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17 Oct 2022

Full-Time Vice President, Talent Acquisition – Posted by Lanham, Maryland, United States

Job Description


We are seeking a Vice President of Talent Acquisition who will lead the design and execution of 2U’s Global Talent Acquisition strategy and initiatives to amplify the company’s strategic direction, growth, and mission. The VP will be trusted to balance ownership for driving strategic partnerships and alignment with executive business leaders while coaching and guiding a global team. They will work with their leadership team to refine talent attraction strategies for key talent pools while also innovating on the processes, systems, tools and culture that will create a long-term candidate pipeline. The VP reports directly to the Chief People Officer and will partner closely with the senior People leadership team  to support evolving business needs and outcomes.

A successful candidate for this role will be an experienced, agile, results-oriented, collaborative leader who is excited to develop their team and see the impact of their work on our organization. This role is located in our HQ office in Lanham, MD.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Growing Leaders and Staff Management
    • Elevate, mentor, develop and retain global Recruiting leadership team (RLT) and their teams; delegate authority to expand leadership skills and day to day management
    • Manage through the identification of development opportunities, guidance around recruiting strategy, and ensuring effective business partner relationships globally
    • Provide resources to support leadership development and coaching; anticipate future leadership needs to manage expected growth
    • Contribute as thought partner to senior People leadership team and act as department champion across broader People Team
  •  Business Partnership and Recruiting Strategy
    • Serve as thought leader, advisor, coach and sounding board on TA strategy, initiatives, and issues to key stakeholders
    • Identify key strategic opportunities for RLT to leverage existing recruiting practices
    • Build relationships and partner with global executive leaders and RLT to develop short and long term priorities and hiring plans that align to the overall 2U strategic goals, in addition to overseeing development of employee referral, internship, college/university relations and other initiatives and programs based on business needs
    • Anticipates impact of 2U’s strategic objectives and priorities and provides guidance to global TA function
    • Manage job approval process and partner with CFO and global executive leaders on hiring priorities
    • Consistently work to innovate and expand the caliber of the global recruiting function by identifying, designing and leading best-in-class recruiting strategies, processes and systems in partnership with RLT; escalate the TA function to be viewed by leaders as true business partners
    • Partner with VP DEI, internal DEI groups, business leaders, and RLT to cultivate recruiting and hiring strategies and practices to further 2U’s commitment to inclusivity and diverse representation in the workforce
    • Oversee recruiting spend across the TA team and set global budget with a thorough understanding of anticipated costs and needs
    • Partner with the Internal Brand team to ensure the EVP, mission, and culture of 2U is showcased and elevated through candidate experience and across channels that align with 2U’s objectives and strategies
  • Systems and Data Support
    • Continually optimize metrics and Applicant Tracking System to create a more efficient and effective hiring process; Identify opportunities to create efficiencies across all recruiting organizations when possible
    • Drive the developing hiring dashboards with RLT to effectively communicate insights to hiring managers and senior leaders
    • Create, maintain, and communicate recruiting capacity plan to identify gaps, needs and predictions on hiring volume
    • Establish a data-oriented recruiting approach that leverages analytics and industry benchmarks to provide insights, decision support and drive accountability; establish KPI’s to measure recruiter performance, quality candidate experiences and quality of hires
    • Partner with the HRIS and Talent Analytics functions to find and implement opportunities for automation within recruiting workflow practices

Things That Should Be In Your Background:

  • 14+ years experience in Talent Acquisition; understanding of global recruiting dynamics, policies and business dynamics a plus
  • 7+ years experience in a Talent Acquisition leadership role leading high-performing teams; demonstrated success as TA leader leading managers and mentoring a team in an organization of comparable scale and complexity
  • Experience developing and executing short, mid, and long-term, data-driven strategies that yield top talent in competitive markets
  • Experience implementing DE&I recruiting best practices.
  • Ability to gain confidence and build trust with team, executives and other internal/external stakeholders
  • Executive presence in communicating and working effectively with all levels of an organization including the CEO and the executive team
  • Ability to prioritize, tackle diverse issues, juggle multiple high priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience administering in house or 3rd party applicant tracking system; familiarity with Greenhouse a plus
  • Experience with Microsoft office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Google Suite applications

Other Attributes That Will Help You In This Role:

  • A propensity for relentless customer service, along with the confidence to challenge hiring managers on making decisions that meet department and organizational needs
  • Remarkably good follow-up skills and the ability to communicate effectively and articulately
  • Interest in the EdTech space
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to thrive in an environment of constant change
  • Ability to rally and motivate a team towards a common vision
  • Experience working in global, matrixed environment
  • Broad business acumen and leadership knowledge with a strong ability to influence
  • An aptitude for using data and reports to educate and influence leaders throughout the recruitment process
  • Deep expertise at developing and articulating a clear vision, and inspiring others to act quickly and deliberately.
  • Deep experience working strategically and operationally with cross-functional leaders to build consensus around Talent Acquisition strategy and initiatives.
  • Confirmed ability to attract and retain outstanding talent and assemble and empower high performing teams.
  • Proven success hiring in both high volume environments as well as in niche searches

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)

2U is comprised of 3 lines of business: Graduate Degree Programs, Short Course, and Boot Camps. Going beyond traditional learning management systems, we use tech, people, and data to help top universities and enterprise organizations transform in the digital era—and eliminate the back row in higher ed. We support lifelong learning which means thinking beyond a single degree. It means finding ways for students to gain the skills they need to change careers, evolve their expertise, and meet the challenges of the changing world head-on. We help our partners fill those needs—developing new digital education technologies and offerings capable of supporting students at different points in their lives. Whether they need a simple refresher, to learn something new, or to change their career trajectories completely, our partners are there to help them succeed. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 275,000 students and lifelong learners.

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At 2U, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities of our employees. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by the ways in which we are different, as well as the ways in which we are the same.

Benefits & Culture

Working at 2U means working with individuals that are passionate and mission driven. We collaborate on tough problems to deliver the best outcomes for our partners, students, and each other. You will find team members working together in our open office spaces, gathered in the kitchen grabbing a snack, or taking a break in our game rooms.

2U offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Life insurance, disability and 401(k)
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • Generous paid leave policies including unlimited PTO
  • Additional time off benefits include: volunteer days, parental leave, and a company-wide winter break

To learn more, visit #NoBackRow

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits and pay.


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