The Talent Acquisition Partner is a member of the Talent Acquisition team in the Office of Human Resources and reports to the Director of Talent Acquisition. The Talent Acquisition Partner is accountable for delivering recruitment services to assigned client groups within various business units and/or departments. The Talent Acquisition Partner will develop strong business partnerships, provide policy and procedure interpretation, and serve as a consultant to hiring managers and department administrators on all recruiting-related activities to accomplish timely hiring objectives. This position will develop recruiting strategies, source active and passive candidates, screen and interview applicants, and prepare & negotiate offers to fill a variety of non-exempt and exempt positions.
This position requires travel between Chicago and Evanston campuses. Occasional off-site travel to recruitment events is also required.
Consult with clients on best practices (e.g. ways to ensure positive and consistent candidate experience, interview practices, etc.) and legal considerations to ensure compliance throughout the hiring process.
Conduct intake sessions with hiring managers and/or department administrators in order to build candidate search profile, determine search timeline, clarify recruiting process roles & responsibilities
Develop creative and cost-effective recruiting strategies to fill open positions in a timely manner and provide recommendations to client.
Source active and passive candidates independently, or in partnership with Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialists/third-party agencies, according to recruiting strategy.
Screen resumes based on minimum qualifications and target candidate profile.
Conduct prescreening interviews to assess candidates and recommend top candidates to hiring department for on-campus interviews.
Participate in on-campus interviews and selection committees, as needed.
Analyze compensation as it relates to internal equity, candidate expectations, and market conditions; consult with client on appropriate offer; seek approval on offers, as needed; support offer extension and negotiation.
Coordinate with Talent Acquisition Coordinators to ensure timely preparation and distribution of offer letter and onboarding paperwork; ensure completion of background check and onboarding activities.
Manage candidates through hiring steps in the applicant tracking system (ATS) in a compliant way.
Develop candidate pipelines for high volume and hard-to-fill roles to fill current and future needs.
Attend jobs fairs and community events that are of value and are effective in the identification of viable applicants; develop innovative ways to brand Northwestern at recruitment events; design, plan, and execute on-site recruitment events.
Cultivate strong partnerships with clients to ensure an understanding of the clients’ business needs and culture of the department and/or business units.
Build strong partnerships with HR colleagues (e.g. Compensation, HR Business Partners, etc.) and engage them in client conversations, as needed.
Develop and cultivate business relationships with key colleges, universities, student and professional associations to build and sustain a pipeline of applicants.
Develop partnerships with third-party agencies that can supplement sourcing activities.
Develop relationships with active and passive candidates.
Facilitate training with client groups on recruiting process and best practices.
Lead or support Talent Acquisition projects, as needed.
Participate in HR committees, as needed.
Mentor and coach less-experienced colleagues.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Three years recruiting experience in an academic, corporate, or staffing agency environment.
Experience managing candidates in an applicant tracking system (ATS) or candidate relationship management (CRM) system.
Previous experience managing candidate and hiring manager relationships.
Knowledgeable of Federal and State Employment Law.
Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel).
Ability to cultivate strong business partnerships.
Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
Strong team orientation and collaboration skills.
Ability to work independently with little supervision.
Conflict resolution skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Tendency towards continuous improvement.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
HR certification (SHRM or HRCI) and/or Masters Degree in Human Resources.
Five years of full life-cycle recruiting experience in an academic environment, nonprofit, or service industry.
Experience recruiting in a high volume environment.
Experience managing complex relationships in a consensus-driven environment.
Experience hiring for a variety of exempt and non-exempt roles.
Project management experience.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.