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American public schools are not delivering on our promise to prepare every child to achieve prosperity and success. Children from low-income and underserved communities do not have access to the quality of educational resources enjoyed by peers in wealthier communities. 


To achieve educational excellence and equity at the same time, and to live up to our aspirations as a democratic society, we must make bold improvements to our public schools so that every child in America has access to the tools and skills they need to be successful in life.


The Pahara Institute seeks to strengthen the movement for educational excellence and equity by:

  • helping to develop and sustain experienced, innovative leaders;

  • identifying and developing the next generation of leaders; and

  • better connecting leaders across the field, and across traditional silos and stakeholder groups.


Our work is to support exceptional, innovative leaders who bring urgency and dedication to ensuring that all our children have access to an excellent public school.

Pahara’s values:

  • Wholeness: We bring our whole selves. We are authentic and vulnerable.

  • Transformative Love: We create belonging. We build inclusive and deeply connected communities across many lines of difference.  

  • Excellence: We deliver exceptional quality without compromising our integrity or humanity.

  • Continuous Learning: We learn, grow, adapt and change. We get better.  

  • Liberation: We find new ways to ensure that everyone can live a free and meaningful life.


  • Co-Design and Lead HR and talent lifecycle systems as Pahara scales, ensuring that our people-systems match our values and support our mission to identify, strengthen, and sustain diverse, high-integrity leaders who are reimagining public education, so that every child in America has access to an excellent public school.  

  • Partner with Senior Vice Presidents to support talent development across Pahara so our people have the opportunity to thrive in their roles while doing work aligned to their personal development plan and Pahara’s organizational legacy. 


Sample goals for this role:

The Director of Talent & People Development will be key to the implementation and success of our talent systems.  Here are a three examples of how we’ll measure your success: 

  • By July 2023 every person who works at Pahara will have an updated role description and a set of meaningful and related goals that connect to their personal legacy and our organization’s legacy.

  • By December 2023, 90% of the Pahara team, with no disparities along lines of difference, excitedly agrees that our evaluation and development cycle is clear, compelling, and supports them to be effective leaders or individual contributors.  

  • By December 2023, every staff member - with no gaps along lines of race, gender, or tenure - feels that the HR supports at Pahara are clear, easeful, and work in alignment with our core values.


What your week might look like:

  • Mostly: supporting colleagues as they navigate their HR needs; creating systems, templates and documents that support leaders and managers in the organization to coach, support and give feedback to the members of their teams

  • Some: effective practice research, HR compliance, role-specific budget management, and operational system building

  • A little: meeting and retreat design

  • With a sprinkling of: technical support for managers and Senior Vice Presidents


We are looking for someone who has had success in doing the following:

  • You are constantly looking for new ways to ensure that everyone can lead a free and meaningful life.  You have a commitment to equity of all types, with racial equity prioritized at every level of the work you do and in all systems you design and lead.  You’re committed to continuous reflection and development on issues related to race and racism.  You have a strong analysis lens related to DEI that supports action in the design and implementation of talent management systems, HR, and organizational culture.  You build and maintain relationships and foster inclusiveness and belonging in a virtual environment.

  • You are committed to impacting and changing the educational ecosystem.  You understand how schools and school systems work.  You understand the complexity that school-based folks are leading through every day.  You have a track record of identifying, strengthening and sustaining diverse, high-integrity leaders who are reimagining public education.  And you do this work so that every child in America has access to an excellent public school.  

  • You’re a self-starter and a self-advocate. You have a track record of learning quickly and managing ambiguity productively during times of growth and change. You make a habit of prioritizing and directly addressing persistent issues with ease.  You are deeply committed to your own development and you are continuously learning and growing.  You are comfortable in conversations that challenge the status quo and collaborate when designing new equitable and sustainable solutions.  You’re excited about building things from the ground up and attention to detail is one of your love languages. 

  • You find joy in building inclusive and equitable work environments.  In the moments of challenge and the moments of great progress, you see all of the joy and the possibility in this work.  You practice using an abundance mindset.  You take an optimistic, roll-up-your-sleeves approach to doing all of the “floor to ceiling” work that needs to be done in co-designing and implementing HR and talent systems that support leaders to reimagining public education on behalf of students. You bring joy to the interactions you have with individuals and with teams.  You believe the work is more effective and sustainable for the people and the students we serve when done with joy.

  • You LOVE HR: Your expertise shows up in your ability to quickly and effectively gather information, weigh what’s happening and what’s at stake, and make decisions about all things HR.  You are agile and can adapt policies to fit the unique context of our organization.  You intentionally build your context which enables you to individualize your approach to ensure equity, accountability, and compliance when designing systems and interacting with each of our team members.  You document policies, outline processes, effectively communicate, thoughtfully train, and strategically incorporate learning into revised processes. This cycle of improvement energizes you.


  • Who: The Director of Talent & People Development reports to Shawna Wells, Senior Vice President.

  • Where: We are a virtual organization by design so that our team can work where they have built their lives. Our campus in the Denver area will serve as a hub for our work and as the main location for all in-person events. Candidates who live outside the Denver area will have an increase in required overnight travel to the campus 1-2 times per month.

  • When: (Note - all phases of the interview process are virtual as Pahara is a remote organization) For us to consider your application complete, you need to submit your resume and written application by Wednesday, July 20, 2022 by 5pm PST.  

    • Late July: Candidates will be selected to complete a candidate exercise.

    • Late July/Early August:  A small number of candidates will be selected to advance to a virtual interview.

    • Mid-August 2022: Final Interview stage.  Finalists will engage in a virtual final interview with additional members of the Pahara team.  Pahara checks 3 references for each finalist, though we may request more.

    • Late August 2022:  Offer extended.

    • August/September 2022:  Start date (flexible) 

  • How Much: Pahara provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package, including full health care coverage, and access to 401(k) account with matching contribution policy. Expected salary range for this position is $91,000-$130,000. 


The window to apply has officially closed.

Pahara is committed to nondiscrimination and to providing equal opportunity.  It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are treated equally without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, expression, gender identity, or veteran’s status. 

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