Selection Talent Acquisition Partner

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Mid Level

The Organization:  Merit America

Merit America is a non-profit that has been named by the New York Times as “a glimpse of the hybrid future of training programs for the disadvantaged.” Our fast and flexible programs are designed to work for underemployed and unemployed adults - who can learn while they balance work and family. We combine on-demand online learning with coaching and peer support (delivered in-person or virtually) to create the most effective, scalable model in the field.  Our goal is to build the most effective, large-scale education-to-employment program in the country, and​ we have the ambitious goal of reaching ​10,000 learners annually and driving $1B in aggregate wage gains by 2024.

In the past several months, more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. Today’s challenge is about more than getting Americans back to work: it is about creating pathways to higher-paying, more resilient careers in order to build a more equitable future as the economy recovers. Now, more than ever, we must rally behind the tens of millions of American adults who are unemployed or stuck in low-wage jobs in pursuit of family-sustaining, recession-resilient careers. 

To that end, Merit America is looking for a Selection Talent Acquisition Partner


The Opportunity

The founding role of the Selection Talent Acquisition Partner will ensure that Merit America is able to hire a diverse team of superbly talented team members as we scale. They will instill a healthy obsession with holding a high bar for talent and best-in-class talent selection practices. They will design and execute a short and long term strategy to ensure there is an exceptional person in every role at every level within Merit America. 

The Selection Talent Acquisition Partner will sit on the People Team, which is led by Crystal Barcelo, and will report directly to the Founding Director of Talent Acquisition.  The TA Partner will work primarily with the People Operations (POPs) team while supporting all teams across Merit America.


Job Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Selection Talent Acquisition Partner  will include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Screen resumes and applications of incoming applicants
  • Conduct phone interviews and review video interviews in an effort to identify top talent  
  • Recommend candidates for advancement
  • Create and consistently shape a consistent positive, welcoming, comprehensive, and efficient application experience for candidates

Exceptional Experience 

  • Build and advise hiring managers on strong finalist selection practices and matriculation efforts
  • Lead set up for success calls to ensure that candidates feel prepared for their finalist days and welcome them warmly and introduce them to Merit systems and culture  
  • Guide candidates through the selection process 
  • Ensure ongoing contact with top talent prospects

Trusted Partner

  • Liaise between candidates and hiring managers 
  • Provide hiring managers with feedback on interviewing skills  
  • Proactively anticipate and respond to hiring managers requests, slacks, e-mails, and phone calls  
  • Conduct regular check ins and advise hiring managers on hiring decisions, around level of experience, and DEI
  • Review and evaluate current and future staffing plans


Skills and Competencies

At Merit America, we believe that if you can excel in the job, you should get the job - so we hire for skills, instead of specific experience or education requirements. Below are the skills that are relevant for thriving in this role:

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Track record of setting ambitious goals and meeting them under tight deadlines
  • Ability to move multiple projects forward simultaneously and appropriately identifying and prioritizing critical path items.
  • Demonstrated strength in building relationships across difference
  • Proven strength of using data to drive decision making 
  • Ability to hold an exceedingly high bar for all candidates for Merit America, ensuring overall hiring manager satisfaction (95%) in selection support
  • Experience developing rigorous and pragmatic interview process for roles throughout a growing organization.
  • Strong detail orientation and a mindset of effective follow through. 
  • Is energized by our organizational mission, impact, values

We know that  women and people of color are often less likely to apply to a position if they don’t match 100% of the job qualifications.  Don’t let that be the reason you miss out on this opportunity!  We encourage you to apply if you can demonstrate many of these skills and competencies.  


Compensation, Benefits and Start Date

This position is full time

Salary Range (based on relevant experience): $77,600

Location:  Remote

Career Development Opportunities:  You’ll have an annual personal development stipend and education reimbursement plan to use towards workshops, books, or traditional classes.

Benefits: You’ll enjoy best-in-class benefits.  

  • 4-day work week
  • Unlimited vacation time 
  • Flexible remote work policy
  • Office closure during 10 federally recognized holidays
  • Two-week office closure at the end of the year / start of the new year, inclusive of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays
  • Health, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability
  • 4 months paid parental leave
  • 401(k) retirement plan (3% contribution)
  • Flexible Spending Account – pre-tax health & dependent care
  • Health Reimbursement Account employer-funded Benefit Card

Start Date:  Preferred 06/15/2022


To apply:

To learn more and apply, visit  Include a thoughtful cover letter with your application.  Due to the high volume of candidates for every role, we unfortunately can only respond to candidates who move onto the next step in the process.

What to expect in our process:

  1. Submit cover letter and resume for the role 
  2. Phone screen
  3. Performance Task (1.5 hours)
  4. Interview Day 
  5. Reference checks (we will not check references until we are ready to move forward)
  6. Offer


Building for Equity 

Building an inclusive, high-performing team that is diverse across lines of personal identity is integral to our success and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

This means we do not discriminate against any job applicant or employee because of their race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

We actively strive and evolve to develop and maintain workspaces that are fully inclusive. We encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Still excited about our work?  You can learn more about our work in this video we made with our founding partner, Google.


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