Talent Acquisition Specialist

Lawrence Hall Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

The Talent Acquisition Specialist reports to the Vice President of Human Resources. Primary responsibility for finding qualified applicants for agency positions through development of relationships with colleges/universities in Illinois and the surrounding states and regular attendance at career fairs. Requires the ability to speak to groups and individuals about the agency in a manner that inspires people to want to work at Lawrence Hall.

Requires a basic understanding of the programs and the young people/customers served by Lawrence Hall and participation in basic trauma training with the ability to utilize that training when interacting with young people/customers of the agency. Ability to discuss the programs/young people with applicants, both internal and external, and ability to market the agency and the benefits of working for the agency to universities/colleges, career fair hosts, community leaders.

Must be able to effectively use verbal intervention skills with individuals six (6) through twenty-one (21) years of age.

Personal vehicle or access to a vehicle and ability to travel throughout Illinois and surrounding states. Flexible schedule required as Talent Acquisition Specialist may attend career events after hours and/or on weekends.


  • Contact local and non-local colleges and universities to develop relationships that lead to information sessions with individual classrooms, career fair participation and ensuring that Lawrence Hall is the first choice for internships and employment for students

  • Perform searches for qualified job candidates, using sources such as computer databases, networking, Internet recruiting resources, media advertisements, job fairs, recruiting firms, or employee referrals

  • Work with Development Marketing and Communications to update marketing materials, social media posts

  • Inform job applicants of details such as duties and responsibilities, compensation, benefits, schedules, working conditions, or promotion opportunities

  • Maintain current knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action guidelines and laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Schedule or conduct new employee orientation

  • Select qualified job applicants or refer them to managers, making hiring recommendations when appropriate

  • Review employment applications and job descriptions to match applicants with job requirements

  • Work with supervisors to properly on-board new employees and follow-up with new employees to gauge their satisfaction at regular intervals

  • Conduct exit interviews and ensure that necessary employment termination paperwork is completed

  • Use active and reflective listening skills and affirmations to demonstrate respect and empathy, avoiding negative and derogatory labels that foster disrespect

  • Understand that behaviors, responses, attitudes, and emotions are a collection of survival skills often developed in response to traumatic experiences

  • Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment

  • Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve-month period

  • Ability to work effectively with program participants and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Job description pg. 2

  • Maintains electronic calendar to provide accounting for daily activities and provides permissions for viewing to the appropriate individuals

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree preferred. Candidate without degree must have at least two years of experience in the not-for-profit field

  • Ability to speak to large groups, classrooms and individuals about Lawrence Hall

  • Knowledge of childhood trauma and prior experience working in settings with youth and families that have been exposed to trauma or experiencing traumatic stress preferred

  • Knowledge of youth development, adolescent issues, positive youth development/strengths-based approach preferred

  • Personal vehicle or access to vehicle and proof of insurance

  • Valid Illinois Driver's license

  • No history of child abuse or neglect

  • Ability to pass background and drug screen

This position meets the FLSA requirements for Exempt.

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