Director, Talent and Recruitment

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Manager/Supervisor

What You'll Do: 

The Director of Talent and Recruitment is responsible for developing and overseeing the recruitment and hiring for all roles at Instruction Partners.  The Director will lead their team to plan for and execute all efforts to recruit and hire a diverse staff of top talent.  The Director will maintain and improve systems and strategies to recruit a diverse slate of candidates for open roles and conduct inclusive and equitable hiring processes.  This role leads and develops a team of two recruiters. They will build relationships and maintain strong communication with the organization’s senior leadership team and hiring managers.

The Director will serve on the People, Culture, and Equity Team, contributing to strategic planning, process improvements, operations, and culture across the entire organization. This role reports to the Chief People, Culture, and Equity Officer.


  • Design and execute, in collaboration with senior leadership, the organization’s talent strategy particularly as it relates to current and future talent needs, recruiting, retention, and succession planning.
  • Develop and manage the team toward clear and ambitious talent goals 
  • Create and regularly re-evaluate hiring guidelines and practices  
  • Create and investigate innovative questions for predicting successful performance and organizational fit for key roles across the organization.
  • Ensure the way assessments are built, delivered, and maintained aligns with our core values and mirrors both current and future business demands.
  • Create and execute a strong recruitment strategy to effectively achieve aggressive hiring goals through accurate forecasting and strong leadership.
  • Using data to identify trends and inform decision making, manage the selection of and ongoing management of outreach strategies and communication
  • Partner with hiring managers to lead the development and improvement of selection systems and processes that ensure a dynamic and efficient candidate experience from application to offer
  • Ensure there is reliable data to evaluate workstreams and proactively work across teams to increase hiring effectiveness and resolve issues; communicate data synthesis effectively both in writing and through visualization to communicate results and recommendations
  • Manage market competitiveness assessments and recommend compensation strategies that invest in current staff, attract new talent and retain strong team
  • Provide direct support and thought leadership for talent recruitment special project(s) and strategic planning
  • Act as a subject matter expert in talent trends, technologies, best practices, and regional talent availability; research and keep up to date on current recruiting trends and recommend recruiting strategies and activities to attract top talent
  • Manage a team of full-time recruiters, maintaining high expectations and development that enables the growth and success of all direct reports
  • Support the career development plans for their team and demonstrate commitment to the success and growth of the team.
  • Serve on the People and Culture Team, developing and implementing team-wide initiatives that cultivate a caring and inclusive team culture and improve the team and org-wide work quality and efficiency
  • Support the broader People & Culture team with special projects as assigned 

Candidate Qualifications and Traits:

  • 5 years of work experience consisting of at least 3 years of talent recruitment and 2 or more years in a supervisory role
  • Possess strong knowledge of talent acquisition processes and systems and overall talent management practices
  • Strategic, cross-functional thinker with a strong bias for action and implementation 
  • Ability to learn quickly and take initiative in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-through
  • Outstanding problem-solving and critical thinking skills and ability to use data to drive decision-making
  • Excellent people leadership skills; able to provide timely and actionable feedback to inspire and move direct reports to action
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor individuals and teams with a high level of emotional intelligence 
  • Outstanding follow through and attention to detail
  • Ability to develop systems that achieve efficiency and scalability; can lead large scale workstreams
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft office suite applications and data analytics tools to develop insights and improve operations.
  • Experience using HR/Talent data systems; proficiency or familiarity with ExtensisHR and/or PerformYard is a plus

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 $83,900 - 117,000, 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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