Job Location:
The Urban Institute (DC)

Who We Are:

The nonprofit Urban Institute provides data and evidence to help advance upward mobility and equity, strengthen decision-making, and create inclusive economic growth. For more than 50 years, Urban has delivered facts that inspire solutions for improving the well-being of families and communities.

More About the Opportunity:

Central to Urban’s mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. The Office of Human Resources for the Urban Institute seeks a seasoned recruiting professional and Equality leader to transform the talent acquisition model at Urban. The Research & Policy Executive Recruiter will develop and execute a comprehensive diversity, equity & inclusion talent acquisition strategy. The successful candidate will provide comprehensive recruitment services with a consulting mindset by delivering strategic insights and guidance to senior leadership. This person will also help Urban achieve its vision of a workplace where all staff is equitably treated, valued, and included in our work and community, regardless of their identity, experience, disability, or role. The successful candidate will identify, attract, and source qualified, diverse director-level and above talent, spanning all functions focusing on Research & Policy.

What You’ll Do:

  • Strategically advise executives and senior leaders by helping them define and achieve their talent agenda.

  • Personally conduct director-level and above searches, using boolean searches, networking, and social media channels ensuring leadership roles are filled efficiently and with the highest quality, diverse talent available in the marketplace.

  • Establish each search as a project by defining the timing of phases, monitoring progress against those expectations, and providing consistent communication to all stakeholders.

  • Ensure all candidates are provided with timely updates concerning the status of their application and interviews. Prepare and negotiate offer packages, helping Urban attract and secure top industry talent.

  • Build a strong network of diverse high-potential candidates through research and relationships with internal and external partners.

  • Focus on innovation and ideation in diversity recruiting to create unique solutions to strengthen our Talent Acquisition department further.

  • Utilize data and analytics to inform and optimize strategy, influence senior leaders, and understand market trends.

  • Maintain data integrity and compliance using Urban’s applicant tracking system (Workday) and provide relevant data to inform decision-making.

  • Engage with and manage other Talent Acquisition team members to ensure a high quality of service to hiring managers on ultimately exceeding key departmental goals.

  • Guide and/or participate in cross-organizational projects and initiatives related to diversity in talent acquisition.

  • Ensure compliance with state/federal laws, regulations, and Urban policies related to recruitment and placement.

Who You Are:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration or relevant subject area and a minimum of 7-10 years experience in successfully progressive talent acquisition roles, or equivalent experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in directly sourcing, attracting, and hiring Senior  Research & Policy or Higher Education professionals.

  • Use of diversified sourcing strategies, including LinkedIn Recruiter, social media applications, data mining, and networking.

  • Attainment of one or more certifications, CSP/CSC/PHR/SPHR, preferred.

  • Be a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion with experience in creating policies and procedures that elevate an organization’s commitment to attracting and retaining a fully representative workforce.   

  • Possess experience delivering strategic guidance and recommendations to senior-level leaders, implementing talent acquisition process improvements, change management, and leading project work.

  • Demonstrated experience with developing candidate profiles, building candidate pipelines, and utilizing behavioral-based interviewing techniques and practices.

  • Has worked in a complex, matrix organization with a highly professional demeanor and gravitas to partner with hiring teams, senior leaders, and candidates who have high expectations in a high-touch culture.

  • Possess excellent influencing, problem-solving, and negotiation skills, with a strong appreciation for customer service and diplomacy.

  • Use strategic thinking skills, the ability to steer change, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Possess excellent organizational and prioritization skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Knowledge of Workday, our Applicant Tracking System, is preferred.

What You’ll Experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after five months of service and 1,000 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

As a federal contractor, Urban will comply with Executive Order (EO) 14042 which requires federal contractors, subcontractors, and their respective employees to comply with COVID-19

vaccinations. All Urban Institute employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022, and comply with masking and distancing requirements, regardless of responsibilities or work location. New hires must also be fully vaccinated before starting work. Employees may request exemption from vaccination against COVID-19 based on either a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated. Where such an exemption is approved, Urban will discuss with each employee potential accommodation.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law.

We are committed to equal employment opportunities and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.