Reporting to the Managing Director, Strategy & Operations, the Director will be responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of Human Resources policies, procedures, systems and initiatives to enable AUSL to accomplish its mission and to increase the effectiveness and engagement of AUSL’s employees, trainees, and management. As the most senior HR professional, the Director supervises a Human Resources Generalist and an Administrator. The Director will work closely with the Directors of Finance and Recruiting. The position is responsible for Human Resources activities in support of AUSL’s 60 employees, plus certain HR activities for up to 70 participants each year who are recruited and trained in AUSL’s one-year Chicago Teacher Residency program.
The successful candidate will have a passion for improving K-12 education in public schools, a desire to work in the nonprofit sector, and strong and broad Human Resources experience. The qualified candidate is a self-starter with a consultative style who has an entrepreneurial personality yet is a team player. S/he can easily adapt to a fast-paced environment where success is achieved through effective cross-department coordination. The ideal candidate understands the intricacies and processes of a school community.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree in Human Resources or Business, as well as SPHR or PHR certification, are desireable. Qualified candidates will have more than 10 years of Human Resources experience, including management experience and at least two years in a senior human resources role. Knowledge of employment and benefits laws and regulations as well as experience working with outside legal counsel is expected.
AUSL, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit school management organization transforming historically underperforming schools and serving as a scalable transformation model for Chicago Public Schools and districts nationally. AUSL’s work is rooted in the belief that all children deserve a quality education, especially children in high poverty neighborhoods. Today, over 80% of the schools that AUSL manages, which were once the lowest performing schools in the District, are in Good Standing.