Job Title: Director of Recruiting
Location: San Francisco, CA or Boston, MA
Time Commitment: Full Time
To Apply: Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to [email protected]

About FUSE Corps

FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that enables local government to more effectively address the most pressing challenges facing urban communities. In pursuit of this mission, FUSE runs an executive-level fellowship program in civic innovation that is focused on accelerating cross-sector collaboration and community-based problem solving. FUSE partners with city leaders to identify key strategic challenges and then recruits entrepreneurial professionals from the private sector who spend a year working in local government to address those challenges. FUSE fellows are uniquely positioned to achieve transformative impact across issues areas such as education, health, social services, economic development, public safety, and the environment.

FUSE fellows average 15-20 years of professional experience, predominantly as private sector leaders in major corporations and global management consulting firms, and generally with graduate degrees such as MBAs. Over the course of the year of service, FUSE provides its fellows with ongoing learning opportunities, executive coaching, and various forums for peer-to-peer support from other fellows, alumni, and leaders across our partner cities. Each fellow works closely with a wide array of diverse stakeholders to plan, coordinate, and drive progress toward ambitious impact goals related to their specific project. FUSE is also increasingly focused on distilling and articulating the innovations developed by fellows as part of their projects in order to communicate those insights broadly and help inspire leaders in other cities to reimagine the ways in which their governments can successfully address local challenges.

Since FUSE was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area five years ago, this unique program has grown quickly in response to mounting demand from cities across the country. The current cohort includes 35 projects in governments throughout California (San Francisco, Stockton, San José, Fremont, Long Beach, Los Angeles) and across the country (Denver, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.). The response from prospective fellows has been equally robust making the application process extremely competitive among private-sector executives seeking to serve in this prestigious program and have a different kind of impact in their communities. FUSE plans to continue to expand toward placing 100 fellows annually across 25 cities and widely communicating the impact of their work. This rapid growth is being generously supported by a coalition of foundations including the Omidyar Network, James Irvine Foundation and Kresge Foundation.

Position Description

This position is a high-impact opportunity for an entrepreneurial professional with a background in executive search management who is passionate about FUSE’s mission. The Director of Recruiting will build an innovative, efficient, and results-oriented system for managing up to 50 concurrent national executive searches to recruit the talented leaders who will ultimately become FUSE fellows in cities throughout the country. The searches will vary dramatically. For example, one fellow role may require a data scientist with a background in healthcare to undertake a leadership role in San Francisco; while another may involve searching for a marketing expert with a background in climate change to fill a key role in New Orleans; and yet another search may entail finding a financial executive with a passion for workforce development to lead an effort in Philadelphia.

For the past three years, FUSE has outsourced the majority of its recruiting efforts to a retained search firm to help attract over 1,000 applications annually across a wide range of unique positions. The recruiting team then averages approximately 500 initial phone interviews and another 250 follow-up video-conference interviews to select the 125 finalists who will interview (three finalists per project) with our 40+ host agency leaders to select the individuals who will serve as fellows.

Due to the cohort-based nature of our model, all searches are conducted concurrently beginning in the late spring and leading up to a deadline of having every position filled by late summer for the program that begins in September. Starting in 2019, FUSE will begin launching two cohorts each year, with one group of fellows starting in April and the other starting in September, which will allow for a steady-state recruitment effort that runs continously throughout the year.

Given our current scale and plans for future growth, FUSE is now in the process of concluding the relationship with our outsourced partner and bringing this function in-house by hiring a recruiting team, beginning with the selection of our first Director of Recruiting. Reporting to the Managing Director of Programs, the Director of Recruiting will lead the development and implementation of a recruitment function that will identify a diverse pool of highly-experienced professionals, ensure an excellent search experience for both applicants and government partners at every stage of the process, and result in a diverse cohort of FUSE Fellows that are uniquely qualified for their individual projects as well as the program as a whole. Specific responsibilities will include:

• Contionue to develop FUSE’s ideal candidate and core competency frameworks for the fellowship program and a strategy for continously identifying high-quality candidate sources. Analyze available materials (i.e., past interview questions, success of current and former fellows, sources of past fellows, etc.) to determine experiences, skillsets, and personality attributes most likely to lead to a successful fellowship. Determine sources such as job posting websites, partnerships, affinity groups, events, etc., where those candidates may be best sourced, recognizing that direct sourcing through LinkedIn has been FUSE’s single most successful recruitment strategy to date.

• Develop and implement an operations strategy for building a recruiting function. Design clear processes, systems, staffing and technology plans for fellowship recruiting allowing for 45-50 concurrent executive searches for projects in 12-15 cities during each six-month period.

• Manage recruiting operations. Oversee day-to-day operations to ensure that recruitment goals remain on target including identifying and removing potential barriers; pivoting recruitment strategies in real time, as needed; bringing in surge staff to support candidate sourcing; and other functions needed for effective recruitment operations.

• Institute efficient communication and project management approaches. Lead the development of real-time dashboards, status updates, and other tools needed to keep all aspects of fellow recruiting on track including internal communications strategies and tools as well as communications with agency partners. FUSE currently utilizes the JobScience platform for candidate management, which operates on top of a Salesforce-based data management system. Work to continuously improve the functionality of these systems.

• Evaluate systems and test new approaches. Lead post-recruitment season reviews of seasonal operations and define improvements for subsequent recruiting seasons. Identify and champion opportunities to automate the recruiting process and test new technologies for streamlining the application, recruitment, interview, and selection processes.

• Build and supervise recruiting team and partners. Partner with FUSE’s leadership to develop a staffing plan and then hire recruiting team members as needed to meet the organization’s goals. Manage full-time and temporary staff, consultants and contractors as well as corporate partnerships with LinkedIn and other organizations capable of amplifying the success of FUSE fellowship recruiting.

• Outplacement support for fellows and alums. Support fellows and alums as they continue to look for opportunities in civic innovation after the fellowship including job search counseling, resume development advice, personal brand management, and leveraging job search tools.


• Passion for FUSE’s mission and demonstrated commitment to related issue areas such as civic innovation, urban renewal, cross-sector collaboration, entrepreneurship, and/or leadership development.

• 10 + years of leadership experience in the field of recruiting and talent acquisition, with track record of leading high performing teams.

• Superior level of experience using LinkedIn, JobScience, Salesforce and other job search platforms for recruiting candidate. Comfort working with data and identifying insights and trends to help drive the recruitment process.

• Outstanding organizational and project management skills with strong attention to detail and ability to follow up and follow through to meet aggressive deadlines. Ability to plan, manage, and track projects, and to communicate about them with multiple stakeholders. Proven ability to simplify and streamline processes.

•Strong analytical skills with the ability to clearly convey complex topics to multiple audiences through various presentation formats.

• Outstanding interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to develop deep relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders.

• Ability to work on a small team and within a resource-constrained environment, always maintaining a focus on the organization’s needs and strategic priorities.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to [email protected]

FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.