Tech Bloc Hiring Chief Talent Officer for SA’s Tech Industry

Tech Bloc Hiring Chief Talent Officer for SA’s Tech Industry 900 600 C-Suite Network
A Tech Bloc banner is hung in Southerleigh. Photo by Scott Ball.
A Tech Bloc banner is hung in Southerleigh during its launch party in May 2015.

San Antonio will be the first city in the United States to take the bold step of hiring a recruiter for the city’s tech industry. Tech Bloc is pursuing a chief talent officer (CTO) to recruit talent on behalf of all technology companies across San Antonio.

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Typically, a chief talent officer is a senior level executive responsible for talent recruitment and development for a major corporation. However, no city to date has ever hired a CTO to help recruit talent for an entire industry. Online searches yield only the chief talent officer for the city of Detroit who recruits internally for the city’s management positions.

The Tech Bloc CTO will focus on the development, recruitment, and placement of tech talent inside San Antonio-based companies, providing a single-point-of-contact and coordination for the hiring of IT workers, employers, and educators in San Antonio, according to Tech Bloc CEO David Heard. The local tech advocacy group pitched this concept to both Bexar County and the City of San Antonio, working closely with the City’s Economic Development Department (EDD) to ask City Council for seed funding for the new position.

Heard estimates salary and startup materials for two years would cost about $300,000. The Bexar County Commissioner’s Court will meet July 25 to approve $150,000 to fund the position, with the City matching funds soon afterward.

The plan is for the position to become self-supporting over time. Heard described a membership program that would spread the costs of recruitment over hundreds of startups, small businesses, and large businesses benefiting from the CTO’s services.

Tech Bloc Founding Member David Heard.
Courtesy of Josh Huskin / PechaKucha San Antonio.

“We plan on raising private funding to complement the membership program so that after two years, this becomes a self-sustaining revenue model,” he said.

“I think [this new Tech Bloc position] will help broaden our reach for finding hard-to-find hires,” Geekdom Fund co-founder Michael Girdley said. “Given our talent gap…