resources Officer to lead the charge in ensuring that the district has the best talent management practices possible to meet the needs of the students and their schools. This includes the design and strategic implementation of high-quality recruitment and selection, staff onboarding, performance evaluation, professional development and labor relations systems. This is an exciting opportunity for a leader with the right skills and experiences to have a lasting impact on all of Prince George’s County Public Schools’ employees and their students.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Report to the Deputy Superintendent and provide leadership in all matters related to human resource policy, talent management and human capital development, including the recruitment and selection of personnel, workforce planning and vacancy projections, new staff on-boarding and induction, staff development and evaluation/performance management, and strategic labor relations;
  • Hire and oversee the work of senior managers in strategic talent areas, including: Human Capital Management, Human Resources Operations, Employee Effectiveness, Recruitment and Selection, Talent Development, and Labor Relations;
  • Develop and drive the implementation of a coherent strategy for the district’s efforts to attract, hire and retain the highest quality talent for its schools and central office teams, Ensure that talent systems are efficient and effective at meeting district human capital goals;
  • Work with the members of Executive Cabinet to: maintain close coordination and collaboration, ensure the highest level of employee customer service is apparent, track/report data related to employee service and talent management practices, ensure that performance management and evaluation systems are effective;
  • Advise and work with Executive Leadership, the Board of Education, elected officials and the community to build relationships and articulate the work of the district and division;
  • With Chief Executive Officer and Executive Cabinet Members, set vision for the district’s Employee Effectiveness and Talent Management units, ensuring that they are working with area staff and principals to provide high quality teachers and employees for all PGCPS schools and departments;
  • Work in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer on the implementation and monitoring of a position control system that maximizes the school system’s fiscal and human resources;
  • Oversee district employee policy and labor relations’ strategy, working closely with local bargaining units, policymakers and state officials to ensure compliance with and effective implementation of relevant policies and negotiated contracts;
  • Serve as designee for the Deputy Superintendent in his/her absence as required;
  • Facilitate and respond to the day-today needs of the district relative to budget, staffing, reporting etc.; and
  • Manage and monitor grant funded programs that are under the auspices of the Chief of Human Resources.


The ideal Chief of Human Resources Officer candidate will demonstrate the following:

Vision and Courage to Ensure All Students Achieve

  • Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels;
  • Is committed to ensuring high academic achievement for all students;
  • Develops, articulates, and builds buy-in to a clear vision and mission;
  • Identifies and fosters the development of others who share the vision of high achievement for all students and can move district-wide beliefs, one person at a time;
  • Understands the importance of developing all employees’ capacity to better serve our students.

Strategic Planning and Effective Execution

  • Exhibits strong focus on goals and results, sets clear metrics for success;
  • Offers innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems;
  • Clearly articulates plans to achieve student, school, and district goals;
  • Demonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including high level of attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrates systems thinking and can build systems and policies necessary to bring solutions to scale;
  • Prioritizes and aligns people, time, and resources to the most important issues.

Communication & Collaboration

  • Proactively works in partnership with internal and external partners to achieve a common goal or necessary objective; builds rapport and cooperative relationships with others;
  • Conveys passion and urgency for school reform;
  • Effectively conveys reliable accurate information so that the recipient clearly understands its intent. Uses appropriate written, verbal, or electronic communication format to disseminate information. Tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication;
  • Actively listens to others, understands nuance, and effectively interprets others’ motivations and perceptions;
  • Clearly articulates organizational priorities and policies to diverse audiences with differing socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds;
  • Actively participates as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals. Informs and involves others by sharing important relevant information with stakeholders. Places higher priority on team or organizational goals than on own goals.

Leadership & Confidentiality

  • Motivates and moves other adults to action to achieve district goals;
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with individuals and groups;
  • Demonstrates commitment to employee growth and development as a primary charge;
  • Moves groups to consensus and resolves conflicts. Exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations;
  • Builds coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups;
  • Makes effective business decisions regarding with whom to discuss sensitive and confidential information. Respects the privacy of others, and maintains the confidentiality of information to which exposed.

Talent Management Expertise and Customer Service Orientation

  • Possesses a deep understandings of how to envision, develop, and implement effective systems for attracting, hiring, and retaining the highest quality talent for PGCPS;
  • Has a discerning eye for talent and high standards for excellence in a staff recruitment, selection and hiring process;
  • Emphasizes the importance of talent management’s role serving the district’s employees, managers, and especially students in every communication with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Holds the highest customer service standards for themselves and others and enforces these expectations in their words and actions. Takes personal responsibility to resolve the issue(s).


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Possess high technical competence in all human resource areas including recruitment, retention, employee and labor relations, classification, compensation, information systems, succession planning and employee development, benefits, and diversity initiatives;
  • Extensive collective bargaining experience with experience in contract planning;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and compliance with local, state and federal employment laws;
  • A proven human resources track record that is results-oriented, holding others to be accountable to achieve at a high level and demonstrated ability to lead a large staff;
  • Knowledge of computerized information systems used in human resources applications; and
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and shows a record of achievement through collaborative leadership and is an effective communicator and writer.  


Doctorate Preferred; Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Human Resources Management, Business, Educational Administration or a closely related area is required; minimum of 5 (five) years of progressive broad based human resource leadership experience in a large, multifaceted organization; 2 (two) of which should be as a senior officer and/or executive level position with first-hand experience in K-12 public education environment, strategic planning, development and implementation.


None required.


Oversees and provides guidance to division personnel.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, talk, hear, walk, sit, and use fingers, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, the ability to adjust focus, and depth perception.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 25 lbs.


The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. 


The person selected for this position must work on the weekends and many evenings for specific district responsibilities such as Board of Education meetings, community meetings, and professional development programs.