TenSquare is a national education support organization whose mission is to improve student achievement and organizational performance in public schools, and build the capacity of leaders, teachers, and staff to sustain top results over time. We work in deep partnership with schools and school systems to transform human capital, instruction, school culture, and operations—enabling schools to grow and thrive. TenSquare team members bring academic, operational and management expertise from top tier schools and networks from around the country.
- Provide strategic and focused coaching for leaders and boards aligned to the unique needs and goals of the school or school system, including support for the return to in-person learning;
- Develop and help implement high-impact and proven instructional coaching strategies and professional development to increase student achievement and ensure equitable and effective support for all learners;
- Support school leaders in building positive school cultures, including strong socio-emotional supports and student and family engagement;
- Strengthen organizational performance through enhanced processes for budgeting, staffing, scheduling, compliance, and other operational priorities;
- Work with school leaders and stakeholders to identify each school’s strengths and challenges and create data-driven action plans and operational road maps for change;
- Provide data analysis and coaching aimed at helping schools to more effectively utilize academic and culture data to ensure the needs of all students are being met;
- Facilitate long-term capacity building, strategic planning, and turnaround initiatives;
- Recruit high performing teachers and leaders for PK-12 and Adult Ed schools;
- Support planning, development, and financing of facilities projects.
Our strategic, hands-on engagements have led to significant gains in student achievement and organizational performance.
To learn more about TenSquare, visit our website at thetensquaregroup.com.
ABOUT THE ROLE
TenSquare seeks a Director of Talent to manage the firm’s Talent Practice. The Director of Talent is responsible for designing, developing, and executing recruitment strategies for partner schools, and devising innovative outreach strategies that result in new searches for new partners. The Director of Talent drives the sourcing and evaluation of top talent, sharing of best practices with the Talent Team and partner school leaders, and manages external relationships to elevate TenSquare and school name recognition in pursuit of high-quality talent.
An ideal candidate will be a great evaluator of talent with strong system and project management skills. The position may be full-time or part-time based on the needs of the firm and the desire of the right candidate. This position allows work remotely, with periodic on-site presence at school sites and the TenSquare office. This position will report to a TenSquare partner and may be offered at a Manager or Senior Manager level depending on the experience of the candidate.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Talent Strategy and Management
- Manage a robust talent practice with a focus on developing a high quality and diverse pool of candidates and managing a multi-step screening process that meets the needs of numerous stakeholders
- Assign talent team resources and prioritize activities to meet search priorities and fill positions in an efficient and effective manner
- Liaise directly with leaders at partner schools and support their capacity to hire, retain, develop and advance outstanding talent: identify potential hiring needs, establish a thorough selection process, support leader’s development as hiring managers, and strategize retention strategies
- Identify and develop initiatives to ensure equity and diversity in the hiring process
- Drive the expansion of TenSquare’s talent practice including developing key relationships, drafting and submitted proposals, and presenting at conferences to increase TenSquare’s name recognition
- Manage a 3-5 person staff and consulting team
Recruitment and Hiring
- Develop and refine all screening tools, interview guides, client communications
- Devise new outreach methods to increase the quality and diversity of the candidate pool for current and future teacher, staff, leader, and TenSquare team member searches
- Directly manage school leader and key administrator searches including conducting phone/video/in-person interviews and analyzing candidate strategy exercises
Strategic Communications & Systems Management
- Write research-based position descriptions, candidate screening materials, and client-facing candidate presentation materials; responsible for all high quality written content
- Build and sustain outreach processes that lead to more efficient sourcing of candidates, including leveraging various external platforms (e.g. LinkedIn Recruiter, Indeed, and Handshake)
- Manage candidate information system (JobScience) and use data to drive and refine the talent strategy, adjust outreach methods, support recommendations, track and evaluate the effectiveness of talent management practices, and guide school leaders to make evidence-based decisions
- Manage the firm's communications related to current searches using platforms such as LinkedIn, Constant Contact, Twitter, and Facebook
Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:
- At least 5 years of experience in education talent strategy, recruitment or related field
- A track record of helping organizations find great talent
- A great people person, with outstanding communications skills, including writing and oral presentations
- Familiarity utilizing, managing and leveraging a talent management system, preferably JobScience or Salesforce
- Excellent systems-thinking, including great capacity to envision, plan, and implement new systems and practices that support talent recruitment
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple obligations and initiatives, strong attention to detail and excellent time management skills
- Experience influencing, motivating and leading people, with or without formal authority
- Capacity to develop strong relationships based on trust, respect, effective communication, and common goals
- K-12 and adult education school experience preferred; charter school experience a plus
- Knowledge of HR conventions and law is helpful