Talent Recruiter, Non-profit Development - Apply by Feb. 1 (Flexible Location)

The Role

As a Director of Talent Recruitment (DTR) you will help identify and hire curious, conscious leaders and change agents who will work toward Teach For America’s shared vision of ensuring educational opportunity for all children. In this effort, you will collaborate with the national Development team to design and execute efficient and strategic hiring campaigns that bring the right people to the right seats at the right time!

Are you excited about this work yet?

As a DTR, your work will fall into two main categories:

  • As a full-cycle recruiter, you will partner with client teams to hire highly qualified and diverse individuals for open roles within the organization. You will understand the profile of the role to develop and execute on a comprehensive search plan, including sourcing prospects, reviewing candidate applications, conducting initial interviews, and coaching hiring managers to implement efficient, effective, and inclusive hiring processes.
  • As a strategic talent advisor to hiring teams, you will advise teams on long-term talent strategy including talent planning, networking, diverse bench and pipeline building, culturally competent hiring, and trends in the external market. As a steward of candidates for open and future roles, you will cultivate relationships with staff prospects to help them find the right position. You will ensure that candidates experience a fair and inclusive interview process and receive communication in a timely fashion.

The DTR in this role will partner primarily with our national Development team, and will support other Teach For America national teams as necessary.

The Team

Teach For America is a great place to work and much of that is due to the great people who work here. Our team gets to recruit and hire talented, diverse staff members and foster an organizational culture of leadership, innovation, respect, and teamwork. We ensure processes such as benefits and payroll run smoothly, and create ample opportunities for staff professional development.


Primary Responsibilities

These percentages are reflective of a typical DTR role, but fluctuate based upon strengths and experiences of the DTR as well as the unique hiring needs of the client.

Recruit a highly-qualified and diverse pipeline of talent for TFA’s current and future positions (70%)

  • Create strong sourcing plans designed to attract top-notch, diverse and mission-aligned talent, including but not limited to
  • Source for candidates using our client relationship management applicant tracking systems (Salesforce), LinkedIn Recruiter, social media, etc
  • Generate referrals via search firm agencies,
  • Plan cultivation events in partnership with vested stakeholders to build awareness of and interest in working on our staff (panels, info sessions, workshops, etc.)
  • Build a deep understanding of position profiles and leverage that understanding to identify top talent across roles
  • Design recruitment and hiring plans that secure talent for immediate openings and long-term pipelines
  • Project-manage hiring processes, ensuring a positive candidate experience
  • Manage matriculation efforts to maximize acceptance of offers

Understand and respond strategically to client team hiring needs (30%)

  • Build strong, trusting partnerships with hiring managers and team leaders by sharing progress to goal and holding them accountable for diversity and quality of hire
  • Provide strategic hiring consultation to hiring managers and team leaders
  • Support your regions in crafting strong job descriptions (akin to this one!) and design an efficient and thoughtful interview process (interview scripts, activities, etc)


Prior experience

  • 3+ years of Teach For America staff experience and/or 3+ years of recruitment experience required
  • Prior experience working in development or recruiting for development professionals at all levels strongly preferred

Work Demands

  • Travel 3-6 times per year, required (with the potential for more throughout the fall)
  • Attendance at some weekend and evening events may be necessary during peak season


This job may be you if:

  • You are a relationship-building powerhouse!
  • You build rapport quickly, get your energy from seeking to understand the perspectives of your partners and prospects and leverage those insights to connect them to people and experiences aligned with their interests and needs;
  • You communicate clearly;
  • You are comfortable working across lines of difference and layers and are excited about the opportunity building the positive relationships necessary to get work done.
  • You understand the inner workings of a non-profit development function and the industry in general, either from doing the work yourself or from recruiting in this space
  • You are an exceptional project manager and excel at adapting existing systems and/or creating new ones.
  • You are a curious problem solver. You are comfortable and nimble in backwards planning, assessing progress and course correcting as the road map changes.
  • You are hungry to learn and grow. You’re excited by the opportunity to navigate a new recruitment space, and changing hiring landscapes. You seek strategic opportunities for your own professional development and encourage others to do the same. You are especially excited to become an expert in networking and sourcing strategies.
  • You exemplify our core values, especially Leadership, Team and Diversity. You know better work is done when informed by a range of perspectives, take personal responsibility for your work, and are solutions-oriented.
  • You are motivated to provide great customer service – to prospects, applicants, and hiring managers.
  • You have set and reached ambitious goals in your current role.
  • You have exceptional judgment and integrity in your work with all of your current stakeholders.
  • You are an innovator who anticipates and seizes opportunities to refine strategies and processes.

Apply Now

Please submit a resume and cover letter by October 21 by following the link at the bottom of this page.

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/employee-benefits.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff: www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/life-at-tfa/workforce-diversity-and-inclusiveness.

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This job description reflects Teach For America’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

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