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Chicago Zoological Society is Looking for an AIRS Certified Senior Recruiter

Senior Recruiter
Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield, IL

Requisition ID# 926WL This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by providing value-added support for the recruitment function with the goal of hiring the best qualified candidates for available positions, helping to shape a workforce of excellence, and assuring organizational fit with CZS mission, vision, values, and success factors. The Senior Recruiter partners with internal customers to identify recruitment needs and objectives for full-cycle recruitment. Develop and execute recruitment strategies to identify and attract highly qualified candidates. Conducts in-depth screening and thorough behavioral-based interviews.Full- cycle activities include: sourcing, screening, interviewing and facilitate hiring for exempt and non-exempt positions. May oversee activities of Recruiter as requested. Responsibilities: Assists with and/or manages hands-on daily recruitment process, from posting, sourcing and interviewing to offer negotiations and successful on-boarding of new hires. Establishes relationships and partners with hiring managers to understand business goals and staffing needs, preferred candidate profile and identifies recruitment sources to recommend and implement optimal recruitment strategies.

Proactively and effectively manages open positions. Conducts thorough screening and in-depth behavioral interviews to properly assess skill sets and competencies of candidates and to obtain work history, education, training, compensation requirements, and other job-related information to assess organizational fit and refer most qualified candidates to the hiring manager. Review and discuss candidates considered and manager’s selection recommendations including counseling on offer details. Prepares final offer packet for review and approval by required internal approvals for full-time and regular, part-time positions.

Negotiates and extends job offers for assigned positions. Prepares Payroll Advice forms for manager’s signature for new hires/rehires. Works closely with the Manager, Staffing & Talent Acquisition to maximize current recruitment sources and identify new recruitment sources; to develop creative sourcing strategies to continually and proactively build a diverse candidate pipeline. Posts job announcements internally and externally (community organizations, university career centers, internet and niche job boards, etc.) Researches and recommends sources and organizations to Manager, Staffing and Talent Acquisition for approval.

Prepares or assists with preparation of job announcements. Disseminates information externally regarding available positions, including traditional weekly or biweekly sources. Develops and places internal job postings, website postings, and external job announcements, Help Wanted ads, posts employment bulletin on Intranet weekly, etc. Assures postings are promptly removed once position is filled.

Actively participates in job fairs and recruitment events in the community as requested. Proactively researches and recommends opportunities for participation. May contact colleges, job fairs, and other sources to arrange interviews. Prepares and provides information on organization and job opportunities to cultivate relationships with potential candidates.

Manages and supports recruiting initiatives, projects, and activities as directed. Corresponds with candidates to notify them of employment consideration and/or keeps candidates informed regarding the recruitment process until position is filled. Partners with hiring managers throughout the process and keeps managers appropriately informed of status of recruitment activities and communications with candidates. Conducts and oversees post-offer follow-up including correspondence, arranging new hire orientation, confirmation letters, pre-adverse and adverse impact letters if needed, complete file documentation in accordance with established procedures, notifications to appropriate staff, etc.

Performs testing (as needed) and conducts complete and thorough background and reference checks on all final candidates prior to hire. Maintains appropriate records and documentation of recruitment activity, decisions, and efforts. Assures timely updating of pertinent information. Prepares reports as requested.

Maintains recordkeeping and reporting systems in accordance with established practices. Actively contributes towards effective recruiting metrics such as cost per hire, time to fill, customer satisfaction, etc. Other related duties as assigned. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Behavioral Science, Psychology, or other closely related field or equivalent combination of education and/or experience required.

Minimum five years+ directly relevant full-cycle “corporate” recruitment experience required successfully managing volume including management level and niche positions with results orientation. Non-profit experience and/or agency experience is desirable. Proven ability to actively, creatively, and effectively source candidates through various recruitment strategies not limited to but including targeted research, cold calling, internet, professional networking, etc. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in recruitment function including screening candidates, behavioral-based interviewing, candidate management, capture strategies, offer negotiations, legal compliance and other HR systems, processes and procedures.

Excellent organizational and prioritization skills required; strong attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple projects with minimal supervision. Demonstrated initiative and ability to take action on information and resolve complex issues using sound business judgment. Computer literacy required; experience with ATS, HRIS, database, spreadsheet, and/or word processing systems required; Windows 2000 and/or Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, Excel) experience preferred. Highly professional appearance and demeanor.

Strong customer focus and appropriate service approach. Demonstrated skills in collaborative approach to build strong internal and external relationships. Team player with willingness to get involved and assume additional responsibilities. Ability to maintain confidential information.

Solid interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written. Behavioral Interview Training Certified and AIRS certification a plus. Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Multi-lingual ability and Spanish fluency a plus.

Valid driver’s license required. Illinois residents must possess a valid Illinois license within 90 days of hire. Valid out-of-state license required for out-of-state residents.

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