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Company Name:
Ascend Learning, Inc
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Brooklyn, New York
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Manager of Talent Outreach

Over the next five years of Ascend's growth, the network will recruit between 450 and 500 outstanding candidates each year to work at Ascend's high performing liberal arts, college-preparatory charter schools and network office. Initially reporting to the chief talent officer and collaborating with the leaders of the Talent team, the manager of talent outreach develops and leads cohesive, best-in-sector strategies, informed by research and historical data, to recruit a highly qualified and diverse population of prospective teachers, leaders, and network and operations staff. The ideal candidate should enjoy being part of the big picture while successfully driving ahead on very specific, detail?oriented work.


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.


Why extraordinary professionals choose Ascend


Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,000 students across 12 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 our website -

The manager of talent outreach develops and executes on measurable, effective, and sustainable outreach strategies to fulfill Ascend's hiring initiatives.


General Strategy

  • Develop a targeted outreach strategy that builds robust short and long-term pipelines for teachers and leaders utilizing reports and dashboards provided by Talent Operations and Data
  • Partner with the chief talent officer and talent directors to develop and submit the annual Talent Team budget to finance
  • Partner with the chief talent officer and talent directors to identify and outline key strategies and tactics that will help each department achieves its goals
  • Partner with the chief talent officer and talent directors to set long?term goals and short?term benchmarks based on historical data
  • Build and maintain an outreach calendar for the current hiring cycle

Pipeline building and direct outreach

  • Build a robust short and long-term pipeline of teachers, leaders, and staff
  • Oversee and optimize execution of direct outreach to all leads
  • Partner with the director of talent operations and data to ensure the CRM is up-to-date with accurate information of all candidate information and cultivation effort
  • Create, train, and manage team-wide systems to ensure accountability on direct outreach efforts and data fidelity
  • Source and research leads

Referral strategy

  • Develop and execute on referral strategy, including referral parties, networking meetings, and all other incentives to drive referrals.

Communications Team collaboration

  • Partner with the Communications Team to develop a yearlong calendar of marketing goals and events
  • Partner with the director of outreach #1 to execute email campaigns for internal and external audiences to promote jobs and upcoming events and opportunities
  • Write communications and host internal events to ensure that internal staff know about opportunities across the network
  • Manage Ascend's online sourcing accounts (Glassdoor, Idealist, LinkedIn, Indeed) and ensure all are aligned with the Ascend brand (photos, copy) and are setup to capture leads and candidates
  • Manage agency partnerships as lead and candidate sources

Lead visits

  • Plan and lead cultivation visits and one-on-one meetings with high-priority leads


Staff and reporting relationships


The manager of talent outreach will initially report to the chief talent officer and over time will report to the director of talent outreach. He/she will collaborate closely with the director of talent data and operations, the director of talent recruitment, the Communications Team, and the director of talent outreach.

  • Bachelor's degree from a competitive college or university
  • M.B.A., J.D., or Master's degree preferred
  • A minimum of two years in a leadership position in a complex organization; proven leadership skills including ability to attract, develop, and inspire a team
  • Experience developing a long?term strategic plan for a core business area
  • Teaching experience is preferred but not required

The manager of talent outreach must demonstrate:

  • Passion and commitment to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap
  • Keen insight and strategic mindset for designing and executing a marketing plan and outreach campaign to prospective hires and prospective partners
  • Superb organizational, project management, self-management, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to proceed in the absence of clear and immediate answers to problems
  • Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to motivate and lead teams in fast-paced, high-stakes projects
  • Superior analytical skills and comfort with data
  • Strong attention to detail and airtight follow-up and follow-through
  • Excellent collaborative and communication skills
  • A hunger for feedback and an openness to engage in a process of self-improvement
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend


Diversity at Ascend

Ascend is 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.



Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.


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