Director of People Operations at Saga Education

Director of People Operations

at Saga Education (View all jobs)


Employment Status: Full-time

Reports to: Chief Human Resources Officer

Start date: March 2023

Anticipated compensation: $99,300 – $119,000, commensurate with experience

Who We Are

Saga Education is a national leader in high-impact, in-school tutoring. We leverage the power of human capital and technology to accelerate student outcomes and create more equitable learning for students.

Since our founding in 2014, we have reached more than 30,000 students and counting. With our proven-to-work tutoring model and focus on relationship building, we have been able to reach students who need it most and support families, educators, and districts through our services. Whether that be through our work in providing direct solutions, building cutting edge products, or advocating for impact, our vision to make education equitable for all students is realized daily.

For more information about Saga Education’s mission, vision, and services, please visit us at

What We Do

Inside each student lives a story waiting to unfold. We know every student is capable of shaping a story of successin school, and in life. But not every student has had a fair chance to see it. Saga Education envisions a world where studentsespecially Black and Latinx studentshave equitable access to economic and social mobility. To achieve this, Saga seeks to establish high-impact, in-school-day math tutoring as an integrated part of a student’s education, as a proven response to accelerating educational equity.

Our research shows our program worksnot only to raise math scores but to foster the confidence and sense of belonging that underpin all academic success. As a trusted leader in building powerful tutoring programs, Saga provides the resources and tools to enable all districts to take advantage of our expertise. Saga has the evidence and experience to know what works.

What You’ll Do

We are seeking a Director of People Operations to set the vision and lead the execution of Saga’s organizational development function while spearheading innovative initiatives that drive equitable outcomes for all staff members. Reporting to the Chief People and Culture Officer, the Director will serve as an organizational leader responsible for a wide range of critical work streams, including people data systems, employee relations, and Saga’s operating policies. This position requires an ability to think strategically about problems as well as a knack for tactical execution. The Director will act as a trusted partner to Saga’s leaders on HR matters, coordinate resource planning operations, and design and drive inclusive and sustainable employee-related services, policies, and processes. This position will manage employee relations, talent development, and benefits and payroll. Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Ensure all HR systems, processes, and policies embody Saga’s goal to be a diverse and inclusive organization
  • Implement compensation and benefits strategy and processes including salary banding, annual calibration, total rewards/recognition, and titling framework that consider both external market-based factors and internal equity so that Saga can offer a robust value proposition that attracts and retains top talent
  • Partner with the Director of Talent Acquisition to look internally and externally to identify and develop talent
  • Partner with OD Managers and CPCO to set strategic priorities for the department
  • Work closely with Saga’s legal counsel, ensuring compliance with all state, federal, and school district policies and risk mitigation
  • Manage vendor relationships including benefit carriers and external HR partner organization
  • Provide managers and senior leaders with training, materials, and coaching around HR-related needs
  • Manage HR-related internal guidance and communications that proactively address the needs of Saga’s employees and managers
  • Manage teams to complete key annual planning milestones and ensure strong coordination, communication, and systems across stakeholders
  • Advise Saga’s leaders on key HR questions, conducting external research and asserting recommendations that align strong HR practices with organizational needs
  • Drive the use of data analytics to produce insights and innovative HR solutions for Saga’s leaders
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date HR data systems and fulfill all internal and external data reporting requests
  • Identify opportunities to improve an HRIS/Employee Information database in collaboration with the HR Manager
  • Other duties as assigned

What We’ll Use To Measure Success

  • Mission Alignment – You acknowledge social injustice in education and have a desire to grow
  • Communicates Effectively – You deliver clear, multi-mode communication to various audiences
  • Stakeholder Focus – You build and value strong stakeholder relationships
  • Interpersonal Savvy – You relate openly and comfortably with diverse groups
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness – You use feedback and reflection to gain productive insight
  • Instills Trust – You gain confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Ensures Accountability – You hold yourself and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Develops Talent – You develop people to meet their career and organizational goals

What You Bring

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field or equivalent work experience
  • You have 5-7 years of HR leadership experience working in a variety of HR contexts in the non-profit sector and/or in a mission-driven organization, preferred but not required
  • You have experience launching and managing HR strategies for a scaling or mid-size organization
  • You have developed and implemented HR policies, trainings, etc. with an eye for how they advance equity beyond the state/national legal requirements
  • You bring experience developing and training others, including managers and senior leaders, on HR practices
  • You have SHRM or comparable HR certification, preferred but not required

What We’ll Provide

Saga Education offers competitive compensation and benefits, which includes IVF coverage, paid parental leave, opt-in FSA, and telehealth benefits. Saga provides a generous PTO package including a paid Winter Wellness Break, an opt-in 401k with discretionary match and company provided technology. All employees have access to our comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, Saga 360 Wellness Program and DEIB events and initiatives.

Saga Education provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants.

To remain at the cutting edge of educational innovation and impact, we celebrate and leverage our diversity in all of its intersectional identities and nurture a sense of belonging at all levels of the organization. We welcome ideas and perspectives from all employees to fulfill the full promise of our mission. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this and all available roles.

Thank you for applying to Saga Education.