Talent Acquisition Partner

Human Resources Opportunities New York, New York Washington, District Of Columbia Chicago, Illinois San Francisco, California Seattle, Washington


About APCO

Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an award-winning, independently owned global communication and business strategy firm with offices in major cities throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. APCO combines a global perspective with local expertise to help clients around the world manage challenges, opportunities, perceptions and reputations. APCO clients include corporations and governments; industry associations and nonprofit organizations; and many of the top Fortune 500 companies. The firm is a majority women-owned business.


The role 

We are looking for a Talent Acquisition Partner to join our growing North America talent team and are flexible with where this role will be based. As a recruiter for APCO’s North America offices, including over 350 employees throughout Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Raleigh and Chicago, the ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the communications industry landscape and the talent sought by APCO, strong candidate networks and sourcing aptitude, the ability to manage competing priorities, handle ambiguity and communicate with leaders at all levels of the firm.

He/She/They will play an instrumental role as a strategic recruiting partner, building strong relationships with our teams and leaders, creatively sourcing and pipelining candidates, and managing the full life-cycle recruitment for a variety of positions at all levels and across all locations. He/She/They will contribute to not only our North America talent acquisition strategy, but make meaningful contributions to our global strategy, including how we operate as a Centre of Excellence for talent acquisition.  Our team is not driven by KPIs (although we love data to inform our decisions and to drive our strategy), but by being true stakeholders to our leaders and teams to better anticipate hiring needs, deliver a best in-class candidate experience and bring the best, diverse talent to APCO.

Responsibilities/key skills:

  • Manage full life-cycle recruiting for North America: sourcing and pursuing candidates via social recruiting, direct sourcing, networking, employee referrals and market mapping - conducting phone screen interviews, maintaining the relationship with candidates throughout the interview process, making recommendations on hiring decisions, checking references and negotiating and preparing offers.
  • Support and drive DEI talent initiatives in partnership with our North America DEI Council and Accelerate What’s Right effort.
  • Proactively review and refine APCO’s recruiting processes on an ongoing basis to ensure efficiency in time-to-hire/time-to-fill, improve candidate experience, DEI goals and APCO’s reputation as an employer of choice.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with the global recruitment team to optimize sourcing, networks and enhance candidate engagement.
  • Partner with the North America HR Director, global recruitment team, resource management and business leaders to contribute to a talent acquisition strategy responsive to both long-term growth and rapidly emerging business needs.
  • Partner with leaders, hiring managers and practice group leaders to understand short- and long-term needs across the business to identify passive and active candidates and over time build strong candidate pipelines
  • Good relationship building skills and stakeholder management experience – can advise the business and hiring managers when it is in their, and the firm’s best interest.
  • Gets hands dirty, but also can see the bigger picture – inputting into talent strategy and helping to drive talent projects by working closely with the global recruitment team on key global projects including improving candidate experience and employer branding.
  • Build knowledge of APCO’s sector and industry by reading trade news, attending events and expands and leverages external networks; building relationships with professional groups and educational institutions and promotes APCO employer brand.
  • Liaises closely with APCO’s global mobility specialist to actively engage with internal talent pool about existing and future opportunities and tracks interest and availability.
  • Stays current and proactive in identifying latest best practices and developments in talent acquisition, including appropriate technology and social media tools.

Qualifications/role requirements:

  • At least 5-6+ years of in-house recruiting or staffing experience in a global firm.
  • Prior experience recruiting in PR, communications, marketing, digital or management consultancies, preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to deploy effective tools and practices to successful talent sourcing and acquisition.
  • Demonstrated success in previous recruiting roles, particularly, in building strong candidate pipelines.
  • Proven track record of delivering strong candidates for critical projects and roles in a global firm.
  • Good understanding of behavioral and case interviewing techniques.
  • Strong written and presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and across cultures.
  • Collaborative team player who also has also the ability to work independently, take initiative and set priorities.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit talent, think analytically and develop creative solutions, especially for difficult candidate searches.
  • Proficient use of applicant tracking systems, preferably Jobvite or similar.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience.

APCO Worldwide, named one of the Best Agencies to Work For in North America by PRovoke Media for six consecutive years and a 2020 Top Places to Work in PR by PRNews, offers a collegial work environment, countless training and development opportunities, and a competitive compensation and benefits package.