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Associate Director, Human Resources

  • Full Time
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • $82,000-$113,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: $82,000-$113,000

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About PLN

Founded on Skid Row in 1980, Para Los Niños provides education and wraparound support, serving over 6,000 children, youth, and families annually in some the most underserved areas in Los Angeles. PLN fosters pathways to success by striving for excellence in education, family support, and comprehensive social-emotional, and community-based services.


Through early education, TK-8th grade education, youth workforce services, and family and community services, Para Los Niño’s’ model provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and help children and youth thrive.


Position Overview

Under the direct supervision of the Managing Director, Human Resources, the Associate Director, Human Resources will provide excellent service and guidance in the area of Human Resources for PLN’s Student & Community Services and Administration divisions. The Associate Director, Human Resources will provide thought partnership to the PLN leadership team to support the divisions and provide HR service to PLN employees.



The Associate Director, Human Resources will perform a broad range of duties spanning the full employment cycle, including, but not limited to providing expert counsel, support, and monitoring of the following:

Employee relations: Support and manage employment-related inquiries from employees and supervisors, referring complex and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff. Conduct employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations. Ensure the timely processing of all personnel changes. Manage and maintain updated records on all staff in the division.
Workforce planning and talent management: Support divisions with proactive workforce planning.
Compensation: Collaborate with the HR Leadership Team to monitor pay health and equity, and partner with the Talent Acquisition team to determine initial compensation offers.
Labor laws and legal compliance: Manage HR oversight process and audits within assigned division. Collaborate with division staff to prepare for oversight visits and audits. Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices. Review policies and practices to maintain compliance. Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in education, human resources, talent management, and employment law.
Training and development: Partner with managers in identifying appropriate training and growth opportunities for staff.
Employee satisfaction: Support leaders with ensuring a healthy work-life balance for staff.
Performance management: Support and troubleshoot performance management issues and may assist leaders with goal setting.
Qualifications and Experience Requirements

Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with internal and external colleagues; Ability to write memoranda, create reports and facilitate meetings.
Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
Data fluency: Expertise in designing/evaluating both systems generated reports and ad hoc reports; Utilizes data to make objective decisions and recommendations.
Goal Setting: Understanding of outcome-based performance and process for determining key metrics.
Ability to work independently, and coordinate multiple large projects through planning, prioritizing, and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, HRIS (Dayforce knowledge a plus)
Ability to display sensitivity, tact and responsiveness in various situations and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Ability to understand and interpret agency and department/school policies and procedures.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred
Valid driver’s license plus ability to provide own transportation to complete travel requirements of job.
Regular/Daily travel to sites and meetings as needed, 30-40%.
Education and Certification Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related field; master’s degree a plus
5 -7 years of Human Resources experience, including at least 3 years strategizing and serving as a thought partner to people managers
HR certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP) highly preferred
Clear understanding of HR practices and legal requirements
Knowledgeable of federal, and state labor laws and guidelines for employers
Demonstrated ability to research and analyze problems, and provide feedback and recommendations

Other Requirements

Successfully pass all post offer, pre-employment screening requirements, including criminal background check, drug test and provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Must have reliable transportation and State required automobile insurance coverage and valid
Class C California driver’s license (mileage to be reimbursed)
TB clearance to be renewed every year


Physical Requirements

To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend.
Must be able to speak and hear well.
Good vision is imperative.
Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
Employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds without assistance
Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff

Candidates for employment at a Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:

Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families.
Commitment to excellence and high standards — for self, students, and colleagues.
Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development.
Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to effectively handle challenging situations.
Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.

Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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