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Recruitment Strategy and Operations Manager

Recruitment Strategy and Operations Manager

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US-NY-New York
US-CA-Santa Monica
US-CA-San Francisco
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Human Resources [204000]

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is one of the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.4 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   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; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing.



Position Summary:


The Natural Resources Defense Council, the nation’s most effective environmental action organization, is looking for a Recruitment Strategy and Operations Manager to be based in our New York, San Francisco or Santa Monica office.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to partner with NRDC’s staff of administrative professionals, lawyers, scientists, and policy analysts who protect the environment and public health through advocacy, action, and education.


We are looking for a well-rounded HR professional with strong relationship-building and management skills to join NRDC’s Human Resources team. The Recruitment Strategy and Operations Manager will work closely with HR Partners and hiring managers to build a comprehensive candidate pipeline and ensure adherence with our recruitment processes, including monitoring tasks and processes to streamline and maximize the efficiency of sourcing and hiring candidates. The Recruitment Strategy and Operations Manager is the primary point of contact for talent acquisition inquiries and manages the process for sourcing candidates across the organization. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience and a track-record of success in building solid pipelines of candidates to meet organizational goals, has extensively cultivated relationships with a deep and diverse pool of well-qualified potential candidates in the environmental and advocacy fields, can leverage multiple recruiting sources and internet sourcing techniques to identify candidates, executes effectively on outreach and referral generation, and will create custom outreach and meaningful candidate engagement. The incumbent must have the ability to perform productively in a fast-paced work environment; be able to multi-task and juggle competing priorities and ability to maintain confidentiality.


The position reports to the Associate Director of Partner Relationship in Human Resources.


  • Manage full-cycle recruiting process ensuring a seamless, uniform and incredibly positive candidate experience.
  • Design, implement and monitor internal and external recruiting and selection processes and programs to attract, select and retain a qualified, diverse workforce in support of the organization’s strategic growth
  • Drive strategies through collaboration with the HR Partners and Hiring Managers to ensure the timely selection, placement, and onboarding of high quality and diverse candidates.
  • Identify new diversity recruitment tools and envision regular events and initiatives to increase the diversity of our candidate pipeline. Oversee the achievement of the diversity recruiting goals.
  • Build and maintain a network of potential candidates through pro-active market research and ongoing relationship management anticipating role fit and future openings.
  • Generate new approaches and strategies to identifying high-quality sources for top talent.
  • Partner with HR Analyst to track talent acquisition metrics (e.g. sourcing, funnel and conversion measurements) and provide regular reports and updates that closely monitor our progress, evaluate our investments, and uncover opportunities where we have room for improvement.
  • Lead/manage recruiting team consisting of Recruiter/Coordinator. The team will be on-site as well as remote.


To determine if you’re qualified, you would need to possess the following:


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Human Resources or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of full-life cycle recruiting experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience designing and executing diversity recruitment plans.


Professional Skill Requirements

  • Deep experience building and managing diversity recruitment programs.
  • Excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated a track record of meeting recruitment expectations and timelines with sustained results.
  • Strong demonstrable experience in developing talent sourcing strategies.
  • Ability to understand organizational needs and develop talent and recruitment strategy.
  • Established proficiency to coach and influence hiring managers throughout the recruitment
  • Demonstrate a passion for using data to inform decisions and drive execution. 
  • Strong change management and organizational/influencing skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

This opening will remain posted until Friday, March 9, 2018.  Do not wait to apply! We consider applications on a rolling basis, and may not wait until the deadline to interview and extend offers.


NRDC is very committed to diversity and inclusion both in the workplace and in our advocacy.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs.  Please reference where you saw this posting.  NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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