About Us

At Communities In Schools, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion—it is our mission. At the National Office, we collaborate with local affiliate organizations, to provide resources and create communities of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life. We are the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving 1.5 million students in 2,400 sites across the country. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do. 

We are committed to cultivating an engaged culture where all are recognized and valued for their contributions. We intentionally build experiences, provide space for individual and group voices across multiple dimensions.  We also hold the following talent beliefs:

  • Every staff member is passionate and committed to our mission. Our work is grounded in the success of our students.
  • Our decisions and priorities are guided by how we can fulfill our mission and serve kids with quality.
  • As a National Office, we have a duty to live our values and integrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization and lead by example.

In turn, we are committed to continuously improving decision making, incentivizing creativity, and building engagement. We do this by building a diverse workforce, fostering a climate of inclusion, and shaping business practices and policies that promote equity.

About The Role:

We are seeking a Sr. HR Business Partner (Principal) to support our External Engagement and Operations Departments.  In this role you will contribute at the operational and strategic levels to support the human capital goals of the departments and to cultivate a culture of inclusion and engagement.  The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of the employee life cycle (recruitment, talent management, employee relations/policies, performance management, and HR administration).  In addition, the candidate will have a passion for our mission, experience in collaborating with leadership to build a high-performance organization, and a commitment to continuous learning.   This role will report to the VP, Human Capital and will be a member of the Human Capital/Office Administration team (comprised of a Sr. Office Manager and 2nd HR Business Partner).

The primary and essential job duties are responsibilities are listed below:

Employee Relations and Support

  • Provide guidance and support on employee relations issues; assess risk and determine appropriate course of action; conduct thorough and objective investigations as needed; escalate complex issues to VP, Human Capital.  Advise and coach managers on HR policies and programs including employee relations matters.
  • Act as resource to employees when needed providing guidance on and interpreting company policy as well as assuring that employee perspectives are heard and considered.
  • Manage the exit process, including conducting ad-hoc exit interviews.
  • Prepares and maintains assigned program policies, manuals, handbooks or procedures, and revises and recommends improvements, as necessary.


Talent Development

  • Manage performance management processes and assist with career goal development. Collaborate with team leaders on suggestions for individual training that will enhance growth and development.
  • Assist in identifying training needs for departments and individual positions. Identify training delivery process (outsourced or internal).  Create and deliver training that supports organizational objectives. 
  • Partner with leaders to identify high performing, high potential employees ready for growth opportunities and works to develop formal retention plan

Recruitment/Onboarding and Offboarding

  • Manage the full recruitment lifecycle, for assigned departments, from posting and sourcing to selection.  Create talent pipeline programs focused on attracting talent with a diverse set of perspectives and experiences.
  • Facilitate onboarding and offboarding duties, including logistics management with appropriate teams (e.g. IT, Operations, Finance, etc.).
  •   Coordinate and conduct exit interviews.


Engagement and Culture

  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement and employee engagement.
  • Using HR best practices, work with business leads to help drive a strong performance culture through employee coaching, development and feedback.
  • Partner with internal stakeholders to implement strategies for employee engagement and retention, including staff recognition and rewards programs.
  • Partner with Human Capital team to deliver impactful in-person, virtual and facilitated DE&I content and training for our employees, including customizing training where appropriate for specific departmental needs.
  • Partner with Vice-President, HR and department leaders to integrate D&I into business and workplace practices through engagement, dialogue, and mentorship that enables leaders to customize department-specific diversity strategies and tactics that drive action, change and progress. 


HR Programs and Project Management

  • Plan, implement, and administers assigned Human Resource programs, services, and related activities. Leads or coordinates internal department project teams for process improvement or assigned change initiatives.  Collaborate and communicate effectively with stakeholders on commitments, timelines, and deliverables.
  • Use data to measure success: learn, iterate, and improve; analyze trends and develop proactive actions to further support business objectives.
  • Partner with Finance/payroll, other Human Capital team members, and TriNet (our third-party PEO vendor) to coordinate, address, and resolve HR administrative issues and tasks.


About You:

You will have seven to ten years of HR generalist experience and a passion for applying your expertise towards enhancing and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S/B. A) from four-college or university and 7 to 10 years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  SHRM certification preferred; but not required.
  • Superior ability to provide HR consultation to senior managers and employees on HR issues regarding employee relations, staffing, compensation, HR policies and performance management.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner and develop strong working relationships with clients, employees, and HR colleagues.
  • Experience working with a PEO strongly preferred (we are with Trinet). 
  • Broad knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply human resources concepts and best practices, to include knowledge of employment laws, such as Title VII, FLSA, EEOC, ERISA, COBRA, ADA, FMLA and other federal and state laws regulating discrimination and equal opportunity employment.
  • Business and HR acumen, including problem solving skills, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to influence and partner with different levels of the organization to achieve results.
  • Proven ability to influence and partner with different levels of the organization to achieve results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills necessary to explain complex and/or confidential information and communicate with all levels of management, high-quality document, and report preparation.


What We Offer:

  • Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.
  • A culture recognized by the Non-Profit Times as the #1 Non-Profit “Best Place to Work” in the United States.
  • Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
  • Generous paid time off benefits.
  • Commuter subsidy benefits.


Communities In Schools is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Communities In Schools prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.