Managing Director, HR and People Operations

Achievement Network (ANet)

Posted: 9/10/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Human Resources/Recruiting

Primary domain: Education

City: Boston

Postal code: 02108

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the idea that every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Managing Director, HR & People Operations

Location: Flexible (ANet office location preferred)

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 so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving 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, both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from 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.

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


We are seeking a Managing Director, HR and People Operations to provide strategic human resource and talent leadership to the organization. This individual will set the vision and drive the execution of ANet's human resource function and spearhead key talent initiatives. Reporting to and working closely with the Vice President, Talent, the Managing Director will serve as an organizational leader responsible for a wide range of critical work streams, including onboarding/offboarding, people data systems, employee relations, and ANet's operating policies. This person will ensure systems and policies work in direct support of ANet's goal to be a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization.

This position requires an ability to think strategically about problems as well as a knack for tactical execution. The Managing Director will act as a trusted partner to ANet's leaders on HR matters, coordinate resource planning operations, and design and drive inclusive employee-related services, policies, and processes. This individual will manage an HR Manager and will be a member of ANet's Talent Team.


Set vision for and drive execution of key employee experiences and HR/talent processes:

Ensure all HR systems, processes, and policies embody ANet's goal to be a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization through close partnership with ANet's Equity team and ANet's Change team

Design and coordinate onboarding and offboarding experiences that provide employees with a cohesive, customer-friendly introduction to and exit from the organization

Oversee payroll (via HR manager) to ensure ANet employees are paid timely and accurately

Design and execute leave processes, including FMLA, ADA, parental leave, etc.

Ensure our titling guidance is market-aligned and market-competitive

Manage ANet's advancement philosophy and promotion process

Ensure ANet's benefits are market-competitive and create a robust value proposition that attracts and retains top talent

Own the development and rollout/implementation of policies, benefits, and ANet's employee handbook

Oversee benefits administration (through HR manager) to ensure employees maximize ANet's benefits

Work closely with ANet's legal counsel, ensuring compliance with all state, federal, and school district policies and risk mitigation

Provide managers and team leaders with proactive training, materials, and coaching

Design and manage talent/HR internal guidance (e.g., through ANet's intranet) and communications that proactively address needs of ANet's employees and managers

Manage performance improvement plans and termination protocols, working side-by-side with managers to execute them

Oversee employee relations and provide consultation, facilitation, and resolution strategies for complex workplace issues

Work with legal counsel to provide training and resources to managers to ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations

Work with ANet's Change Team to support managers in implementing ANet's HR anti-racist standards

Support VP, Talent and Chief Financial Officer in annual talent planning and key strategic initiatives

Manage team to key milestones and ensure strong coordination, communication, and systems across stakeholders

Convene talent team leaders with appropriate org leaders (and external experts/advisors, when needed) and facilitate meetings that move decisions forward

Advise leaders on key talent questions; conduct external research and assert recommendations that are grounded in strong HR/talent practices and organizational needs

Determine people data infrastructure and drive insights

Determine talent data strategy and aligned technology that will meet ANet's short and long term HR and talent needs

Drive the use of data analytics to produce insights and innovative HR solutions for ANet's leaders

Maintain accurate and up-to-date HR and talent data and fulfill all internal and external data reporting requests

Leverage data to identify where inequities exist within our internal processes and drive toward equitable systems

Team Management

Hire, manage, and develop an HR manager who is positioned as credible, proactive, and trusted to support key HR operations, benefits administration, data systems, etc.


In order 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 implemented HR policies, trainings, etc. with an eye for how they advance equity.

You have experience leading and managing HR and talent-related strategies for a scaling or mid-size organization

You demonstrate strong systems and strategic thinking; you can parse out root causes and recommend and implement solutions to org-wide HR challenges

You are skilled at navigating complex people and HR matters and have the ability to listen, learn, and creatively build solutions

You bring experience training and coaching others, including managers, on HR practices and building strong relationships across diverse leadership styles

You have a strong data-orientation and experience building HR platforms and data systems that generate insights

You have a strong eye for optimizing people processes and the ability to execute those well

You have a track record of successfully directly and indirectly managing others in an talent/HR function to strong results

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

You have SHRM or comparable certification

You bring experience working in different HR contexts, preferably with experience in the non-profit or mission-driven sector



ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

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.

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Posted By: Achievement Network (ANet)


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