Recruitment Specialist (4310)

Human Resources Charlottesville, Virginia


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces an opportunity for a full-time Recruitment Specialist.  The Recruitment Specialist will be responsible for full-cycle hiring activities including screening and interviewing prospective employees for employment in a range of positions including highly technical positions for our locations in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Recruitment Specialist is also responsible for the successful on-boarding of new hires along with coordinating and delivering new hire orientation. Additionally, the Recruitment Specialist determines optimum recruitment method to develop and maintain a highly qualified candidate pool across the Observatory, working with search firms or other placement agencies as needed.

The position will be based at the NRAO Headquarters in Charlottesville, VA on the grounds of the University of Virginia ( 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:

  • Partnering with hiring managers to develop full understanding of position requirements;
  • Preparing job requisitions and job posting;
  • Conducting pre-interview screenings on prospective candidates to ensure organization qualifications are met;
  • Coordinating interviews with hiring managers and hiring committees;
  • Performing in-person and phone interviews with candidates;
  • Administering appropriate company assessments to gauge candidate potential;
  • Performing reference and background checks;
  • Facilitating new hire offers;
  • Reporting recruitment process status;
  • Ensuring new hires are on-boarded and conducts 30-60-90-day check-ins with new employees;
  • Coordinating and delivering new hire orientation;
  • Conducting exit interviews with terminating employees;
  • Communicating employer information and benefits during screening process;
  • Staying current on the Observatory’s organization structure and policies, and federal and state laws regarding employment practices;
  • Completing accurate and timely reports on employment activity;
  • Assisting with annual AAP, EEO1, and Vets reporting;
  • Processing and managing applicant paperwork such as resumes, contact information, and references in accordance with organizational policies and federal regulations; 
  • Developing internal and external sources to identify qualified job candidate such as attending career fairs, visiting college campuses, networking at professional meetings, conducting direct mail campaigns, etc.  Maintains relationships to ensure staffing goals are achieved;
  • Serving as a liaison with employment agencies, colleges, and industry associations.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Associates degree in relevant field is required, such as business administration, general administration, human relations, communications, etc., will consider combination of education and directly related work experience in lieu of education requirement. 


Preferred Education

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.


Minimum Experience

Two to three years of work experience in a human resources department. Knowledge of principles, practices and standards of administration of programs and processes such as general HR/office administration.


Competency Summary

  • Must demonstrate ability to work in an environment requiring a high level of confidentiality, integrity, teamwork, and customer service;
  • Must demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to effectively multi-task, respond to priorities, and complete tasks on time;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and standards involving general HR administration is required.



The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)

National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.