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Executive Director Strategic Staffing

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Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Cleveland, OH

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Position Title: Executive Director, Strategic Staffing

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Central Office (1111 Superior Ave)

Salary Band: 16

Function: Human Resources

Compensation: $91,800

Reports To: Chief Talent Officer

Executive Director, Strategic Staffing

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Cleveland, Ohio


In 2012, Cleveland voters passed The Cleveland Plan, one of the most aggressive education reform initiatives in the nation. To date, its implementation District-wide has allowed for tremendous growth including expanding quality preschool education, increased graduation rates, improved reading and math scores on the national report card, and growing trust among our families and community. In November 2016, voters renewed the levy, and our work will continue. Motivated by The Plan, each other, and our scholars, CMSD envisions excellent schools in every neighborhood, where students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum, while utilizing the highest quality professional educators, administrators and support staff available. We strive to create an environment that empowers and values staff as talented professionals. Staff members are poised to lay the foundation to ensure that all students in Cleveland have the chance to reach their full potential. The Cleveland is a city and a District on the rise.


We are seeking an Executive Director, Strategic Staffing to direct and manage the recruitment, selection, and staffing processes for the district while designing, developing, directing, and implementing necessary process and policy changes and improvements to create an efficient, effective 21st century Talent Acquisition and Management Office. The Executive Director, Strategic Staffing will first and foremost be a strong strategic thinker committed to carrying out the vision of The Cleveland Plans talent-seeking strategy and will hold steady to this vision while developing and managing a healthy and productive talent acquisition and management team.


As a member of the Senior Talent Leadership Team, the position will play a critical role in setting the vision, establishing expectations, and ensuring the implementation of the primary functions of Talent Acquisition and Management. This team must seamlessly identify, recruit, and support retention of strong talent to fill vacant positions across our schools and the district.

This role will:

Lead the Talent Acquisition & Support Staff, and District-staffing functions

Develop alternative pipelines to find and develop school leaders, teachers, and support staff members

Build out and implement retention strategies for high-quality teachers and school leaders as well as district personnel

Be the primary decision maker related to Talent Acquisition, insightfully creating and managing a vision and roadmap for quality

Manage a multi-layered team committed and accountable for staffing top-talent via recruitment and selection

Make decisions related to scope, direction, and goals of the Talent department and District

Design strategy and make decisions related to recruitment and selection process and alternative licensure programs, allocating people and resources to achieving programmatic goals, proactively and in response to broad internal and external events

Improve our talent-seeking strategy through clear expectations and best practices

Implement recruitment and selection strategies to acquire top-talent to CMSD

Identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency that prioritize talent-seeking strategies that align with the Cleveland Plan

Build and manage a responsive, results-oriented, goal-driven team

Develop recruitment metrics and goals to be shared by the team with leaders across the District

Redesign and manage recruitment and selection processes as needed; ensure documentation, and legal compliance

Liaise with functional teams to ensure our strategy, systems and policies are designed to account for the needs of our district

Work collaboratively with other members of the HR leadership team to plan for overarching workforce development priorities

Be a District expert in recruitment and selection work

Participate on Collective Bargaining negotiation team to advocate talent needs and priorities to seek best leaders for scholars


Bachelors Degree Required, Masters Degree Preferred

Demonstrated experience managing teams with ambitious results

Minimum of five years of directly relevant experience with talent acquisition, recruitment, retention, and selection processes

Experience working in classroom, school district, or education-field strongly preferred

Experiencing driving change through a large organization

Track record of building senior-level relationships

Experience managing multiple, complex, detail-heavy projects


A strong commitment and belief in the students and staff of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills

Ability to independently coordinate, plan, meet deadlines and accomplish specific tasks

Customer service aptitude

Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high volume environment

Ability to communicate effectively regarding detailed information and procedures

Strong demonstrated working knowledge of PC-based office software including Excel and PowerPoint, and Outlook

Strong knowledge of basic human resources practices and procedures

Ability to exercise good judgment, integrity, and maintain strict confidentiality regarding sensitive information

Ability to manage and support a team to excellence

Outstanding strategic and analytical skills, including the ability to analyze data, identify trends, pinpoint problems and root causes, and develop innovative solutions

Excellent execution and project management skills, including ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps, prioritize and set goals as well as execute mid-course corrections

Strong aptitude to lead change and implement change management and communication strategies

Exceptional communication skills as well as relationship, negotiation, and influencing skills

Ability to maintain composure under stress

Demonstrate can-do attitude around significant challenges

Strong customer service

Unwavering integrity

Comfort working in new technological platforms


CMSD offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, including dental and vision plans, life insurance, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, professional development, and contributions to the STRS/SERS retirement system. We also offer an inclusive environment where the staff is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.


Its in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. Please submit your resume and application through our Workday System. Failure to submit your application in full may result in the withdrawal of your application in the selection process.

Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of all Screening & Interview Events, Professional Reference Checks, FBI/BCI background check and drug screen.

At CMSD, we believe that diversity makes us stronger and challenges us to think differently every day. CMSD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status or disability.

Employment Type: Permanent

Work Hours: Full Time


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The Cleveland Metropolitan School District envisions 21st Century Schools of Choice where students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum that considers the individual learning styles, program preferences and academic capabilities of each student, while utilizing the highest quality professional educators, administrators and support staff available.

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