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Talent Resourcing Manager: Education Support

Harris FederationCroydon

The Harris Federation mission is to transform education in London so that every student in a Harris Academy receives an outstanding education. Effective recruitment in a highly competitive schools employment market is an integral part of maintaining and continuing to improve our exceptional educational standards.

Our Talent Attraction & Resourcing Team (TA&R Team) is responsible for the Federation talent acquisition strategy, branding and Employer Value Proposition. The team comprises dedicated recruiters who help coordinate and support the full cycle hiring process. We partner with hiring managers and departments from across the Federation to ensure an excellent candidate experience and a robust and efficient recruitment and selection process.

We are looking to appoint an experienced internal recruiter / talent acquisition manager to join the central TA&R Team, working with both primary and secondary academies to support in the attraction and appoint of qualified education practitioners, including teaching staff, Senior Leadership Teams, pastoral staff and teaching assistants.

About Us

The Harris Federation is a leading education charity with 51 Harris primary and secondary academies across London and Essex. The founder, Chairman and sponsor of the Harris Federation, Lord Harris of Peckham, opened our first school in 1990. We now have over 5,000 staff and educate some 40,000 young people, and closing the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission. 

We are looking for an experienced recruiter who has a genuine interest to work in the Education sector and a desire to help our academies and the young people of London. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the direct impact of how effective recruitment can play a key role in the success of our academies.

Main Areas of Responsibility

Working alongside other specialist members of the team, your primary responsibility will be to advise and support academies in the attraction, selection and onboarding of staff in line with mid to long term objectives and goals. You will be expected to support academy Senior Leadership Teams and local HR officers with both permanent and contingent recruitment. 

Reporting to the Head of Talent Attraction & Resourcing your responsibilities will include:

  • Ability to create, lead and manage multiple jobs/headcount and recruitment processes, delivering to multiple stakeholders with an emphasis on candidate experience and quality service.
  • Working as part of a team to develop resourcing, marketing and communication strategies to attract and secure top talent for the Federation and its academies.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with academy Senior Leadership and HR teams to ensure a highly effective recruitment and selection processes.
  • Working in partnership with the team to support and influence the development of diverse talent attraction strategies that align to the overall Federation EVP
  • To work within and promote the Safer Recruitment and Recruitment & Selection Policies to ensure best practice approaches to recruitment and fully compliant processes.
  • Liaise and meet with hiring managers prior to recruiting in order to gather details needed for requisitions, job descriptions, person specifications, advertising, pre-screening and interviews.
  • To support and guide hiring managers, where needed, through shortlisting, interview, selection and offer stages by offering advice and solutions.
  • Helping to develop and promote innovative and engaging recruitment marketing techniques to build talent pipelines and internal talent pools.
  • Participate in local professional networking events and university careers fairs.
  • Support with targeted social campaigns to help build the talent pool through referrals, events, sourcing and content marketing.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Experience of working in the education industry
  • 5+ years recruitment experience gained in education, social care or public sector market
  • Experience in a variety of resourcing tools and techniques
  • Excellent project planning skills to implement recruitment campaigns from scratch
  • Previous experience working to stringent safer recruitment, pre-employment screening standards
  • Experience in permanent and temporary/contingent recruitment
  • Experience of working in a large organization and working with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong track record of delivering quality hires in a fast-paced environment
  • Previous experience in building and developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven track record in managing multiple requisitions/jobs within tight deadlines
  • Previous experience in managing project work and keeping to deadlines
  • Previous experience in setting and managing budgets

Next Steps

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Harry Bond, Head of Talent via e-mail:

Before applying, please download the Job Pack for full job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your application.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted via our careers website before the deadline.

Professional Development & Benefits

Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. 

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.

Safeguarding Notice

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

Equal Opportunities

The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.

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