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Talent Scout

Talent Scout

Reports to:        Founder & Chief Talent Matchmaker, Ify Offor Walker    

Start date:         January 2015 

Location:          Flexible; New York, Chicago, DC or Texas preferred  

 

OVERVIEW

The Talent Scout’s mission is to identify, cultivate and steward a talented and diverse bench of senior level leaders who are positioned to lead transformational change within education.

OWG

OWG is a talent matchmaking firm started in 2011 by former teacher and attorney, Ify Offor Walker. Since then, OWG has served high-impact organizations such as the KIPP Foundation, Teach For America, UP Education Network, the Delaware Department of Education, and Breakthrough Charter Schools. We work to carefully select the right partners with mindsets that align with our belief for how to make matches with great people. We’re at an important time in our organization’s trajectory and we’re looking to bring on a founding member. We value individuals from all walks of life and strive to ensure that our work enables you to do well and still do well by yourself and your life outside of work. In addition to competitive benefits, flexible location, we offer every member of our team “commission for life.”


MINDSETS

You are a strategic Connector. You get energy from connecting with people. When people think of who knows people, they think of you. You know what motivates people. You can get people to tell you what is really holding them back. People pick up the phone or respond to your email when you reach out to them. You are unapologetic about reaching out to people you know and those you do not know for recommendations.  A stranger is simply a friend who hasn’t met you yet.

You are patiently persistent. You hold yourself personally responsible for results and are patiently persistent as you follow up and follow through. You find ways to get the information you need to meet your goals. Previous managers might say that they felt like you were managing them! You usher candidates through their careers with thoughtfulness and care. You know that “no” simply means “not now” and are not easily discouraged if someone says they are not interested in a role.

You thrive off of creating great experiencesBefore a leader thinks of making their next move, they think of you. You are conscientious about how people feel when they interact with you. You don’t take shortcuts. You rarely say things like, “Oh, that will be fine or that won’t matter.” You believe the little things do matter. You always return phone calls and messages promptly. Rarely, if ever, does anyone say they’ve tried to reach you and never heard back from you. You are a model of professionalism.

You operate with integrity. You are focused on results with integrity. If something doesn't seem right or fair (even if it is legal), you share your concerns, rather than keeping quiet. When people have described you in the past, integrity is one of the first words that come to mind.

You are an excellent and proactive communicator. You use clear and concise language. Others have said that your writing is concrete and actionable. You use examples to back up your claims. You are proactive in your communication. You do not wait to be told what to do.  You are forthcoming with information – the good, the bad and the ugly. You know that almost anything can be fixed if your manager has insight into the problem. 

You find early-stage organizations motivating. You know we are in the early stages of our development and don’t have it all figured out. You are excited about a chance to come in at the ground level.  You are ready to dig in and grow something that will last beyond you. You believe in our mission of increasing the performance of organizations by matching them with top-level talent form all walks of life.

You are no drama. You do what you say you will do when you say you will do it. You check your ego and your (awesome) title at the door. People like being around you. The emotional wake you leave behind is one that inspires and ignites rather than demoralizes or deflates.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary duties of the Talent Scout are to ensure that OWG is building a bench of talented teachers, APs, Principals, Chief Academic Officers and Superintendents. The Talent Scout will:  

  • Cultivate and build relationships with the instructional leaders such that each leader will pick up the phone when they call
  • Ensure that when roles become available there is a bench of talented leaders who are poised to take on greater leadership
  • Vet candidates through a structured 20 minute conversation
  • Participate in team and client meetings and conduct references as needed
  • Lead special initiatives as needed (e.g., blogging, attending events, marketing campaigns)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Success as a recruiter in a school or district setting or a broad instructional leadership network;
  • Ability to quickly build relationships while gathering critical info
  • Demonstrated track record of operating at a high level and following through on commitments;
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively communicate compelling messages with multiple stakeholders;
  • Strong written and verbal communication;
  • Ability to approach work with a sense of optimism and energy;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and see them successfully to completion;
  • Demonstrated ability take and give constructive feedback and implement it quickly to improve; and
  • Deep belief in the power of talented people from all walks of life working towards creating great educational opportunities for all kids

Compensation

We offer a competitive compensation package, including commission for life.  Commission for life means anyone who books a meeting that results in a new client gets 5 percent of the revenue for the life of the business.

Commitment to Diversity
We believe that we have a responsibility to recruit, attract, select, retain, develop, and reward a diverse and talented staff. We encourage leaders from all walks of life – including moms, men, high performers needing a flexible schedule and leaders of color to apply.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing why you are an ideal candidate for the position. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Finalists will be invited to meet with the Founder & Chief Talent Matchmaker in New Orleans. 

OWG does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

 

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