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Vice President, Talent

Achievement Network (ANet)
Billerica, MA 01821
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Vice President, Talent

Location: Flexible within the United States

Travel: Up to 4 times a year

Position available: Immediately


Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching to guarantee that all students receive high-quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.

At ANet, we are committed to living out our core values across our organization and with our partners. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities. To ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power, and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.


We seek a strategic, execution-focused, equity- and people-driven Vice President, Talent, to ensure all talent initiatives, processes, and policies build towards ANet's goal to be a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization as we accelerate organizational effectiveness and impact. This individual will refine performance management & talent development practices, lead the implementation of org-wide talent initiatives, and provide strategic guidance to continuously improve all functional talent areas, including human resources & people operations, talent acquisition, and workforce planning. Collaborating closely with the Office of the CEO, they will help institutionalize talent and culture initiatives into org-wide practices and lead a Talent Team that serves as a model of engagement and culture for the organization.

Reporting to the Chief Operating and Financial Officer, a successful Vice President, Talent will be business & data-driven, engage with key stakeholders, and act as a change agent to ensure ANet's talent strategies produce effective and equitable outcomes. They will foster a culture at ANet where staff members feel heard, valued, and can thrive. Overall, the talent systems they build and manage will be transparent, consistent, equitable, sustainable, and scalable so that ANet is resourced to execute our mission.


Serve as ANet's organizational leader of talent-related strategy and initiatives

Refine and implement improvements to our compensation philosophy, structure, and practices that are transparent, equitable, competitive, and sustainable

Set a standard for excellence across all talent practices; advise and invest ANet's senior leadership in talent planning processes

Ensure the ecosystem of talent systems and platforms (e.g. Insperity, Jobvite, SparkHire, CultureAmp, etc.) provide the data necessary for effective decision-making and workforce planning

Lead org-wide annual workforce planning processes and develop succession planning frameworks in close collaboration with the Financial Planning & Analysis team and with execution support from functional leaders

Collaborate closely with the Office of the CEO to ensure ANet's core values and anti-racist priorities are integrated org-wide through all talent frameworks, systems, practices, and policies

Annually review and recommend revisions to ANet's Total Value Proposition, including all benefits options, flexibility, professional development, and compensation, to position ANet as an employer of choice for top-caliber talent

Cultivate authentic relationships with internal stakeholders and serve as a strategic mentor in navigating talent-related challenges

Refine and implement a multi-year talent strategy that supports ANet's mission, growth goals, financial sustainability, and commitment to equity and anti-racism

Serve as leader of the Talent Team

Coach, provide strategic guidance, and work through a team of talent professionals, connecting their work to organizational priorities and business needs to maintain effective leadership and execution of their respective areas of subject matter expertise

Cultivate strong cross-functional collaboration and communication through the facilitation of effective cross-team engagements and sustainable workflow systems that improve the employee experience

Ensure the ongoing engagement and growth of the Talent Team through consistent performance management and professional development strategies, including regular check-ins, clear performance reviews, and growth/stretch opportunities

Provide quarterly talent updates for senior leadership and the Board of Directors with high-level data and analysis across all talent functions to facilitate transparency, shared ownership and to inform organizational planning, execution, and decision making

Oversee Talent budget, including paying invoices, monthly review of actuals to budget, and annual review of and request for personnel and non-personnel expenses

Ensure execution of a high-impact vision for talent at ANet

Performance management, professional development, workforce planning, and systems

Lead org-wide performance management processes, tools, and resources for effective goal setting, middle and end-of-year reviews, and consolidation of findings for assessment

Leverage org-wide data to design a curriculum and oversee the delivery of People Manager trainings and Talent Development to address performance needs and increase the impact, effectiveness, and equity of management and staff throughout the organization

Human Resources & People Operations

Manage the Director, HR to review, revise, and implement HR policies, practices, benefits, and systems that work at both the organizational and individual level

Provide proactive and reactive information and support to ensure an inclusive, equitable, and legally compliant experience for all ANetters. Elevate trends and risks alongside recommendations to senior leaders to improve our People practices continually

Partner with Director, HR, and General Counsel to evaluate and resolve high-stakes employee relations situations

Coach Director, HR, to ensure accurate, efficient, and values-aligned work of HR Manager (payroll, benefits, communication) and Talent Analyst (data, systems)

Talent Acquisition

Manage the Director, Talent Acquisition to oversee full-cycle recruitment and hiring so that ANet attracts and hires strong, diverse talent and meets aggressive hiring targets

Coach Director, Talent Acquisition to ensure execution of a consistent, efficient, and equitable selection process, development of the Talent Acquisition Manager team and hiring manager training


To be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.

You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily. You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values, and our work towards becoming an anti-racist organization.

You have developed and led a cohesive talent strategy, including building and managing systems, policies, and practices with an eye for how they advance equity. You demonstrate strong vision and strategic thinking with the ability to connect selection, engagement, training, and development of people with organizational goals and outcomes.

You have experience leading and managing other managers across performance management, talent development, recruitment, and human resources departments, with particular comfort in anticipating and coordinating workforce development trends and approaches aligned to core values and addressing HR/legal risk. You have previously worked in the talent function for a scaling or mid-size organization with 250+ staff members.

You are an exceptional listener skilled at cross-functional collaboration and building strong relationships across diverse leadership styles. You have experience managing processes through others remotely and/or across multiple sites.

You are a bold thinker who is not afraid to build out new strategies and systems from scratch while also identifying opportunities to improve existing ones.

You have experience training and supporting leaders on HR and talent practices, helping them navigate complex people and HR matters, and developing creative solutions to difficult situations together.

You lead with a data-driven approach toward achieving outcomes and generating insights that inform talent strategy, including experience managing your own team's budget while supporting others in using their resources effectively to meet team and org goals.

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

You have experience building and implementing performance management rubrics and approaches that are consistent and equitable across functional areas and business lines

You have experience building adult learning curricula, training plans, and talent development strategies that are actionable and produce tangible results within the fiscal year they're implemented

You bring experience and knowledge of up-to-date best practices across different Talent/HR contexts, preferably with experience in the mission-driven, for-profit, technology, and nonprofit sectors.

You have SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification or equivalent HR functional experience.


Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven, and team-oriented organization committed to impacting schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named The NonProfit Times' Best Nonprofits to Work For and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where our staff members' unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities are valued.

We offer comprehensive benefits in order to support our people best. Benefits we offer include: medical, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; generous paid time-off including 10 paid holidays and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; paid parental leave; educational expenses reimbursements; flexible spending accounts; professional development; a 401(k) plan with a 4% match; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance. We also offer an inclusive environment where we welcome you to bring your whole self to work every day.

The salary range for this position is $142,500-$237,500. New staff members typically start between the range minimum and midpoint based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In order to uphold our commitment to equity, ANet does not negotiate pay.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application online.

ANet has implemented a Mandatory Vaccination Policy, which requires all staff to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons prior to commencement of employment unless applicable state or local law provides otherwise.

ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


Posted: 2023-05-10 Expires: 2023-06-11

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