Job Location:
Los Angeles, CA – University Park Campus

Job Summary

The Sourcing Specialist is responsible for maintaining a robust and diverse pipeline of qualified active and passive candidates for USC. This individual will possess a deep understanding of the requirements of open requisitions and mine a variety of job search engines and career sites to compile a talent database. The Sourcing Specialist will primarily engage in resume search and candidate generation activities and will also provide critical support for the overall hiring and Talent Acquisition strategy. This role will help enable USC’s vision while championing USC’s culture and values.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate for the position of Sourcing Specialist must meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, psychology, communications, human resources, or another related field.

  • Five or more years of experience in human resources or talent acquisition.

  • Broad understanding of recruiting leading practices and sourcing techniques and tools.

  • Exposure to sourcing and building talent pipelines for hard to fill roles.

  • Ability to understand specific role requirements and labor market availability.

  • Effective interpersonal skills.

  • Team-oriented self-starter with the ability to work independently and proactively.

  • Ability to support concurrent projects, prioritize competing assignments, and work under pressure with tight deadlines and frequent interruptions.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions with minimal supervision and discretion with confidential information.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to think strategically and creatively.

  • Working knowledge of labor markets, recruiting practices and effective social media recruitment tools.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate for the position of Sourcing Specialist has the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in business, psychology, communications, human resources, or another related field.

  • Seven or more years of experience in human resources or talent acquisition.

  • Experience in higher education.

  • Experience with internet searches, cold calling, networking, database mining, referrals and other advanced sourcing techniques.

  • Deep knowledge of social media platforms such as LinkedIn.

  • Knowledge of local legal regulations regarding sourcing.

  • Ability to learn, interpret, and apply a wide variety of state, federal and local policies and procedures relating to human resources and the university.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and relationship-building abilities.

  • Ability to use sound judgment in making decisions with minimal supervision.

  • Experience with diversity and inclusion training, initiatives, or programs.

  • Experience working with HR applications (such as Workday HCM and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)).

Job Responsibilities

The candidate for the position of Sourcing Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Demonstrating aptitude with various job search engines and social media platforms. Adapting sourcing strategies based on unique hiring demands to generate diverse talent pools. Identifying sources, systems, and tools that provide access to top talent.

  • Developing sourcing models and plans to generate technical and non-technical talent pools. Aligning external labor market realities with internal business demand.

  • Serving as a reliable, critical partner for recruiters, keeping them informed as they interface with hiring managers and university leaders. Working closely with recruiting teams in order to stay abreast of current and future sourcing needs.

  • Maintaining an attentive and responsive line of communication with the broader Talent Acquisition team. Partnering with recruiters to understand current and future hiring needs and tailor sourcing strategies accordingly. Demonstrating politeness and professionalism in communications to potential applicants and candidates, serving as a great USC brand ambassador.

  • Adapting various sourcing strategies and techniques based on nature of role (e.g., short-term vs long-term fulfillment needs, technical, niche). Adjusting activities based on changes to the HR and talent strategy. Soliciting constructive feedback and insights from recruiters and proactively incorporate suggestions into continuous improvement of work. Expanding the universe of sources of talent to broaden the talent pool.

  • Demonstrating sound judgment in discerning qualified candidates through resume or profile reviews. Ranking candidates to establish prioritized longlists for eventual review by recruiters and hiring managers. Staying up to date with sourcing leading practices and methods to diversify the candidate pipeline.

  • Embodying the culture and values of the university and the HR organization. Developing trusting, credible relationships from demonstrated ethical judgment, behavior and practiced confidentiality. Promoting an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.

  • Providing strategic guidance and become an advisor to business leaders in matters related to technical and non-technical hiring. Supporting recruiting strategy set by broader Talent Acquisition initiatives. Demonstrating, through words, actions, and ideas, alignment to USC’s strategic plan and the HR organization’s strategic plan. Enabling the university to fulfill its academic and people missions through enhanced HR service.

  • Performing other related responsibilities as requested and when necessary. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 2 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related sourcing experience and/or recruitment activities experience. Knowledge of recruiting practices and skills assessment techniques. Proficient in electronic and traditional prospecting and networking skills, especially via online social networks. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at [email protected].  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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