Company: City of Somerville

Job description:

The Recruiter is responsible for partnering with hiring managers on a regular basis, attracting and sourcing diverse qualified applicants, and providing an exceptional candidate experience throughout the hiring process.  Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Builds and maintains a robust talent pipeline to identify and attract qualified candidates, manages employee attrition, and meets diversity, equity and inclusion workforce goals.
  • Identifies strategic search opportunities and assists in managing search strategies for priority and hard-to-fill roles.
  • Advertises vacancies on various job search platforms and social media channels.
  • Sources and develops passive candidates through networking, cold calling, complex internet searches, social media, research, and other active outreach methodologies.
  • Creates and fosters relationships with external partners regarding diversity and community outreach strategies.
  • Review resumes / applications and identifies candidates meeting minimum qualifications for positions.
  • Acts as the primary point of contact for candidates throughout the recruitment process; answers related inquiries via phone and email.
  • Communicates with candidates and internal stakeholders regarding updates in the recruiting process in a timely manner.
  • Collaborates with Hiring Managers to update job descriptions, finalize interview questions and written assessment materials.
  • Conducts intake conversations with Hiring Managers to understand job requirements, core competencies of the ideal candidate, and walk them through the full cycle recruitment process.
  • Advises hiring committee the steps of the interview process and associated legal requirements.
  • Collaborates with Recruitment Manager & senior leadership regarding recruiting strategy for key vacancies.
  • Reviews and approves standardized questions and exercises for the interview process.
  • Reviews resumes of direct applicants and conducts phone screens to evaluate candidate qualifications; recommends diverse pool of qualified candidates to hiring managers.
  • Serves as the Human Resources representative in panel interviews as needed.
  • Listens to panel feedback and provides updates to the Recruitment Manager, Human Resources Manager & Director of Human Resources on candidate interviews.
  • Conducts reference checks.
  • Works with the Mayor’s executive office on final candidate endorsement.
  • Ensures candidate selection and offers comply with Federal, State, and Local regulations and hiring policies.
  • Extends offers to candidates.
  • Attends community events and job fairs to promote job opportunities.
  • Reviews bids related to union postings.
  • Assists in the administrative process for civil service public safety hiring as assigned.
  • Contributes to the overall team & department goals by accomplishing assigned duties as required and participating in special projects.
  • Maintains and inputs data into the City’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
  • Maintains accurate record keeping related to the hiring process.
  • Cross trains with the administrative human resources team.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Associates Degree and three to five (3-5) years’ work experience in recruiting, sales, and/or sourcing; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SHRM-CP or HRCI-PHR certification preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management or an applicable field.
  • Multilingual skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Mandarin, Nepali or any other language spoken by the Somerville community.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:

  • Knowledge: Understanding of Federal and State regulations including but not limited to FLSA, ADA, MCAD, and EEO.  Comprehensive understanding of best hiring practices. Knowledge of community-based programs and workforce development initiatives; knowledge of applicant tracking systems and other recruiting software programs. Knowledge of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) best practices.
  • Ability: Ability to handle problems effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing; ability to operate a personal computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to quickly learn and become proficient in new software programs; ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with City employees, City officials and members of the general public; ability to connect and collaborate with local community based organizations and internal stakeholders to create talent pipelines. Ability to handle conflict, mediate as necessary and work with an array of personalities; ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse environment.
  • Skill: Strong interpersonal skills; excellent communication skills both verbal and written; proficient computer skills for all office software programs including word processing and spread sheet applications, such as Microsoft Office suite.  Multilingual skills highly preferred. Demonstrated skills in utilizing Boolean Search strings and passive outreach strategies.

Work Environment:

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.

Physical and Mental Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills:
Few physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  May also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.)

Motor Skills:
Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing and sorting of papers.

Visual Skills:
Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding

Job type: Full Time

Fully remote: No

Salary range: [starting salary is $64,945.93 annualized + excellent benefits]. Typically, a new hire can expect a starting salary somewhere in the lower part of the range. Salary is commensurate based on experience and qualifications.

Location: Somerville Massachusetts


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