Quad Preparatory School

Director of People and Culture

Updated: July 2023

 

Classification: Exempt

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Annual Salary: $100,000 - $120,000

 

The Quad Preparatory School is seeking an accomplished and approachable Director of People and Culture to lead the people operation at its two campuses. As a member of school leadership, this role will set and execute the school’s human resources strategy including talent acquisition, succession planning, organizational development, employee relations, compensation, benefits, leave administration, investigations, and employee engagement, as well as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging activities. Additionally, this position oversees the payroll function, employment, and benefit compliance. 

 

This is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned HR professional who has the proven ability to think strategically but also loves the day-to-day HR responsibilities and personal employee interactions. This key role goes beyond the traditional HR role of simply administering the operation; we are looking for a relationship-builder who is a driven, innovative, and service-infused leader. 
 

 

At Quad Prep, we are on a mission — to transform the lives of neurodiverse, twice-exceptional people by redefining the experience of school. Through the collective, collaborative, and empathic work of our teachers and clinicians, we are empowering our students to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world. 

As we enter our 10th year, we are excited to welcome fellow innovators and collaborative colleagues to our team to be a part of this inspiring and impactful mission. At Quad Prep, a New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Accredited School, we are eager to create challenging and engaging learning experiences for our students, to seek diverse perspectives, and to work together to continuously refine and redefine best practices in neurodiverse education. The Quad Preparatory School actively seeks to advance diversity through its programs and hiring.

 

Why work at Quad Prep?

  • ACCREDITED SCHOOL: Quad Prep was recognized as an outstanding school when it received accreditation last year through NYSAIS.

  • COMMUNITY: We are committed to building a joyful and inclusive culture where everybody is celebrated for who they are.   

  • COLLEAGUES: Our colleagues are inspiring, consummate innovators and are at their happiest collaborating to create personalized solutions for each student.  

  • DEEP PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Quad Prep supports mission-driven educators and clinicians to grow their professional skills and influence in the neurodiversity educational space. Close collaboration with colleagues, coaching from supportive leaders, and thoughtful, in-depth professional learning programs keep us growing.

  • GENEROUS AND COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS

    • Health: Medical, Dental, Vision

    • Student Loan repayment 

    • Retirement Plan contribution

    • Group Life Plan

    • Disability Insurance

    • Generous Parental Leave

 

Who We Are

(If Quad Prep is for you, you'll read what's below and feel, "That's me!")

At Quad Prep, we are guided by values that we hold dear and we have developed an innovative set of practices to meet our mission. We are:

 

Groundbreaking: We ignite our staffs’ talents and are passionate about their futures. You are:

  • Passionate about our work and our mission

  • Creative and excited about reaching each and every learner in new ways

  • Excited to help create new, evidence-based best practices in this rapidly evolving field

  • Able to set high expectations of both staff and yourself and discover ways to meet them

 

Collaborative:  We function with an exceedingly deep degree of collaboration. You:

  • Communicate effectively with colleagues

  • Seek to understand yourself and others in order to welcome new perspectives 

  • Are generous of spirit and willing to give and receive feedback and input freely

  • Are kind, welcoming, and inclusive

 

Trustworthy:  We are steadfast and are accountable to our actions and each other. You:

  • Can be counted on to do what you say you will do

  • Have a high level of ownership for personal and team results

  • Can purposefully develop skills to find success in your work and our learning community

  • Ask for support when you need it

  • Project an unflappable, firm, and kind presence to our staff

 

Constantly Learning and Growing:  We value continued growth and learning. You:

  • Seek opportunities to learn and grow in your professional practice

  • Support colleagues by sharing best practices and nurturing their learning

  • Help the organization grow and improve by developing and sharing new ideas and approaches

 

Resourceful:  At Quad Prep, we dig deep to meet our mission. You: 

  • Are highly effective and dedicated 

  • Show initiative

  • Display good judgment and sensibility

  • Excellent at supporting staff

 

Flexible:  At Quad Prep, we never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”   You are:

  • Open to new ideas

  • Nimble in fluid, changing environments

  • Excited by growth, change, and innovation

 
 

Key Responsibilities

 
  • Responsible for all aspects of Human Resources including recruiting, compensation, benefits, reporting and analytics, talent management, employee relations, investigations, diversity and affirmative action, compliance, development and retention.

  • Ensure company vision, mission, and values are communicated and understood at all levels, providing clarity for the behaviors expected of all employees to realize an engaging, high-performing, and accountable culture.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with divisional leaders, supervisors, and employees.

  • Partner with divisional leaders and supervisors to develop, assess, and improve our employee performance documents and our career pathway descriptions and rubrics.

  • Establish credibility as an effective developer of solutions to human resource challenges and opportunities.

  • Knowledge of leave of absence regulations, including FMLA, NY State Disability, and Paid Family Leave. Experience administering leave requests.Experience processing payroll or working with a PEO service to administer payroll.

  • Identify and communicate employee issues that impact the company’s ability to meet business objectives.  Provide feedback to leadership and identify business solutions from a HR perspective.

  • Partner with leadership to analyze and prioritize business challenges faced by the organization.

  • Direct, coach, and develop an effective and respected HR team.  

  • Develop staffing strategies, implementation, and onboarding plans to recruit and select talent within and outside the organization for key positions.

  • Partner with other staff and leadership to increase diversity in applicant pool and ultimately, staff.

  • Facilitate collaborative problem-solving solutions to resolve human resource issues through effective communication with all levels of employees. 

  • Display genuine interest and respect for people and their concerns.

  • Submit demographic data to various data collecting agencies, such as DASL, BEDS, etc.

 

 
 

 

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE)

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university or college.

  • Master’s degree preferred.

  • Certification: SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP preferred.

  • Experience managing people and culture in organizations with 200 or more employees.

  • 10+ years demonstrated history of successfully directing/managing Human Resources and human resource staff.

  • Substantial leave administration experience.

  • Collaborative team player with a sense of urgency and strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills, including proficiency in developing and delivering presentations.

  • Proven track record of relationship building with both internal and external customers.

     

    * Please specify in your cover letter how your qualifications meet the requirements.

 

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Excellent consultative skills with the ability to partner effectively. 

  • Demonstrated ability to relate to people at all organization levels.

  • Highest level of integrity and confidentiality.

  • High level of executive functioning skills with the ability to prioritize in a fast-moving and demanding workplace. 

  • High degree of emotional intelligence to gain trust and commitment from others.

  • A well-organized and self-directed individual who is politically savvy and a team player; a good coach who is trustworthy and willing to share information where appropriate and serve as a mentor.

  • High level of analytical skills and a high level of discernment for resolving problems that span across groups and departments. 

  • Must have the ability to utilize standard software applications and be proficient in Google Suite (Drive, Docs, and Sheets), Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and have ability and experience in utilizing an HRIS system. 

  • Experience in interviewing, hiring, training employees; planning, assigning, directing work; coaching, appraising performance; rewarding, disciplining employees; and resolving problems.

  • Experience running internal investigations.

  • Experience overseeing the creation and implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives as they relate to people and culture.

  • Genuine interest in supporting twice exceptional education and working in a school environment.  

 

Want to learn more about Quad Prep? Connect with us! 

 

***Note that all employees are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Medical and Religious Exemptions may be provided.***

 

ADA/AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. We take steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our People and Culture department at peopleandculture@quadprep.org.

The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.



 

 

 

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