Houston, TX, US
Jun 11, 2021

Dir - Recrtmnt & Selection JD

POSITION: Director of Recruitment and Selection

REPORTS TO: Managing Director of Talent


COMPENSATION: $80,000-$95,000


Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 89% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-three (83%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? YES Prep has 21 campuses serving K-12, 19 campuses of those campuses serving 6th-12th graders, like Monique Bowie . The remaining 2 are YES Prep's newest elementary campuses starting in the 20-21 school year, and we will continue adding 2 elementary campuses per year until 2024. This allows us to serve even more families and provide access to a college preparatory mindset from a child's first schooling experience.

Houston is the 4th largest city and growing! There are over 20 public-school districts and other great public charter school options, like KIPP Texas-Houston and IDEA Public Schools, within Houston's city limits serving our increasing population. YES Prep's student enrollment is estimated to grow from 14,500+ students currently, to 23,000 by the 2024 - 2025 school year.

This challenge is magnified when we are serving the communities who are most impacted by the national pandemic of COVID-19. Regardless of the method of learning-virtual, in-person, or a hybrid model-we will "Keep YES Prep Learning," so that our students maximize their potential and educational experience, maintaining college readiness for all students as the bar. At the end of the day, we will work relentlessly to shape our path forward and use current challenges to become a stronger organization.


YES Prep needs a dynamic Director of Recruitment and Selection with a diverse set of experiences to make our mission a reality. To put it simply, you will play a pivotal role in leading recruitment and selection strategy and execution to ensure that all campus-based positions are filled by the first day of school.


When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include:

Meeting target teacher application numbers by holding team accountable for reaching ambitious goals

  • Forecasts recruitment needs and leads the overall strategy for building a strong pool of teacher candidates

  • Creates recruitment plans, sets calendar, and assigns Talent Recruiters

  • Reviews pipelines and partnerships and recommends adjustments to meet needs

  • Tracks and analyzes data consistently to assess progress towards goals and pivots quickly when goals are at risk

  • Manages recruitment at target university campuses and through other strategic partnerships to increase the overall candidate pool for projected openings aligned to YES Prep values

  • Plans recruitment events to attract top talent

  • Leads org-wide recruitment campaigns like staff referrals programming per month with strong prospective candidates

  • Manages strategic partnerships with external organizations who serve as a pipeline for YES Prep talent

Works collaboratively with Director of Staffing to ensure that 100% of instructional staff will be hired and approved to start by June 30

  • Aggressively monitors applicant pools for each vacancy and ensuring that there are at least 3 quality candidates for every vacancy;

  • Ensuring that applications are reviewed and candidates screened within 1 week of a candidate's application.

  • Ensuring that final interviews are conducted within one week of a candidate being sent to a school, and a decision is communicated to a candidate within 1 week of their interview.

  • Developing clear systems and procedures for tracking data, assessing progress toward goals, and making changes in the moment to ensure all goals are met

Effectively leads the leadership hiring and internal transfers processes

  • Creates and facilitates the annual campus-based leadership hiring and internal hiring process

  • Ensures that staff are fully informed on internal hiring process and timelines to increase engagement

  • Collaborates with Principals and other key stakeholders to identify top talent for open positions

  • Ensures equitable distribution of talent by prioritizing high needs campuses and consistently reviewing hiring data

  • Engages in one-on-one meetings with candidates to maximize engagement and matriculation

Effectively implements a new Applicant Tracking System by spring 2022

  • Acts as the Recruitment and Selection lead on systems implementation project by being a subject matter expert in efficient selection processes

  • Collaborates with the Tech Strategy team to implement a new ATS for the Talent Team

  • Holds team accountable to meeting established timelines

  • Understands talent needs and system capabilities and builds system to meet needs

  • Serves as liaison between YES Prep and ATS vendors as needs arise

  • Trains teams and hiring managers on systems capabilities

  • Conducts process reviews and proposes changes post-implementation

Effectively manages team by ensuring that self and direct reports are consistently rated a 3 "meets expectations" on goals attainment at mid-year and end-of-year reviews

  • Effectively manages a Manager of Selection of Recruitment (who manages Teacher Fellows) by supporting direct reports in reaching ambitious goals, holding direct reports accountable to meeting expectations, and providing development and support that encourages short and long-term growth. The Manager of Selection and Recruitment leads Home Office hiring, selection processes and alignment, and our Teacher Fellows and Relay Programs

  • Consistently operates in alignment with most Leadership Competencies in leading team

  • Consistently maintains an average 3 "meets expectations" in core value competencies


We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Additionally, a successful candidate in this role will:

  • Maintain high expectations because they understand that when we lower our bar, students are at stake

  • Plan and prioritize the year upfront, ensuring all stakeholders understand and are aligned on priorities

  • Empower and delegate a team of leaders to encourage growth and achieve goals

  • Act as a spokesperson on behalf of YES Prep to inspire external audiences to take action

  • Adapt to evolving circumstances and mitigates barriers to ensure that every student has an effective teacher at all times

  • Effectively networks to connect the best talent with opportunities


  • Belief in the mission and vision of YES Prep

  • Passion for connecting people with opportunities across a multitude of platforms

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution

  • 5 or more years of experience in talent acquisition work, preferably with at least two years of experience in school districts

  • Minimum two years of experience directly managing teams or individuals

Ability to travel occasionally to other cities or states to recruit on behalf of YES Prep

  • Compensation -This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience.

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance- A $10 monthly medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Disability, Life, etc. Employees must work 20+ hours a week to be eligible for a full spectrum of benefits, and 10 hours a week minimum for medical benefits.

  • Retirement Plans- Participation in Teacher Retirement System of Texas and a 457 Retirement Plan.

  • Paid Time Off- 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar for all regularly scheduled employees working 20+ hours a week.

  • Paid Leave Programming- In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers paid leave, paid out at 100%, based on eligibility and tenure.

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.

  • Award Winning Culture -The strong cultures of our campuses and Home Office are just one of many reasons we were named Houston's Best Place to work in 2018 and 2019. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well.


YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-five percent (95%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.


If this sounds like your just right job, apply today!

If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent team to be connected to a recruiter by filling out this form .


Location : TALENT

Job Family : TALENT

Posting Start : 06/10/2021

Posting End : 12/31/9999

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