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Director of People and Culture

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The Bush School is dedicated to valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, and encouraging compassion and kindness. Our employees enjoy an environment that inspires creativity and being part of a collaborative community.

Director of People & Culture (Seattle, WA)

Full Time (1.0FTE), Salary, Exempt

Yearlong Schedule

*  This position is eligible for health and retirement benefits (details during hiring process).

*  This position requires applicants to be, at the time of application, legally authorized to work in the United States. The Bush School does not offer visa sponsorship for this position and will not consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.

The Bush School is in search of an individual to join our staff as Director of People & Culture. We are seeking a candidate who will support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency.  We are building a team in which diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and talents are valued and encourage those of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Director of People & Culture reports to the Chief Finance and Operations Officer and plays a pivotal role in shaping and executing our people strategy. This position leads and is accountable for all the aspects of human resources, talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, and organizational development initiatives. It requires a strategic and systems thinker with exceptional leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills, as well as a deep understanding of HR best practices and legal compliance.

While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and duties listed below:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive people strategies that align with the school’s overall objectives and foster a culture of excellence, inclusivity, and innovation
  •  Oversee all aspects of the employee lifecycle, from recruitment and onboarding to performance management and offboarding, ensuring a positive and consistent experience for all team members
  • Lead talent acquisition efforts, including the design of hiring process, interviewer training, and best practices to help attract top-tier candidates and build a diverse and high-performing team of faculty and staff
  • Partner with school leadership to identify talent needs, skills gaps, and development opportunities, and provide guidance and support to facilitate talent development and retention
  • Continually review the school’s total rewards philosophy to ensure compensation and benefits remain competitive
  • Drive employee engagement and morale initiatives, such as recognition programs, wellness initiatives to enhance employee satisfaction and retention
  • Be a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and ensure all people programs and processes are designed and managed through a DEI lens
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and resource to employees and managers on HR-related matters, including performance issues, conflict resolution, and career development
  • Serve as a cultural ambassador and champion, promoting the school’s values and fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement
  • Establish and maintain effective HR policies and procedures, ensuring alignment with relevant laws and regulations and promoting a fair and respectful workplace environment
  • Lead and mentor the HR Manager, providing coaching, feedback, and professional development opportunities to foster growth and build a high-performing HR function

Academic and Professional Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or HR certification preferred
  • Ten years’ experience in HR and at least two years people management experience preferred
  • Experience working in a school or non-profit environment is preferred

Successful candidates will have:

  • Deep knowledge of HR best practices, employment laws, and regulations, with the ability to apply this knowledge to complex HR issues and situations
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to motivate people and teams, drive results, and foster a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships, influence stakeholders, and resolve conflicts effectively
  • Experience and strong track record of designing and implementing organization-wide HR systems and processes
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to analyze data, identify trends, and develop insights to inform decision-making and drive business outcomes
  • High level of integrity, professionalism, and discretion, with a commitment to maintaining confidentiality and handling sensitive information with care
  • Proficiency in HRIS systems, MS Office Suite, Google Suite, and other HR-related software applications

Additional Requirements:

  • Have a current Adult and Children CPR, First Aid and AED Certification (or receive one soon after hire date, provided by the school)
  • Meet the school’s standards when completing two separate background screenings

Compensation/Benefit Information:

  • Salary Range: $120,000-$135,000 depending on relevant experience
  • The school offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package to benefits-eligible employees, which includes:
    • Employer-paid medical insurance for eligible employees (includes an employee paid buy-up plan option)
    • Employer-paid dental and vision insurance for eligible employees
    • Health Savings Account with employer contribution for eligible employees
    • Medical, dental and vision insurance for dependents of eligible employees (employee paid)
    • Flexible Spending Accounts (medical and dependent care) available to eligible employees (employee paid)
    • Employer-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance for eligible employees
    • Employer-paid Life Insurance for eligible employees
    • Optional Voluntary Life Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)
    • Optional Voluntary Accident Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)
    • Optional Voluntary Critical Illness Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)
    • Retirement Plan available to eligible employees. The Retirement Plan includes generous employer contributions that align with specific years of service.
    • Employee Assistance Program for eligible employees and their dependents
    • School lunch discounts
    • Free parking at Seattle, WA campus
    • Use of school fitness center
    • Paid Time Off (sick leave and personal days)
    • Professional Development opportunities


Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements at

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position doesn’t fit your talents, please visit our website,, for additional openings or email your resume to

All applications are appreciated and reviewed, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information.  In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.


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