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Schuler Scholar Program

Human Resources Manager

Schuler Scholar Program - Lake Forest, IL

Are you an HR professional who can perform the day to day operations of HR and would like the opportunity to develop the HR department of a growing not-for-profit? Are you looking for an organization that is mission driven and makes a difference in the lives of high school students? If so, you might be the right person for us.

We are seeking an experienced HR professional interested in doing it all.  The focus of the work is day-to-day but experience in employee relations, policy analysis and implementation is highly regarded. The ideal HR candidate should be culture focused, team-oriented, analytic and able to provide consistent HR leadership and support for the Schuler Scholar Program.  Responsibilities of this position are specific to: payroll, Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), employee relations, on-boarding and off-boarding, training and development, benefits, compensation, and organizational development. The HR Generalist reports directly to the Executive Director and is a key member of the Schuler Leadership Team.  The successful candidate will directly impact our culture and employee experience.


  • Act as the face of HR while communicating and fostering organizational values

  • Process payroll, benefit enrollments, open enrollment, etc.

  • Maintain payroll, HRIS and other platforms for all required HR and payroll processes and transactions, including providing HR data and analysis

  • Develop and implement HR strategy in line with projected growth

  • Administer and innovate human resources programs and policies to support our mission and culture, and to positively engage the workforce

  • Manage all employee relations, including performance and grievance issues, across the organization

  • Develop and implement HR related policies, including staffing, staff training programs, employment policies, compliance, and communication channels to facilitate an efficient and conflict-free workplace

  • Lead employee onboarding, off-boarding, training and development

  • Analyze, recommend, and administer compensation and benefit plans,

  • Prepare human resources operating budgets

  • Create, coordinate and administer staff performance and development systems

  • Manage organization-wide employee HR communications

  • Advise leadership on all human resources issues with broad and current subject matter knowledge that includes expertise in federal and state employment laws

Candidate Skills

  • Strong emotional intelligence and experience with multi-cultural competency a must

  • Collaborative and team oriented

  • Aptitude in problem-solving and conflict management

  • Excellent communication skills to handle complex and difficult situations with thought and confidence

  • Collect and analyze HR data for regular updates to leadership

  • Skilled at soliciting input from people at all levels

  • Demonstrated ability to provide vision and leadership

  • In-depth knowledge and/or experience in building an HR practice and department

  • Previously drove HR strategy and built strong relationships across an organization

  • Ability to deliver appropriate information to the right people in a straightforward, sensible way

  • Well-organized, self-starter, multi-tasker


Bachelor’s degree required. Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) a plus.


Qualified applicants will have a minimum of five years of work experience in the human resource field.  

Start Date



Commensurate with experience

If interested, please submit resume to:

Amanda Marshall, Director of Recruiting by clicking "Apply Now".

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Schuler Scholar Program

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Location: Lake Forest, IL

Company Profile:
We are a private, non-profit foundation in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Schuler currently serves over 900 high school and college Scholars in partnership with 12 high schools located throughout the northern suburbs and the city of Chicago. Mission: The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. We hold our Scholars to a very high standard and Scholars are given ample individual support for the hard work throughout their high school years to help them succeed. The Schuler Scholar Program includes: -a rigorous academic foundation -leadership skills -improved cultural fluency -intensive and individualized support in selecting, applying, and gaining entrance to high caliber colleges -support in college through the transition of freshman year We culminate the program with successful integration into the working world, with access to internships, job fairs, and corporate partner network opportunities and a lifelong network of fellow Scholars and mentors.