Urban Teachers is seeking a thoughtful, innovative and experienced leader to fill the role of Executive Director of Recruitment and lead the organization's growth strategy to attract top talent for Urban Teachers four-year teacher residency program across rapidly growing markets around the country. This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer, and is an ideal opportunity for a creative strategist who is deeply passionate about Urban Teachers' mission, vision and work. This individual will have the drive and discipline to lead the national recruitment team to develop, test and implement bold and innovative strategies and tactics to advance and grow the organization's residency program while elevating the brand nationally.
The mission of Urban Teachers is to prepare highly effective teachers who significantly accelerate student achievement and remain teaching in the nation's highest-need schools. Urban Teachers accomplishes this by recruiting outstanding candidates, equipping them with state-of-the-art training, and linking their certification to their demonstration of effective teaching practices and skills. Founded in 2009, Urban Teachers is on the cutting edge of urban school reform by virtue of its link between teacher effectiveness and certification eligibility. The organization's residents and teachers provide the necessary proof points to make a national case for educator effectiveness and accountability.
The Executive Director of Recruitment will be responsible for developing and implementing a data driven National and Regional recruitment strategy with the goal of bringing in high caliber participants to participate in Urban Teachers' four-year teacher residency program, offered in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. The Executive Director oversees the development, execution, and monitoring of the organization's overall recruitment strategy, including developing and instituting evaluative and metrics-based reporting tools. This leader will oversee hiring, training, professionally developing and supervising a growing and nationally dispersed recruitment team. With high success in multiple regions in the U.S., Urban Teachers currently operates in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Dallas/Ft. Worth, with planned expansion across other major cities across the country. As s/he will oversee individuals in each region, perspective on the national landscape and the ability to understand and build strong relationships will be key to success in this role.
The Executive Director of Recruitment will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Marketing, the Executive Directors of each of Urban Teachers' local offices, and the Director of Admissions and Selection to ensure that annual participant recruitment targets are met. This leader will be responsible for outreach and recruitment, and inform the development of marketing and communication strategies as Urban Teachers' recruitment ambassador to prospects, students and partner organizations. As a part of this leader's oversight, s/he will support the work of the Director of Selection and team to ensure that accepted students are cultivated throughout the admissions and selection process and that they excel upon matriculation.
The role is responsible for developing a data driven training and accountability plan for the recruitment team that will include critical metrics, reports, dashboards, and a clearly articulated overall strategy. The Executive Director will develop lead sources while also building and implementing an effective strategy for the overall recruitment cycle from lead to enrolled participant while also ensuring that priority is put on participants that succeed and graduate from Urban Teachers 4-year teacher prep program.
The Executive Director is also responsible for developing and managing the annual participant recruitment budget and forecasting program enrollment estimates throughout the recruitment year. The successful candidate will have experience managing a team with clear targets and have tools at his/her disposal to creatively lead, motivate, and monitor a team of passionate, smart, and dedicated high performers.
Oversee and manage a geographically dispersed recruitment team of 7 recruitment and selection specialists with additional recruitment support of 3 additional Resident Experience Coordinators based in each of our three sites.
Significantly increase Urban Teachers' brand recognition and profile through collaborative planning, and coordinated, targeting marketing and outreach.
Partner with outside nonprofits and feeder organizations, including AmeriCorps programs and Teach For America.
Work with other departments across the organization to ensure that recruitment practice is aligned with mission of the organization and rigors of the Urban Teachers residency program.
Foster an industrious, resourceful, problem-solving culture across the team while ensuring that each individual is executing and being held accountable.
Conduct annual performance reviews for direct reports.
Successful candidates will have some combination of admissions, enrollment, human resources, graduate recruitment or other sales-related experience, and candidates with a background in for-profit, higher education and related spaces are encouraged to apply. An understanding of online and event based recruitment management best practices is preferred; and a Bachelor's degree is required with a Master's degree in a related field preferred.
Urban Teachers has exclusively retained Koya Leadership Partners for this search. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials through Koya's online link here, or e-mail Michelle and Medelene at the following:
Urban Teachers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other programs.