AmeriCorps Recruitment Manager - National

 

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging AmeriCorps members and community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly. Our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy, and confident readers in school and in life. The people at Reading Partners are our heartbeat and our greatest resource. We are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our national service.

The Reading Partners program is a proven, evidence-based national model leveraged to support students who have fallen behind in reading. A 2015 MDRC study concluded that Reading Partners has a positive and statistically significant impact on reading comprehension, sight-word reading, and reading fluency. The impact was equivalent to 1.5 to 2 months of additional growth in literacy in one year. At the heart of Reading Partners’s new strategic plan, we will focus on innovating to scale, building partnerships, and centering students through racial equity. Over the next three years, Reading Partners will expand our impact to reach tens of thousands of students annually through direct service and partnerships. Also, Reading Partners is the recent recipient of a $8 million grant from the Department of Education and an unsolicited $20 million gift from MacKenzie Scott. Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

 

Reporting into the Director of National Service, the Recruitment Manager is an exciting new role in the National AmeriCorps department at Reading Partners. Partnering with our 12 regions, this individual will help generate enough applications to fill all awarded AmeriCorps slots (350+) on an annual basis. To accomplish this goal, this individual will provide excellent customer service and maintain ongoing quality relationships with regional AmeriCorps points. 

The Recruitment Manager is responsible for reaching Reading Partners’ collective goal of recruiting 350+ AmeriCorps members. Additionally, they will support the growth and development of college campuses and community-based partnerships for all regions. This role is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about partnership development and recruitment.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Recruitment Manager’s primary responsibilities include: 

Annually recruiting a diverse cohort of AmeriCorps members 

  • Assess and innovate on Reading Partners’ recruitment strategy.
  • Develop and execute a strategic recruitment plan that outlines goals, benchmarks, and tactics that will enhance recruitment efforts.
  • Engage over 1,000 leads through targeted customer-focused communication and in collaboration with RP Talent & Equity department, regional teams, and other AmeriCorps Recruitment staff, generate over 2,400 applications per year (or maintaining, at a minimum, a 6:1 application to member ratio).
  • Create and manage AmeriCorps postings on all platforms, and direct the national recruitment budget. Responsible for managing an average of 24 postings per week.
  • Work closely with regions and national departments to determine localized recruitment strategies and national support.
  • Strategically share the corps experience with prospective AmeriCorps members and lead them to complete applications.
  • Follow up with leads and prospects to ensure they are supported through their application process.
  • Partner with the National Marketing and Communications department on AmeriCorps collateral development and distribution.
  • Work in partnership with the Senior National Admissions & Operations Manager and other AmeriCorps recruitment staff to develop new strategies to increase the quality and quantity of AmeriCorps applicants.
  • Partner with the Director of Talent on applicant tracking system maintenance, training, and support for hiring teams.
  • Work closely with the Senior National Admissions & Operations Manager to track, report on, and share relevant recruitment data to improve regional admissions efforts and the candidate experience.
  • Lead on monthly/bi-monthly regional recruitment meetings to discuss applicant numbers and quality, assess strategies in place, and pivot/revise plans when necessary.

Building brand awareness for AmeriCorps service program

  • Identify media outlets (blogs, radio/podcasts, news outlets, etc.) targeting millennials and Gen Z audiences.
  • Write and submit one to two external blog posts, articles, and other media to various outlets per month.
  • Attend virtual career fair(s), representing the Reading Partners’ AmeriCorps team.
  • Identify high-ROI events in local regions and identify local staff/RP alumni who may attend on Reading Partners’ behalf.
  • Partner with AmeriCorps Member Experience staff to leverage alumni support
  • Collaborate with the National Community Engagement team to leverage volunteer recruitment with AmeriCorps member recruitment.
  • Partner with the National Marketing and Communications team on social media that specifically amplify the message of Reading Partners’ AmeriCorps program.
  • Lead on monthly regional recruitment meetings and assess and propose strategies

Cultivate and steward key partnerships to deepen the applicant pool reflective of Reading Partners’ student population

