Recruiting Manager (4443)

Human Resources Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces a new opportunity for a full-time Recruitment ManagerThe initial role of this critical position will be to help manage the recruitment effort for a number of new and diverse positions associated with the NRAO’s scientifically exciting Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA, proposal.  The Recruitment Manager will partner/coach/consult with hiring managers in analyzing and developing diverse and/or innovative strategies to solve complex staffing needs related to organizational growth and expansion. The Recruitment Manager will have responsibility for managing full-cycle hiring activities; maintaining optimal employment levels; and working proactively with management to plan for future business needs. The Recruitment Manager will manage all aspects of the recruiting and employment  process including writing ads, working with agencies, screening, sourcing,  and interviewing candidates, facilitating salary negotiations, and processing necessary documentation to ensure smooth on-boarding. Internally, the Recruitment Manager will coordinate employment engagement activities and conduct exit interviews.


The position will initially be based at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (  Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. Once fully acclimated to policy, procedures and tools, the position may be based in the Observatory’s office in Albuquerque, NM with occasional-to-frequent visits to the Socorro office.  In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

Job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage recruitment activities (preparing job requisitions; interviewing, selecting, and hiring candidates; on-the-job indoctrination and additional training; supervisory follow-up, development, and 30, 60, 90 check in with new employees; and conducting exit interviews).
  • Develop internal and external sources to identify qualified job candidate such as going to career fairs, college campuses, professional meetings, conducting direct mail campaigns, etc. Partner with hiring managers to develop full understanding of position requirements.
  • Monitor and manage incoming requisitions for completeness, approval signatures, correct job codes and that there is a current and relevant job description for the position.
  • Provide professional guidance as needed for Site HR Managers to assist with recruitment plans, advertising, sourcing, etc.
  • Contribute to staffing report and ensure that appropriate staff are notified of staff changes in a timely manner
  • Assist with drafting employment offers
  • Oversee hiring, retention and separation of employees
  • Analyze statistical data and other reports concerning all aspects of employment function in order to identify and determine causes of attrition and to develop and present recommendations for improvement of establishment's employment policies, processes, and practices.
  • Consult with managers in the planning and development of short or long-term staffing strategies to meet their business needs for organizational growth, down-sizing, and/or attraction and retention
  • Apply in-depth knowledge and expertise in the availability of staffing resources and options to resolve and make decisions for complex problems
  • Compile HR Metrics.
  • Review processes and process documentation and work as part of a team to recommend process improvements, automation opportunities, system improvements, cost savings and customer service initiatives
  • Conduct research (e.g. policy interpretation, terms and conditions related to recruitment and employment matters) and respond to hiring managers
  • Keep abreast of new legislation and determine the potential impact on current programs and policies for the Observatory.
  • Create employment engagement tools and follow up with Hiring manager to ensure compliance and solicit feedback site wide.
  • Serve on Search Committees and provide advice and guidance on process and compliance
  • Manage  applicant tracking system for NM based positions and provide training to hiring managers
  • Manage data collection and analysis of the EEO, VETs and Affirmative Action Reporting. 
  • Manage NRAO Careers page updating all open positions within applicant tracking system (ATS)
  • Conduct employee orientations ensuring receipt of all applicable information. Inform new employees of Observatory employment related policies and procedures related to employment benefits and other related issues.  Distribute new employee and employee change information to appropriate departments. Advise new employees of benefits election options.
  • Assist with the non-immigrant work visa application forms.
  • Others duties as assigned.
  • May serve on various advisory boards related to recruitment and staffing initiatives for the Observatory.


Work Environment

Work is generally performed in an office environment.  Must be able to work at a computer.  Must be able to finger, reach, bend, and stoop in the maintenance of office filing system.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., Human Resources, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Management, Communications)


Minimum Experience

At least three years of human resources (recruitment and employment) experience or an equivalent combination of education and human resource office experience.  Working knowledge of the legal requirements, principles, practices, and standards related to recruitment and employment is required.


Preferred Experience

Experience with a web based Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is highly desirable as is experience in sourcing qualified applicants utilizing online tools such as LinkedIn.  Experience with a Human Resources Information System (HRIS) would be beneficial.


Competency Summary

  • Ability to mediate and resolve complex problems and issues related to recruitment matters;
  • Ability to independently research and identify the appropriate prescribed response to customer inquiries;
  • Prior experience with web based ATS;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Excel, MS Office, Power Point, and Outlook skills;
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulatory requirements related to areas of functional responsibility and HR;
  • Knowledge of principles and methods of recruiting, candidate screening and interviewing;
  • Must demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, in person and electronically, i.e., email, telephone, videoconference, etc.;
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills;
  • Critical attention to detail is required;
  • Excellent organizational and math/quantitative skills;
  • Ability to effectively multi-task, respond to priorities, and complete tasks on time with minimum supervision.


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.


 Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to

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