Chief Talent Officer
Cambridge Public Schools
Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, Massachusetts is a dynamic, diverse urban community with a strong commitment to investing in our public schools. Rich in racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity, the Cambridge Public Schools is committed to academic excellence and social justice, with rigorous, joyful and culturally responsive learning experiences for all students. As an urban public school district, the Cambridge Public Schools is also committed to anti-racist and inclusive principles in hiring and retention at all levels, with an established goal of an educational staff that is comprised of at least 30% educators and school leaders of color.

With a staff of over 1,600 teachers, professionals, administrators and support staff serving approximately 7,500 students Grades PreK-12 in 18 schools, an annual operating budget of $201M in FY 20, and a per pupil expenditure exceeding $29,000/student, Cambridge, the home of Harvard, MIT and Lesley universities, is a well-resourced, supported and strongly positioned urban public school district from financial, educational, and community and civic perspectives.

The Role:
The Chief Talent Officer reports directly to the Superintendent of Schools and provides senior level leadership and oversight of all employment related operations and programs, including the district’s Dynamic Diversity Development initiative and professional development programs.

The Chief Talent Officer is a member of the district’s Administrative Council and Superintendent’s Cabinet. Major responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, orientation and retention of all CPS staff members with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
  • Ensure effectively managed employee benefits and salary and compensation programs.
  • Lead and provide for the implementation of staff evaluation processes that support professional growth and learning and drive continual enhancement and capacity across all employment categories.
  • Serve as a key member of the district’s collective bargaining team, and work to ensure equitable administration and compliance with union contract provisions.
  • Work collaboratively with school Principals, other administrators, and financial offices to ensure a well-coordinated and responsive district-wide staffing strategy.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws including mandated and other staffing reports and data analyses.
  • Manage and respond to employment-related concerns, to include grievances, MCAD claims, and works to resolve workplace conflicts.
  • Oversee FMLA, medical, personal, sabbatical and other leaves; tuition reimbursement programs; the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and other employment-related functions and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with other senior level administrators to assist the Superintendent in meeting district goals and managing district operations.
  • Provide information and recommendations to the Superintendent and School Committee on staffing related matters.
  • Represent the Superintendent and the district in various community, civic, and professional groups and partnerships.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate direct reports.
  • Develops and administers department budget.
  • Address and facilitate the development of effective solutions to issues and problems as they may arise, both short and long term.
  • Follow through on other duties as assigned or expected by the Superintendent.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in business, public administration or related field preferred. At least five years previous management experience in human resource management or similar field. Previous work experience in an educational setting is a plus.

Your Skill Set:
An inclusive and thoughtful leader with an appreciation for and commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion. A clear vision of operational excellence and what effective organizations look like in action. Approach goals and areas of challenge confidently and with a high degree of emotional intelligence. Active listener with strong people management skills. Readily accessible and responsive. Ability to motivate others to gear up and move forward towards achieving common goals. Communicates clearly and in a way that avoids confusion or ambiguity. Takes risks and is creative in problem solving. Makes informed and effective decisions promptly and with a sense of urgency. Effective meeting, project planning and writing skills. Commitment to own professional growth and lifelong learning. Sense of humor and perspective. Follows up and follows through.

Terms of Employment:
Salary: $160,161 – $172,597 plus competitive benefits package
Work Year: 12 months (260 days).

This position requires frequent evening and periodic weekend attendance at meetings and other work. Must be able to travel between multiple locations across the city on a daily basis, and to periodically engage in regional and national travel.

How to Join Our Team:
If you are interested in this leadership position, please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience, and commitment to equity in education meet the qualifications of the position as well as stating how you heard about this opportunity.

The Cambridge Public Schools is committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities within our school district.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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