Director, Employee Relations

Director, Employee Relations

at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Los Angeles, CA

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded based on the belief that all young people, regardless of zip code, are capable of achieving at high levels. Alliance is now one of the largest and more successful public charter school networks in the nation, operating 25 high-performing middle and high schools serving 13,000 scholars in Los Angeles’ more educationally underserved communities. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 73% to a four-year university in 2018. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

The Director, Employee Relations is a thoughtful culture creator and leader who is responsible for ensuring best practices on a wide range of employee relations issues including compliance with policies and procedures, providing advice and guidance on complex and challenging matters, and conducting investigations. Reporting to Alliance’s Vice President of Employee Relations & Engagement, the Director, Employee Relations will serve as a trusted resource and strategic partner to employees, managers, and school leaders to create a community premised on trust and equity, where all staff feel a sense of belonging, can be productive and successful in achieving their professional and personal goals, and can positively contribute to Alliance’s mission.


Employee Relations Functional Leadership
  • In collaboration with the Vice President, Employee Relations & Engagement, establish the long term vision, goals, and strategies to continue to refine Alliance’s employee relations activities such as performance management, management consultation, complaint resolution, and compliance
  • Audit existing processes and workflows, augment, streamline and refine as required by new policies, laws, and Alliance initiatives
  • Refine and maintain employee relations tracking systems; collect and analyze employee relations data and prepare periodic reports
  • Provide guidance and support to staff on the grievance process, including conducting fair and impartial investigations, and providing timely responses to staff complaints.
  • Provide individual and/or group advice, guidance, professional support to supervisors, staff, administrators and student employees with respect to interpretation and application of employee relations and associated policies, practices, and procedures
  • Investigate disciplinary matters and advise of recommendations and actions 
  • Review and update Employee Handbook and develop and recommend new policies 
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant state and federal labor and employment laws, regulations, and policies

Cross-functional Leadership
  • Regularly assess and report on employee morale with an attitude of continuous improvement, constantly seeking opportunities to better support employees and foster their professional development while supporting positive employer/employee relationships that promote a high level of professionalism and motivation.
  • Maintain effective professional relationships with team and school leaders, as well as other stakeholders within Alliance
  • Project manage cross-functional issues to create/maintain an inclusive environment, assist in navigating challenges, and work with leadership to escalate and resolve systemic concerns

Training and Capacity-Building
  • Communicate current and new employee relations policies and procedures to staff
  • Leverage data to provide insights that drive decision-making and tie constructive themes back to productive Employee Relations training, mentoring, and coaching to managers
  • Research, identify, and interpret current and emerging employee relations issues, trends, and opportunities; develops and implements responsive programs, initiatives, and communications
  • Facilitates training for all staff on employee relations policies and procedures

  • Strong interpersonal and consulting skills with the ability to build relationships with, influence, and coach leaders across all levels of the organization and hold them accountable to metrics
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with teachers, school leaders, and other home office and school-based staff
  • Effective conflict resolution, facilitation, and consultation skills and skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem-solving and consulting to identify problems and recommend solutions
  • Excellent judgment, political sensitivity, and ability to maintain confidentiality and act collaboratively and discreetly
  • Independent thinker that can provide strategic thought leadership
  • Ability to collect and analyze data, qualitative and quantitative, to set the strategic direction for their work
  • Outstanding project management skills with strong attention to detail and ability to efficiently and simultaneously manage multiple multi-month projects to completion
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of systems of oppression, equity, and inclusion
  • Understanding of urban school environments and school culture challenges; ability to link employee performance to scholar impact
  • Exposure to talent functions and the ability to leverage the interdependencies of the talent team to maximize impact

  • At least 4 years of progressive professional work experience in a related field and a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university -OR-
  • At least 6 years progressive professional work experience in a related field and a high school diploma or equivalent (e.g. GED)

In alignment with our commitment to equity for our scholars, Alliance is committed to equity and transparency for our team and offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and a comprehensive group health benefits package, including medical, dental and vision. This position is exempt. The compensation range for this position is $89,000 - $130,000.

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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