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Associate Director of Recruitment

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About Chicago Scholars 

At Chicago Scholars we strive to prepare our Scholars for the world and the world for our Scholars. Our dual focus on Scholars and the world are both essential to our strategy. The first part of our work supports college acceptance, matriculation, persistence, and career access for our Scholars. The second part allows Scholars to go beyond surviving to thriving, from achieving to excelling, from attending and working to belonging and exceeding. The first part of our work allows entry, the second truly opens up opportunity and redistributes power. To achieve these goals we center diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and racial justice so that we can launch and lift our Scholars and enable them to lead and leverage their power wherever they are on their journeys. 

Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access, College Success, and Career and Leadership Development, we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders. 

83% of Chicago Scholars graduate college within 6 years. Per the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 49% of their peers earn a degree within 6 years. Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city. 

READI Commitment  

At Chicago Scholars we strive to prepare our Scholars for the world and the world for our Scholars. Our dual focus on Scholars and the world are essential to our strategy. To achieve these goals, we center racial justice, equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion (READI) in all that we do.

Chicago Scholars’ commitment to READI encompasses all of our stakeholders—from our staff to our board, from our volunteers to our partnering organizations, and most importantly our Scholars. This holistic approach is necessary for the sustained, long-term, positive impact that we seek for our Scholars, our neighborhoods, our city, and our world. 

To learn more about Chicago Scholars commitment to READI, please visit chicagoscholars.org/readi. 

At Chicago Scholars, we believe that education is social justice. That's why we're empowering Chicago's best and brightest first-generation college students and students from low-income communities with the mentors, resources, and opportunities to go to our nation's best colleges and universities, graduate on time, and become Chicago's next generation of leaders. Since 1996, we've impacted the lives of more than 5,000 young leaders in Chicago. 

Our Values 

These are a set of guiding principles that apply to all stakeholders within the Chicago Scholars ecosystem. We select and retain stakeholders based on these stated expectations for how we achieve our mission and vision. Each are supported with core competencies and narrative for the sake of clarity. 

We Dream Big. We speak up, innovate, push the boundaries and keep the creativity flowing. We don’t accept the status quo because the stakes are too high. We have an incredible belief that growth and change is possible. While we dream big, we are laser focused on our intended goals and outcomes for our Scholars, our city and the world. 

We Show Up. We show up every day; not just physically, but with a positive attitude and willingness to work, connect, challenge, engage, solve problems and have fun. We don’t wait for someone to tell us what to do. We take action and get the job done. If we don’t know how, we figure it out through our knowledge, exploration or our network. 

We Embrace Our Differences. We represent a multicultural nation and our collective backgrounds, experiences, styles, values, perspectives and beliefs are an asset to the world. We recognize that together we achieve better outcomes more quickly. Justice and equity starts with us using our collective voice. 

We Model the Way. We exhibit the behavior that we want to see in others and in the world. Titles are granted, but our behavior is what earns us respect. In order to model the way, we must be clear about our guiding principles, celebrate our accomplishments and learn from our challenges and failures. 

We Care For Each Other Along the Way. We adapt to the needs of the person in front of us. We pause, reflect and listen. We do our best work when we are in good relationship together. We care personally and challenge directly. 

We Keep Our Word. When we commit, we are all in. Whether for events, a Scholar, a peer or ourselves. Our words are as powerful as our actions and are the building block of trust, respect, self-worth and integrity. 

Position Summary:

The Associate Director of Recruitment is a critical role in the hiring team at Chicago Scholars, and in many cases, serves as the first point of reference between the organization and candidates for staff positions, volunteer mentors, and other important support roles as needed. As an external representative of the organization, the Associate Director of Recruitment will identify future hiring needs, design job descriptions, source candidates for full-time, part-time and volunteer positions through databases and social media, conduct screenings and interviews, maintain internal documentation, and keep abreast of employment law and legislation.

The Associate Director of Recruitment is a continuous-improvement minded person with a track record of data-driven results and a commitment to READI—Racial Justice, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.

