Manager, Candidate Recruitment

Job Type

Full Time




San Francisco
United States


About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization dedicated to developing its members’ potential to ensure every child has the opportunity to receive an outstanding education. Our kids and communities need more leaders who believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem. We believe that when our members are organized and reach positions of leadership, they’ll serve as a transformative force for students, communities and the broader movement for educational equity. LEE is a diverse team of passionate and talented individuals committed to making a difference. We are a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement. If you would like to become part of our team and join the fight for educational equity, or if you would simply like to learn more about what we do, please visit

Position Summary:

Managers of Candidate Recruitment inspire, cultivate, and develop a diverse class of powerful future elected leaders by building relationships, presenting opportunities, direct coaching, leveraging resources and trainings, and driving relationships to candidacy. They excel at inspiring action to bridge the political ambition gap and help members see themselves as the elected officials their communities need. As a result of the Manager, Candidate Recruitment’s leadership, diverse members across a national portfolio of regions are inspired and taking action to become powerful, culturally competent, future elected leaders. Members know the electoral opportunities where they live and have clear steps on how to move forward to explore and prepare.

Travel Requirements: 50%

Position Location: Bay Area, Phoenix & Los Angeles are strongly preferred. Washington DC, Dallas Fort-Worth, Houston & Chicago will also be considered.


Candidate Recruitment (40%)

INSPIRE a new generation of diverse leaders to answer the call of elected service by:  

  • Exercising organizer math and moving members through a ladder of engagement
  • Identifying, cultivating, and influencing members across a national portfolio of regions to act on their interest in elected leadership now through extensive 1:1 meetings
  • Maintaining member interest in elected leadership throughout the candidate pipeline and development process
  • Following up with members from elected leadership development programs and organizational surveys

Candidate Ready Coaching (40%)

COACH potential candidates to develop campaign core competencies by:

  • Developing trusting relationships with members in a short period of time
  • Agitating members to “try on” elected leadership in a private setting

Training (5%)        

TRAIN potential candidates to learn essential campaign competencies by:

  • Training members through LEE’s Candidate Ready Development 5Ms Curriculum to develop critical leadership competencies of elected leaders
  • Facilitating small groups in focused conversations as a member of a training team

Data Management (15%)

  • Tracking, recording, and reporting recruitment and coaching efforts through LEE’s technologies (Salesforce, Drive, etc.) ​​​

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 5 years of full-time, professional work experience
  • Relevant experience in community organizing, electoral, or issue-based public campaigns
  • Inspires committed and positive action toward individual and organizational goals
  • Record of developing and cultivating relationships and networks in order to achieve results
  • Record of teaching and/or coaching adults to outcomes
  • Effectively works across lines of difference with colleagues and constituents
  • Communicates with various audiences verbally and in writing in an engaging, inspiring way
  • Makes informed and timely decisions and uses sound judgement to prioritize actions
  • Tracks tasks and follows through on execution plans
  • Uses data to make decisions and guide daily actions
  • Travel up to 50% of the time
  • Weekends and evenings occasionally
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, diverse, results-oriented, continuously learning environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Community organizer or electoral candidate experience
  • Experience in training and developing candidates and/or campaign staff
  • Work experience in public education

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Leadership for Educational Equity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

An affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.




Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree