Chief Talent Officer

Foundation Academies

Trenton, NJ, USA

Full time

$115-125k (annually)

Oct 7

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Actualizing education reform in a revitalizing city is hard, hard work, and we know that teaching in an urban school setting isn’t for everyone. But, if you are someone who is truly called to serve children and youth; someone who sees this work not only as your job, but as a fundamental piece of who you ARE, we encourage you to read on. 

We’re looking for YOU if:

  • You believe that EVERY child deserves access to a high-quality education and that children can and will learn if properly taught. 
  • You believe that alongside academics, a complete education includes nurturing your students as individuals so that they can become well-rounded, civic-minded, lifelong learners; the changemakers and leaders of the future. 
  • You embrace a growth-mindset and consistently reflecting on ways to improve, year after year. 
  • You are unabashedly and authentically YOU and proud of it, and genuinely committed to building meaningful relationships with students, families, and staff. 
  • You have a track record of measurable student success and achievement.
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents, and the community.
  • You possess an unrelenting work ethic.
  • You are able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • You have excellent time management and prioritization skills.
  • You exercise excellent judgment, unquestionable integrity, and confidentiality.
  • You welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn, and improve in a fast-paced environment.

Were you nodding “YES” as you read the list above? We invite you to apply! 

We’re looking for a dedicated and talented Chief Talent Officer to become part of our Foundation Academies Team. 

You should apply if...

You are a culture builder with a strong track record in managing change and maintaining and improving the quality of our people as we scale. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, The Chief Talent Officer (CTO) will play a pivotal role in the organization, designs and implements a vision for the Talent team. You are not about the “status quo,” but are a disrupter who encourages continuous learning and interrogation of how things are done. You are a facilitative leader who is curious and who can co-design a vision with people at all levels of the organization, and capture that vision in a talent strategic plan. The CTO will be highly skilled at integrating Foundation Academies’ diversity, equity, and inclusion beliefs and values throughout the organization through innovative and community-responsive practices that broaden and advance the staff member experience.  

Reporting to the CEO and directly managing the Director of Talent Recruitment and the Talent Operations Associate, the CTO will lead work in the following areas:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Create and execute a strong strategic plan that promotes equity for adults in our highest priority areas
  • Partner with Marketing and Communications Associate to ensure compelling outreach efforts to diverse pools of candidates that closely mirror our student population, school communities, and position at Foundation Academies as an ‘employer of choice’ for strong candidates
  • Plan, design, and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and programs that train the organization to live up to Foundation Academies core values
  • Lead the planning of future Anti-Racism education planning for the organization

Recruitment & Retention

  • Coach and manage the Director of Talent Recruitment to establish an overarching vision for talent acquisition and a best-in-class recruitment strategy that reflects our DEI goals 
  • Partner with Marketing and Communications Associate to ensure compelling outreach efforts to diverse pools of candidates that closely mirror our student population, school communities, and position at Foundation Academies as an ‘employer of choice’ for strong candidates
  • Ensure that the recruitment and selection process and tools support effective, consistent and equitable hiring across the organization
  • Refine the organization’s onboarding program to ensure new hires have a smooth and productive initial experience that is consistent across the organization
  • Responsible for establishing and driving goals and tactics that improve staff retention

Performance Management

  • Establish a cohesive vision for paths for career progression, and succession planning for Foundation Academies that is equitable and aligned to our core beliefs 
  • Design Foundation Academies’ promotion and retention philosophy, factoring in key elements such as rewards, recognition, engagement, and satisfaction
  • Develop a robust performance management strategy tied to quantitative and qualitative organizational goals, building upon the organization’s current annual review process

Human Resources

  • Work closely with the CEO and COO to ensure Foundation Academies’ compliance with all federal, state, and local laws 
  • Stay abreast of HR law/policy trends that could impact Foundation Academies’ ability to execute on its mission and growth plan. Propose and implement solutions to mitigate potential threats 
  • Develop differentiated licensure support in partnership with the credentialing team, educators, school leaders, and external agencies to comply with state laws overall strengthening teacher retention

In exchange for your dedication, here are just some of the benefits and perks we offer:

  • Competitive starting salary with merit-based pay increases annually 
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefit plans
  • Tax-deferred 403b retirement account with 25% matching up to a certain amount 
  • Independent, conflict-free, financial wellness advising through Holberg Financial
  • Optional short- or long-term disability benefits through Aflac
  • Regular professional development and coaching
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Smartphone and fully paid wireless plan through T-Mobile
  • Windows-based work laptop computer
  • Regular team-building activities and outings
  • 10 sick days and 3 personal days that roll over annually
  • Generous vacation time: 20 vacation days per year with 5 rolling over annually
  • A rewarding career that positively impacts the lives of our amazing students
  • 2021-22 $4K BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Eligible to receive a one-time bonus of up to $4,000 based on your successful completion of the 2021-22 school year.


  • A minimum of 5+ years of progressively increasing management experience in the context of a growing organization or business, including at least three of the functional domains of the CTO role
  • Proven track record of navigating complex issues, managing multiple stakeholders, making decisions, and driving results
  • Experience managing multiple functions and working knowledge of HR fundamentals
  • Mission and cultural fit 
  • Ability to quickly and effectively build relationships, motivate and engage a diverse group of stakeholders
  • A history of successful leadership, teamwork, effective management, and extensive track record of achieving impressive results, both individually and through others 
  • Balances data, wisdom, experience, and judgement to make sound decisions aligned with our organizational culture and values
  • Demonstrates continuous learning and a desire for feedback
  • Pass the required criminal history background check and provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status.

Supporting/Additional Documents Requested

  • Semifinalist candidates will be required to provide unofficial transcripts, evidence of certification/eligibility, and 3 professional references. 
  • Hired candidates are responsible for the following: official transcripts, criminal clearance (fingerprinting), and medical clearance (TB/Mantoux testing).


Salary range: $115,000 - $125,000

Compensation is commensurate with experience in a similar role and includes a comprehensive benefits package. This role is an exempt, full time, 12 month, salaried position. 

Key Working Relationships: Senior Leadership Team Members, Principals, School Business Administrator, Facilities Manager, Administrative Assistants, Teachers, and Board Members.

Want to join our FAmily?

We are Foundation Academies: Trenton, New Jersey’s largest and highest-ranking K-12 free public charter school. Our mission is to ensure that all of our students secure the academic knowledge and skills to prepare them for the nation’s finest colleges, and to instill in them the core values of caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty. We serve more than 1,000 of the city’s K-12 population across four schools on two campuses. We admit students by lottery, irrespective of gender, race, household income, or academic ability. 

Our team of experienced and mission-driven urban educators values growth mindsets, lifelong learners, and individuals who believe that every child deserves an excellent education. We hold ourselves, our students, and our city to high standards because that’s what our families deserve. 

We are conveniently located a quick car ride to downtown Princeton, a 45-minute SEPTA ride to Philly’s Center City, and a hop on the NJ Transit Express to New York City.

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