Director of Human Resources Operations

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Use your human resources operations knowledge to design and lead initiatives that support the Bellwether team and enhance organizational efficiency, compliance, and impact.

The Director of Human Resources Operations will be a member of the Core leadership team, overseeing multiple human resources (HR) functions and promoting positive experiences throughout the employee life cycle. This role will develop and manage an HR strategy, programs, processes, and practices that enhance team operations. The Core team includes finance, business systems, operations, team and culture, and human resources. Its purpose is to ensure that Bellwether’s program areas have the tools and services needed to serve our client partners and ultimately achieve Bellwether’s mission. 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 can hire the best person for each role, regardless of geography. This role can be based anywhere in the United States. Up to approximately 15% travel may be required.

About Bellwether

We are a national nonprofit that exists to transform education to ensure systemically marginalized young people achieve outcomes that lead to fulfilling lives and flourishing communities. We work hand in hand with education leaders and organizations to accelerate their impact, inform and influence policy and program design, and share what we learn along the way.

Our Core team ensures that Bellwether is a sustainable, inclusive organization where staff are supported to do their best and most impactful work.

Our External Relations team develops and implements strategy for Bellwether’s fundraising and communications and leads Bellwether’s external relations work.

Our Policy and Evaluation practice conducts analyses that inform leaders, organizations, and the broader field on ways to improve their work for America’s underserved students. We produce quantitative and qualitative analyses of contemporary education issues, conduct traditional and innovative evaluations, and generate new ideas and solutions for the sector. We offer recommendations to improve outcomes for underserved youth across the P-20 landscape informed by rigorous analytical methods; our extensive understanding of the local, state, and federal policy landscape; and our experience working with a wide range of educational and early childhood systems, leaders, and practitioners.

Our Strategic Advising practice is deeply experienced in supporting educational organizations — districts, states, charters, nonprofits, and foundations — to develop ambitious but achievable plans to increase their impact on underserved students. We advise leaders and organizations on their most pressing strategic and operational issues. Our 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. We develop highly actionable plans that leadership teams own and run with.

About the Position

This position will oversee the human resources operations functions pertaining to policies, benefits, compensation, and payroll, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. The Director will work in collaboration with the Core team leaders at both the strategic and tactical levels, creating a vision for human resources and realizing that vision in hands-on ways. The Director of Human Resources (HR) Operations will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

The Director of Human Resources Operations’ primary responsibilities and duties will be as follows.

HR Strategy and Management

Total Rewards Management

Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Employee Relations

General Administrative Operations


Competitive candidates for this role will demonstrate a passion for our work and content expertise. To be successful, candidates must have strong organizational, problem-solving, client focus, communication, and project management skills. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker who is eager to build a strong culture and lead with empathy and inclusion. Candidates should also possess the following:


The base salary range for this role for incoming team members is $130,500-$140,250 annually. While the final offer amount will be determined by multiple factors — including previous experience and content knowledge — and may vary from the listed range, Bellwether is committed to transparency and all offers are aligned with our compensation philosophy.

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

To Apply

Use your online 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. Note: Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa at this time.

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 the ways in which your background and experiences align with Bellwether’s core values, including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as viewpoint diversity.

Bellwether 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, political viewpoint, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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