KC Scholars

KC Scholars

Sr. Director of Talent



Reports to: Chief Talent Officer

Location: Kansas City, MO

In office with the ability to work remotely one day a week with previous approval (technology provided)

Status: Exempt, Full-time

Salary: Annual salary based on experience

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, Life Insurance, PTO, Holidays, leave program, 401k including employer contribution, and others

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST


Key Performance Indicators:

    • 85% staff retention. 
    • 90% of A rated players retained. 
    • Every position is filled with a high-quality leader within 90 days. 
    • 90% of team members achieve their annual goals. 
    • 90% of team members indicate KC Scholars is a great place to serve. 



The Sr Director of Talent will report to the Chief Talent Officer and play a key role at KC Scholars. The Sr. Director of Talent will be responsible for developing and managing HR processes focused on onboarding, compensation, performance management, talent management, leadership development, and compliance, within business operating goals. 


Primary responsibilities include:

    • Collaborate with the senior leadership in setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy and hiring needs. 
    • Support and implement employee engagement and retention plans by understanding the drivers of employee engagement, making informed recommendations and decisions, and acting based on what matters most to employees.  
    • Manage the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; performance and talent management; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; productivity, recognition, and appreciation; occupational health and safety; and training and development. 
    • Manages the talent acquisition process, which may include recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of job applicants; collaborates with functional area leaders to understand skills and competencies required for openings.
    • Manages employee relations functions including support and counseling regarding personnel and job-related conflicts, problem solving and dispute resolution; ensuring administration of organization policies are fair and consistent. 
    • Provide collaborative leadership, facilitation, and implementation of key initiatives to advance the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). 
    • Manage the administration of leave of absence programs including Short-term Disability, Disability, and Worker’s Compensation. 
    • Conducts research and analysis of organizational trends comparing it to the industry.  
    • Work with department leads to provide opportunities for rising talent within the organization. 
    • Assists in the development of a culture for leadership and staff where open and respectful communication can thrive and where parties are empowered to seek solutions that are mutually acceptable and actionable. 
    • Collect and compile HR metrics and data, collect management and employee surveys, exit interviews, employment records, government labor statistics, competitor’s practices, and other sources. 
    • Ensure the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommend best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance. 
    • Generate adequate reporting and metrics.  
    • Manage and improve processes and procedures through automation. 
    • Developing and implementing ongoing professional development training 
    • Perform other duties as required.  




    • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Communications or related field required.
    • Master’s degree preferred.
    • SPHR and/or SHRM-SCP highly preferred. 


Work Experience:

    • Minimum 10 years of leadership and management experience. 
    • Minimum of 10 years of Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits and Organizational Development experience.  
    • Minimum of 5 years leading a team of three or more HR staff members.
    • Solid understanding of staff management, industry specifics and business strategies. 
    • In-depth understanding of risk management, compliance, and regulatory requirements.
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task, and experience building systems designed to efficiently scale. 
    • Experience working in a fast-paced, goal-oriented, start-up environment.  
    • Demonstrates resilience and adaptability in changing circumstances and ambiguity, maintains constant professional presence and materially contributes to changing leadership. 


Additional Knowledge, skills, and competencies:

    • Passion for the mission. 
    • Excellent leadership and problem-solving skills.  
    • Results driven and process focused.  
    • Quick learner with the ability to develop a solid understanding of the content, processes, deliverables, and overall objectives.  
    • Personal value system that includes the highest standards of honesty, confidentiality, integrity, loyalty, and professional ethics reflective of the ability to succeed in building and maintaining positive relationships with the community. 
    • Excellent managerial, analytical, critical-thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills. 
    • Extremely detail oriented and organized. 
    • Excellent communications skills (written, verbal, research skills, presentation skills, facilitation skills). 
    • An ability to set and use goals and data to guide action and objectively measure performance and program effectiveness. 


Physical requirements:

    • Ability to lift up to 15 lbs.
    • Ability to work in an office and remote environment.
    • Ability to travel from and to work and occasionally to regional sites as the organization grows.
    • Ability to interact with others via technology, face-to-face and collectively.


To apply, please follow this link, and be prepared to upload your resume.

KC Scholars firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state, or local law.