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Associate Director, Talent Management

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Participate Learning - Chapel Hill, NC
Full Time

Associate Director, Talent Management

Love What You Do and Why You Do It! 

Participate Learning is a force for good that connects teachers and students through global education programs to foster human understanding and create peace around the world. We offer purpose-driven, challenging work in a collaborative environment, a flexible and open culture, and encourage employees to pursue their professional and personal passions.


As the new Associate Director, Talent Management, you will have a focus on training, development and overall talent management. You will play a critical role in shaping our organization's talent strategy and ensuring our employees' continuous growth and development. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams, including HR and department leaders, to design and implement effective employee development programs that align with our business objectives. As deputy to the Chief Human Resources Officer, you will also help lead the HR department forward through innovation, operations and customer focus. This position will be based in our Chapel Hill, NC office (hybrid work available with 2-3 days/week in office). This is a new role in a small, but mighty HR team doing big things!


Please complete the full online application. Cover letters are highly encouraged. 


What You’ll Do: 

  • Collaboratively work with internal stakeholders to develop and implement an employee training strategy aligned with the company's goals, values, and development needs, with an initial focus on management development. 

  • Training Program Design and Delivery: Develop and implement comprehensive training programs, including onboarding, leadership development, technical skills training, and power skills development, utilizing a variety of delivery methods (e.g., in-person, virtual, e-learning).

  • Performance Coaching: Provide guidance and activate managers and support  employees on continuous feedback, performance improvement and career development.

  • Talent Development: Develop talent management strategies and career progression frameworks.

  • Learning Culture: Foster a culture of continuous learning and development by promoting learning initiatives, creating communities of practice, sharing best practices and enhancing internal communications. 

  • Compliance and Regulatory: Ensure HR work complies with legal and regulatory requirements aligned with best practices.

  • HR Innovation: Research, propose, and implement HR projects to innovate the HR department’s services for employees, managers, and teachers.

  • HR Operations: Support the oversight, delivery and accountability of HR operational functions, with a focus on positive candidate recruitment and the employee experience.

Experience You Bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business Administration, or a related field (Master's degree a plus).

  • 8+ years of progressive HR leadership experience. 

  • Prior experience leading training and development initiatives. 

  • Strong knowledge of adult learning principles, instructional design methodologies, and training evaluation techniques.

  • Experience designing and implementing blended learning solutions, utilizing various delivery methods and technologies.

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Knowledge of HR best practices, laws, and regulations. 

  • Talent management experience starting with recruitment throughout the full employee life cycle.

  • Prior experience in a growing, mission-driven organization preferred. 

  • Professional HR certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP) is a big plus. 


About You

  • Passionate about learning and welcoming people from all over the world, learning about their culture and sharing your own culture and experiences.

  • Love for international adventures - languages, dancing, food, travel, etc.

  • We are looking for impact-makers who believe in using their careers as a force for good. 

  • Eager to make a difference for today and tomorrow.

  • Flexible with your time and energy and willing to expand beyond the day-to-day expectations of your work. (And the company reciprocates with flexibility!)

  • Cameras on during most Zoom meetings - we want to see your smile. 

  • Believe global education is for everyone!


What You’ll Love About Us: 


Participate Learning is a B Corporation headquartered in Chapel Hill, NC, that partners with K-12 schools and districts to provide cultural exchange teachers, global education, and language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin. As part of our B Corp commitment, one of the essential measures of the success of our business is the positive impact we make on our employees. Our work inspires everyone to be change agents, bringing more empathy and connection to the world.


  • Attractive benefit coverage for medical, dental, vision

  • Company-paid long-term, short-term disability and life insurance

  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave

  • Generous Vacation and Separate Sick Time

  • Wellness Program

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Infant-At-Work and Bring Your Dog to Work Program

  • Cell Phone Reimbursement

  • Fully-Stocked Kitchen

  • Onsite Gym

  • Volunteer Time Off

  • Professional Development Funds

  • Tuition Assistance

  • Cultural Experience & Milestone benefit every 3 years


Due to the nature of our work with teachers and schools, COVID-19 vaccine/booster is a requirement for new hires, however, the company will consider accommodations for disability and religious reasons.