Recruiting Associate

Organization Profile:

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia – countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 7 million children by constructing more than 1,600 schools, establishing over 15,000 libraries, publishing 800 new children’s book titles in 11 local languages, and rewarding over 20,000 girls with long-term, holistic scholarships.

Room to Read has an annual budget of approximately US$43.7 million and our global staff numbers over 500. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco, and we have smaller fundraising offices in Delhi, New York, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Sydney, and Tokyo. We have an Asia Regional Office located in New Delhi and program offices in Colombo, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kathmandu, Lusaka, New Delhi, Pretoria, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. 

Position Overview:

Room to Read is seeking a Recruiting Associate with the drive to attract talent, develop recruitment strategies, and manage every step of the interview process. The Recruiting Associate’s responsibilities include managing the recruitment process for employees, temporary staff, contractors and volunteers across all departments primarily within our Global Office, which includes San Francisco, Hong Kong, New York, London, Sydney, Mumbai and Tokyo. S/he plays a critical role in ensuring we attract and hire worldwide talent. The position reports to the HR Senior Manager and is based in San Francisco. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage the recruiting and hiring process across all departments within the Global Office from start to finish. This includes working with hiring managers to define recruiting strategy plans, creating recruitment documents, writing job descriptions, conducting interviews, conducting reference checks, and assisting with making the offer.
  • Coordinate all interview scheduling using Outlook and occasionally WebEx; serve as the liaison for candidates throughout the interview process.
  • Maintain records for all applicants starting from resume submission to hire using our candidate tracking procedures.
  • Post and maintain our job postings on our website and for various job boards.
  • Oversee our hiring inbox.
  • Maintain department records and reports, including candidate files as they relate to recruiting.
  • Conduct informational interviews with prospective employees referred through the organization’s network.
  • Provide interview training to staff new to the RtR interview process and provide global support to our HR Managers worldwide.
  • Manage recruiting-related departmental metrics.
  • Participate in developing departmental goals, objectives and systems.
  • Maintain current knowledge and understanding of regulations, laws, industry trends, practices, and developments regarding Human Resources.
  • Assist with various research and/or special projects and other ad-hoc duties, as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Human Resources Management or a related field
  • 3-5 years of relevant recruiting experience strongly preferred
  • Prior experience with the full-cycle recruiting process
  • Ability to maintain the highly confidential nature of human resources work
  • Previous experience recruiting internationally preferred
  • Excellent customer service skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Detail oriented and organized, while being a strategic thinker
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented organization
  • Adept at using Outlook, Excel & Word
  • Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided
To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:
  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker; you’re not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment


Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, commuter benefits, and a 401K match. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world through literacy and gender equality in education.

Application Procedure:

Please send a cover letter and resume by email, with “Recruiting Associate” in the subject line, (no letters, calls, faxes, or drop-ins) to  While every application will be carefully reviewed, we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants due to high applicant volume. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing
the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. 


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Schools Constructed 1,930
Libraries Established


Books Published 1,158
Books Distributed 15,641,734
Girls' Education Participants


Children Benefited 9.7 million

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