Talent Acquisition Specialist

May 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives.

As part of University Human Resources, the mission of the Talent Management & Workforce Strategy team is to attract, develop, and retain a diverse and talented workforce that supports the university's mission of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care. We provide best practices for employee recruitment, professional development opportunities for Stanford employees, and organizational development consultation for Stanford departments and work groups.

The role of the Talent Acquisition Specialist is to partner with hiring managers and local HR staff in developing and implementing recruiting strategies, including candidate sourcing, job posting/advertising, diversity outreach, and interviewing strategies. The successful candidate will be able to have an agile approach; balancing unique customer needs with a standardization of approach needed for efficiency. The successful candidate will also establish credibility with hiring managers to influence them to try new talent acquisition approaches.


  • Provide guidance and tools to managers covering the entire search and hiring process.
  • Develop processes to create pipelines of qualified candidates for positions that are commonly needed at the university
  • Partner with hiring managers and local HR staff to determine basic requirements and qualifications of positions to develop job postings, candidate profiles, and selection criteria.
  • Set hiring manager expectations. Develop and execute service level agreements.
  • Cultivate pools of diverse potential candidates for future openings.
  • Refer searches to external employment agencies and manage vendors, as needed.
  • Ensure accurate and complete documentation is maintained, and appropriate metrics tracked.
  • Recruit from and/or conduct job fairs, as needed.
    * - Other duties may also be assigned
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Deep expertise and experience developing and implementing effective talent attraction strategies and solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a strong partnership with the senior human resources partners and other members of the management team.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and customer service skills.
  • Highly-developed interviewing skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal employment laws applicable to the hiring of employees, including affirmative action and equal employment opportunity requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with web-based systems and recruiting sources, including the internet, social media, warm/cold calling, referrals, events, networking, publications, industry groups/associations, and job fairs.
  • Proficiency with applicant tracking systems and Microsoft Office Suite.

    Certifications and Licenses:

  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls.
    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Travel on campus to schools/units.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

    About Us:
  • To learn more about University Human Resources, please visit:https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/
  • Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
  • Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 16,000. We are rooted in a culture of excellence and we value innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Human Resources

    Location: Human Resources Services
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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