Harlem Children's Zone, Managing Director of Talent

Harlem Children's Zone - New York, New York - Full time


Harlem Children’s Zone is a world-renowned non-profit breaking the cycle of generational poverty for more than 28,000 children and adults in Central Harlem and millions beyond. HCZ walks hand in hand with young people and their families from cradle to college to career. From our work with public school students and our Promise Academy charter schools to our Healthy Harlem wellness initiative to our family support programs, HCZ goes beyond education to provide children with the academic, personal, and career support they need to stay on the path to becoming self-sustaining, successful adults. No other organization uses such a comprehensive approach to fighting poverty at such a scale or with as much impact.

With a generation of proof, our innovative work over the decades has achieved unprecedented results with measurable economic and social implications in Harlem and beyond. We are the preeminent thought leader in the education, youth development, and poverty-fighting fields, informing policy and advocating for change at the local, state, and national levels. Called by President Obama “one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in history,” we are sharing what we have learned with communities around the country and the world, inspiring widespread replication and changing the lives of millions beyond Harlem.

For more information about Harlem Children’s Zone, please visit https://hcz.org.


Harlem Children’s Zone is seeking a Managing Director of Talent to oversee day-to-day HR functions, including recruitment, talent development, and employee relations. An ideal candidate will be an experienced, inquisitive, mission-driven HR leader focused on acquiring and developing the human capital workforce needed to actualize HCZ’s mission and vision for all the children and families in Central Harlem and beyond.


Key Responsibilities of the Managing Director of Talent include:

  • Recruiting and Onboarding: Oversee all hiring and recruiting practices leading to shorter time to fill, more successful placements, and better and more effective partnerships with hiring managers. Oversee and ensure strong onboarding such that most hires, at all levels, are successful and hit the ground running. Improve the talent brand of the organization to improve increasingly;
  • Talent Development and Management: Assess the strengths and weaknesses of leadership and management in managing effectively and equitably and co-creating development plans to build skills in these areas. Oversee the design of structures for building management skills in seeking and applying upward feedback at a regular cadence and how we build staff skills and consistency in delivering that feedback;
  • Employee Relations and Culture: Serve as a trusted advisor to team members on management, culture, equity, or other issues related to their success at work. Track trend lines and advise senior leaders and managers on development opportunities, organizational risks, persistent challenges, ways to shift their management, and opportunities to grow their team;
  • Technology and Systems: Work closely with the Director of HR Information Systems to make HR data relevant, transparent, and actionable for senior leaders.


To fulfill these responsibilities and perform the job successfully, the ideal Managing Director of Talent candidate will have the following skills and experiences:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with several years of experience managing and leading HR teams in large nonprofit organizations (500-2000 people);
    • Deep experience in two or more of the following areas: recruiting/hiring, performance management, developing talent, DEI, employee benefits, and relations, and HR ops/compliance experience (Master’s degree preferred);
  • An accomplished leader with significant experience in human resources, including recruitment and onboarding, talent development and management, employee relations, benefits, and culture, and technology and systems;
  • Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and can lead direct conversations about them.
  • Someone who has strong organizational and project management skills and can execute across multiple priorities;
  • A builder of authentic relationships with staff and community partners and can engage with a variety of individuals and speak clearly and compellingly about the organization’s goals and priorities;
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Harlem Children’s Zone offers a competitive salary range of $150,000 - 180,000, performance-based bonuses, and a comprehensive benefits package. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/4F28BA1AD6. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Kevin Bryant at kbryant@edgilityconsulting.com or 510.575.9635.

Harlem Children's Zone is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required. 

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