Job Opening: Senior Manager, Talent

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Innovate Public Schools is seeking a full-time Senior Manager, Talent to play a key role in our rapidly-growing organization’s effort to attract, hire, and retain the highest-caliber team to achieve our ambitious vision.

The Senior Manager of Talent will be charged with growing the pipeline of our most important resource: amazing people. S/he is a key member of our team, a living embodiment of the best of our organizational culture, deeply committed to and capable of advancing equity and inclusion, and uniquely able to imagine and deliver the team we need to change the world, both today and in the years ahead.


Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all Bay Area students, including low-income students and students of color, receive an excellent education. We publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research to highlight problems and solutions. We work with educators from both school districts and charter schools to launch new schools and turn around low-performing schools. We provide training and support for parents in high-need communities so they can effectively advocate for better schools.


The Senior Manager of Talent, who is based in San Jose, CA and reports to the VP, Strategic Operations, is responsible for the following:

Overarching Talent Strategy & Leadership

  • Work with the VP, Strategic Operations and CEO to set a strategic vision and priorities for attracting, developing, and retaining an incredible team, ensuring the organization has an eye on what it will need in the coming 3-5 years, including an explicit equity lens, and what it will take to get there
  • Strategically and proactively propose adjustments to focus areas as Innovate grows and our talent needs evolve accordingly

Recruitment and Hiring

  • Develop and execute on a robust recruitment strategy to effectively cultivate a diverse pool of outstanding talent for current and future positions
  • Develop and provide training, resources and support for hiring managers to ensure hiring practices and decisions are aligned with our organizational strategy and culture, and the priorities for specific opportunities
  • Develop and execute creative strategies to reach a diverse candidate pool, and advise hiring managers on equity-minded practices to reduce implicit bias in hiring
  • Develop “try before you buy” systems to more deeply assess likely performance and culture fit for prospective new hires
  • Recommend and develop effective, efficient systems and tools to meet the organization’s needs, including applicant tracking, templates, clear division of labor, and others. Evaluate effectiveness of these systems and act on the results
  • Actively promote the organization as a great place to work, building our “employer brand” with potential hires

Onboarding and Culture Cultivation

  • Update onboarding processes to introduce new staff to the organization, with a focus on articulating and modeling Innovate culture, proactively sharing important norms and practices, and setting them up for success in their roles
  • Create and update onboarding resources for use by hiring managers and new employees
  • Coordinate content and sequence of “Intro to Innovate” trainings from team leads during the first 90 days of new employees’ tenure. Revise these trainings based on feedback from staff and facilitators


We’re seeking candidates who have honed skills and instincts in hiring excellent team members and who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong project management skills. You should have:

  • Talent management and recruitment experience. You have a track record of success in nonprofit management, talent management, recruitment, or a related field.  You are proactive and creative about finding and attracting the best people and have a keen eye for assessing fit for specific roles.  You have an acute ability to translate strategic priorities into effective hiring plans, documents, and processes.
  • Strong ability to influence action among colleagues, including those who do not report to you. You have the ability to coach others and lead them through a process, including peers and senior leaders.  You have a track record of driving results through coaching and training.
  • Exceptional detail-oriented project management.  You can manage multiple projects at once, organize a large volume of work, and keep it flowing in spite of competing priorities. You are a problem solver, tenacious, and proactive with the ability to get things done.  You have a track record of developing and implementing new or improved systems and processes, achieving strong results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.
  • Excellent relationship building skills.  You have a demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.  With strong interpersonal skills, you can build authentic, positive relationships quickly with candidates, hiring managers, and external partners.
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and challenging implicit bias.  You have a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact hiring and supervisory relationships and organizational culture.  You are 100% committed to building high-quality, diverse candidate pools and teams, and understand that this takes intention and commitment at every level of the organization.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  You have the ability to articulate concepts in a clear and compelling way that persuades people to act.

Commitment to excellence in a fast-paced environment.  You bring a strong commitment to excellence and results and an ability to achieve these in a fast-paced environment.  You are enthusiastic about operating amidst complexity and change.  You are adaptable and positive, bringing a customer-service oriented approach to your work.

Knowledge of education policy and school quality and prior experience in a role focused on talent and recruiting are plusses but are not requirements.

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Innovate offers very generous benefits including health and dental insurance, 20 days paid time off per year (increasing to 25 after 2 years of employment), two floating holidays, 13-14 paid fixed holidays per year (including office closure between Dec 24th – New Years Day), and 5% employer contribution to 401k.


The work environment characteristics and the physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.


Apply here. Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to Innovate Public Schools

Innovate Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer, and takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.