Director of Fellow Recruitment


Job Title: Director of Fellow Recruitment

Organization: SAGA Innovations


Job Description


Who We Are
SAGA Innovations, Inc. ( is a growing non-profit that provides underserved middle and high school students with high quality math tutoring during their school day, at no cost to them or their families. We are able to provide this high-dosage service because of the passion and commitment of SAGA Fellows – full-time math tutors who devote a year of their lives to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps and impacting the lives of their students every day. We currently serve around 2,500 students in Chicago and New York City.

Our Mission and Core Values
SAGA’s mission is to transform the lives of the students we serve by motivating them to generate new levels of effort, developing their academic and problem-solving skills, and building their confidence, through personalized instruction and strong relationships among student, tutor, school, and family.

At SAGA Innovations, our commitment to our core values drives our work. We are:
Mission-Driven: Display an unwavering commitment to the success of the students we serve

Relationship-Driven: Live by the motto, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Results-Driven: Consistently use data to guide instruction

Growth-Minded: Demonstrate hunger for feedback

Relentless: Display unparalleled perseverance and resolve

Collaborative: Work jointly to find creative solutions

Our Results
SAGA tutoring has been the subject of multiple large-scale randomized control trials done by the University of Chicago. Results have shown that SAGA’s in-school tutoring model is one of the most effective high school interventions ever studied. SAGA is committed to furthering its evidence base and to consistently and systemically testing variations to its model in order to offer the most affordable, implementable, scalable, and effective services to the districts, families, and students we serve.

Position Summary
The Director of Fellow Recruitment is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and selection of SAGA Fellows. This person will develop and implement a comprehensive nationwide recruitment strategy to meet SAGA’s ambitious expansion plans.

Talent Management (30%)
Coach and manage a highly successful, multi-region recruitment team that is dedicated to delivering a world-class candidate experience to every prospect and applicant.
Facilitate recruitment staff development by evaluating individual and team performance and identifying opportunities for growth and skill strengthening.
Fellow Recruitment & Selection (45%)
Create and execute a comprehensive national recruitment strategy to identify, recruit, select, and matriculate a diverse cohort of SAGA Fellows.
Cultivate relationships with colleges and universities, community partners, non-profit organizations, and more to build a long-term pipeline of Fellow candidates.
Establish and maintain partnerships with other organizations to share innovative recruitment strategies and source for talent.
Manage all aspects of the Fellow selection process, including position advertisement, resume review, phone interviews, onsite interviews, and offer decisions.
Use data to evaluate and refine SAGA’s approach to cultivating and selecting candidates, including quarterly evaluative and progress meetings with recruitment staff and the VP of Communications and Talent.
Collaborate with the Director of Staff Recruitment to develop a recruitment strategy, including job posting optimization, digital and non-digital employment marketing, etc.
Alumni Relations (25%)
Plan and implement programs and initiatives that strategically engage alumni to foster closer relationships with the SAGA brand.
Secure competitive post-SAGA opportunities for Fellows from employers and graduate programs, including but not limited to, employment opportunities, networking opportunities, professional development, scholarships.
Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects (e.g. alumni directory), and regularly scheduled alumni outreach campaigns.

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Type: Full Time


As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must embrace the key values of the organization and be compelled by SAGA’s mission. Other qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree
Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence and a passionate commitment to SAGA Innovations' mission and vision.
At least five years of experience in designing, developing, and implementing talent acquisition initiatives at a national organization.
Demonstrated success with high-volume sourcing, particularly with service-year hiring.
Deep intellectual curiosity and rigor; appreciation for research and data and commitment to using it to inform thinking and strategy.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to influence and build strong relationships to enhance work practices and support the achievement of goals.
Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment and the capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges.
Advanced experience with Applicant Tracking Systems required – iCIMS and/or Salesforce platform strongly preferred.
An obsessive attention to detail and exceptional organization and time management skills.
Willingness to travel extensively to meet Fellow recruitment goals.

Important Personal Traits
A strategic visionary and proactive, resourceful problem solver
A savvy relationship-builder

Commensurate with experience

To Apply
Submit your resume and cover letter through our application portal. NOTE: The field for you to upload your cover letter is in the section titled Resume. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, including the talking points below, as your application will not be considered without it. Please include the following in your cover letter:
How your qualifications and experiences align to the position
Evidence of your professional communication effectiveness
Evidence of your resilience when faced with obstacles
To be taken to the application portal, click on "Apply for this job online" at the top of this page.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy
SAGA Innovations, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws. The organization complies with applicable local, state, and federal laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which SAGA has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, compensation, training, and leaves of absence. SAGA Innovations does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any of kind, including but not limited to, these protected classes. We are counting on everyone, individually and collectively, to give this policy positive and constructive support.

Education Requirement: Bachelors

How to Apply
apply online:

Last Day to Apply: 11/01/2017

Posted by: Ashlie Tyler,