The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.
NRDC’s HR team strives to be valued as experts who develop leading people solutions, foster a values-driven culture, and serve as strategic partners in furtherance of the organization’s mission. We are seeking a Director of Talent Acquisition to work within the Human Resources team. The position can be based in our New York, DC, or Chicago office. This position requires an experienced talent acquisition professional adept at all phases of recruitment and hiring, including developing policies and upgrading procedures, training and upskilling in-house recruiters, and overseeing NRDC’s relationship with a recruitment outsourcing provider (RPO), which is helping NRDC manage an influx of ~150 open and new positions over the next 9-12 months.
NRDC is looking for an experienced, motivated and proactive Director of Talent Acquisition (TA) who will lead the recruitment and hiring vertical in the Human Resources function. The TA Director will be responsible for all aspects of NRDC’s heavy volume and high-level recruitment needs. The Director will supervise a small in-house recruitment team and be responsible for their training as well as oversight of their performance in working with the hiring managers seeking to fill open positions, ensuring that the recruiters fulfill NRDC’s hiring objectives and cultivating a positive recruitment experience for both hiring managers and candidates. The TA Director also will implement and manage NRDC’s relationship with the incoming RPO, which is helping NRDC fill approximately 150 backfilled and newly-created positions. They will be responsible for the overall design and upgrading of our recruitment and hiring policies and procedures; serve as a strategic resource of information and advice for hiring managers; and ensure that complex recruitment and hiring matters are addressed in a consistent, supportive and legally sound manner. Among other responsibilities, the TA director will:
- Provide overall leadership and management for NRDC’s recruiting and hiring (R&H) guidelines and procedures concerning talent acquisition best practices, systems, and methodology
- Assist and advise senior management on all significant R&H initiatives, particularly with regard to R&H strategy and goals; support the internal hiring committee with prioritization of searches
- Evaluate, develop, and implement organization-wide R&H policies and practices to streamline and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our branding, postings, publicizing and outreach, applicant tracking, selection and hiring
- Collaborate closely with hiring managers and our RPO to craft job descriptions, deliver specific recruitment campaigns, and report on progress on a regular basis
- Expand NRDC’s sourcing avenues and outreach capabilities, particularly with regard to building diverse applicant pools
- Collaborate with our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), particularly with regard to our Inclusive Recruitment Policy and related R&H guidelines, and hold all hiring managers accountable for their respective roles in recruiting and selection
- Oversee, supervise, train and mentor the in-house recruiters, and provide similar coaching support to hiring managers, creating guidelines and templates for postings, resume review, phone screens, panel interviews, candidate competency exercises, salary determinations, and offers
- Oversee and manage the relationship with our RPO and third party vendors to ensure alignment and monitor appropriate service level agreements
- Take responsibility for the results of all staffing objectives by reducing time-to-fill, increasing quality of hires, and improving satisfaction levels among hiring managers
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of R&H issues, trends, and technologies, as well as labor laws relevant to recruitment and hiring.
- 7- 10 years of HR work experience with substantive leadership experience in recruitment and hiring
- Proven expertise in developing talent acquisition strategies, policies and procedures
- Strong leadership and management skills appropriate for a dynamic and evolving environment
- SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential a plus
- Excellent organizational, communications and interpersonal skills as well as exemplary customer service skills
- Good problem-solving ability and solutions orientation, with the ability to multi-task, manage competing priorities, and execute on objectives
- Collegial, level-headed, and engaged, with a good sense of humor
- Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.
NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet’s most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. Job grade for this role is Solves 4. Salary minimum is $135,000; salary midpoint is $155,000. Salary may be higher as appropriate for the selected candidate, with internal equity considerations taken into account.
To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your cover letter and resume through our online portal. Please reference where you saw this posting. We encourage candidates to upload any additional materials that would showcase relevant experience and abilities. Due to the high volume of applications NRDC receives, we will only contact candidates we would like to progress through the search process. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes, or in-person resume drop-offs.
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