Lead, Talent and Recruitment

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Mid Level

What You'll Do: 

The Lead, Talent and Recruitment manages the talent acquisition process, including the recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of qualified job applicants for roles on our team. The Lead works closely with the talent team and hiring managers to pinpoint hiring needs, build diverse, qualified pools, and hire top talent into roles where they will thrive, grow, and contribute to the work of our team, partners, and the students we serve.  

They will serve on the People and Culture Team, contributing to strategic planning, process improvements, operations, and team culture. This role reports to the Director of Talent and Recruitment.



Search Management  

  • Manage a portfolio of searches simultaneously, ranging in level and complexity across the organization overseeing all stages of the search process from role design to offer
  • Collaborate with hiring managers to identify key skills and competencies required for openings; writes and proofreads job descriptions 
  • Serve as the face of Instruction Partners with candidates, ensuring timely, warm, and professional communication to support an engaging and positive experience for applicants
  • Accurately assess candidates through behavioral-based interviewing and expeditiously advance high-quality candidates for the hiring manager’s review  
  • Build diverse candidate pipelines through active and passive recruitment methods 
  • Proactively leverage internal and external networks to build strong candidate pools while conducting prospect calls with potential candidates on an ongoing basis
  • Build relationships across the internal team and with external stakeholders in order to build diverse candidate pipelines

DEI-Centered Consultation  

  • Communicate effectively with hiring teams including candidate profiles calibration as aligned to role requirements, ensuring that each stage of the search process is equity-centered 
  • Identify, disrupt, and address potential unconscious bias at all stages of the search process with professional judgment, nuance, and generosity of spirit 
  • Facilitate search-related meetings, while engaging a diverse set of internal stakeholders and driving them toward specific outcomes    

Strategic and Analytical Thinking 

  • Analyze talent acquisition data and metrics to inform decisions about search strategy 
  • Maintain and continuously improve the systems and processes necessary to sustain a best-in-class talent acquisition function 
  • Support the broader People & Culture team with special projects as assigned.    

Candidate Qualifications and Traits:

  • 4-6 years of work experience with at least 2 years of talent recruitment experience 
  • Demonstrated success managing searches across varying seniority levels and functions; experience in a diversity of organizational contexts preferred  
  • Highly organized and effectively manages multiple projects while prioritizing effectively
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to learn quickly and take initiative in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment
  • Steward of an organization that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work - process, culture, learning, outcomes, and so forth     
  • A belief that people are at the core of 0ur work, and a premium is placed on service-orientation and how you contribute to positive and collaborative cultures and teams   
  • Great at receiving and giving respectful and productive feedback to candidates and colleagues and view this as essential to your success in search  
  • High standards for confidentiality 
  • Experience using HR/Talent data systems; proficiency or familiarity with Jazz ATS system
  • Analytical skills using excel to understand talent data and provide clear analysis
  • Experience teaching (some ELA or math content knowledge) and/ or working closely with K-12 schools is a plus
  • Ability to collect and analyze data to see trends in hiring
  • Excellent customer service skills --ability to build strong relationships internally and ability to inspire external candidates 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring

At Instruction Partners, we know that difference enhances, transforms and strengthens our ability to serve students and schools. We invite and celebrate diversity of all perspectives, and we are deeply committed to ensuring equitable access and voice throughout our organization. Instruction Partners is proudly an equal opportunity workplace, and we value the inclusion of persons who have experienced poverty and/or for whom English is not their first language, and every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ancestry, religion, national orientation, age, marital status or Veteran status. Join us, and let's work together to support great teaching and accelerate learning for every student.


The starting salary range for this role is $59,000 - 89,000, depending on experience and geographical location. Detailed information about the organizational compensation philosophy is available upon application. Competitive benefits and private retirement investment options are available, as well as a generous vacation policy.

Our Vision

All students experience an excellent education that prepares them to contribute to their community, achieve economic security, and pursue their dreams.

Our Mission

We work shoulder to shoulder with educators to support great teaching and accelerate student learning. We focus on small systems, both districts and charters, and we work to ensure equitable access to great instruction for students in poverty, students of color, students learning English, and students with disabilities.

Our Core Values

Live Big-Hearted

We care deeply about ourselves, each other, our work, our partners, and the students we serve. We value the differences each other brings to the table because we know diversity of voice, thought, and experience makes us better. We operate joyfully and without ego, collectively focused on the broader good.

Choose Optimism

We believe that, with the right support, every student can succeed. We have the courage to lean into challenges and believe in the possibility of overcoming obstacles while holding a high bar for ourselves, partners, educators, and students. As we advance antiracist actions, our path may not be smooth, but we will walk it anyway because we have faith that the journey will make our team and our education system better.

Advance Antiracism

We create and uphold space for all team members, partners, and students so they are seen, valued, and heard. We lift the voices and experiences of Black, Latinx, Native, and Asian people. We actively look for and confront patterns and systems that cause inequitable harm in order to create more equitable outcomes within our organization and with partners. We embrace diverse expressions of excellence that make our team more inclusive and effective.

Be Honest

We are open, authentic, and truthful with ourselves, teammates, and partners. Our trust in each other and our work gives us the courage to lean into difficult conversations, put forth new ideas, and give and receive feedback through the lens of equity of voice and experience. We understand the intense and gripping nature of our work, so we name our needs to ensure we are practicing self-care and love within our beloved community.

Get Practical

We believe support should be thoughtful by meeting people, schools, and systems where they are. We leverage the voices, strengths and stories of families, educators, partners and teammates to find answers, because we know there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to the challenges of our education system. We always look for ways to work smart, focus on the most relevant impact, and reduce friction to make it easier to take action while grounding our progress in equity.

Keep Learning

We know and love that we don’t yet have all the answers because we are nerds for learning, even when it’s hard or ambiguous. We actively pursue new knowledge, research, and evidence so that we can leverage the latest insights and best practices in our work, then we put that knowledge to work in partnership with our team, our partners, and the students and communities we serve. We respect the learning that springs from our own anti racist journeys, and vow to activate our knowledge in pursuit of equity and excellence.

How We Work

Instruction Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellent instruction for all students, with a focus on students in poverty, students with disabilities, students learning English, and students of color. We keep one foot in practicality and the other in evidence-based best practices because we believe that leveraging high-quality, grade-level content and providing just-in-time supports will accelerate learning for all students.

Instruction Partners spends time getting to know the needs of the educators, leaders, and systems it serves, allowing the team to custom-build service plans to support partner goals. Partnerships include on-the-ground support, and partnership team members serve as thought partners to the school systems they serve, a team educators can reach out to and feel supported by.

Instruction Partners provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Instruction Partners complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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