Nov 22, 2019

Director of Recruitment

  • KIPP Columbus
  • Columbus, OH, USA
Full-time Other

Job Description

Director of Recruitment

KIPP Columbus, a growing network of free, open enrollment public charter schools in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking a committed, mission-driven leader with talent acquisition and team management experience to serve as the Director of Recruitment. 

The Opportunity

At KIPP Columbus, we recognize the critical importance of finding the best of the best to help us fulfill our mission of providing all KIPPsters with a transformational education.  To this end, we are deeply committed to implementing strong full-cycle recruitment strategies, processes, and systems. The Director of Recruitment has the unique opportunity to lead this work, overseeing the strategy and execution of our regional recruitment across our schools and directly managing and leading the recruitment team.

Responsibilities of KIPP Columbus’s Director of Recruitment include, but are not limited to, the following key priorities:

Talent Strategy

  • Establish and develop the talent strategy for the region that drives the organization’s priorities and goals; advancing a talent-focused culture across schools.
  • Define key metrics to measure impact of talent strategy and monitor strategy effectiveness.
  • Sequence talent priorities over the short and long term, developing and implementation plan for achieving talent goals and driving communication of strategy across the organization.
  • Promote diversity, equity, cultural competence, and inclusion as part of the talent strategy.
  • Oversee talent data collection, analysis, and action planning for the region that results in increased school performance.

Talent Outreach & Acquisition

  • Oversee all recruitment efforts, managing the recruitment team, and ensuring that 100% of positions are filled (by June 1) by a diverse candidate pool that is reflective of the organization’s values and goals.
  • Build close, effective relationships with KCO school leaders to assess talent needs across the region and ensure alignment of the recruitment process with program needs.
  • Provide coaching, development, and support to the recruitment team to meet ambitious goals.
  • Create a comprehensive outreach plan that will identifies and cultivates strong community partnerships and talent pipelines, including but not limited to, colleges and universities, alternative teacher preparation programs, and mission aligned non-profit organizations.
  • Develop innovative strategies for researching and cultivating identified pools of talent and individual prospects.
  • Directly lead all leadership and senior-level recruitment across the organization.
  • Build the KIPP Columbus brand and enhance visibility on social media and other platforms. that positions the organization as an employer of choice for top candidates.
  • Conduct talent reviews with school leadership and school support team leadership to identify talent needs and align an effective outreach strategy.
  • Develop and implement a strategic staff referral program leading to more warm outreach and increased candidate cultivation.
  • Create and revise selection materials and systems to ensure an efficient, engaging, and values-aligned process.
  • Conduct application reviews and phone interviews in a friendly, efficient, and rigorous manner.
  • Manage and develop any talent team members, ensuring that recruitment, outreach, selection, and onboarding processes are reflective of KIPP Columbus’ vision and values, resulting in top tier talent acquisition and retention.
  • Partner with and support the HR team and hiring managers to ensure a streamlined approach to the full talent cycle from outreach to onboarding. 
  • Ensure new hires are introduced to the organization’s values and culture, with strong onboarding, investment, and development leading to high retention rates across the schools.
  • Represent KIPP KCO in a professional and engaging manner at internal and external events.
  • Other duties as assigned. 



Director of Talent will possess the following qualities:

  • Deep belief in the mission of KIPP Columbus and a strong desire to work towards equity within education
  • Focus on results: able to clearly sell and articulate a vision, outline and detail a project plan, engage stakeholders, and execute against it
  • Ability to multi-task and work within an ambiguous, fast-moving, start-up environment, while driving toward clarity and solutions
  • Extreme flexibility, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate high levels of responsibility and multiple priorities
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes and go above and beyond to serve all students
  • Model positive and healthy character traits and habits, as well as the values of KIPP Columbus (Imagine, Navigate, Seek, Persevere, Integrity, Responsibility, and Empathy).


The following are required of all applicants:

  • Proven experience and success cultivating talent and creating a talent development program; individuals with experience in education, working with teachers and school leaders (preferred)
  • Demonstrated success leading strategic talent initiatives that result in measurable improved performance
  • Experience leading high-performing teams and managing staff
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong strategic planning and organization skills
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Columbus’ mission and values


KIPP Columbus offers a generous salary and a comprehensive benefit plan including medical and dental insurance, as well as group term life insurance, retirement plan and paid time off.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

KIPP Columbus is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school for consideration of any position (admission, employment, etc.). KIPP Columbus does not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 4112.02 of the Ohio Revised Code.

About KIPP Columbus

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. There are over 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 80,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are graduating at four times the national average for low-income students.

Founded in 2008 with 50 students in the 5th grade, KIPP Columbus now serves nearly 2000 students in grades K-12 at a new campus built on the grounds of a former golf course in Northeast Columbus. During the 2018-2019 school year, KIPP Columbus had the highest amount of academic growth of any urban school in Ohio and received an overall score of “B”on our State Report Card.

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