Key Responsibilities:

Personnel Recruitment and Acquisition – 60%:

  • Design and execute effective recruitment processes, practices and standards that provide high quality experiences for candidates and hiring managers.
  • Train and coach Hiring Managers in the search process, including crafting job descriptions for all employee positions, managing the screening, interviewing and selection process to identify and attract quality employee candidates; including but not limited to administering assessments, scheduling interviews, conducting background checks, checking references and making hiring recommendations on behalf of hiring managers.
  • Create and maintain an environment of bias free equal employment opportunity, diversity, and competitive advantage in support of Chicago Scholars READI values (Racial Justice, Equity, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion) and strategic plan. 
  • Maximize the applicant tracking system and recruitment tools in Paylocity, including advancing applicants through the applicant tracking system and generating reports for improvement.
  • Regularly review applicant data to inform recruitment and cultivation strategy and share progress with hiring managers and executive team as applicable.
  • Develop, cultivate and maintain a hiring pipeline that will give Chicago Scholars access to highly skilled and diverse talent.

Volunteer Recruitment – 30%:

  • Oversee processes of volunteer Mentor recruitment, application completion, screening, placement and appropriate background checks.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Mentorship and Coaching, develop and implement recruitment strategies to obtain the target number of Mentors for each incoming class of Scholars.
  • Facilitate a transparent and rigorous Mentor selection process to ensure potential Mentors are aware of and aligned with our Chicago Scholars Core Values, READI Commitment, programmatic goals and strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Mentorship & Coaching, update and maintain current volunteer-related policies and procedures, including Mentor Handbook.

Additional Responsibilities – 10%:

  • This role will occasionally work on nights and weekends for Scholar and Development events and programming and may have the opportunity to manage an intern. This role is also required to attend and support mandatory all staff events.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Education: College degree required. Master’s, or equivalent experience preferred
  • Experience: 5 to 7 years of relevant experience
  • Must live in the Chicagoland area

Core Competencies:

  • Values & Prioritizes Inclusion: Consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to diverse perspectives; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work with stake holders respectfully and effectively.
  • Accountability/Project Management: Effectively manages own work, and work of teams when relevant, ensuring delivery of high-quality work.
  • Leadership Intelligences: Ability to meet people where they are at, treat them with respect, and influence them. Ability to effectively represent Chicago Scholars in any environment.
  • Decision Making: Effectively structures and facilitates decision-making processes; makes decisions effectively and responsibly to improve organizational health and impact.
  • Continuous Improvement Minded: Identifies strategies to improve organization’s impact; weighs diverse inputs to inform strategies; sets course and drives implementation.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Demonstrates awareness and respect of cultural and individual values. Listens to ideas from others, even when different from own. Is careful to ensure all sides are heard reaching a conclusion. Shares time, energy and knowledge with others to ensure they can succeed.
  • Change Management: Effectively prepares for and guides teams through changes, both small and large.
  • Communication: Communication is the ability to read and interpret information effectively, clearly articulate a plan of action, and influence others by way of written and verbal mechanisms.
  • Adaptability: Ability to operate effectively flexibly in changing contexts and operating environments. Ability to manage change to support teams and reach intended goals.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

Effective January 1, 2022, all Chicago Scholars employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exceptions may be made for religious and medical accommodations. Unvaccinated employees who receive a religious or medical accommodation must submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test result. Employees hired after January 1, 2022 are required to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work or submit a negative test result dated no more than three days prior to their first day of work.

Starting Salary: $58,700 /year. Actual salary may vary in accordance with Chicago Scholars’ Best Offer Policy.

Best Offer First Policy: The data nationally show for every $1 paid to white men, women earn 82 cents, black men earn 88 cents, and black women earn 76 cents. Women and black and brown people are also less likely to negotiate than their white male peers. Chicago Scholars has decided to offer our best offer first rather than wait for a potential negotiation. This allows us to set salaries based on market data and internal equity and ensure fair and equal pay for every role.

If you have questions regarding either of the above policies, or any of Chicago Scholars employment policies, please reach out to the Human Resources team at jobs@chicagoscholars.org with the subject line: Policy Question.

To Apply

Please visit our job posting and click 'Apply' to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter. Please include a cover letter that explains your relevant experience and desire to fill this role.

Applicants must reside in the Chicago metropolitan area.

About Chicago Scholars 

At Chicago Scholars we strive to prepare our Scholars for the world and the world for our Scholars. Our dual focus on Scholars and the world are both essential to our strategy. The first part of our work supports college…

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Please visit https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/924910 and click 'Apply' to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter. Please include a cover letter that explains your relevant experience and desire to fill this role. 

Applicants must reside in the Chicago metropolitan area.

To Apply

Please visit https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/924910 and click 'Apply' to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter…

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