14 Sep 2020

School Network Staff Director of Talent

Amber Charter Schools
 Bronx County, New York, United States

Job Description

The Amber Charter Schools network is currently undergoing an expansion process that aims to enrich the lives of both students and the community at-large. In order to realize this goal, the organization must have a robust Shared Support Team [SST] to ensure a strong focus on sustainable and scalable programming, resources and tools that meet the needs of students, parents and community stakeholders, and partnerships that are closely linked to strong student outcomes. The Director of Talent will hold a critical leadership position on the network’s strategy team, and will contribute the development, implementation and refinement of best practices in talent strategy.

Director of Talent

Duties & Responsibilities:

Overarching Talent Strategy 

  • Develop and implement a phased, multi-year talent strategy, reflecting what the organization needs to accomplish to successfully scale in the coming 3-5 years.
  • Establish streamlined information systems in order to define and analyze the data needed to drive and refine talent strategy, track and evaluate the effectiveness of talent management practices and guide leaders to make evidence-based decisions.
  • Build organizational capacity to hire, retain, develop and advance outstanding talent and to ensure an inclusive, engaging and high-performing organization where people thrive.
  • Contribute to the seamless integration and implementation of both in person and virtual talent practices.
  • Cultivate ACS as an authentically diverse, equitable and inclusive organization, by helping to embed DEI-related learning and exploration, policies and practices across the network. Integrating inclusive hiring practices to advance the equity goals of the organization.
  • Closely coordinate with the Finance and Administration team to ensure alignment and compliance with all human resource functions.

Staff Recruitment and Hiring 

  • Actively promote the organization as a great place to work, building our “employer brand” with potential hires.
  • Refine and manage the processes to source, attract and select top talent, including teachers, school staff and leadership, and network staff.
  • Increase the success rate of new hires and decrease the time and energy required of other team members by:
    • Refining efficient systems to manage internal hiring processes.
    • Developing systems to more deeply assess likely performance and culture fit for prospective new hires, ensuring that “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” are effectively assessed in hiring processes.
    • Building and managing diverse pools of outstanding candidates for current and future potential positions.
    • Enhancing orientation and new staff onboarding practices to increase the likelihood of a smooth, strong start.

Talent and Organizational Culture Development 

  • Oversee initiatives and activities to promote desired organizational culture, learning, job satisfaction and retention, including robust internal communications and experiences that reinforce our core values and foster cohesiveness.
  • In collaboration with senior leaders and directors:
    • Develop and implement career pathways/leadership pipeline strategies.
    • Identify growth and stretch opportunities for staff beyond their immediate scopes of work.
    • Advance how ACS develops and supports all directors and managers to become highly skilled coaches, effective supervisors and “talent champions.”

The Director of Talent may also assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Strategy Officer.

Reports to the Chief Strategy Officer.


We are seeking candidates with the following experience, competencies and assets:


  • Minimum of 5 years experience in talent strategy development and implementation, preferably in an urban charter school network or another mission-driven, impactful non-profit organization.
  • Experience building, implementing and refining effective systems for hiring, onboarding, supporting and developing staff, ensuring high engagement and retention of top performers and fair and equitable performance management and promotion systems.
  • A track record of helping leaders find (and choose) the best talent. You have built a track record in previous organizations for being a great assessor of potential hires, having diverse networks that help you recruit the best people, and serving as a trusted advisor to ensure decisions are sound, rooted in data, and that bias is mitigated whenever possible.
  • Staff professional development, consulting and coaching experience.
  • Familiarity utilizing, managing and leveraging a talent management (e.g. Greenhouse) and survey platforms.
  • Strong command of all Microsoft Office and Google drive programs.


  • Excellent systems-thinking, including great capacity to envision, plan, and implement new systems and practices that better support school and network talent recruitment, support and development.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple obligations and initiatives, strong attention to detail and excellent time management.
  • A deep understanding of how to influence, motivate and lead people, with or without formal authority.
  • A developed race and equity lens that guides your work, leadership and efforts to help others build their capacity to consider the disparate impact of their actions or organizational practices across lines of race, gender, ability or other difference.


  • A people-whisperer: models and applies a deep understanding of the importance of framing, messaging, emotionally-intelligent practices.
  • Capacity to develop strong relationships based on trust, respect, effective communication, and common goals.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with a commitment to preserving a bold, can-do culture that sustains the organization’s core values.
  • Commitment to leveraging the existing strengths and supporting the continuous evolution of our communities, students, families and staff members.
  • Alignment to the Amber Charter Schools mission and core values.
  • Master’s degree required.
  • Spanish-speaking strongly preferred.

How to Apply

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Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

Job expires in 25 days.