Director of Talent Management

Job Type

Full Time




New Haven
United States


Start Date:                         Immediate

Team:                                 Team Talent Operations 

Location:                            Brooklyn, NY or New Haven, CT 


About Achievement First: 

Achievement First, a non-profit 501(c)3 charter school management organization, operates over 30 public charter schools in Brooklyn, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all children, regardless of race or economic status. Achievement First currently educates more than 12,600 students in historically underserved neighborhoods, with over 90% of our students identifying as Black and Latino. With its college-preparatory focus, the Achievement First approach is attaining breakthrough academic gains throughout the network. Beyond our students and schools, Achievement First is an engaged and prominent partner in the larger conversation about how to improve public education and student achievement in our country.

Achievement First’s approach to teaching and learning enables every student to succeed at the highest levels. This involves:

  • Recruiting and developing successful teachers and school leaders and empowering them to use student data to strategically drive instruction;
  • Creating a joyful school culture where it is “cool to be smart” that emphasizes character education and focuses students on college;
  • Providing students with more time on task and intense intervention when they are struggling so that no child falls through the cracks.

For more information about Achievement First’s mission, approach, schools and team, please visit our website at



Achievement First exists to close the achievement gap and address inequity facing the communities that we are honored to serve. We have a two pronged approach: people and program. In terms of program, we know that our curriculum, assessments, and school design are key to our success. But they are not enough – and they will not have impact without the right highly talented teams in place to execute, innovate, and make our network a place of excellence. Therefore, our ability to attract and keep the right (extremely talented) people is equally mission critical. While our school leaders work to create school environments that allow our teachers and deans to meet their full potential, we must also build network-wide structures, policy, strategy, and ethos that drives culture across AF.   


Achievement First’s Talent Operations team ensures strong talent practices are effectively and consistently implemented across the AF network as the organization adapts to scale. The team also seeks to create a world-class employee experience such that all employees feel valued and want to stay at AF to relentlessly support student success. The team accomplishes this by: 

•      Overseeing comprehensive performance evaluation systems 

•      Offering competitive total rewards package

•      Fueling people leadership practices with strong talent data, clear guidance and efficient processes

•      Creating avenues for employee input and feedback through various talent management surveys


Reporting to the VP of Talent Operations, the Director of Talent Management will play a critical role in overseeing and upgrading performance evaluation and career pathways programs as well as employee recognition, engagement and retention efforts across all Achievement First schools. 


Responsibilities of the Director of Talent Management will include but are not limited to: 


•      Performance Evaluation & Career Pathways 

o  Lead the implementation of Teacher Career Pathways (TCP) program, AF’s teacher evaluation, recognition and career advancement program designed to retain the best teachers in the classroom.

o  Make key policy decisions, including upfront design policies, specific promotion/stage advancement decisions, and exceptions support. o Streamline existing processes that reduce the operational lift for school teams without reducing the overall quality of the TCP program.

o  Redesign the TCP program to make greater impact on teacher development and retention as well as reduce the operational burden on the schools for implementing the program.

o  Redesign current performance evaluation and development processes for non-teaching school staff to drive results.

o  Research best practices and analyze trends in performance management to continue to innovate and redesign AF’s current practices.

o  Track and analyze the effectiveness of overall talent management strategies to identify areas for continuous improvement.


•      Employee Recognition

o  Oversee the design, planning and execution of annual teacher recognition dinners held in 3 regions (CT, RI and NY) to honor high performing teachers who are advancing to Stage 4 and Stage 5 on AF’s Teacher Career Pathway.

o  Research strategic approaches for schools to recognize school leaders and non-teaching school staff to increase staff retention.

o  Lead efforts annually to identify potential perks, incentives, or changes that can help AF evolve to continually improve our employee value proposition.


•      Employee Engagement and Retention

o  Analyze data and maintain dialogue with teachers and other school staff to continually assess and refine our understanding of their perspectives, needs, support and overall employee experience.

o  Coordinate our primary network talent levers (Teacher Career Pathway, compensation, benefits, events, messaging) to communicate a specific Employee Value Proposition. o Support the Vice President of Talent Operations with teammates, Regional Superintendents, and Principals to influence employee engagement broadly and retention specifically.

o  Innovate around how to best engage and retain employees as we to adapt to scale as an organization. 


Skills and Characteristics

•      Prior experience that demonstrates strong alignment to Achievement First’s mission

•      Robust analytic and strategic thinking and ability to crystalize findings

•      Strong presence and ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels within the organization

•      Strong talent instincts and specific knowledge about the school-based experience 

•      Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible and able to work autonomously, while taking direction and guidance as needed 

•      Possess humility, a strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude. Extreme team player. 

•      Ability to multi-task, exceptional detail-orientation, and follow-up/follow-through skills

•      Ability to quickly evaluate alternative solutions/options and decide on a plan of action 

•      Ability to leverage data to formulate strategy and drive results


Educational Background and Work Experience

•      Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree a plus

•      Prior teaching experience preferred

•      6-10 years of school based experience and/or education management experience strongly preferred

•      Occasional weekend or evening work and willingness to travel to our schools and offices throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, as needed, is required



Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package. 


To Apply

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Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here:


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply

Please click here to apply.


Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: