Job Details

Human Resources - Senior Director Talent Development and Employee Experience

Portland Public Schools, 501 N. Dixon St. Portland, OR 97227

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/31/2018


To be considered for this position, applicants must complete and submit a Portland Public Schools Application from the Portland Public School website. Applying directly to Indeed will not suffice, and will be considered an incomplete application. Please follow the steps below to apply:
1) Visit the PPS job website:
2) Apply to Job Opening ID # 16757
3) Complete, save and submit an application

Position Information
Portland Public Schools envisions every student, every teacher, every school succeeding. As we commit to a major transformation under new, nationally-recognized leadership, we are actively seeking talented, driven professionals who are energized by big challenges. If you are solution-oriented, a strong communicator and collaborator, and passionate about urban education, then this is the place for you! Read more about PPS, our schools and programs, and beautiful Portland, Oregon, at the bottom of the posting.

The Opportunity
We are seeking a dynamic Senior Director of Talent Development & Employee Experience to co-create a forward-thinking, employee-focused Human Resources organization that serves student success by finding, keeping, and growing talented administrators, educators, and staff. Our Senior Director of Talent Development & Employee Experience is a key member of the HR leadership team, partnering with the Chief Human Resources Officer in a major HR transformation effort. This re-imagined role will be responsible for building an HR talent development and employee experience function that is exceptional at delivering on the promise to attract, engage, and grow a diverse and drive workforce throughout the District. Working closely with the HR leadership team and key leaders throughout the District, the Senior Director of Talent Development & Employee Experience will ensure strategy and delivery of exceptional employee experience and a richly diverse, inclusionary workforce to support the district’s education and equity initiatives.

• Work in close collaboration with the CHRO and other HR leaders to design and deliver outstanding Talent Development services to the organization
• Oversee Talent Development & Employee Experience leaders and teams responsible for wide array of program support and administration, including diversity and inclusion, employee experience, employer brand and attraction, organizational learning, learning administration, leadership development, career development and succession planning, and performance management.
• Lead the strategy, implementation, and operations of the organizational learning and leadership areas, transforming the infrastructure and teams in partnership with the Senior Director, Professional Learning to deliver key learning and development opportunities to all professional educators, administrators, leaders, and staff.
• Design and build the candidate and employee value propositions and experience, including support team structure.
• Develop and maintain key community partnerships to support workforce equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Develop the employee engagement strategy, including measurement and improvement.
• Design and lead the development of a cohesive performance management approach throughout the District.
• Build organizational development and change management capacity within the organization and design a deployment model that allows resources to be shared throughout the organization.
• Find, develop, manage, and grow talented staff within the Talent Development & Employee Experience function; build organizational capability to develop/maintain a highly effective team of Benefit/HRIS/Administration/Support professionals.
• Serve as a thought partner to leaders and stakeholders across the district on Talent Development and Employee Experience.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the Portland Public Schools Equity Initiative by developing a thorough knowledge and application of the district Racial Educational Equity Policy and other board policies; participate in staff development, in-services and trainings related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in K-12 education; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend and implement improvements to human resources practices with awareness and understanding of their impact in a racially and culturally diverse community.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field.
• 10+ years of progressively increasing responsibility for talent attraction, talent management, employee experience, learning and development, or related areas
• Excellent leadership skills with a demonstrated record of selecting, growing, and managing multiple levels of employees, including other managers
• Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives concurrently.
• Strategic and analytical skills with the ability to resolve a wide variety of complex issues or problems.
• Ability to build relationships with employees at all levels of the organization including senior leadership.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills including negotiation, influencing, conflict resolution and presentations skills.
• Ability to thrive in a fast paced, demanding, constantly changing environment.

Desired Qualifications
• Masters degree in human resources, organizational psychology, or other related area
• Experience designing and building a talent development function
• Experience managing director-level reports
• Experience in K-12 public education or a large, multi-unit public sector organization

Any other combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the candidate is likely to possess the skill, knowledge, ability and trait characteristics essential for this classification may be considered.


This position is classified as a Senior Director on the Senior Leadership salary schedule FLSA Exempt. New hires are typically placed at step 1: $118,500 annually.
The Non-Represented Confidential Professional Management and Employees Salary Schedule for 260 day employees can be found here:
About Portland Public Schools:

Our Mission
Every student by name prepared for college, career and participation as an active community member, regardless of race, income or zip code.

Our Schools and Programs
Portland Public Schools, founded in 1851, is a PK-12 urban school district in Portland, Oregon. With more than 49,000 students in 79 schools, we are the largest school district in the state and one of the largest school districts in the Pacific Northwest. PPS benefits from an active and engaged parent and community partners. We offer a wide array of programs, including language immersion, fine arts, International Baccalaureate programs, athletics, technical, and health specialties. PPS students also attend the Head Start Early Childhood Education program, 10 community-based programs, 8 charter schools, 4 alternative programs and 10 special services programs.

Our City
Portland, Oregon, has often been called the big city with the small town feel. Nestled between the beautiful Coast Range on the west and the spectacular Cascade Range on the east, Portland sits at the junction of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. From downtown Portland, it’s just an hour-and-a-half drive to the scenic Oregon coast or to Mt. Hood and some of the best skiing in the country, a half-an-hour to the peaceful vineyards and farms of the fertile Willamette Valley, and less than a three hour drive to see the Mariners or Seahawks play in Seattle.

The District is focused on eliminating systemic racism and its impact on student learning.
PPS is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The District prohibits discrimination based on race; national or ethnic origin; color; sex; religion; age; sexual orientation; gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; familial status; economic status or source of income; mental or physical disability or perceived disability or perceived disability; or military service. Portland Public Schools is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

PPS offers a competitive salary and health benefit package. PPS is a member of the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) with employee-paid participation.

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