Recruiter, North America

Human Resources Washington, District Of Columbia

We are looking for a Talent Acquisition Specialist to join our North American Human Resources team in a newly created position. The role will be based in Washington, D.C. and will report to the Director of Talent Acquisition, based in New York.

The Talent Acquisition Specialist will manage multiple openings for vacant positions across North America, with an immediate focus on growth and replacement hires in the health, energy and digital sectors. Partnering with our leadership team and regional Resourcing team, they will manage full life-cycle recruitment, as well as anticipate and pipeline for upcoming needs.

Ideally, we are looking for someone with prior experience recruiting for roles within the PR and Communications space, but we will also consider candidates with experience recruiting in fast-moving industries including, but not limited to, consulting, tech or media.


Manages full lifecycle recruiting:
Creatively sources candidates via LinkedIn, job boards and partnerships (working with hiring managers to draft JDs, manage tasks etc)
Conducts phone screen interviews, sets up interviews and manages the feedback process for candidates
Negotiates and prepares offers
Checks candidate references
Makes recommendations on hiring decisions
Partners with senior leaders, hiring managers, 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 in APCO core areas including corporate communications, public affairs, healthcare and tech
Partners with Finance, Resourcing and HR team to forecasts quarterly and annual hiring needs by office
Ensures a positive candidate experience by conducting hiring manager interview training and maintaining regular contact with candidates throughout their interview process
Supports our D&I initiatives through already in place methods including STAR-method interviewing and continues to think of new methods to make our recruitment process fairer and more accessible to all
Support on employer branding activity for the region and contributes to global employer brand initiatives
Expands and leverages external networks; builds relationships with professional groups and educational institutions and promotes APCO employer brand
Works alongside global HR/Recruiting team to report on current openings, time to hire, time to fill and acceptance rates
Support on internship program and in time may run this across North America
Partners with other team members to identify process improvement opportunities
Actively engages with the global resourcing team and global mobility to track interest and availability of internal talent
Stays current and proactive in identifying the latest best practices and developments in talent acquisition, including appropriate technology and social media tools


Demonstrated success in previous recruiting roles, particularly, in building strong candidate pipelines
Prior experience in a professional services or agency environment preferred
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and experience of managing a high volume of requisitions
Demonstrated ability to deploy effective tools and practices to successful talent sourcing and acquisition
Proven track record of delivering strong candidates for critical project and vacant positions 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 and sometimes ambiguous environment under tight deadlines
Demonstrated ability to recruit talent, think analytically and develop creative solutions, especially for difficult candidate searches

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 top Fortune 500 companies. The firm is a majority women-owned business.

APCO Worldwide, named one of the Best Agencies to Work For in North America by PRovoke Media for four 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.