VP, People and Culture, Princeton, NJ

Position: VP, People and Culture

Location: Princeton, NJ

Department: Human Resources

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Purpose of the Position: Provide strategic people and culture leadership to the organization, partnering with the executive team to develop a culture focused on growth, innovation and collaboration and champion culture change across the organization. Ensure the right people with the right skills are in the right roles, and provide development opportunities for internal and external talent to succeed and positively contribute to the success of the organization and the students we serve.  

Lead and oversee all organizational development strategies, in support of the organization business plan, and the implementation of human resources policies, programs and services including recruitment, selection, retention, legal compliance, employee development and succession, benefits, payroll, and relations, plus employment practices and procedures, performance management, employee communications, facilities, real estate and events.  

Provide guidance and support to the National Board of Directors, Human Resources. 

Primary Position Objectives:

  1. Establish and implement HR plans and strategies to achieve Learning Ally’s mission and goals.
  2. Lead by example and infuse passion into the culture by reinforcing a value system that supports the Learning Ally mission.  Drive teamwork, cross-functional collaboration, transparency, and camaraderie. Embody the Learning Ally Mission and Values and demand the same from others.
  3. Partner with the Core Leadership team to build a culture of innovation, collaboration and growth.
  4. Lead the end to end performance management process including the alignment and communication of organizational goals, departmental priorities and individual performance expectations.
  5. Lead the HR team in developing comprehensive talent acquisition, on-boarding, people development, succession planning, performance management, employee engagement and compensation and benefit programs that meet the human capital needs of organization to a achieve its strategic goals. 
  6. Lead the HR team in delivering high quality day-to-day employee relations, compliance and payroll administration.
  7. Develop a skilled and effective HR team by providing strong direction, excellent communication and clear accountabilities to and among staff, volunteers, consultants and the community.
  8. Develop and implement a comprehensive talent development strategy that builds high performing teams and builds the Learning Ally brand awareness in the recruitment marketplace as a place people want to work.
  9. Maintain current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, and applicable laws regarding human resources.  Continually assess the competitiveness of HR programs and practices against comparable organizations within appropriate financial guidelines.
  10. Provide staff leadership to the HR Committee of the National Board of Directors by facilitating meetings, developing agendas with the Chair, coordinating staff participation, communicating with members and maintaining records.
  11. In conjunction with CFO, plan and recommend annual HR budget. Manage expenditures and report on budget variances.
  12. Participate in other Learning Ally activities as required to achieve organizational goals.

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.

Work experience

Minimum of 10-15 years of progressive Human Resources experience
Demonstrated experience driving transformative culture change
Experience with start-up venture a plus
Minimum of 5-7 years providing leadership and management to a team of professionals 

Specific Skills/Knowledge

Excellent leadership, organizational, and managerial skills
Proven experience in managing developing, coaching and motivating staff
Ability to foster an environment of positive teamwork, inspire staff and help them succeed
Demonstrated results in driving culture change and engagement

Expert experience with:

  • talent acquisition, professional networking
  • managing compensation and benefits plans and third party vendors
  • compensation program development and management
  • designing and developing training programs and processes
  • managing corporate and employee communication programs

Highly motivated, innovative and creative
Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced environment
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
Strong collaboration skills to facilitate group success
Outstanding problem-solving and critical thinking abilities
Delivers exceptional internal and external customer service

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10% Travel