Equitable Recruitment & Hiring Strategy Lead

Equitable Recruitment & Hiring Strategy Lead

Sierra Club

Oakland, CA or Washington, DC   |   May 29, 2020

About Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world. Our work focuses on championing solutions to the climate crisis; working for clean air, safe water, land protection and a vibrant natural world; fighting for environmental and social justice; and getting people outside to enjoy the outdoors. We have 800 employees located in offices and working remotely across the country. Sierra Club’s employees are changemakers whose work is rooted in our Equity, Inclusion, and Justice values. We are guided by the Jemez Principles to build just relationships with our community partners to co-create a clean energy future. This position will play a key role in ensuring that these values are echoed in the Human Resources structures and systems that support our staff and the organization.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer – with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

About the Role

Sierra Club seeks a dynamic, experienced, and entrepreneurial professional to lead the organization’s efforts to recruit top-quality, diverse talent, and foster an equitable and inclusive organizational culture. This individual will bring a passion for creatively recruiting high-performing staff and for building mission-forward, equitable organizations. Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Equitable Recruitment & Hiring Strategy Lead will be our point person for all things hiring, providing their expertise to our 150+ annual hires.

Sierra Club is unique in that hiring falls to our individual teams and is not currently, or planned to be, centralized.  We are looking to greatly increase the tools, systems, resources, supports, and processes at our hiring manager’s disposal. While teams will continue to own hiring, we want to streamline the candidate experience while ensuring that every one of our searches is equitable and prioritizes the sourcing of a diverse candidate pool.

The Equitable Recruitment & Hiring Strategy Lead will be a key pillar of our HR Team and an important contributor to our growth as an organization. You will serve as a key thought-partner to our executive team and department leads in designing and building a world-class organization, collaborating with these leaders to source our most important asset: our people. With your leadership, we will make Sierra Club a leader in innovative and effective ways to find, attract, and acquire the right people.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Using, iterating, evolving, and designing a comprehensive set of best-practice processes, tools, checklists, and templates for recruiting and hiring at Sierra Club.
  • Ensuring equity is a foundation of recruitment, hiring, and every search at Sierra Club. This includes robust recruitment to increase access and ensure candidate pools are racially diverse; structuring the hiring process to embed fairness and objective, unbiased decision-making; and ensuring all hired at Sierra Club bring the equity analysis and proven skills to live the organization’s values.
  • Providing guidance and coaching, and serving as the first resource for hiring managers’ questions on equitable hiring.
  • Supporting and advising hiring managers on their team’s searches; this role will not be responsible for leading searches, other than those on the recruitment & hiring team.
  • Overseeing the process of how candidates move through our applicant tracking system in a timely fashion.
    • When the time is right, it will fall to this role to evaluate if we should move on from our current ATS (Taleo) and decide which product best fits our needs, and then implement it.
  • Establishing and maintaining an understanding of each department and their unique hiring needs.
  • Managing external advertising, vendor relationships, and other forms of talent recruitment activities. Monitoring the performance of recruiting strategies and sources, ensuring the most cost-effective use of vendors and services.
  • Developing talent pools/pipelines of passive candidates for forecasted/upcoming hires in various departments.
  • Working closely with the HR Systems team to collect and coordinate aggregate data for talent pool and translate that data into insights.
  • Partnering with senior staff to establish and cultivate policies, practices, and norms that support an inclusive and equitable organizational culture. 

What You’ll Need:

  • The experience of being accountable for – or heavily involved in – successfully hiring at least 100 people in past roles, including a substantial number of leaders of color.
  • The ability to shift seamlessly between strategic, big-picture thinking and operational, nuts-and-bolts systems building.
  • A track record of embedding equity throughout HR practices, transforming organizations to be inclusive and just, and supporting teams with a rich mix of partners across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other group identities.
  • An eye for efficiency and the focus to constantly be looking for ways to improve, streamline, and simplify processes.
  • The ability to navigate Applicant Tracking Systems seamlessly, utilizing them to their full potential.
  • A high capacity to manage one’s own emotions and to identify the emotions of others in order to support staff; ability to facilitate challenging and courageous conversations about race/racism and other topics.
  • Passion for Sierra Club’s mission and vision.

Who You Are:

  • An Effective Collaborator: You’ve successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success.
  • Grounded in Justice and Equity: You bring a strong equity analysis to all you do, starting from a self-awareness of your own group identities, to the ability to make decisions and coach others to create just outcomes.
  • A Team Player: Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand, or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals.
  • A Strategic Decision Maker: You thrive in a rapid growth environment where you can press forward quickly with big ideas, though you understand this often requires recognizing when to take a step back and create proactive strategic plans that empower your team members. You understand how relationships drive the implementation of new systems.
  • Adaptable & Flexible: You can handle any curveball, and in fact, you expect them. You’re strategic yet have the ability to pivot quickly as priorities shift and the team continues to take shape.
  • Emotionally intelligent: You are self-aware and perceptive. You nurture relationships and can work and communicate well with all kinds of people. You are optimistic, empathetic, flexible, curious, and well-respected by all who work with you, irrespective of title.
  • Tech-Forward: You’re at home amongst digital tools, and enjoy demo’ing and evaluating possible new tools to use to make recruiting easier.
Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position starts at $100,000.

Sierra Club employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, short and long term disability insurance. A 401(k) Plan is available to save for retirement with a match and a generous employer contribution that increases with service time. Vacation, holiday, and leave of absence policies prioritize work-life balance for Sierra Club staff.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.

The Application Process

Sierra Club has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. To apply, please create a Basic Profile using this link or click the Express Interest button. The process takes no more than 5 minutes and all you need is your resume.

Individuals who complete the profile by Wednesday, June 10th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and you may leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Economics”). Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g. where you went to school). Lastly, while there is the option to submit a cover letter, we kindly request that you not send one in with your application as it will not be read.

This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.

The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

  • Early June: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions.
  • Mid-June: Phone interview with Sierra Club staff.
  • Late June: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment.
  • Early July:  Finalists will participate in a multi-team member group interview day via video conference. (*due to COVID-19, we will be conducting all interviews remotely for the near future) Candidate references will also be checked at this step.
  • Mid-July: Offer extended.

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email [email protected]

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.