Chief People Officer

New Paradigm for Education

Detroit, MI, USA

Full time

Oct 13

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Who We Are

New Paradigm For Excellence (NPFE) is a non-profit Charter Management Organization (CMO) composed of educational practitioners, community advocates, and business leaders who have dedicated years of service to children. We specialize in maximizing student learning potential through proven education practices and managing all phases of school design, planning, and program implementation. NPFE acts as a portal to educational reform in high-need areas and offers a new educational paradigm evident by increased student achievement, fiscal responsibility, and community support.

What You’ll Do

NPFE seeks a strategic leader to serve as its Chief People Officer (CPO) to develop and oversee the end-to-end talent strategy for our growing team of 250+ staff. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and working closely with the C-Suite, network and school leaders, the Chief People Officer will set network-wide vision and direction for attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining NPFE staff, and embedding a talent-focused culture throughout the organization.

The Chief People Officer will oversee the day-to-day people operations of the organization, including: recruitment & selection, performance management, and human resources. As New Paradigm For Education continues to grow and evolve, this position represents a unique and impactful opportunity to chart the organization’s overall approach to people.  This is an ideal opportunity for a strategic and systems-oriented talent professional, with significant strengths in building relationships, motivating and influencing others, as well as implementing sophisticated strategies and systems.  


Talent Leadership & Strategy

  • Partner with the Superintendent, CAO and C-Suite to develop and implement a phased, multi-year talent strategy, reflecting organizational capacity and ambitious growth over the next 3-5 years
  • Advise the C-Suite on the organization's talent performance, staff experience and engagement, long-term talent forecasting, and talent-market trends
  • Establish streamlined systems to analyze the data needed to drive and refine talent strategy, track and evaluate the effectiveness of talent management practices, and guide leaders to make evidence-based decisions
  • Shape and inform organization-wide culture of talent development and performance management/accountability, by developing and supporting managers in managing a high-quality, high-performance team where people thrive
  • Closely coordinate with Finance and other teams to ensure alignment and compliance with all human resource functions
  • Lead the design and implementation of recruitment, selection and onboarding systems, processes, and services that support NPFE in attracting and retaining best in class talent
  • Oversee initiatives and activities to promote healthy organizational culture, including robust internal communications and experiences that reinforce our commitment to educational excellence for all children, enhance staff experience, and foster team culture 
  • Continue to refine and grown internal and external talent pipelines and pathways as well as promotion processes 
  • Forecast talent retention and attrition trends
  • Develop, implement, and manage adaptive tools, structures, strategies, and analyses to measure and monitor the strategic performance of all non-instructional roles

Human Resource Management

  • Maintain strategic oversight of all aspects of human resources including: compensation, benefits, certification, substitute teacher systems, evaluation, recognition, retention, employee relations, and engagement, and the embedded focus on equity
  • Ensure compliance and consistency within and across  all human resources systems and structures 
  • Identify and eliminate threats to diversity, inclusion, or belonging to the community by leading change in our systems, organizational structures, policies, practices and attitudes.

Team Management

  • Lead teams across talent, human resources, and related functions toward ambitious goals 
  • Communicate a compelling vision and strategy and collaborate with teams and team members to set goals and drive toward results 
  • Identify and amplify talent across the team, coaching and developing team members to to achieve ambitious results, while fostering a high standard of excellence and accountability
  • Support team members' learning, development, and career growth
  • Build a team culture aligned to organizational core values


The Chief People Officer is both a strategic leader and a natural relationship-builder and communicator with deep levels of emotional intelligence. Bringing a forward-looking orientation with continuous improvement and growing impact, the Chief People Officer will confidently confront the inherent challenges of growth, scale, and organizational change to further the mission and vision of New Paradigm For Education.  The successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred 
  • Deep experience and expertise leading the Talent and Human Resources functions of a complex organization, with a strategic orientation. This may be demonstrated by 12+ years of progressively increasing HR and Talent 
  • Demonstrated success across multiple areas in HR, such as organization development and strategic workforce planning, managing/leading change, performance management and career development, coaching, talent recruitment and onboarding, compensation, and succession planning.
  • Solid knowledge of HR policies, procedures, and relevant legislation, regulations, and protocols related to employment practices, compensation and benefits, and general HR administration.
  • Ability to ensure that organizational decisions are made on the basis of data and analysis while being grounded in our mission, values, leadership behaviors, and our commitment to become an antiracist organization. 
  • Evidence of strength addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with the capacity to speak to aspects of their own identity, including race, and how their identity has shaped their leadership behavior and philosophy.
  • Proven servant leadership skills, which require deep listening, empathy, and an appreciation of the interconnectedness of our work across functions and markets.
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills with strong emotional intelligence 
  • Professional judgment, maturity, and the ability to take ownership of mistakes and to  identify and work through conflict.

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New Paradigm for Education

NPFE acts as a portal to educational reform in high-need areas and offers a new educational paradigm evident by increased student achievement, fiscal ...