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Recruitment Consultant

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Admissions and Enrollment
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job-Specific Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, Talent Acquisition and Development and a member of Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Recruitment Services team, the Recruitment Consultant works closely with FAS hiring managers, department administrators, and HR Consultants and is responsible for full-cycle and customized recruitment services for the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) and other assigned requisitions.

The Recruitment Consultant will:
Manage recruiting from sourcing through hire. Consult and collaborate with hiring managers, Department Administrators and HR Consultants to understand recruiting needs. They will guide departmental staff through the hiring process; provide coaching on interview techniques, diversity strategies, compliance, and legal requirements.

Recommend sourcing options, screen candidates; coordinate and facilitate interview process including conducting interviews, debriefing sessions and follow up meetings as necessary; conduct reference checks; coordinate and negotiate salary. Implement good faith efforts to ensure that applicant pools have diverse candidates (minority, veterans, and individuals with disabilities). Participated in University-wide recruitment-related initiatives. In conjunction with the Recruitment Coordinator, provide metrics to hiring managers that inform recruitment planning and effective hiring strategies.

Typical Core Duties
  • Develop recruiting plans, identify sourcing strategies, interview candidates, administer appropriate assessment and reference/background checking
  • Partner with and advise hiring manager(s) and HR consultants to determine staffing needs; educate and train on recruitment and employment practices
  • Follow up with candidates and hiring managers to obtain feedback regarding recruiting process
  • Analyze and use recruiting data to improve employee recruitment
  • Develop and implement diversity and community recruiting initiatives in support of affirmative action hiring goals
  • Develop and implement advertising and social media recruitment strategies
  • May make hiring and salary recommendations and negotiate offers, after consultation with HR Generalists
  • May communicate important employment information during delivery of employment offers (e.g., benefits, compensation, non-compete agreements)
  • May plan, organize, and implement outreach efforts (college recruitment, diversity recruitment etc.); represent the University at recruiting events
  • May review and classify positions for both salary grade and FLSA status
  • May conduct executive level searches
  • May partner with Central Recruitment Services in areas such as vendor relations, recruitment compliance, systems (ASPIRE) support, university-wide initiatives, etc.
  • Adhere to OFCCP and AA/EEO regulations and established Harvard policies and procedures for compliant recruiting; work with hiring managers to build a diverse, representative workforce
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Experience with building pipelines for commonly hired positions is desirable.
  • Successful track record of recruiting diverse candidates for visible and critical positions.
  • Experience recruiting for higher education is highly preferred. Harvard Experience, a plus.
  • Ability to partner with clients and provide excellent customer service.
  • In-house recruitment experience preferred.
  • Creative problem solver, ability to work independently and as part of the FAS Recruitment team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with time pressure in high volume, fast-paced environment with attention to detail while providing excellent follow through, and managing multiple priorities.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Excel skills.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in an office setting
Additional Information

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities including the Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 13,000 students per year in approximately 65 liberal arts and professional fields. More than 650 open enrollment online and classroom courses are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 300 courses on the Harvard Campus to 6,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering about 60 two-day, noncredit courses annually.

Applicants must meet all of the basic qualifications to be considered for this position.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard's mission.

During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with an eventual transition to onsite. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources

Please submit a cover letter when applying for this position.

This is a term position through June 2023 with the possibility of renewal.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to be a part of our community

Job Function
Human Resources

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
H0957P HR Recruiter III


FAS Human Resources

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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