Talent Development and Engagement Manager

UpStart | Oakland, CA, United States

Posted Date 12/13/2021

Talent Development & Engagement Manager


UpStart partners with the Jewish community’s boldest leaders to expand the picture of how Jews find meaning and how we come together. Whether someone is starting a new Jewish venture, or reimagining what an existing one has to offer, UpStart gives them the entrepreneurial tools and network they need to build the Jewish community of the future.


We are seeking a Talent Development & Engagement Manager to implement and develop initiatives that drive employee development, engagement, and belonging, in alignment with UpStart’s overall organizational strategy. The Talent Development & Engagement Manager will coordinate activities across the employee life cycle, from recruitment and hiring to onboarding and offboarding. This person will support talent growth and engagement while ensuring that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) is embedded into all related structures, processes, and initiatives.  


The Talent Development & Engagement Manager will be an integral part of the People team and report to the Chief of Staff, with a close relationship to the Chief Financial and Operating Officer and Senior Director, DEIJ. We are open to applicants from all locations throughout the US and currently have hubs in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and New York City. 




Talent Recruitment & Development 

  • Establish recruitment systems and implement the administrative aspects of hiring, including posting strategically, first round interviews, offer letters, etc.
  • Support the growth and development of team members through the design and implementation of performance management and growth planning processes.
  • Coordinate and develop professional development (PD) programs in alignment with a clear talent development philosophy, including PD funds, team learning, manager training, mentorship programs, etc.
  • Coordinate and update employee orientation and onboarding, as well as departures. 
  • Serve as an ongoing resource and support to the team at every step of the employee journey.
  • Coordinate UpStart’s internship programs. 


Employee Engagement & Belonging

  • Project manage, coordinate logistics, and support the design of team gatherings, including biweekly team meetings and regular full team gatherings. 
  • Implement ongoing data collection and analysis to inform recommendations of policies, processes, and initiatives that would foster greater recruitment and retention of high-performing employees.
  • Design and implement new initiatives to drive employee engagement and belonging.
  • Develop and manage initiatives to recognize team members, including both accomplishments and milestones. 
  • Develop and maintain an annual, cross-functional UpStart calendar ensuring transparency and alignment across the organization. 
  • Manage tech platforms that support team culture and employee development.



  • 4-6 years of experience working in talent development, human resources, and/or leadership development. 
  • Strong active listening and relationship-building skills with the ability to demonstrate both empathy and discretion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrating a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) lens into your work.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Demonstrated experience driving change and supporting others through change.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Experience using data to inform decision-making.
  • Experience working in a distributed, remote environment (preferred)



  • Critical and solutions-oriented thinker with the entrepreneurial drive to solve problems and navigate obstacles.
  • Organized and detail-oriented project manager, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively across multiple time zones and levels of seniority. 
  • Enthusiasm for both the implementation and adaptation of systems.
  • Adaptability and agility in the face of change, both organizational and technological.
  • Passion for UpStart’s mission and the work of UpStart’s network.
  • Committed to UpStart’s values of empathy, optimism, collaboration, and risk-taking.


Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting or standing at a desk and working on a computer.



The salary range for this position is from $65,000-$80,000 depending on experience. In addition to salary, UpStart offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, matching 401K, FSA, life and disability insurance, and an annual professional development stipend. We value the time you spend outside the office as much as we value the time you spend with us, and so, our flexible scheduling and vacation policies enable you to hold both.


Please submit your resume, along with a thoughtful cover letter (limited to one page), to our hiring team at [email protected]


At UpStart, our Team Philosophy is to Dream with Purpose, Build the ‘What Might Be’, and Grow the Good. This philosophy underpins how we work – and how we work together. For more about UpStart’s organizational culture, check out our culture deck.


We will be openly recruiting for this position until it is filled. We will directly follow up with candidates who have advanced to our first interview round. Candidates who have been selected to advance to an initial call will be contacted directly. Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to contact each applicant, but we still recognize and value the time and effort you’ve taken to submit your application.


Our internal process from submission to offer will look as follows:

  1. A first interview will be scheduled with the Hiring Manager.
  2. Candidates who advance to a second round will complete an experiential assignment in advance of interviewing with the CFOO and an additional team member (which is the third round).
  3. Finalists will participate in a third-round interview with the Hiring Manager. References will be requested of all finalists in advance of this final meeting.


UpStart strives to model our vision of a just, vibrant, and inclusive future. UpStart strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from low income or working class backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Salary65000.00 - 80000.00 Annual
Full Time
Engagement | Human Resources
Organization Type
Consulting Services
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | Life Insurance | medical | paid vacation | vision
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