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Director of Talent Acquisition

Smith College
Smith College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Job location: Smith College

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2022-01-07
Req: R-202200009

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Human ResourcesJob Description

Smith College seeks an experienced talent acquisition professional to lead the strategy to attract the highest quality candidates and support the college mission and strategic plans. We are looking for a creative leader with a passion for creating and executing on college recruitment strategies and generating a talent pipeline. You will oversee all phases of the recruitment and selection life cycle including sourcing, attraction, recruiting, offer and onboarding.


Strategy Creation and Execution:

  • Create and execute on a recruiting strategy that promotes employer brand, diversity sourcing, and interview process management

  • Create and oversee processes to work with the hiring manager and Human Resources Partners to review employment requisitions and develop targeted recruitment strategies to find the best qualified candidates

  • Oversee the creation of Smith’s internal temporary agency and relationships with external temporary agencies

  • Develop and manage relationships, contracts, etc. with external search firms, seeking new partnerships and negotiating rates as necessary. Oversee decisions relating to utilization of firms.

Recruitment and Campus Relationships:

  • Stay informed of the latest recruiting trends and apply innovative recruiting/sourcing techniques to ensure competitive state-of-the-art recruiting practices

  • Screen, interview, prepare candidate summaries, work with search committees and negotiate offers for executive level openings

  • Educate and advise managers on appropriate interview techniques and protocol, search committee oversight, offer negotiation, and other facets of the recruitment and hiring process

  • Conduct regular follow-up with managers and HR partners to determine effectiveness of recruiting plans, in partnership with the recruiting team

Process creation and Implementation:

  • Accountable for HR website content in areas related to the talent acquisition process; the posting site, manager toolkit, etc.

  • Lead improvement of recruitment related policies, practices, and procedures

  • Ensure college and legal compliance with staffing procedures

  • Manage the visa process for college staff and stay up to date with laws and policies

Data and Analysis:

  • Oversight of the tracking and reporting of recruiting activities (candidates, open requisitions, applicant files, interviews, etc.) and key metrics designed to measure recruiting activities and quality of hires. Communicate to stakeholders through appropriate channels.

  • Work closely with Sr. HR and Workforce Analyst to identify trends and create dashboards


  • Provide outstanding people management skills to lead the talent acquisition team; mentoring, developing, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement

  • Lead talent acquisition department huddles, sharing data and metrics and ensuring the team is copasetic regarding prioritization of roles, fill dates and capacity management

  • Act as informal leader in the recruitment space, providing guidance, best practices and partnership to college hiring managers

  • Lead and participate in strategic HR related projects

  • Other duties may be assigned or required for the performance of this position

Participate in the college’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive and welcoming work environment.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree plus five years of experience in talent acquisition

Minimum two years of experience leading teams

Demonstrated success in the following areas:

  • Clear understanding of end to end recruitment life cycle processes

  • Demonstrated expertise in leading sourcing work

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to inspirationally and operationally lead a team

  • Relationship building and influencing skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to manage competing demands while being extremely adaptable and flexible; must be organized and able to prioritize

  • Demonstrated ability to continuously improve processes

  • Thorough knowledge of employment laws, and other government compliance regulations that affect recruitment, selection, and employment

  • Experience working with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

Preferred Experience:


Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

Compensation Grade:

Grade G

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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