Born from a tradition of nonprofit journalism and deeply engaged in innovative digital ventures, The Chronicle is motivated by an important mission: to inform with intelligence the people and institutions that work to improve society. Today, The Chronicle serves the higher-education and nonprofit communities through two industry-leading news and information resources: The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education provides more than two million professionals across higher education the right information to make the best decisions for their students, their institution, and their career. For more than five decades, The Chronicle has been the unrivaled leader in higher-ed journalism, providing award-winning news and information, deep insights, and opportunities for professional growth to those who shape higher education. And for those who work at nonprofit organizations advancing the social good, The Chronicle of Philanthropy has been the leading authority for 30 years on the news, information, trends, and resources they need to help them deliver on their missions.

The Chronicle is now building for the next 50 years, expanding its product offerings and making significant investments to continue to provide the indispensable knowledge, tools, and data that our audiences need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Through its independent journalism, valuable information, innovative products, and real-world solutions, The Chronicle is committed to helping these essential communities transform, endure, and thrive.

The Chronicle is a privately held, for-profit company based in Washington, D.C.


• Founded in 1966 by Corbin Gwaltney
• Headquarters: Washington D.C
• 200 Employees


The Director of Recruitment is responsible for improving and growing the Chronicle’s online job-and-career products and services through customer-focused product development and ecommerce solutions. This position takes a lead role in developing career and recruitment-related products for the higher education and philanthropy sectors. This role ensures that the Chronicle’s online recruitment offerings are the best in the industry with effective and sophisticated user-centered services, features, and design. The Director maintains close relationships with recruitment and higher-education professionals to drive improvements as well as collaboration with the product development team. This role reports to the Managing Director of Talent Solutions.


• Minimum of 7+ years of experience in a digital/ecommerce platform; experience in an online recruitment environment preferred.
• Product P&L ownership required
• Significant leadership experience with customer focused product development
• Strong background of recruiting and talent management digital solutions
• Proven track record of business analysis, research, and financial modeling to determine product feasibility
• Understanding of software development life cycle and user interface design
• Supervisory and team management experience
• Previous experience of leading the development and execution of product strategy for online recruitment
• Develop and use internal and external customer data and business intelligence to inform strategy
• Ability to collaborate and work effectively across all levels of the organization
• Strong problem solving, analytical, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills are essential
• Strong negotiation skills and the ability to effectively influence others at all levels in the organization
• Bachelor’s degree required


• Manage annual budget; develop expense and operational plan to meet and exceed revenue goals
• Responsible for ecommerce sales, marketing, product development efforts
• Maximize revenue to job board through packaging, pricing, marketing and ecommerce solutions
• Understand job board TAM and develop strategies to increase customer base of both job posters, job seekers, and market share
• Learn current and potential customer base broadly and how their behaviors reflect trends in higher education, philanthropy, and recruiting
• Maintain expert knowledge of the talent management landscape in higher education and philanthropy
• Develop relationships with a broad cross-section of higher education professionals to act as sources of information and informal product consultants
• Serve as advisor to company leadership on business strategy, job seeker and job poster relationships, and joint activities with editorial, finance, and technology teams
• Inform others about technology trends that could influence the direction of recruitment services and product design and communicate trends in web traffic that can help improve usage of the site, among job seekers and job posters.
• Use systematic, customer-centric, and data-driven approach to develop product strategy
• Align company business strategy and goals with those of the user and/or customer
• Develop product goals in partnership with Managing Director
• Work with technology department leadership to evaluate and/or prototype new product features
• Manage the product backlog and roadmap, leading product prioritization discussions among stakeholders to define the roadmap and adjust the backlog
• Communicate upcoming changes to product to internal teams and stakeholders





Our client and Buffkin / Baker firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status of any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.


Buffkin / Baker
10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 180
Nashville, TN 37027

Craig Buffkin, Managing Partner
Office: (615) 988-2580
Cell: (615) 417-4383

Britt Adams, Associate
Office: (615) 988-2597
Cell: (865) 385-4800

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