Sep 16, 2019

Director of Talent Acquisition - Oakland (National)

  • College Track
  • Oakland, CA, USA
Full-time Human Resources

Job Description

About College Track

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that prevent low-income and first-generation students from earning their college degree. In 1997, we started with 25 students in East Palo Alto, and today, we have ten centers located in underserved communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area with more than 3,000 students on the path to upward social mobility.

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Our Impact

College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students. Five years out of college, our graduates are employed full-time, and over 85% report earnings greater than their parents. By helping our students maximize the value of their four-year college degree, which includes minimizing student loan debt, securing internships, and limiting the need to work while in college--we prepare them to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Our Values

At College Track, our values drive the way we do our work, and we look for individuals who share our passion. We blend an entrepreneurial spirit with our nonprofit roots, cultivating a dynamic culture where everyone's contributions are valued and encouraged.

  •       COMMITMENT: We have an unwavering belief in our students.
  •       PASSION: We are dedicated to changing our nation’s college completion story.
  •       JOY: We create environments rich with smiles and laughter.
  •       AUTHENTICITY: We believe relationships matter.
  •       EXCELLENCE: Our students deserve nothing but the best.

Position Overview

We are seeking an energetic, hands-on, passionate, metrics-driven Director of Talent Acquisition responsible for managing our recruiting Operations.,  The Director of Talent Acquisition will develop, build, and own operational and program excellence for our recruiting team. The right person for this role will be a problem solver who knows the value of impactful data in building thoughtful metrics, programs, and strategy that is scalable, efficient, accurate and engaging.

The Director of Talent Acquisition will manage a team and reports directly to the Vice President of People.

Primary Responsibilities:


Talent Acquisition Expertise  

  • Develops and operationalizes new and/or improved methodologies for sourcing, assessing, and selecting the best talent.
  • Provides deep recruiting knowledge and understanding to develop plans to attract top talent with required skill sets.
  • Understand key metrics designed to measure and predict staffing activities and build effective strategies to meet goals.
  • Lead, coach and manage a small team of recruiters. Assign requisitions to recruiters and ensure requisition load is balanced across team members.
  • Partner with DEI programs for talent. Partner with Organizational/Talent Development on retention processes for critical and high risk positions. Partner with Employee Experience on the workforce planning (i.e. functional strategy/talent needs).

Operations and Delivery

  • Maintain a requisition load 7-10 key positions.
  • Partner with Employee Experience and Hiring Managers to determine workforce needs- current and future openings and job specific criteria.
  • Partner with functional leaders to facilitate full-cycle recruiting efforts for critical roles, including identifying capability and knowledge requirements, sourcing a diverse slate of candidates, establishing valid candidate assessment processes and facilitating the offer process.
  • Manage and inspire a talent acquisition team to deliver outstanding results while effectively communicating the critical dimensions of the staffing strategy, updating the staffing status and ensuring tight alignment with the hiring managers and business unit plans.
  • Implement creative solutions to improve hiring processes and hire key talent quickly and efficiently leveraging feedback from candidates, hiring managers and recruiters.
  • Create and implement training resources to support hiring manager role expectations and development to ultimately help drive talent acquisition goals.
  • Responsible for integrity and upkeep of recruiting systems and processes while supporting new tools and efficiency opportunities such as building out/integrating new ATS .
  • Responsible for the data integrity of ATS and establish key performance metrics for TA function, track and report to monitor and improve performance.
  • Build high trust relationships with internal and external clients ands able to influence and communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Ensure compliance with processes, systems and employment laws.


Team Leadership and Management:

  • Ensure the Talent Acquisition team is high functioning, strategic, and service-minded as they partner with leaders for organizational, culture, and workforce support.
  • Manage and coach team on growth & development of key competencies to ensure team and individual success on individual goals & development.

Skills & Experience Required

First and foremost, the Director of Talent Acquisition must embrace the College Track vision of transforming low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. S/he must embody and model College Track core values and model a deep commitment to improving education equity.

Additionally, candidates must possess the following qualifications:  


  • 10+ years of progressively recruiting experience, with at least 4+ years of operations and management experience preferably in the education, non-profit or corporation
  • Track record of achieving strong results while building and fostering an inclusive, collaborative, and high-performance culture.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people with a wide diversity of demographic and professional experience levels across a decentralized work environment
  • Strategic thinker with analytical skills with an ability to articulate a clear, compelling vision, use data to inform decisions and to translate strategy to plan to action and experience partnering with senior leadership and executive teams on recruiting strategy and hiring initiatives.
  • Self-directed, detail oriented problem solver with demonstrated experience in developing and improving processes.
  • You communicate candidly, broadly and often, providing clear purpose, direction, goals, and measures. You are straightforward and tell the truth, especially when it is difficult to do so. You actively solicit feedback about your own strengths and growth areas. When you are wrong, you own, share, and learn from your mistakes.
  • Drive Results. You are resilient, optimistic, and passionate about our business results while never compromising customer, partner, and team relationships. You measure your success based on the success of the team. You know how your work connects with our goals and make thoughtful, timely decisions with that in mind. You hold people accountable and focus on work that drives our long-term success.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people with a wide diversity of demographic and professional experience levels across a decentralized work environment
  • Previous experience creating and implementing recruiting technologies
  • Strong project management skills with significant experience leading change management
  • Ability to coach and mentor direct reports, peers and executives on sound talent management practices; track record of driving organizational results through coaching and mentoring
  • Proven ability to recruit, hire, develop and retain effective, diverse teams and to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated success in staff leadership, management, and development
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated creativity when addressing challenging situations with limited resources
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree. Master's Degree, PHR/ SPHR certificate or any other advanced education/ training in the HR field preferred.
  • Have experience working in launch, growth and/or transition phases of organizations

Compensation & Benefits

College Track offers a competitive salary based on the organization’s compensation philosophy, which is grounded in market data. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top of the market paid time off.

To Apply

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter with your application. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

College Track is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. College Track does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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