Director of Talent

Reporting to the Chief of Staff & Talent (CoST), the Director of Talent will direct, develop, and coordinate the policies and activities of the talent/human resources (HR) department, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission and talent strategy. The ideal candidate will have a background as an HR generalist with a dedication to putting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the forefront of their work. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but growing organization.


  • Manage the hiring and onboarding process, including advertising open positions, reviewing resumes, conducting interviews, managing the hiring committee, conducting reference checks, drafting offer letters, and leading the onboarding process for new employees
  • Support the Chief of Staff & Talent in developing and implementing best-in-class DEI practices that build and retain a talent pipeline reflective of the communities NCTR serves 
  • Identify and maintain NCTR’s remote working environment to ensure staff satisfaction and a productive work culture
  • Ensure that a strong performance management model is in place, including planning organizational and individual goals, assessing performance, developing professional skills, and recognizing contributions that advance NCTR’s mission
  • Build the capacity of leaders across the organization by ensuring that managers are invested in talent development and equipped with the resources, skills, and mindsets to effectively manage and develop their teams
  • Advise and guide managers on employee issues; assist in resolving issues as needed
  • Administer employee benefits
  • Maintain accurate, current personnel records in NCTR’s payroll provider platform, benefits platform, and any other HRIS solutions.
  • Develop and manage internal controls for NCTR, e.g. travel policy, reimbursement policy, compensation policy, etc.
  • Collect, analyze, and use data (staff satisfaction surveys, other internal surveys, Promise 54 surveys, and individual qualitative data collection) to strengthen NCTR’s culture, make the organization more equitable in all that it does, ensure staff feel heard and valued, and identify needs for professional development and DEI training
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of national and local legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks, and ensure regulatory compliance
  • Manage and develop direct reports as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources/related field or equivalent experience required
  • Master’s degree or another relevant graduate or professional degree, PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience with 5 years in a human resources role, preferably in a national context
  • Demonstrated deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Ability to implement creative, concrete, and pragmatic ways to address or prevent potential equity challenges and mitigate bias in the hiring process
  • Broad knowledge of payroll and other HR systems, processes, regulations, and policies
  • Advanced understanding of state and federal labor laws and compliance; familiarity within a national context preferred
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail 
  • Ability to work effectively and prioritize in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and to juggle several projects at once with flexibility
  • Energy and creativity in addressing talent issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong technology skills, including knowledge of Google Workspace with the ability to learn and adapt to new technical systems


NCTR has developed a performance management system based on evidence that individuals’ success requires managing self, working together, and driving results. These tenets are centered around our core values and comprise the following competencies: 

  • FLEXIBILITY – Adapts to change, performs amid uncertainty, pivots quickly when necessary 
  • GROWTH MINDSET – Possesses self-awareness, is eager to do what is necessary to develop talents, and is not afraid to ask for help 
  • COMMUNICATION – Communicates effectively, efficiently, and respectfully in all modes 
  • CULTURAL COMPETENCE – Contributes to healthy and productive interactions within and among diverse groups by being self-aware, empathetic, non-judgmental, patient, and open to different perspectives 
  • PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT – Helps colleagues in all organizational directions to grow and improve by building trust and providing differentiated support and feedback 
  • STRATEGIC THINKING – Solves problems and makes recommendations and decisions using analytical and creative thinking, non-anecdotal evidence, and a focus on impact 
  • JUDGMENT – Contributes to the making of timely, mission-aligned, evidence-based decisions that involve the appropriate stakeholders 
  • EXECUTION – Efficiently delivers high-quality work individually and, as a team member, increases productivity and performance of the team 

NCTR Summary

Founded in 2007, the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Chicago with team members working virtually throughout the country. NCTR’s mission is to grow and manage a national network of teacher residencies dedicated to closing the opportunity gap through the training, support, and retention of excellent teachers for students of color and other marginalized groups. NCTR is accelerating its growth as it helps to build, support, and scale even greater numbers of high-performing teacher residencies. Our programs and services are built upon its research-based Levers for Equitable Teacher Residencies, which define the design and implementation targets of high-performing residency programs and identify the benchmarks for program development. 

NCTR offers targeted support to existing teacher residency programs, both inside and outside of the NCTR network, that helps identify strengths and challenges, refine programming, create opportunities for professional growth for resident-teachers, mentors, residency staff, and evaluate impact and outcomes. Additionally, NCTR’s Residency Design Academy (RDA) is the only program of its kind in the nation dedicated to developing high-quality teacher residencies from inception to launch. Since 2008, NCTR has supported the development of over a dozen new residency programs through the RDA. As NCTR expands its Strategic Consulting business line, it will focus on improving and expanding the reach, impact, and scale of the RDA.

A collaborative, mission-driven organization, NCTR is working to ensure that students in high-need schools have access to effective teachers. NCTR accomplishes this goal through developing and sustaining high-performing residency programs.  In addition to exemplifying our core values, our team emphasizes the importance of building personal relationships with one another and maintaining a strong work/life balance. We prioritize our culture to ensure our team members feel fully supported and satisfied in their roles. 


NCTR disrupts historic educational inequities by advancing the teacher residency movement to prepare effective, diverse, culturally responsive educators. 


Students of color and low-income students have equitable access to effective, diverse, culturally responsive educators. 

Core Values 

NCTR is transforming teacher preparation nationwide to ensure all children have access to an effective teacher. Our core values reflect who we are as an organization and how we work with our clients and our community. 

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 
  • Solutions-oriented  
  • Continuous Learning 
  • Data-driven 
  • Collaboration 

Benefits and Salary 

The starting salary range for this position is $90,000 – $110,000 annually and is commensurate with experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Click here to learn more about our benefits.


This is a remote position, but location in the Chicago area is preferred.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

NCTR has adopted a policy on mandatory vaccination to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, schools, and community from the hazards of COVID-19. Candidates are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (Two Doses of either Moderna or Pfizer Vaccines or One Dose of J&J) against COVID-19 before commencing employment.


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NCTR provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.