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2 Jul 2018

School Network Staff Talent Acquisition Director

DSST Public Schools
 Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a Talent Acquisition Director to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools’ mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.

Overview of Position:

DSST seeks to be the premiere employer for top educators in the State of Colorado.  DSST commits to serving our students and families with sustained excellence–and as a result, we seek to attract top talent who are fully dedicated to building high performing teams throughout the organization. This role is the leader of our talent work across DSST: 14 schools and the Home Office. This role serves on our Senior Leadership Team at a Director level to help develop the strategic direction of the organization in terms of finding, cultivating, and hiring the top talent for our students as we continue to grow as a network.

Essential Functions

Talent Acquisition (30%)

Vision and Strategy Setting

  • Set vision and strategy  for all Home Office Hiring.
  • Set vision and strategy for all Leadership Hiring.
  • Support vision and strategy for School Based Hiring.
  • Support vision and strategy for Substitute Teacher Hiring.
  • Support vision and strategy for Talent Acquisition systems.
  • Manage forecasting and needs based hiring systems.
  • Manage FTE Model clarity in partnership with People Operations Team.
  • Manage and monitor alignment with finance systems.
  • Manage Temporary Hiring needs and Search Firm relationships.
  • Lead team through systems change and innovation for hiring systems.

Strategy Implementation and Execution

  • Serve as strategic hiring partner for 5 schools. (This is aligned to other models of business partners)
  • Responsible for meeting hiring targets for portfolio of schools.
  • Responsible for meeting hiring targets for Leadership roles.
  • Responsible for meeting hiring targets for Talent Acquisition Team.
  • Serve as strategic hiring  partner for Home Office Departments hiring.
  • Conduct and/or support interview process (as needed and determined by Home Office Department hiring manager) for Home Office roles.
  • Responsible for meeting hiring targets for Home Office roles.
  • Own creation, maintenance, and accuracy of Hiring Systems for Home Office roles.
  • Execute Leadership Hiring Days.
  • Execute Home Office Hiring Days.


Recruitment/Matriculation (30%)

Vision and Strategy Setting

  • Support vision and strategy for overall Recruitment for School Based and Home Office roles.
  • Research and innovate best practices for Recruitment.

Strategy Implementation and Execution

  • Execute overall Recruitment Vision and Strategy with Talent Recruitment Team.
  • Execute overall Candidate Cultivation strategy with Talent Recruitment Team.
  • Support Recruitment Referral Campaign.
  • Support Matriculation Vision and Strategy with Talent Recruitment Team and People Operations.


Team Support  and Innovation (40%)

Vision and Strategy Setting

  • Coach, manage, and develop team of 5 on both the Talent Recruitment and Acquisition team to meet annual targets and grow in leadership and work.

Strategy Implementation and Execution

  • Work with Director and Senior Level Teams to:
    • Lead research of best practices, development, and innovation for systems and strategy for:
      • Recruitment strategy and systems
      • Hiring strategy and systems
  • Work in partnership and team with Human Capital Department to achieve overall department goals.
  • Work in partnership and team with Human Capital Department to create High Performing Teams

Additional Duties:

As a member of the Home Office Team, you will participate in and support in the execution of:

-Home Office Events

-Network Wide Events



Mission Aligned

— You believe that if everyone is actively committed to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to the DSST mission and values, all students and staff will achieve at high levels.

Growth Mindset

— You believe that by fostering your own growth mindsets then students and fellow staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.

Results Driven

— You believe that by strategically developing systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.

Desires Collaboration

— You believe that fostering healthy teams, students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals.

Job Requirements:  DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.

-5+ years of experience in Talent Recruitment/Talent Acquisition.

-5+ years in management of teams.

-Experience in K-12 education preferred.

-Experience in K-12 high performing charter management organization preferred

-Bachelor’s Degree required from accredited university



Reports toChief of Staff

Compensation and Benefits:  DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.

We strive to provide choice in benefits options, and empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized, personal needs. This includes but is not limited to:

-2 Medical Options through Kaiser

-2 Dental Options through Principal

-401K Plan through Mass Mutual that includes a 5% gift annually

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

DSST Public Schools Overview:

DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools.  All DSST schools are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. Our schools focus on building communities where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and also why we focus on character development. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life.


The student population across the DSST network is 83 percent students of color and 69 percent free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,300 students at thirteen schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open nine additional schools and four campuses by 2022. In 2018-2019, DSST will be opening DSST: Middle School @ Noel Campus. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.


DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combine deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it. The six DSST core values are:


Respect – Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude – treating people appropriately with common courtesy.

Responsibility – Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.

Integrity – Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions – doing as you say and saying as you do.

Courage – Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.

Curiosity – Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.

Doing Your Best – Putting your best effort into everything you do.


DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.

How to Apply

To apply, complete application found here.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff.

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