Operations Director of Talent Development
Job Title: Director of Talent Development
Reports to: VP of School Services
Organization: The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 15 staff members, a statewide membership of 250 schools with over 115,000 students, a distinguished 24-year history, a prominent 13 member board of directors, and a strong fiscal position. The League’s mission is to improve student achievement by supporting Colorado’s charter public schools, positively reshaping the public school landscape, and advancing opportunities for innovation and expanded high-quality public school choice. The League’s vision is for all Colorado students to have access to high-quality, publicly-funded school options. The League’s expectation is that all employees of the organization will champion its mission and vision with passion and dedication.
Position Summary: Charter public schools in Colorado are only as strong as their capacity to attract, develop, retain and support exemplary educators who can serve an increasingly heterogeneous cross-section of learners and families in urban, suburban and rural communities statewide. Right now, the prevailing talent recruitment channels and HR practices in PreK-12 education are under-developed. The League is seeking a Director of Talent Development to spearhead the development of a new business unit that relentlessly advances the quality of public education in Colorado by: (a) helping member schools implement highly effective human resource practices; (b) recruiting teacher and leadership talent into the charter sector statewide, particularly educators of color; and (c) assisting member schools with leadership succession and sustainability including the board and management.
Essential Job Duties:
- Support our member schools in designing and implementing excellent HR practices that cultivate high levels of recruitment, performance, productivity, satisfaction, morale and retention among all employees.
- Find effective ways to directly advise, coach, inform and equip a growing membership of schools at different stages of development so that they can implement effective talent development and HR practices.
- Work closely with other members of the League team – such as the Director of Research & Evaluation, Director of Academic Services, and Director of New School Development – to take a strategic, multi-faceted approach to developing the talent pool for charter schools, including elevating the visibility of opportunities, highlighting professional shortages and needs, reaching out to aligned individuals and organizations, and advancing collaborative efforts.
- Engage partner organizations and leaders in designing and advancing collaborative initiatives that yield a decisive, measurable impact on the accessibility, breadth, diversity and specialization of the statewide talent pool available to public charter schools.
- Spearhead outreach to colleges and universities in Colorado and surrounding states to attract undergraduate and graduate students to opportunities in the Colorado charter sector, including engaging institutional leaders, educational programs, professors and student interest groups.
- Organize and attend career fairs, state and regional conferences, and other events in cooperation with member schools and/or as a League representative.
- Develop and execute against annual and multi-year goals that directly impact opportunities, needs and gaps in charter school talent development and HR practices.
Skills and Qualifications:
Candidates should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented, collaborative, service environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, they should have demonstrated the following:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
- Minimum of 2 years of experience in recruiting required, but in general, at least 5 years’ experience in recruiting plus 2 or more years’ experience in HR Generalist role preferred
- Deep knowledge of professional networks and associations, current trends, recommended practices, and evolving theories in recruitment, talent development and human resources in fields with immediate applicability to K-12 education such as health care and higher education. The right candidate does not need to have deep experience in charter schools but must have the aptitudes necessary to readily navigate the learning curve and apply his or her experience base to charter opportunities, needs and realities.
- Demonstrated experience, capacity and commitment to attract a diverse talent pool with experience recruiting candidates of color within and across a variety of settings.
- Excellent communication and facilitation skills in individual, small group and large group settings (written, presentation, verbal, interpersonal). Effective ambassador for the League with strong personal character and diplomacy skills.
- Comfortable working in close collaboration, coordination and ongoing communication with other members of the team and providing support to staff at various levels.
- Comfortable balancing a demanding set of roles, relationships and work-streams with the purpose of influencing the advancement of a large and growing market segment.
- Diligent, well-organized, timely. Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail. Takes pride in following through to completion.
- Knowledgeable about and proficient in the setup and ongoing use of electronic systems for recruiting, selecting and support talent.
- Ability to take initiative and high levels of ownership for outcomes, and exercise sound judgment in day-to-day decision-making; entrepreneurial desire and demonstration of self-starting capacity
- Ability to develop results-oriented strategic plans and to roll up your sleeves to do whatever it takes to effectively implement those plans
- Knowledge of and belief in the essential role of charter schools as a means for improved educational options for students and a lever for broader educational change in Colorado
- Driver’s license and access to a vehicle
- We recognize that we are seeking a candidate with unique qualifications to fill this position. The position will be paid competitively including a full-time salary, the opportunity to earn a significant performance bonus, generous paid time off, and attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits.
- The position will collaborate closely with other members of the League team and develop the capacity of all team members to disseminate effective HR and talent development practices through close teaming, ongoing communication, and shared learning and decision-making.
- The position will require some scheduling flexibility to support outreach to colleges and universities, relationship building with member schools, and otherwise advance the development of talent recruitment channels and professional networks.
- The ideal fit is a seasoned leader with strong recruitment experience who wants to have a major social impact at this phase in his/her career and, thus, is motivated to advance an ambitious annual agenda and execute against measurable performance goals with substantial professional ownership and initiative.
How to ApplyHow to Apply: Please send the following to Teresa Tate, VP of School Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line that reads: Director of Talent Development. Please include:
- Cover letter answering the following questions:
- What is it about our mission and vision that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
- What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
- Where did you learn about this opportunity?
- Resume with a complete listing of all employment positions held and education credentials/degrees/accomplishments conferred to date including GPA.
- List of five references with phone numbers and emails (will only contact after notifying you).
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