Director of Talent

Position and Organization Overview

Accelerate Institute is seeking an experienced Director of Talent. Reporting to the Senior Director of Talent and Partnership. The Director of Talent's primary role will be developing and executing regional recruitment campaigns and selection processes for both The Ryan Fellowship and The Accelerator. This individual will be responsible for building out the prospect database, engaging top prospects, and playing a primary role in selection decisions. As Accelerate Institute continues to grow and expand into new regions, the Director of Talent will play a critical role in developing and revising recruitment strategies to support regional expansion for these programs. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to make a significant impact in education reform across the country. Accelerate Institute offers a hands-on, fast-paced work environment. This position provides the opportunity to join an exceptional team and play a leading role in developing school leaders across the country who are working to close the achievement gap.

About Accelerate Institute

Accelerate Institute’s mission is to close the achievement gap by creating high-impact school leaders who accelerate student achievement. Grounded in the belief that demographics are not destiny and that all children can achieve at high levels given equal access to quality education, Accelerate Institute identifies and develops school leaders who unleash the potential of urban schools. Accelerate Institute develops this talent by drawing on the leadership model used to achieve success at our nationally-recognized charter school, Alain Locke Charter School. 

Accelerate Institute is located in Chicago, Illinois. 

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities and duties include, though are not limited to: 


  • Cultivate prospects and nominator networks for The Ryan Fellowship and The Accelerator in various regions across the United States, including new markets 

  • Serve as the first point of contact for Ryan Fellow prospects and Accelerator Principal prospects 

  • Proactively develop and execute multiple outreach activities to ensure diversity in the candidate pool, including but not limited to: social media, web advertising, networking events, information sessions, and working with professional and industry associations 

  • Proactively build brand awareness for Accelerate Institute through strategic relationships, partnerships, public speaking, and networking 


  • Support the Senior Director of Talent and Partnership in the planning and execution of a unique and rigorous selection process for both The Ryan Fellowship and The Accelerator, including screening applications, conducting phone interviews, managing a range of innovative candidate selection activities, completing high-level reference checks, and preparing recommendations for the Selection Committee 
  • Manage and execute the matriculation strategy for accepted Ryan Fellows and Accelerator Principals  

Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate is: 

  • strategic and results-oriented, excels at critical thinking and problem solving; 
  • has exceptional recruiting, interpersonal, and relationship building skills; 

  • experienced at building quality relationships with leaders in education, government, and/or the private sector; 

  • deeply committed to diversity recruiting within the field of K-12 education; 

  • able to be effective as an individual contributor and as a collaborative team player; 

  • a highly motivated professional who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, has worked in the K-12 public education sector, is committed to education reform, and wants to positively impact the lives of millions of children by improving K-12 public education

Required Qualifications: 

  • Undergraduate degree 

  • Minimum of three years of experience managing recruitment campaigns for teachers and/or school leaders in the K-12 public education sector 

  • Knowledge of charter school management organizations in target market areas 

  • Established professional network in K-12 education

  • Adept at developing and maintaining strong internal and external relationships at all levels

  • Ability to thrive in a metrics-driven, fast-paced, and ever-changing organization

  • Detail-oriented, organized, and able to build processes to support human capital development

  • Excellent judgment and high degree of emotional intelligence

  • Tireless work ethic and capacity/willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

  • A strong personal connection to our mission, which is to identify and prepare talented leaders to dramatically improve the quality of education for America’s students and raise student achievement in urban public school systems 


Accelerate Institute offers a competitive salary and full benefits package.

To Apply

Qualified candidates can apply via email only to Erin Brooks, Please include “Director of Talent Search” as the subject of your email. Please submit all of and only the following: 

  • Cover letter describing your interest and passion in creating equal access to education for all children 
  • Resume that clearly articulates your qualifications to the required skill sets defined above 

Our Commitment to Diversity

Accelerate Institute embraces diversity. It is something we have believed in and supported from day one. Having a diverse organization aligns with our commitment to an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or other legally protected status. We are also ready to accommodate physically challenged or special needs individuals who require any special assistance. Accelerate Institute is proud of our history of diversity and is a strong supporter of the community.

Ryan Fellow/Founding Principal at
Equitas Academy in Los Angeles

The mission of Equitas Academy Charter Schools is to provide a structured, achievement-based community that prepares students to graduate from four-year colleges and universities. Equitas Academy has been recognized as a California Distinguished School and Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education because of our commitment to data-driven instruction and providing a rigorous and equitable education for all students. We currently serve over 1,200 students and operate two elementary schools and two middle schools in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, with a growth plan to open four additional schools and serve over 3000 students by 2022.

We value:

  • High Expectations. Structured and disciplined classrooms, school-wide behavioral code of conduct, and school uniforms
  • College Readiness. Extended school day and year, enrichment activities, and preparation to enter top-performing middle, high schools, and, ultimately, college
  • A Family Partnership. Ongoing communication with parents about academic and behavioral progress, at-home visits by staff, and family workshops
  • A Safe & Supportive School Community. We help our children make positive choices through our school values of curiosity, optimism, gratitude, grit, self-control, social intelligence, and zest.

To help us achieve our mission, we are seeking to identify a leader who will dramatically increase our ability to provide a high quality education, putting more scholars in the Pico-Union neighborhood on a path towards college graduation. The ideal candidate should not only be a model of our core values, but also a driven, talented leader who builds relationships while ensuring we achieve results.

Essential Responsibilities and Qualifications:

Resident Mindsets

  • A deep and committed aspiration to serve as an Equitas school director

  • Alignment to the Equitas mission and core values
  • Experience serving in K – 8 education

Resident Embedded Supports

  • Engage in shadowing, observational and coaching opportunities in order to learn the role of school director
  • Engage in opportunities to observe, coach, and support teachers in an effort to drive student achievement
  • Actively engage in feedback and coaching as a way to support learning and growth
  • Seek continual opportunities to challenge oneself as a potential school director

Resident Learning

  • Deeply engage in all required professional learning
  • Further learning by making committed action statements
  • Explore each opportunity as one of learning, growth, and practice
  • Assist in the day-to-day operations of running an elementary school

Achieve Results

  • Find a way to improve results in whichever resident opportunity is available: instructional, cultural, operational
  • Pursue ambitious goals and practice communicating those goals with zest and clarity
  • Maintain strong systems to achieve results
  • Embody results orientation for students at every opportunity

Reports to:

Head of Schools – Elementary

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Deep, passionate, and action oriented belief in our mission to support all of our scholars to and through college
  • Demonstrated success within a school context as a teacher and peer leader
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with students and adults
  • Solves problems strategically while weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each approach with a network-wide lens
  • Influences others to maintain a strong results orientation
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize effectively
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to transition quickly from individual, detail oriented projects to collaborative, people-oriented conversations

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • At least 3-5 years of experience as a teacher and teacher leader
  • Bilingual-Spanish preferred

Application and hiring process:

To apply, please visit our website.

Commitment to Diversity

Equitas Academy is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team of educators. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Please visit our website for more information.