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25 Jun 2020

Operations / Administration Director of Talent Acquisition

Kokua Education
 Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States

Job Description


Kokua’s mission is to empower students by matching schools with passionate guest educators who maximize substitute teaching time. By the end of high school, teacher absences result in an average of 1+ years of lost learning time, particularly in underserved communities. We solve this problem byplacing dedicated substitutes (or Guest Teachers) into classrooms across the United States. We believe that proximity is power, and that one role model can change a student’s life forever. We are a driven team looking to make a lasting impact for future generations. As the world adjusts to new ways of life, inspiring role models are as important as ever, and we’re looking for a new team member to drive this mission forward.

Kokua began in Chicago in 2011 and has since grown across the country. We w ere recognized by Forbes in 2016 as an up-and-coming organization making an impact in the field of education. We have exciting growth plans ahead, and this is where you come in.


Kokua’s Director of Talent Acquisition (DTA) is responsible for leading Guest Teacher recruitment and hiring for 150+ schools across Texas and Louisiana (1000+ Guest Teachers). The DTA is responsible for building and cultivating a pool of high-caliber Guest Teachers who schools love, and ensuring that we have the volume to fill 100% of teacher absences for our schools. You will lead, mentor, and develop a team of Talent Recruiters to achieve this mission.

The DTA has excellent management skills, synthesizes data to improve processes and results, and is a team player. You have 5+ years of experience in management and teacher hiring, and you understand how to convert prospective candidates into long-tenured teachers. Kokua Talent Team members are the gatekeepers of the organization, as they determine which teachers will ultimately lead classrooms of students. Therefore, the DTA is student-centered, personable, and relentless in achieving goals. You are thorough, diligent, and have the ability to assess personality and fit quickly. You are charismatic, energetic, and have the ability to easily establish rapport with teacher candidates from a variety of different backgrounds. Does this sound like you?


1. Source and Hire Top-Caliber Guest Teachers at Volume to fill 100% of Teacher Absences

Your main role is to recruit, interview, hire, and onboard top-cal iber Guest Teacher candidates. This requires ingenuity, efficiency, and the ability to stay focused on the end outcome despite many moving parts. The goal is for these teachers to be successful with our students, and our school leaders to be pleased with the quality and quantity of teachers available to them. You will invest candidates in the Kokua mission, our students, and the opportunity to forever impact young lives.

2. Lead, Develop, and Manage a Team of Talent Recruiters

You are responsible for the success of one of Kokua’s largest regions, and therefore, you are a seasoned leader who is mission-aligned, with excellent management and leadership skills. You’re able to invest a team in our larger purpose, and you are innovative and persistent in achieving your end outcomes. You are diligent and detail-focused to create the most efficient and effective teacher recruitment funnel. You have a deep passion for students and you’re able to convey the mindsets that set Kokua Guest Teachers apart.

3. Source Candidates

You will use various channels, both digital and non-digital, to hit your hiring goals. You understand recruitment channels and strategies, and you are creative and innovative in establishing partnerships. You are charismatic and compelling and have the ability to network and bring others into our mission.

4. Leverage Data to Regional Hiring Performance

You are able to analyze and synthesize data to refine systems and increase performance. You are able to build reports and graphs, interpret the data, and pivot real-time, if necessary. You rely on data to find opportunities for optimization and increased efficiency in our recruitment channels and candidate experience.

5. Ensure Alignment Across Teams and Functions

You are directly responsible for organizational success by working closely with our Regional and Operations Teams to ensure we are matching the right talent to the right classrooms. You are professional, solutions-oriented, and follow through on deadlines. You bring a positive energy to the team and inspire those around you through your work and dedication.


● At least one year of K – 12 classroom experience

● 5+ years in teacher recruitment

● 2+ years of management experience

● Bachelor’s or equivalent work experience

● Excel and/or Google sheets proficiency

Everything we do is driven by the belief that every child, given the proper learning environment, has a unique and powerful gift to share with the world. We believe that one role model can change a child’s life forever. If you’re looking for impact and an opportunity to develop within a rapidly growing organization, we encourage you to reach out.

If you are interested in the role, or have questions about it, please apply via LinkedIn. Or, reach out to Celeste at with “Director of Talent” in the subject line.

How to Apply

Please apply via LinkedIn:

Bureaus: -Other-. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.