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People Business Partner Director

Guild Education

Denver, CO, US / San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: HR
  • Industry: Enterprise
  • Post Date: 01/11/2022
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  • Company Address: 999 18th Street, Suite 2240, Denver, CO, 80202

About Guild Education

Guild is at the forefront of the Future of Work, partnering with Fortune 1000 companies and non-profit universities to offer education benefits to their employees, with a focus on frontline workers. We partner with America’s largest companies including Walmart, Disney, Discover, Taco Bell and Chipotle.

Job Description

For other positions, some roles may be based outside of our Denver office (as stated in the Job Title). Roles based outside of our Denver office can sit in any of the following 26 states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI. Please only apply if you are able to live and work full-time in one of the states listed above. State locations and specifics are subject to change as our hiring requirements shift.

Roles for The Beehive are all onsite in Denver.  The Beehive is an Early Childhood Education Center for children of Guild Education Denver employees, located adjacent to our Denver offices.  

Guild is hiring a People Business Partner Director to serve as a trusted strategic partner to our business and functional leaders on all talent matters. 

In this role, you’ll develop strategic relationships across your Guild division, acting as a unifier, employee and company champion, and trusted advisor to leaders, managers, and employees. You’ll be a critical member of our growing People Operations Team and an ambassador of Guild’s mission and culture. 

As a People Business Partner Director, you will play four critical roles: 

Strategic Partner: Through leadership, courage and business acumen, build trust and credibility to influence both business and leadership decisions. Lead the business by connecting the business strategy with the people strategy.

Talent Maestro: Enhance organizational effectiveness by building, aligning, and integrating people solutions to drive business outcomes.

Culture Champion: Elevate employee experience and engagement to ensure an inclusive environment where all employees thrive.

HR Expert: Facilitate and execute effective HR support, solutions, and strategies

Within these roles, you will partner with Guild employees end-to-end on talent initiatives to increase engagement & business outcomes with solutions that we can deliver and that employees desperately want. More specifically, you will:

  • Design people oriented solutions to address business opportunities and challenges
  • Partner with leaders in order to improve employee engagement, optimize team performance, and increase organizational effectiveness. 
  • Counsel leaders on issues related to employee and manager development, talent acquisition, talent management, interpersonal and team dynamics, retention, and employee engagement
  • Solicit feedback and use data to identify, surface, and act on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness, culture, and morale of teams while balancing individual, team, and company interests. 
  • Influence and support the creation, communication, and rollout of people programs and policies within your division, ensuring programs and processes are equitable, effective, and scalable. 
  • Model Guild’s desired culture, values, and behaviors and work to build and sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. 
  • Coach and develop key talent
  • Lead and influence organizational change
  • Ensure staffing and succession of critical roles

You are a strong fit for this role if you have: 

Required Competencies

  • 7+ years in a senior HR or business partner role
  • Previous experience building effective business leader partnerships. Expertise at linking business strategy and optimal corporate function to effective people strategy. 
  • Problem-solver style, able to bring a consultative approach with exceptional knowledge of our often evolving solutions and capabilities
  • Relevant expertise with HR practices, policies, and laws, as well as org development principles, such as role definition, org design, and workforce planning. 
  • Able to confidently and credibly challenge and influence others’ thinking and behavior, regardless of level, function, or personality. 
  • Adept at diagnosing critical people issues and enabling leaders and managers to connect behaviors to outcomes and implement appropriate solutions 
  • Demonstrates control and adaptability in ambiguous environments; able to balance multiple, opposing priorities and projects. 
  • Excited to bring expertise, passion, flexibility, and patience to our growing team in a fast-paced, fun, mission-driven, highly-collaborative environment 
  • Passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and comfort discussing and advancing related topics with individuals and teams 

Preferred Competencies 

  • Experience working in or partnering with a GTM function
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Prior experience scaling an organization
  • Significant experience having led through change, including organizational restructuring and design
  • A strong analytical orientation. Seeks out relevant data and employs analysis to drive decision-making 
  • Judgment and maturity to balance individual, team, and company interests 
  • Strong program and project strategy, planning, and leadership skills, including the ability to collaborate with others on the People Team and beyond 


Guild is increasing economic mobility for working adults by partnering with the largest employers in the country to offer education as a benefit to their employees via our marketplace of nonprofit universities and education institutions. Guild’s proprietary technology platform facilitates the administration of this innovative benefit and our team of coaches helps each employee navigate the path back to school, providing individualized support from day one through program completion. 

Guild is a female-led, Certified B Corporation - and with a valuation of $3.8 billion is one of the highest-valued, privately held education companies in the world, and the only one led by a woman. Guild's investors include Ken Chenault, General Catalyst Partners, chairman and former CEO of American Express, Emerson, and Iconiq.

Guild Education is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let your recruiter know. We currently offer the following benefits: 

  • Access to low-cost, high-quality health care options through Cigna and Kaiser (due to coverage limitations, Kaiser is currently only available in CA & CO)
  • Access to a 401k to help save for the future
  • 3 weeks of vacation in the first year and an open vacation policy after year 1 to help recharge
  • 8 days of fully-paid sick leave, to take the time to heal and or recover 
  • Family-friendly benefits, including 14 weeks of parental leave, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability, employer-sponsored life insurance, and fertility care benefits.
  • Well-rounded wellness benefits including access to free and low cost mental health resources and support services
  • Education benefits and tuition assistance to help your future development and growth

Guild requires COVID-19 vaccines for all employees and guests attending Guild events or entering Guild offices. We will be using both Clear’s Digital Vaccine Card and state-sponsored vaccine passports to verify proof of vaccine. Accommodations or exceptions can be requested for medical or religious reasons. 

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