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Title: Associate Director of Scouting & Sourcing

Office: National

Location:  Boston, MA




Reporting directly to the Director of Talent Acquisition, the Associate Director of Scouting & Sourcing will play an integral role in cultivating more robust and diverse talent pipelines for Year Up’s medium and longer term hiring needs. The Associate Director of Scouting & Sourcing will work with HR leadership and the rest of the senior leadership to build a scouting culture at Year Up that includes developing national partnerships, implementing new strategies, and cultivating effective ways to leverage the Year Up team—and their networks-- in collective efforts to proactively find top talent to join the team. This role will also manage a smaller caseload of open searches as a recruiter. This position may require 20 - 30% travel to support hiring. A key priority for this individual will be to catalyze our sourcing and scouting efforts in new and different ways to ensure that we achieve greater diversity amongst our hires at all levels of the organization—especially among the senior leadership roles.

As an ideal candidate for this position, you are someone who is relationship-oriented, a fast learner, resourceful, detail-oriented, self-directed, and proactive. You must be flexible to work in a fast-paced, highly interactive and diverse environment. Experience and comfort working via phone and email is critical, as you will remotely support hiring managers and partners across the region.

 The Associate Director of Scouting & Sourcing will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.

 *Boston is the preferred location, but New York and the Bay Area will also be considered.


Scouting & Sourcing

  • Develop a scouting and sourcing strategy that includes: metrics to track success, roles and responsibilities for leadership and hiring teams and the communication plan to support implementation
  • Create and implement strategy to develop an organizational culture of scouting
  • Ensure that our recruiting infrastructure, policies, programs and practices are designed to effectively encourage and support increased and broadened networking and that will improve our ability to go from “lead generation” to “offer acceptance” much more swiftly and effectively
  • Partner with National Marketing team to create and communicate Year Up’s talent brand
  • Coordinate Year Up’s engagement at national recruiting events to make Year Up’s employment brand much more readily recognized and increase the quantity and quality of identified potential candidates interested in joining Year Up as one of the best “not-for-profits’ to work for.
  • Leverage national partnerships such as LinkedIn, Jopwell, etc. for sourcing talent to identify individuals for open roles as well as cultivate groups of talented individuals as a pipeline for the future
  • Explore and analyze external opportunities, events and partnerships to increase the effectiveness of recruitment and scouting efforts
  • Develop strategy and actively manage and cultivate identified candidates that have potential to work at Year Up
  • Partner with the rest of the Talent Acquisition team and the HRIS team to define and build the tools needed to support a streamlined scouting system
  • Coach and consult with internal recruiters and hiring managers regarding potential external and internal candidates as well as search strategies for open roles
  • Conduct informational interviews, including forwarding candidates to other internal teams as appropriate


  • Manage a caseload of searches
  • Coach and guide managers and leaders through complex and nuanced conversations, as well as key aspects of the recruitment workflow

 Regional/National Support

  • Serve as national “go to” on scouting & sourcing and ensure talent scouting and sourcing efforts within the regions are in alignment with organizational standards and goals
  • Support and train recruiters on sourcing and scouting best practices to utilize with searches
  • Interface with partner search firms to build stronger candidate pipelines of talent with a focus on priority roles and diversity
  • Help our line managers to understand and model behavior required to serve as a role model for being individual “talent scouts”

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as an advisor/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • Minimum of 3-4 years of work experience; 2+ years’ experience in recruiting preferred
  • Exceptional networking and relationship-building skill-set and orientation
  • Experience with leveraging social media for talent acquisition
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion with the skillsets needed to build, manage, and engage diverse pipelines of talent
  • Proven ability to think analytically about requested projects
  • Outstanding time management skills, with proven ability to multi-task, accomplishing numerous tasks and changing priorities in an effective and timely manner
  • Demonstrated ability to execute on short-term, deadline-driven tasks daily, as well as important, long-term projects requiring collaboration with external constituencies
  • Very strong detail orientation required
  • Sound judgment and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Superb interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time
  • A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers 

  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive training program, these young adults complete a unique combination of rigorous, hands-on technical and professional skills training, college credit. and corporate internships. With an annual operating budget of $90 million, Year Up will serve over 2,700 students in 2015 nationwide.

Year Up takes three approaches to closing the Opportunity Divide. Our core sites are based on our founding program model – direct service programming where facilities, staff, infrastructure, academics, and all other aspects of the program are managed by Year Up staff. The Professional Training Corps (PTC) is a community college based model that provides an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful workforce training. In this model, students are dual-enrolled in the community college and Year Up; technical skills are taught by college faculty, while Year Up staff provide professional skills and other wrap-around services. Lastly, our Employer Based Solutions are created in collaboration with employer partners; custom solutions are developed to meet critical business needs and solve for skills gap challenges in the marketplace. 

Consistently voted one of the Best NonProfits to Work For by the NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young adults. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.

Please visit to learn more about working at Year Up, and to see a list of current opportunities.


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