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Director of Team and Culture
Bellwether Education Partners in ,
Date Posted 12/21/2021
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Use your Human Resources (HR) knowledge to develop a modernized people strategy that is aligned with Bellwether’s core values. And use your skills as an innovator of HR initiatives to strengthen the impact of education organizations that are working with communities to eliminate gaps for students furthest from opportunity.

The Director of Team and Culture will facilitate an excellent workplace culture focusing on, retaining, and supporting a talented staff and creating and managing a framework for organizational professional development and learning opportunities. This role oversees multiple HR functions and ensures a positive experience throughout the employee life cycle by developing the best programs, processes, and practices for our team. Our work is national in scope, so our flexible working style allows our professionals to work where they have built their lives, which means Bellwether is able to hire the best person for each role, regardless of geography. Post-COVID-19 restrictions, up to approximately 10% travel may be required.

About Bellwether Education Partners

We are a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes. We are committed to improving education and advancing equity for Black, Hispanic, low-income, and other students who have been historically denied opportunity. We do this by helping education and youth-serving organizations accelerate their impact and by working to improve policy and practice.

The Director of Team and Culture will be a member of the core team and lead human capital initiatives for the organization. The core team includes business systems, operations, and HR, and its purpose is to support the program teams to drive impact for students. The program teams consist of Strategic Advising and Policy & Evaluation. Our Strategic Advising practice advises leaders and organizations on their most pressing strategic and operational issues. Their work ranges from supporting entrepreneurs through business plan development, to partnering with established organizations on growth and performance improvement, to assessing new opportunities for impact as the field evolves. The Policy & Evaluation practice conducts research to develop ideas, publish reports, and make recommendations on education policy and the broader conversation about America’s schools.


The Director of Team and Culture will work at both the strategic and tactical levels, creating a vision and realizing that vision in hands-on ways. The Director will have a key role in the implementation of the Bellwether strategic priorities, specifically focusing on developing external partnerships that help build out a diverse talent pipeline, creating and implementing a professional development framework that includes business line-specific content while also ensuring training is consistent where it makes sense and is provided in a cohesive way across all teams. This person will additionally have a key role in helping Bellwether get to a more sustainable staffing model. The Director of Team and Culture will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

In this position, you should expect to:

  • Supervise Team and Culture team members, currently the Talent Manager.
  • In collaboration with the COO, set a clear and compelling vision and strategic priorities for attracting, onboarding, developing, training, and retaining diverse talent.
  • Conceptualize, lead, implement, and monitor human capital programs, systems, and policies—including, but not limited to, compensation strategies, training and development, performance management, employee engagement, and retention aligned with impact, business, and team goals.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to understand Bellwether's long-term mission and goals related to a vision for workplace culture and the organization’s human capital needs and policies.
  • Reimagine the current onboarding process and implement an innovative process that considers the differentiated roles and levels of that are hired by the organization.
  • Develop and implement an organizational strategy to attract, retain, and promote a diverse and inclusive workforce and evolve current talent strategy to improve and expand the diversity of candidate pools for existing and future roles.
  • In year two, in collaboration with business line leaders, design and implement an organization-wide professional learning and development framework.
  • Coordinate activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion with leaders.
  • Collaborate with the COO regarding HR operations financial strategies by estimating and forecasting core team needs based on the organizational strategic plan.
  • Lead organization’s internal initiatives, related to organization design, change management, employee engagement, team effectiveness, and staff coaching as needed.
  • As necessary, assist the Director of Operations with employee relations concerns and provide guidance and/or recommendations for resolution of issues.


Excited? We are too. You should apply if you have:

  • A passion for and commitment to improving schools serving high-need students and familiarity with the challenges and disparities facing underserved students and education reform efforts in the United States.
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Five to seven years of experience and success working in HR, Talent Acquisition, and Organizational Development, preferably with a nonprofit and/or professional services organization.
  • Commitment to providing excellent internal customer service.
  • Experience developing and implementing a learning and development strategy that cultivates staff growth.
  • Experience developing and operationalizing talent management strategies, including performance management, career development, and core competency models.
  • Established credibility as a reliable and innovative problem-solver, strategic thinker, thought partner, and functional expert on human capital strategies and issues.
  • A well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to collaborate with many diverse stakeholders within the organization, work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment, and facilitate joint problem-solving with the team.
  • Flexibility as a leader who can operate at a highly strategic level but can also perform tactical HR-related responsibilities.
  • A highly self-motivated work style and willingness to proactively take on roles within project teams and the organization.
  • Comfort with and interest in joining a small, entrepreneurial organization with a flexible working environment.
  • Ability to thoughtfully give and receive feedback, and experience doing so.


Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes a performance bonus based on individual and organizational success, health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with an employer matching contribution policy.

To Apply

Use your application (a custom letter of interest and a current résumé) to show us how you’ve got the skills we’ve listed or why the skills you have are the ones we actually need. We’ll review applications as we receive them until the position is filled.

Bellwether is committed to building a team that reflects the varied backgrounds and experiences of the students we seek to serve. It is important to us that you use your application materials to clearly surface ways in which your background and experiences align with Bellwether’s core values, including our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.

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