Opening: Recruitment and Development Manager


Job Description

We are a rapidly expanding education technology startup that is looking for a Recruitment and Development Manager to recruit, vet and develop our growing remote workforce of Graiders! Recruiting quality Graiders is essential to the service we offer to schools. Thus, you will play a critical role in delivering upon our promise of highly effective, personalized feedback for tens of thousands of students. You excel at developing others, and your love of process is your secret weapon. If this is you, we'd love you to join our team.

Company Overview

The Graide Network is an award-winning education technology company that connects K-12 teachers with qualified, on-demand teaching assistants to grade and provide formative feedback on student work online. “Graiders” provide personalized, actionable, and timely feedback to students and teachers. Their support unlocks the tremendous power of feedback to improve learning for students and puts data at educators’ fingertips like never before.

What You’ll Be Doing

You will be responsible for executing all things Graider recruitment, ensuring that workflow is running efficiently and on pace to meet the organization’s needs for recruiting (and developing) our workforce. You’ll be focused on coaching and developing Graiders to make sure they are set up for success when they start grading. Here are some key activities you’ll do:

  • Advertise the Graider job on various job boards to attract qualified candidates.

  • Measure the success of our tried-and-true recruitment channels as well as identify and experiment with new channels.

  • Execute the Graider onboarding process from application through activation, including evaluating candidates on various writing tasks and our rubric for effective Graider performance.

  • Manage our various qualification activities to meet the organization's needs for Graiders with content- and course-specific expertise.

  • Manage a small, remote team of Senior Graiders who help support you on the various evaluation and qualification tasks.

  • Communicate with Graider candidates and answer questions about the application and onboarding process.

  • Lead the continuous improvement of our Graider onboarding. You’ll be gathering feedback about Graider performance and implementing improvements to existing processes or creating new resources to prevent common issues or further develop Graider skill sets.

Who Are We Looking For?

We are looking for someone with at least two years of teaching experience or experience in human capital or recruiting, ideally in an education organization. Most importantly, we’re looking for someone who is:

  • Highly organized. Your love of process helps you stay on top of all the smallest details. Your organizational prowess amazes your mere-mortal friends and colleagues who wonder how you keep it all straight, all of the time.

  • A strong written communicator. You’ll be primarily communicating with Graiders via text and email, as well as evaluating the quality of their writing, so strong writing skills are a must.

  • High standards. You have high expectations for yourself and others and are disciplined about sticking to those expectations.

  • Adaptable. You thrive in a multitasking environment and can adjust priorities on the fly.

  • Excited about feedback. You are eager to learn, adapt and perfect your work; you seek out help and put it to good use. You will be giving and receiving a LOT of feedback in this role.

  • Driven. No one needs to push you to excel; it’s just who you are. We’re a small but ambitious team. We are looking for people who can run independently with projects.

  • Happy to be a part of a team. Culture is everything to us. You’ll fit well with our supportive, mission-driven culture. You enjoy collaborating with others, and will be working closely with Operations, Partner Success, and Engineering teams AND all our Graiders.

Job Details

  • Full-time, in-person opportunity at our office: 641 W Lake St, Chicago, IL, 60661

  • Start date: July 2019

  • Competitive salary and benefits.

  • Wear what you want. We guarantee you’ll still be more formally dressed than at least one member of The Graide Network on any given day.

  • Awesome co-working space. We’re based in the Literacenter, a well-appointed workspace with free coffee, monthly cupcakes, all of the games, and great people.

  • Accessible location. Our office is in the west loop on Lake and Desplaines, steps away from all of the public transit options (El, Metra, CTA).

  • Membership in the Chicago Literacy Alliance. The Chicago Literacy Alliance is an association of more than 135 organizations on a mission to increase the combined impact of Chicago’s literacy organizations and achieve a 100% literate Chicago. They offer events, professional learning, meetups, community boards, newsletters, and more.

To Apply

Please send an email introducing yourself to us at blair at thegraidenetwork [dot] com with the subject line “Recruitment and Development Manager”. Please include your resume and a cover letter that highlights three reasons you think you’d be great for the gig, focusing on how your past experience has prepared you for this kind of position. Writing is key to all we do, and we weigh cover letters heavily. We’re mostly interested in learning who you are, what you love to do, and why you’d love to do it here with us.

Thanks for your interest in The Graide Network!

About The Graide Network

The Graide Network is an early-stage social enterprise on the move. With an award-winning, innovative model, The Graide Network provides on-demand formative feedback on K-12 student work via remote teaching assistants. Learn more about The Graide Network in the news.

The Graide Network serves a diverse array of students and teachers as customers, and is equally committed to creating a diverse workplace environment. We are a woman-founded business, and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.