Talent Recruitment Manager

Career Area
Ascend Network
Ascend Learning
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At Ascend, we’re excited about professionals who are fired up about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serve all students. Join us as we foster innate curiosities, encourage discussion and debate, and guide students to think their own way through to answers.


The talent recruitment manager is responsible for cultivating relationships with prospects and applicants, and manages a rigorous selection process seamlessly and efficiently.


The ideal candidate, experienced in implementing best recruitment practices and strategies, will be able to contribute by creating new pathways for talented and passionate educators. S/he is able to work independently and has the drive and energy to thrive in a results-focused, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. S/he has experience in supporting hiring managers, process-building, planning and execution, working under tight deadlines, and navigating systems and organizations of scale and complexity without sacrificing thoroughness. S/he is attentive to detail and has the ability to manage large amounts of information.


We look for educators and staff who are excited about our liberal arts program, positive approach to discipline, and commitment to serving all students in truly public schools.

Above all, we seek individuals who are deeply committed to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap for the children of Central Brooklyn.


Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend


Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,000 students across 10 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students’ natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.


To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.


You can learn more about the Ascend approach by visiting www.ascendcharterschools.org/careers.


The talent recruitment manager manages the selection process and lifecycle of teaching and other school personnel candidates, and ensures candidates receive an exceptional experience from application through onboarding. Additionally, the talent recruitment manager will:

  • Manage relationships with hiring managers, serve as a thought partner in selecting the best possible talent for school teams
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with candidates post-hire: observe new hires’ teaching, gain a deeper understanding of each school, and create avenues for unsolicited referrals
  • Assist in the refinement of interview guidelines, evaluation tools, and assessment procedures to ensure that all school teams are equipped with the necessary resources to hire personnel
  • Recommend, create, and support systems to guide and track the effectiveness of recruitment strategies and onboarding practices, and update systems accordingly
  • Collaborate with the Strategic Outreach Team to develop and execute national, regional, and local recruitment strategy focused on targeting high-quality academic leadership and teacher candidates through candidate cultivation and pipeline development
  • Represent Ascend at public engagements, networking events, conferences, job fairs, and meetings, articulating and fostering awareness of Ascend’s mission and the distinctiveness of the Ascend design
  • Perform other related duties as requested and assigned

Staff and Reporting Relationships

The talent recruitment manager works closely with school leaders and the Talent Team and reports to Ascend’s director of talent recruitment.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience recruiting for a nonprofit organization; previous charter school network recruitment experience strongly preferred 
  • Previous experience as a lead teacher required

A successful talent recruitment manager will demonstrate:

  • Highly developed interview skills, sharp discernment, and ability to execute good judgment
  • Ability to develop strong relationships and authentically connect with candidates, prospects, and colleagues
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend 
  • Experience developing and implementing recruitment strategies designed to attract high-quality talent
  • A track record of reaching ambitious recruitment goals
  • Superior written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Eagerness to work collaboratively to solve problems
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels (internally and externally)
  • Ability to effectively manage resources and priorities
  • Strong leadership and team management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience with multi-tasking and self-management
  • Dependability with demonstrated follow-through
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs


Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. To learn more, visit: www.ascendlearning.org/careers.




Ascend and its schools are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.


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