Director, Recruiting Operations and Enablement

Handshake, San Francisco, CA or Denver, CO or New York City, NY or Remote

Handshake is helping to democratize opportunity


We are thrilled to announce Handshake’s $200M Series F funding round. At Handshake, we believe that a career opportunity shouldn’t be determined by who you know or what you’ve done. It’s about what you can - and will - do. Your future, not your past. Our Series F fundraise and new valuation of $3.5B will fuel our next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. Handshake’s community includes 20 million students and young alumni around the world from 1,400 educational institutions, including four-year colleges, community colleges, boot camps, and 290+ minority-serving institutions. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 650,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, nonprofits, and even sports teams like the LA Dodgers. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, and London and teammates working globally.

Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply. 

If you are not sure that you’re 100% qualified, but up for the challenge – we want you to apply. We believe skills are transferable and passion for our mission goes a long way.

Your Impact:

Handshake is hiring a Director, Recruiting Operations reporting to the VP, Talent, on the Talent Team. In this role you will design the strategy and build the infrastructure to enable the next wave of Handshake’s growth! As we continue to double in size, you’ll play a critical role in ensuring we hit our targets and build a skilled and diverse Handshake community.

In this role you’ll own and chart out the Talent roadmap, influence processes and programs by leveraging data, optimize our tech stack, and enable our Recruiting team and Hiring teams with education and training. Your tremendous leadership skills will fuel a highly productive and engaged Recruiting Ops and Recruiting Coordination team.

Your Role:

  • Recruiting strategy - build, communicate and maintain Talent’s roadmap

  • Recruiting Coordination operations - you will shape the strategy and operations for the recruiting coordination team, and use process-improvement techniques and metrics to create standardized and scalable processes that balance capacity with candidate experience.

  • Data, reporting and analytics - make data accessible and use it to drive decisions and create predictable recruiting outcomes

  • Operational planning - be an active voice, influencer and represent Talent in headcount planning and Recruiting capacity planning

  • Technology and systems management - evaluate our current tech stack and find opportunities to replace, augment and enhance our existing tech stack

  • Enablement - design and educate the Recruiting and Hiring team on best practices and find opportunities to strengthen the entire recruiting lifecycle

  • Process improvement - map current processes, uncover bottlenecks, investigate the reasons behind those inefficiencies, and refine or redesign them for quality and efficiency

  • Programs - optimize, develop and implement recruiting programs (referral, diversity programs, internal mobility, etc)

Your Experience:

  • Leading Recruiting Operations in a high-growth tech company

  • In-depth experience with Recruiting tools and systems (Greenhouse, Gem, Ashby, and more)

  • Demonstrable leadership skills - you have shown an ability to hire, mentor, scale, and ultimately lead teams to success in a full remote / distributed environment

  • Strong project and roadmap management skills - you’re able to build towards top line goals and consider tradeoffs along the way

  • Analytical - ability to recognize and analyze trends in data

  • Ability to influence - you’ll work across multiple stakeholders and need to communicate in a way that resonates with each audience

  • Systems thinking - excited about both incremental improvements and big-thinking overhaul projects

Bonus Areas of Expertise: 

  • Experience in an Enterprise SaaS company

  • Have led Talent Brand and Early Career programs

Compensation Range:

$202,500 - $225,000

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Benefits:

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • Hub-Based Remote Work: Handshakers can enjoy the flexibility of remote work whilst ensuring in-person collaboration, and team experiences remain possible.
  • Financial Management with Origin: We provide you with a professional financial planner via Origin to gain a better understanding of making the most of your compensation, equity, benefits, and perks.
  • Paid Parental Leave: All new parents at Handshake (both birth and non-birth giving) are encouraged to take time to focus on their growing family and are eligible for paid family leave. US Handshakers are provided up to 16 weeks of paid family leave for birth-giving parents and 10 weeks for non-birth-giving parents.
  • Mental Health Assistance: We are here to support you in every step of your mental health journey; our benefits include Employee Assistance Programs that offer counseling support for those eligible. 
  • Home Office Stipend: Handshake offers $500/£360 for you to spend on setting up a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • Learning: Learning & Development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.
  • Team Bonding: Regularly scheduled virtual company-wide and team events! Once it’s safe, we’ll provide meaningful connection points throughout the year for Handshakers to build community and meet teammates in person.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hardworking, nice people who are committed to making a difference!
(US Handshakers)
  • 401k: We care about your ability to save for your future. Launching Spring 2022, Handshake will offer a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage.
  • 2022 Time Off: All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. We also offer 8 standardized holidays, 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off, and 2 one-week periods of Collective Time Off (7/4-7/8/2022) and (12/26-12/30/2022).
(UK Handshakers) 
  • Pension: Handshake matches 3% of your salary towards your pension scheme. 
  • Healthcare: Handshake's comprehensive healthcare policy covers 100% of employee premiums & 100% of dependent premiums for medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • 2022 Time Off: Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.
Benefits above apply to employees in full-time positions.
Looking for more? Explore our comprehensive US benefits at joinhandshake.com/careers.
 

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About Handshake

How we got started Handshake was started in 2014 by Garrett Lord, Scott Ringwelski and Ben Christensen - three students from Michigan Tech, an engineering school in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Surrounded by more than 200 inches of annual snowfall and an eight-hour drive from Chicago or Detroit, Michigan Tech doesn’t see many recruiters from outside of the Midwest. Garrett was particularly frustrated about the difficulty Michigan Tech engineering students faced in getting in the door at top tech companies. So after hustling nonstop to get a Silicon Valley internship of his own, he took matters into his own hands and started brokering intros for his classmates to Bay Area companies. He earned $60k in referral bonuses in less than a year, and paid his way through college. Encouraged by the impact one person could make at one campus, Garrett, Scott, and Ben bought an old car and drove to college campuses across the country. They learned that students, employers and career centers were all frustrated by the current process, particularly how student access to opportunities was so unequal. So they formed Handshake to transform university recruiting for the 20 million higher education students across the country and ensure that every student would have the same access to every job, no matter where they go to school. Today, Handshake is a fast-growing team of 80 based in San Francisco. We partner with 400+ universities, uniting them into one powerful network, which makes it easy for 200,000 companies to recruit efficiently beyond their traditional “core” schools, increasing the breadth and scope of opportunities for our 8,000,000 students, and giving our partner universities the data and tools they need to help their students build meaningful careers.

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