Director, 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:

The Director, Candidate Ready Development (DCRD) works closely with the Elected Leadership team and other LEE teams to drive staff to compellingly present electoral opportunities to members and agitate members to action. They hire and manage a team to achieve team priorities and partner with other LEE teams to maximize impact. DCRDs thrive in collaborative and entrepreneurial environments and are proven self-starters. They develop strong relationships with staff and members, facilitate project management superiorly, and are adept at leveraging and integrating different technologies and work collaboratively across lines of difference and with a diverse set of audiences.

Position Location: Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington DC & Chicago are strongly preferred. Atlanta, Denver, Houston & Phoenix are will also be considered.

Travel Requirements: 33%


Candidate Recruitment - Program Management (40%)

  • Drive candidate recruitment across portfolio of regions
  • Collaborate with team and regional leads for comprehensive strategy development
  • Analyze recruitment data for themes, staff professional development, and strategy adjustments
  • Share recruitment progress to goal with staff and leadership regularly
  • Partner to execute seamless internal transitions for members moving into campaigns

Performance Management - Personnel (50%)

  • Hire, manage, and develop approximately 4-6 direct reports
  • Cultivate and lead an engaged, collaborative, productive team culture
  • Conduct regular check-ins with direct reports for accountability and professional development
  • Conduct semiannual formal evaluations with direct reports
  • Approve expense reports, time, and special projects in accordance with organizational goals, policies, and procedures

Team Leadership (10%)

  • Collaborate with Senior Director, Candidate Ready Development to provide uniform staff experience
  • Co-lead weekly team calls and quarterly team meetings (in-person and virtual); may include design,execution, and evaluation
  • Consult Leadership on strategic innovations to enhance candidate recruitment
  • Special projects, as assigned, including but not limited to scaling, staff development, and curriculum development ​​

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 4 years managing direct reports to outcomes
  • Minimum 7 years of full-time, professional work experience
  • Exceptional project management
  • Tracks tasks and follows through on execution plans
  • Makes informed and timely decisions and uses sound judgement to prioritize actions
  • Uses data to make decisions and guide daily actions
  • Inspires committed and positive action toward individual and organizational goals
  • Record of developing and cultivating relationships and networks in order to achieve results
  • Expertise in community organizing, candidate campaigns, electoral support, or lobbying
  • Track record of building successful relationships across lines of difference
  • Excellent communication skills (strong written, oral, and interpersonal)
  • Data management and analysis experience
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing responsibilities
  • Ability and interest to travel approximately 33%
  • Weekends and evenings occasionally
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, diverse, results-oriented, continuously learning environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in candidate recruitment or campaign field management
  • Formal management training
  • Advanced degree, preferably MPP or MPA
  • Community organizer or electoral candidate experience
  • Experience in training and developing candidates and/or campaign staff

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