Rocketship Education, Director of National Recruitment

Rocketship Education - Redwood City, CA - Full time

Rocketship Education - Redwood City, CA - Full time

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Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education is the leading national public school system for low-income elementary (K-5) students. In pioneering its transformative public charter school model, Rocketship has delivered exceptional academic results through a focus on individualizing instruction for all students, developing outstanding educators and school leaders, and empowering parents to advocate for their children and communities. Rocketship strives to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetimes by partnering with cities, school districts, and communities across the U.S. that share a similar sense of urgency.

Director of National Recruitment Opportunity

The Director of National Recruitment is a critical leader on the Talent Team who will lead national recruitment efforts of educators across eighteen schools in four regions. Our success as an organization is dependent on having excellent teachers in every classroom who are responsible for ensuring that all students achieve at or beyond grade level. Each school is led by a team of visionary school leaders to achieve the school’s mission of eliminating the achievement gap. The Director of Recruitment will oversee the work of a team of 6 recruiters.


Recruitment and Talent Strategy

  • Set vision and direction to attract, recruit, hire, and onboard outstanding educators across Rocketship’s four regions
  • Partner with stakeholders across teams and schools to lead a cohesive and collaborative approach to talent acquisition
  • Advise school leaders on recruitment team and workforce planning
  • Set ambitious goals and analyze recruitment-related data to drive decision making
  • Develop and refine deep understanding of successful candidate profiles
  • Lead recruitment messaging externally and internally
  • Provide thought leadership as well as tools and systems to foster strong recruitment practices and talent leadership across the network

Team Leadership

  • Lead a team of goal-driven recruiters who manage full cycle recruiting and hiring
  • Drive performance management of high-performing team by setting, tracking, and communicating ambitious goals and progress
  • Foster strong sense of team and collaboration across all school and regions
  • Set vision and drive forward special projects including shoulder season hiring, referrals program, interview and selection processes, and school placement
  • Facilitate an exceptional recruitment experience for all candidates

External Partnerships and Pipelines

  • Identify new sources of school-based staff talent; build and maintain partnerships
  • Oversee strategy for job posting, external advertising, and social media outreach
  • Partner with marketing team to run strong campaigns that appeal to educators
  • Develop strategy and lead partnerships with universities and credentialing institutions

Direct Recruitment

  • Manage full cycle recruiting, hiring, and placement of talented teachers and leaders
  • Partner with hiring managers to identify recruitment needs and implement strategies to develop recruiting pipeline
  • Facilitate an exceptional recruitment experience for all candidates
  • Utilize “outside the box” recruiting techniques to source candidates through the use of the internet, social media, and other online resources
  • Screen candidates through resume reviews, phone interviews, and demonstration lessons; perform reference checks

Systems and Operations

  • Create sustainable and replicable hiring strategies, processes and tools to facilitate the hiring of qualified candidates
  • Leverage technology to improve efficiency and manage workflow, including an applicant tracking system and team communication tools
  • Identify and plan for needs to help team scale with Rocketship’s growth
  • Manage budget


Knowledge & Skills

  • Strategic thinking and direction-setting
  • Outstanding communication and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders
  • Team leadership and management
  • Exceptionally strong eye for talent in the education sector
  • Analytical skills and data-driven decision making
  • Self-starter who is able to move work forward through ambiguity
  • Ability to create operational excellence at scale
  • Deep knowledge of full cycle recruiting including sourcing and recruitment strategies, effective use of search engines and social media, workforce planning, interviewing and selection, marketing, and messaging


  • 3+ years of highly successful recruitment experience in K-12 education
  • 2+ years of management experience preferred


  • Deep commitment to Rocketship’s mission of eliminating the achievement gap
  • Alignment with core characteristics required of every Rocketeer: pursuit of excellence, innovation, community, tenacity, and authenticity
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for joining a fast-growing team
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation: commensurate with experience

This position will be based the Rocketship home office in Redwood City, CA with occasional travel (up to 20% time).

To Apply

Please submit your resume and thoughtful cover letter addressed to the Rocketship Education Search Committee online at Serena Moy at or (510) 575-9635 with any questions.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Rocketship Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Rocketship Education complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Education expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Education’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited.

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