Senior Director, HR Business Partners (Location Flexible/Boston, New York, San Francisco preferred)

Year Up

Posted: 2/7/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Human Resources/Recruiting

Primary domain: Employment

City: Boston

Postal code: 02109

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:


Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults, ages 18-24, to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year, by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students spend the first six months learning in-demand technical and professional skills, focusing on one of five career pathways, before applying their skills during a six-month corporate internship with a top company. Throughout the program, students earn an educational stipend, and complete coursework eligible for college credits.

Year Up has served more than 24,000 young adults since its founding in 2000, and will serve more than 4,700 young adults in 2019 nationwide. Year Up currently serves 25 U.S. cities across 18 markets, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington. 90% of Year Up graduates are employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of program completion and employed graduates earn an average starting salary of $40,000 per year.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Title: Senior Director, HR Business Partners (Location Flexible/Boston, New York, San Francisco preferred)
Office: National
Location:  Boston, MA
Career Stage: Senior Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Regular Full-Time


Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Senior Director, HR Business Partners (Location Flexible/Boston, New York, San Francisco preferred) is both a strategic and hands-on role to ensure that the HR Business Partner team is effectively providing talent development, HR policy, and employee relations support to the organization.  This role is responsible for setting the vision and strategy of the team while ensuring solid, timely execution through infrastructure building, team management, and internal partnerships. 

To be successful in this role, you’ll be an excellent manager of people and teams, as well as a consummate relationship builder, particularly with HR peers and executive stakeholders throughout the organization.  You will thrive in a fast-paced environment, able to toggle fluidly between strategic thinking and on-the-ground execution, knowing when to give space to your team to execute and when to lean in with support.   You’re someone who is skilled at anticipating the needs of others and proactively taking on new challenges to support business needs. 

The Senior Director, HR Business Partners (Location Flexible/Boston, New York, San Francisco preferred) will also interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

The location for this position is flexible and open to candidates near any Year Up site (preference will be given to candidates in the Greater Boston Area, New York Metropolitan Area and the San Francisco Bay Area)


Team Leadership and Management

  • Prove effectiveness of a new regional business partner model by building systems to support consistent service and practice within the team and throughout the organization
  • Set direction and annual goals/metrics for the HRBP team; manage team performance and budget
  • Coach and develop direct reports, meeting weekly and evaluating at least quarterly
  • Leverage data to support behavior change and accountability for org-wide key people outcomes
  • Build strong relationships with HR peers and executive leaders in order to best serve the business
  • Serve as a key leader for full HR team (e.g. attend weekly HR Team Leads meetings, quarterly planning, informally mentoring coaching others on the HR team as needed)

People Policy and Practice

  • Maintain relevant personnel policies; determine when policies need to be updated, added, or removed
  • Ensure best practices for HR are clearly communicated and consistently used throughout the organization
  • Provide HR Policy guidance and interpretations to executive leaders
  • Quarterback employee-related whistleblower complaints (communications, investigations, stakeholder management)
  • Help the organization and its leaders navigate gray areas, using both Year Up core values and HR knowledge equally as guides

People Development and Employee Relations

  • Collaborate with HR functions, Executive Leaders and others to ensure effective talent management practices that drive org-wide performance and career development
  • Collaborate with Diversity Equity and Inclusion team and Executive Leaders and others to ensure consistent and equitable people practices throughout the organization
  • Ensure effective, efficient handling of all employee relations issues that balance the needs of both individuals and the organization (e.g. complaints, investigations, exits, conflict resolution)
  • Manage personal caseload for Executive issues
  • Ensure timely closure of all matters and appropriate follow-up communications

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • 10+ years professional work experience with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the HR field
  • Supportive and directive leadership style with ability to set clear goals and manage others to meet them
  • Ability to manage multiple competing workstreams, seeing tasks through to completion despite high volume
  • Experience successfully creating infrastructure and process
  • Demonstrated capability to navigate “grey areas”
  • Experience as a skilled mediator a plus
  • Ability to analyze and leverage data to tell a story and inspire action
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively influence stakeholders
  • Sound judgment, professionalism, and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Experience leading through change a plus
  • Ability to travel (on average 1-2x per month)
  • Certification such as SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), HRCI Professional in Human Resources, HRCI Senior Professional in Human Resources, a plus
  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.


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