VP of Talent Acquisition

Cresco Labs

Chicago, IL, USA

Full time

Jan 24

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Recently named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 100 Cannabis Leaders, Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States. Cresco is built to become the most important company in the cannabis industry by combining the most strategic geographic footprint with one of the leading distribution platforms in North America. Employing a consumer-packaged goods (“CPG”) approach to cannabis, Cresco’s house of brands is designed to meet the needs of all consumer segments and includes some of the most recognized and trusted national brands including Cresco, Remedi and Mindy’s, a line of edibles created by James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal. Sunnyside*, Cresco’s national dispensary brand is a wellness-focused retailer designed to build trust, education and convenience for both existing and new cannabis consumers. Recognizing that the cannabis industry is poised to become one of the leading job creators in the country, Cresco has launched the industry’s first national comprehensive Social Equity and Educational Development (SEED) initiative designed to ensure that all members of society have the skills, knowledge and opportunity to work in and own businesses in the cannabis industry. 


At Cresco, we aim to lead the nation’s cannabis industry with a focus on regulatory compliance, product consistency, and customer satisfaction. Our operations bring legitimacy to the cannabis industry by acting with the highest level of integrity, strictly adhering to regulations, and promoting the clinical efficacy of cannabis. As Cresco grows, we will operate with the same level of professionalism and precision in each new market we move in to.


Cresco Labs is seeking a skilled Vice President of Talent Acquisition to join our HR team out of our Chicago, IL headquarters. Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Talent Acquisition, the Vice President of Talent Acquisition will manage the recruiting efforts of our field operations division, assist in training, developing, and mentoring a team of recruiters, in addition to being an individual contributor and managing systems, processes, reporting/analysis, and requisitions/workload across field operations. In partnership with the TA leadership team, the Vice President of Talent Acquisition will also help design and implement both short-term and long-term hiring strategies that reflect Cresco’s commitment to building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, you will help lead efforts for establishing best practices and building a collaborative and trusted relationship with internal and external stakeholders.


Manage workloads across the operations recruitment team, including assignments, reporting, and analysis of open roles across our operations locations, nationwide

Contribute to the development and creation of new positions and job descriptions, including content/formatting and ensuring alignment across the organization regarding banding, titling, reporting structure, etc.

Assist with the management of external vendors and systems such as greenhouse ATS, external job boards, agency partnerships, etc.

Assist with implementation of new sourcing methods, with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts and development of deeper community relationships such as career fairs, university partnerships, etc.

Maintain an individual requisition load, with a focus on Senior level positions (Director, VP, etc.) across operations positions nationwide.

Assist with overall team assessment and developing/implementing performance measuring KPIs such as time-to-fill, source of hires, etc.

Assist in implementation and management of internal processes/SOPs, programs, and short-term/long-term team strategies and initiatives

Partner closely with regional HR leaders and facility directors, to ensure alignment across staffing levels, compensation/benefits, and offer/onboarding processes

Manage field relationship with temporary staffing agencies, partnering with each facility to manage temp staffing levels at each site needs

Schedule and support regular on-site recruiting events in partnership with the local operation teams

Act as the subject matter expert to help coach and mentor hiring teams nationwide, including market assessments, compensation negotiations, talent assessment, process improvements, and overall best hiring practices.

Partner with compliance, legal, and HR to stay up-to-date with all local, state, and federal regulations around staffing, specifically within the cannabis industry.

Duties and ad-hoc projects as assigned by HR/TA leadership.


Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related field, or experience equivalent

10+ years experience within recruiting/talent acquisition function, with a minimum of 3 years within a corporate setting, including both high volume field/operations positions and niche corporate positions. HR Generalist or HR Business Partner experience highly preferred

5+ years of leadership experience managing and developing a team of recruiters

Previous experience overseeing TA or HR functions at a multi-state operations/manufacturing facility

Proven track record of meeting and exceeding hiring goals and other departmental KPI’s

Experience implementing and maintaining ATS systems and other HR databases, with a strong emphasis on reporting functions

Highly organized with the ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and prioritize effectively

Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills

Knowledge of labor and employment laws nationwide

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Strategic thinker and strong decision-making skills

Advanced proficiency in MS Office suite

Enjoys working in a start-up, fast-paced environment

Ability to travel as necessary


Cresco Labs requires that all corporate employees be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus on or before September 30, 2021. If you are offered and accept a position, you will be required to prove your vaccination status prior to when your employment begins. If you require a medical or religious accommodation with regard to vaccination, please let us know once you receive an offer of employment (if applicable).


Must be 21 years of age or older to apply

Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry 

Cresco Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

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Cresco Labs

Normalize and professionalize cannabis and educate consumers to eliminate the social stigmas associated with cannabis