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Talent Acquisition Specialist (Office of Human Resources)

Urban Institute

Urban Institute

People & HR
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

For more information on the Urban Institute, please visit https://www.urban.org.

The Opportunity:

Central to Urban’s mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. The Office of Human Resources for the Urban Institute seeks a seasoned recruiting professional

The Talent Acquisition Specialist will work to help elevate Urban’s recruitment strategy and employer brand by coordinating talent acquisition programs and activities that build a diverse pipeline of talent while establishing Urban as an Employer of Choice. The successful candidate will identify, attract, and source qualified, diverse candidates. In addition, this position is a DMV based hybrid position.

What You’ll Do:

  • Research, develop, and foster relationships with target universities, professional organizations, and external partners to coordinate internal and external recruitment events and activities which support Urban’s recruitment pipeline.

  • Serve as key contact and coordination lead for Urban’s Early Career Hiring such as informational sessions with target universities, professional organizations

  • Plan, organize, and execute events and activities for our summer internship program

  • Ensure positive candidate experience by collaborating with the Talent Acquisition Team

  • Post job opportunities to Urban’s external career site as well as to targeted diverse, academic and professional job boards

  • Ensure all candidates are provided with timely updates concerning the status of their application and interviews.

  • Guide and/or participate in cross-organizational projects and initiatives related to diversity in talent acquisition.

  • Provide support to the Talent Acquisition Director on key project deliverables and priorities.

  • Support the planning and logistics for Urban Talent Acquisition events in Washington, DC, and other recruitment projects and duties as assigned.

Who You Are:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration or relevant subject area and a minimum of 3 years experience in successfully progressive talent acquisition roles, or equivalent experience.

  • Display prior experience in program or event coordination: University or college recruitment coordination experience preferred.

  • Thrive in a dynamic environment utilizing excellent organizational and planning skills with a keen eye for detail.

  • Be a creative problem solver with an ability to analyze and resolve challenges as they arise.

  • Serve as a resource to the Talent Acquisition team and show willingness to get the job done under tight deadlines and take initiative to suggest improvements or innovations to processes and tasks.

  • Exhibit strong written, oral and relationship building skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional team members.

  • Have advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook) Social Media content creation a plus.

  • Has experience with recruiting professionals by utilizing proactive diversified sourcing strategies, including LinkedIn recruiter, social media applications, data mining, and online sourcing techniques.

  • Possess excellent organizational and prioritization skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Knowledge of Workday, our Applicant Tracking System, is preferred.

What You’ll Experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

The salary range for this position is Min $57,972, Midpoint: $73,204, Maximum: $87,242. Salary offered is commensurate with experience and considers internal equity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Salaries are just one component of Urban Institute’s total compensation package. Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after six months of service and 500 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

With the conclusion of the government-issued COVID-19 national public health emergency, Urban has updated our COVID-19 safety guidelines. All Urban Institute employees working from our onsite location must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comply with any masking requirements. Fully vaccinated is defined as receiving the primary series of US approved COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) with the addition of at least 1 COVID-19 booster. Employees who are working onsite may request exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement based on a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated. Where such an exemption is approved, Urban will discuss potential accommodation with the employee. These guidelines do not apply to employees who are teleworking or other offsite staff.

The Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees’ Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.