• professional bio

    NATHANIEL KOLOC

  • NATHANIEL KOLOC

    Director of Talent Acquisition & Development, Hillary for America

    I build and optimize teams that matter.

    I'm a team-builder who specializes in recruiting thoughtful and skilled people to accomplish things that will make a positive mark on history.

     

    I approach hiring & culture through the lens of meaningful work.

     

    I love getting to know talented people, and helping them develop their careers. I'm a strong advocate for people reflecting deeply about how they can build a career that's worth having.

     

    My expertise includes executive & mid-level search, hiring process design, the latest recruiting tools & platforms, professional development & career-pathing, team performance, and culture design.

  • MY WORK

    Hillary for America

    Director of Talent Acquisition & Development

    I oversee the recruiting operations and talent development programs for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

     

    My talent acquisition portfolio includes designing our application intake system and processes, choosing our recruiting tools and channels, designing hiring workflows and interview plans, as well as running candidate sourcing support for our teams (e.g. analytics, field, operations, digital, engineering & product).

     

    My talent development portfolio includes coordinating our executive coaching program, conducting management trainings, and administering and analyzing staff surveys to make sure feedback is flowing smoothly within and between our teams.

     

    This Fast Company article, How the Hillary Campaign Built a Staff as Diverse as America, explains our approach to team building at the campaign.

    CEO 2011-2015

    In 2011 I cofounded ReWork, a boutique recruiting firm that puts talented people to work on society's most pressing challenges, and led the founding team for four years.

     

    ReWork supports hiring managers at mission-driven organizations with retained and non-retained search services for mid & senior level hires, across a range of non-technical org functions (e.g. operations, finance, marketing, communications, sales, management).

     

    ReWork has made hundreds of placements at organizations that are transforming the fields of education, public health, financial inclusion, and international development, among others.

     

    Starting and running ReWork taught me not only the ins-and-outs of recruiting and how to design great a hiring process, but also the gritty reality of operating a small business: the hustle required to run a consistent sales funnel, the ethos customer service, the dedication that goes into managing a team, and the sustained intention required to build an enduring culture.

     

  • MY STORY

    In the years after graduating from the University of Vermont, I enjoyed a range of work adventures - from installing rain barrels and leading ecotourism trips, to building backcountry bridges in US National Parks, to raising $1.5M for budding nonprofits and urban development projects.

     

    That journey left me convinced that meaningful work - work that is rewarding, that facilitates the life you want, and that allows for authenticity - is something that everyone deserves to experience.

      

    After finishing graduate school in Sweden, I cofounded ReWork, a recruiting firm that specializes in placing mission-driven professionals at high-impact organizations. I ran ReWork for four years, growing the team and establishing the first iteration of our model.

     

    In April of 2015, I stepped down from being ReWork's CEO in order to serve as the Director of Talent Acquisition & Development for Hillary's presidential campaign. I chose to work for Hillary so that I could use my expertise in talent to do my part to keep our country on the right path, by building her the strongest campaign team possible to compete in November.

     

    I want to do everything I can to make sure that as many people as possible in the United States have access to rewarding, good-paying, world-positive jobs. I believe the best avenue to do this is to substantively encourage innovation - to help established companies shift into the future, and cultivate a groundswell of small businesses and fast-growing startups that are working to build the products and services of the future.

     

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  • MY BACKGROUND

    My networks are entrepreneurial and mission-driven.
    My background is in economic and ecological complex systems.

    New York City Venture Fellows

    Fellow

    2015

     

    I was honored to be one of 33 entrepreneurs selected for the New York City Venture Fellows program, which selects the most promising startup leaders in New York and pairs them with mentors, peer-learning opportunities, and introductions to seasoned investors.

     

    New Leaders Council

    Fellow - New York City

    2015

     

    I was one of 20 millennial leaders selected for the New York City region to join the NLC community for a five-month program designed to introduce us to the world of progressive policy, politics, campaigns, and organizing.

     

    Singularity University

    Executive Program

    December 2012

     

    At this program we spent 10 days examining the technological development of networks & computing systems, renewable energy sources & storage technologies, nanotechnology & molecular assembly, robotics & artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and 3D printing & distributed manufacturing.

     

    Unreasonable Institute

    Fellow

    2011

     

    I spent six weeks living in a house with 24 other entrepreneurs and 60+ mentors - specialists in branding, startup finance, team building, operations, fundraising, communications, and more - learning how to build a mission-driven startup.

     

    Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola

    Masters of Science - Strategic Sustainable Development

    2010-2011

     

    I went to Karlskrona, Sweden to study strategic sustainable development under Karl-Henrik Robert in his MSLS program. The program revolves around what companies and governments can do to shield themselves from risk and improve their competitive advantage by proactively and strategically addressing social and environmental challenges.

     

     

    Thesis: Embedding socio-economic sustainability into impact investor due diligence.

    University of Vermont

    Bachelor of Arts - Global Human Impact Studies

    2004-2008

     

    I studied the interconnected systemic issues that society has become aware of in recent decades – from climate change and consequences of fossil fuel use, to ecological collapse and biodiversity loss, to topsoil erosion and deforestation, to preventable disease, malnutrition, and poverty.

     

     

    Thesis: Ecological wastewater treatment in Stonetown, Zanzibar: A feasibility analysis.

    School for International Training

    Zanzibar - Coastal Ecology

    Spring 2006

     

    I lived with a local family in Stonetown, learned Swahili, and studied marine and coastal ecosystems, including whaleshark migration patterns and population dynamics of large mammals in Saadani National Park.