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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 Plan's 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


  • Bachelor's Degree Required, Master's 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.


It's 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.


Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location


The Cleveland Metropolitan School District Human Resources Department is committed to the recruitment and retention of top-notch employees with the determination and drive to create a positive and effective 21st century learning environment for our students. Our departmental goal is to build a foundation of employee excellence through rigorous performance standards, staff development and a diverse and dedicated work force which supports the mission and goals of the district. Staff and visitors will find links to helpful information about Human Resources services, job opportunities and requirements for employment. CMSD staff will find a host of information to assist with personal and professional interests; such as licensure and certification information, salary schedules, benefits information, important employee notifications, Human Resources news and much more. Staff can also log in to the ESWeb (intranet based) to review and update personal information and to access internal district functions and processes. We encourage you to explore our site to discover what's available, what's new and what you never knew CMSD Human Resources could do for you.