Director, Human Resources


Reports To: Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School's mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth, but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country.

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture and rigorous real world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self aware and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social and emotional health and well-being.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into each individual's potential and provide real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.


YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The program's three core values - respect, excellence and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary:

The Human Resources Director is responsible for developing and executing YBP’s human resources strategy, specifically in the areas of employee well-being, continuous workforce improvement and planning, talent acquisition, change management, performance management, succession planning, training and development, and policy development and compliance. The Human Resources Director will act as a strategic advisor to senior leadership on a variety of issues, including leadership development and talent management. The Human Resources Director provides strategic leadership by formulating and articulating HR needs and plans to staff and to the Board of Directors.

The Human Resources Director will have the ability to bring credibility to the human resource function through professional qualifications and leadership. S/he will continue to build respectful and productive collaboration at the most senior levels of a rapidly growing, complex organization. The Human Resources Director will be a strategic business partner, establishing rapport at all levels within the school. The Human Resources Director will cultivate relationships to ensure that HR delivers value, service excellence and operational efficiency. As a leader that embodies an ‘executive presence’, this individual must be highly articulate and a deft communicator. This individual will foster respect, trust, and collaboration among team members and will possess the ability to manage through change with flexibility and poise.

The HR Director will report to the Chief Financial and Operating Officer, supervise the HR Specialist, and other HR related staff as needed.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide leadership, expertise in defining and executing the full scope of Human Resource functions including organizational effectiveness and change, talent management, organizational learning, development, and performance.
  • Provide clear guidance to management regarding policies, practices, laws and regulations to ensure all human resource policies and programs are in compliance with local and governmental regulatory requirements and support the achievement of both short/long-term business objectives. Makes recommendations to the Senior Leadership Team for improvement of the organization’s policies, procedures, and practices in workforce management. Proposes strategies for organizational development and effective talent management.
  • Responsible for overall leadership and guidance to the Human Resources team by overseeing talent management including retention, career development, training and leadership development, compensation and benefits to support the strategic vision. Serve as the lead on talent acquisition for all staff positions and collaborates with managers on crafting job descriptions. Prioritizes the supervision experience of all staff
  • Develop and implement new recruiting strategies and proactive recruitment of passive candidates.
  • Manage all HR administration, including the organization’s benefits programs, relationships with benefit brokers, annual Open Enrollment, and addresses employee benefits questions. Monitor and measure effectiveness of existing and proposed benefits plans to ensure they are cost-effective, competitive, and meet the needs of both employees and the organization; recommend changes which provide value, are within budget and consistent with benefit trends, and long-term strategy.
  • Proactively engages employees to improve working relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention. Communicates openly and frequently, keeping staff informed on benefit resources, organizational events and other pertinent information.
  • Provide performance management guidance to supervisors and support them in carrying out their responsibilities on personnel matters (coaching, mentoring professional development, and disciplinary actions).
  • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues. Where applicable, conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.
  • Identify training needs for departments and assists Directors with finding appropriate training resources. Monitors and evaluates success of training programs. Follow up to ensure training objectives are met.
  • Oversee and maintain the human resource information system and implements other technology and procedural improvements to streamline the HR function.
  • Provide management oversight of the Safety Committee. Support the HR Specialist with maintaining and reporting on workplace health and safety compliance and leading the Safety Committee.
  • Partner with the School-wide Leadership team on strategic initiatives, organization development, change management, and complex employee issues in order to strengthen overall organizational capability. Develops strong relationships with supervisors to identify workforce challenges or talent gaps and collaborates to develop solutions to address them.
  • Oversee compensation strategy and market competitive compensation program, including merit planning, variable compensation strategies, trend analysis, and executive compensation. Provides input on department restructures, workforce planning and succession planning.
  • Provide HR policy interpretation and guidance on multifaceted employment matters.
  • Willingness to learn about and support staff in restorative practices
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors’ HR Committee in its governance of key HR issues

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or similar areas; Master’s degree in Human Resources preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years’ prior experience as HR Generalist with a record of progressive advancement. Extensive exposure to benefit administration, employee relations, talent and performance management, recruitment, HRIS, and training and development; At least three years’ experience as HR Director supervising two or more employees
  • Professional certification through SHRM or HRCI preferred
  • Prior experience as an leader with a record of successful engagement and influence with senior leaders and other employees at all levels
  • Deep understanding of current HR trends in compensation, benefits, and performance evaluation frameworks and fluency with primary HR functions (employee relations, HR administration, and compliance); experience must include hands-on responsibility for the full scope of benefits activities
  • Understanding of best practices and experience in building inclusive and engaged workplaces; cultural awareness and sensitivity with lens on racial and gender equity
  • Ability to deal with conflict effectively and to manage difficult employee relations situations confidently and calmly
  • Proven influencer and demonstrated ability to coach and counsel both executive-level management and employees in sensitive situations
  • Experience in revising or developing new HR policies and procedures to meet changing organizational needs and to support the desired organizational culture, in a non-profit organization, charter school, or education environment preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong customer service orientation, and the ability to partner effectively with all levels of the organization, including expectation setting. The ability to influence through listening, writing, and presenting
  • Demonstrate leadership, creativity, enthusiasm and the ability to work effectively with all stakeholders both in and outside of the organization
  • Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and strong work ethic. Proven track record of excellent follow-through and execution in a demanding, high growth environment
  • Excellent leadership, motivational, training, and organizational skills
  • Think broadly, recognizing the impact of decisions and actions on the entire organization and its customers. Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, and make timely decisions;
  • Consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment;
  • Resourceful and able to find creative solutions, thinking beyond current systems and approaches toward continual improvement;
  • Desire to be part of a hardworking, collaborative, fun and values-driven team.
  • Strong commitment to educational equity and social justice for low-income communities of color. Demonstrated commitment to progressive social change and ability to engage in strategic and analytical thinking around issues of social justice.

Common Competencies

  • Mission driven to work with the YouthBuild student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Intermediate to advanced Google Suite skills
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection and analysis
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making

Clearance Requirements

  • FBI - Criminal History Report
  • PATCH - Pennsylvania Police Department - Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • TB Test Results
  • Act 24 - Arrest Conviction Form
  • NSOPW - National Sex Offender Clearance
  • Act 168 Sexual Misconduct Form

*Please note that candidates who do not submit all the requirements will not be considered for the position.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.