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Vice President of Talent


Redwood City, California 94063
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Organization Profile:
Founded in 1999, BUILD uses entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. BUILD’s unique program offers students a four-year entrepreneurship experience designed to reinforce the Common Core, develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school.  Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses.  As they journey through high school, BUILD provides students with support in navigating the college application process and the opportunity to explore college and career options, while expanding their businesses or opting into community internships.   
BUILD currently serves over 2,000 high school students at programs located in the San Francisco Bay Area; Washington, DC; Boston, MA.; and New York City. We are currently running a program pilot in Los Angeles and are in the midst of crafting our next five-year plan for expansion and impact.
BUILD is made up of a diverse, results driven and passionate team who believe in the potential of every student and the power of entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to transform the education landscape. We work in a collaborative environment where perseverance, flexibility, cross-cultural understanding and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. For more information, please visit
Position Summary:
The Vice President of Talent (VPT) will develop and oversee all aspects of BUILD’s Talent strategy. The VPT will serve on the Executive Committee, the primary leadership body of the organization, and will lead organizational thinking on attracting, developing and retaining best in class talent; manage human resource operations including benefits, employee relations, performance management and legal compliance; and will design and implement the organization’s strategy around culture, diversity and inclusion.  The VPT will report to the President and will directly manage the National Talent Team.
Position Responsibilities:
Organizational Culture Strategy & Planning:

  • Design and lead the organization’s strategy around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Support the organization to cultivate a healthy work environment and culture at BUILD; manage activities like organizational retreats, holiday parties, the monthly newsletter, etc. to support these efforts.
  • Work closely with the Executive Committee to refine and adapt the organizational structure and Talent processes to meet the evolving needs of the organization at its current and future stage of development.

Performance Management & Professional Development:

  • Provide regular training on HR practices including hiring process, onboarding tools and the performance evaluation process.
  • Identify and secure management coaching and training for managers as needed; coordinate all professional development programs and opportunities, with a particular focus on DEI and cultural competence training.
  • Serving as a resource to supervisors in addressing management challenges.
  • Coordinate training on key management challenges/practices as well as competencies to support our professional development.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive performance management system for all staff members throughout the year.
  • Handle all exit interviews and track feedback trends; provide the leadership team with suggestions on areas of improvement based on feedback.

Talent Acquisition & Support:

  • Serve as a key organizational thought leader on attracting, developing and retaining best in class talent, allowing BUILD to pursue its mission effectively.
  • Manage activities related to staffing including implementing an improved staffing process, working with hiring managers on recruiting strategies and interviewing and creating offer letters and on-boarding of all new hires.
  • Develop and execute progressive integrated recruitment solutions using multiple vehicles including direct sourcing, social networking, industry networking, employee referrals, internet sourcing, job fairs, targeted advertising, college & university programs.  In addition, ensure an adequate pool of job applicants to meet the staffing needs of the organization at all times. 
  • Proactively network with potential candidates to ensure pipeline of talent for future openings.
  • Developing targeted outreach strategies  to identify and engage high performing individuals to recruit to BUILD
  • Partner extensively through the organization to ensure a thorough understanding of BUILD’s program.  Use this knowledge to inform work with hiring managers to develop professional position specifications, evaluate candidate potential and follow through by acquiring the best talent.  Effectively source, recruit and interview best in class candidates which includes conducting effective pre-employment interviews for all designated positions.
  • Work with colleagues to coordinate the interview process with the appropriate hiring managers and senior management.  Assist with applicant process and maintain accurate data in the talent pool database.
  • Manage BUILD’s benefits programs including making recommendations for improvement and ensuring competiveness in the marketplace, enrolling new hires and responding to employee questions.
  • Work closely with the leadership team to ensure compliance with employment law and best practices.
  • Provide guidance to managers on compensation which includes analyzing annual market data to ensure internal and external equity in BUILD’s salary ranges and benefits package.
  • Provide guidance, tools and support for employee relations issues.
  • Provide additional operations support as needed.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e. Human Resources, Psychology, etc.) required
  • 10+ years of progressive human resources experience; with some generalist experience preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in developing and supporting organizational culture, with a focus on diversity, inclusion and cultural competency training
  • Knowledge of employment law and best practices
  • Experience managing and advising on employee relations
  • Direct experience recruiting talent

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:

  • Customer Service Orientation - Anticipate and respond promptly and professionally to requests and needs from all key stakeholders and set clear expectations while taking other perspectives into account.
  • Attention to Detail - Accomplish a task with a thorough and precise focus on every component of the project, no matter how small or time-consuming.
  • Initiative - Proactively create and/or follow through on new ideas and strategies.
  • Multi-tasking - Move seamlessly between any number of prioritized tasks and functions, as required.
  • Oral Communication - Utilize verbal skills to effectively communicate a message particular to an audience and to meet relevant goals, using clear, concise, and appropriate language.
  • Diagnostic Information Gathering - Identify the information needed to clarify a situation, seek that information from appropriate sources, and use skillful questioning to draw out the information, when others are reluctant to disclose it.
  • Project Management - Identify the steps of a project, set appropriate deadlines, identify required participants, and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines.
  • Personal Credibility - Demonstrate concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.

BUILD offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to all full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts and a 403(b) plan.  In addition, BUILD employees are eligible for paid vacation, sick time, 10 paid holidays per year, and a flexible work environment.  

Position Details:

  • Location: Flexible (San Francisco Bay Area preferred, Boston, NYC, or Washington D.C. possible)
  • Up to 25% travel required
  • Full-time, Permanent exempt

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.  In your cover letter, please include how you learned of the opening and your salary requirements.
The position is now open and we will begin to review resumes immediately.  Please be advised that you will receive an automated acknowledgement of your application.  We will contact all applicants that meet the minimum requirements of the role.  BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

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