  • Build upon relationships with current national partnerships (Service Year Alliance, Urban Teachers, City Year, Teach for America, Coalition 4 Diverse Educators, Jumpstart and Citizen Schools).
  • Identify potential national partners, cultivate relationships leading to both formal (MOU) and informal partnerships. Potential partners may be national organizations, greek organizations, colleges, and Departments of Education. Develop and add one to two additional partnerships per year.
  • Support regions in identifying potential local partners, such as college career centers, professors, administrators, local workforce development centers, and community leaders.
  • Establish and maintain a system for tracking national and regional partnerships, develop metrics for successful partnerships, and review/revise on an annual basis.

 

Enhance regional recruitment knowledge base and recruitment expertise.

  • Develop and update annually, all recruitment related resources for regional teams, including the AmeriCorps Recruitment Toolkit.
  • Work in partnership with the Senior National Admissions & Operations Manager to assess regional training needs.
  • Create and facilitate regular training for regional staff points.

 

PRIORITIES AND COMPETENCIES

 

A successful first year in this role for the Recruitment Manager will include possessing:

 

  • Drive for Results: Demonstrated aptitude for creating and completing projects quickly and accurately in line with all stated deadlines. Strong ability to prioritize, streamline, and design scalable systems. High degree of comfort and hunger in seeking out continual improvement for all systems, processes, and approach. Personal leadership and accountability - able to hold oneself accountable first and foremost.

 

  • Relationship Development: Ability to cultivate and leverage strong relationships, both locally and remotely. Proven track record in providing great client service  experiences, solving problems, and communicating effectively with all internal and external stakeholders. Develop close partnerships with all members of the National AmeriCorps Human Resources, and Talent and Equity teams. Work closely with regional stakeholders to provide top tier service for Reading Partners staff and AmeriCorps/VISTA members.

 

  • Project Management: Strong skill set in effectively leading projects to fruition with varied stakeholders in a timely manner. Ability to motivate people with competing priorities toward a goal. Demonstrate a proficient ability to manage multiple competing priorities at once. Ability to take personal initiative and execute on key priorities. Skilled in being able to both plan and execute for the future.

 

  • Organization: A passion for details, collaboration, and working with others and independently to problem solve. Ability to execute details quickly and to communicate effectively to a wide group of stakeholders. Professional organization and prioritization skills - can take a list of tasks and get them done.

 

  • Communication: Strong aptitude for effective communication remotely and in-person with internal and external partnerships. Ability to set up successful systems for communication and messaging, tailoring it to various audiences. High competency with written communication.

 

  • Approach: Maintains a sense of calm during peak periods. Ability to rally others to achieve organizational goals. Strong ability to assess and address sensitive situations. A sense of humor. A desire to achieve constant improvement in all you do. A strong leader in cultivating a team environment.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

In order to meet these priorities and fulfill these responsibilities, our ideal Recruitment Manager candidate will be/will have:

 

  • Demonstrated commitment to Reading Partner’s mission and core values.
  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of Reading Partners; deep commitment to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI).
  • 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 is able to lead direct conversations about them.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • A positive, can-do attitude.
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Wisdom, curiosity, empathy, and high emotional intelligence. 
  • Experience working with or administering an AmeriCorps program.
  • Possess a track record developing and facilitating trainings.
  • Possess superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess superior stakeholder and relationships management skills.
  • Operates as a highly-organized and detailed-oriented individual.
  • Work efficiently and quickly to meet deadlines despite interruptions.
  • Possess a working knowledge of Google drive and Microsoft Suite platforms.
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and multiple priorities at a time in a fluid environment.
  • Adept at handling a large volume and broad variety of written communication, including large volumes of daily emails from teammates and stakeholders.
  • Bonus: an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna.
  • Bonus: working knowledge of eGrants and Service Year Alliance
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required unless a medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved. Please review our Vaccination Policy.

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This position offers a competitive salary at $78,000 annually and robust benefits.  Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flex spending accounts, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, 403(b) option, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). More details can be provided upon request.

 

What’s Next?

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role. Please include your salary needs.
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