Lead, Talent Acquisition Partner

Human Resources United States Scottsdale, Arizona San Diego, California Tuscon, Arizona


Position Summary:

National University is seeking a dynamic Lead Talent Acquisition professional that enjoys an ever-changing, entrepreneurial, and quickly growing environment, with great opportunity to step into an influential, exciting role responsible for full-cycle recruitment and driving recruiting success.  This will be achieved through the development of local and national recruiting plans, employing traditional sourcing strategies and resources as well as developing new, creative recruiting ideas.  The Talent Acquisition Partner will play a critical role in ensuring the attraction and employment of top talent with a primary focus on recruitment of academic (e.g. Faculty and academic support staff) and operational positions (e.g. Enrollment, Student Services, Finance, Marketing, etc.) while working in a fun yet fast-paced, metric-driven, team environment. This individual will work with recruitment staff to develop creative hiring solutions as well as lead training and development of our internal staff. Talent Acquisition professionals who have demonstrated a career of success in recruiting top talent should apply!

Essential Functions:
  • Support the needs of designated client groups with full-cycle recruitment: requisition creation, approval, intake & planning, calibration, sourcing, screening, interview planning & execution, selection, assessment, offer management, coordination of onboarding.
  • Be a trusted mentor and coach to Managers. Coach, counsel and help continuously develop the ability of managers to assess and select top quality talent.
  • Oversee Talent team and manage external recruitment Agencies [contingent + retained]) execution of the recruitment strategy established for each opening.
  • Monitor data integrity / metrics and foster continuous improvement in TA operations, including analyzing and reporting on recruiting analytics for key client groups.
  • Conduct recruitment for the most strategic openings in client group/business unit, partnering closely with Senior Leaders and HR Business Partners. Develop a sourcing strategy for these openings with the Hiring Manager and Human Resources Business Partner, identify candidates & present a diverse slate to the Hiring Manager for interview / assessment.
  • Partner with hiring managers and Human Resource Partners to outline the needs of the hiring manager and the requirements and expectations of the position.
  • Assist with the calculation of staffing metrics.
  • Source and recruit candidates using a variety of outlets, such as job postings and social media, while effectively targeting high-quality candidates for the position. Seek out and recommend creative new ways of sourcing talent. 
  • Develop a pool of qualified candidates by posting open positions to appropriate Internet sources and job boards.
  • Attend career job fairs for meeting recruitment needs and enhancing University recognition.
  • Coordinate the interview process, including pre-screening of resumes, sending application packets, arranging interviews, and facilitating skills testing, as needed.
  • Perform reference and background checks for potential employees.
  • Follow up with selected candidates by sending offer letters and new hire packets.
  • Completes necessary new hire paperwork for personnel files.
  • Maintain ATS, databases and spreadsheets of recruitment activities.
  • Maintain relationships with temporary agencies to fill temporary employment needs.
  • Assist with the creation of job descriptions.
  • Conduct regular follow-up with managers to determine the effectiveness of recruiting plans and implementation.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the industry through attendance of educational seminars, networking, and industry events.
  • Assist with other functions as directed by the Director, Talent Acquisition.
  • Reasonable and consistent attendance to fulfill the requirements of the position.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree with focus in Human Resources or a related field required.
  • At least (5) years of Human Resources recruitment experience.
  • Experience working with applicant tracking systems, we use Jobvite so experience there is a plus.
  • Experience working in a technology-driven enterprise.
  • Experience in higher education preferred
  • Experience working in a technology-driven enterprise preferred

All skills, abilities and education will be considered for minimum qualifications

Technical / Functional Skills

  • Knowledge of HR policies and practices.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws regarding hiring practices.
  • Experience in virtual recruitment (social media, LinkedIn, resume sourcing).
  • Excellent Communicator – Your interpersonal skills are unmatched.
  • Problem Solver – If we got a problem, you’ll solve it. You are the go to person in your office.
  • You can keep a secret – Experience maintaining confidentiality with issues of a sensitive nature.
  • Ability to effectively manage employee relations.
  • You are commended for your prioritization and multi-tasking skills.
  • You are a fantastic communicator able to connect with all levels of staff and outside vendors.
  • Tech Savvy - Proficient with Microsoft Word and other applications in the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and other applications in the Microsoft Office Suite


  • Ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Project management and change management skills
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Strong business acumen and ability to understand a transitioning organization
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Must be unbiased and unwavering in ethical standards
  • Ability to use empathetic listening skills, communicate with clarity, and maintain an attitude that conveys respect, integrity and resourcefulness
  • Ability to maintain and build strong positive working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, administrators, students and the general public.


Working Conditions:

This position operates in a remote, home office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, and phones.

  • Good working environment with the absence of disagreeable conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.

The National University System is committed to maintaining a high-quality, diverse workforce representative of the populations we serve. As a network of nonprofit educational institutions, the System employs more than 3,300 faculty and staff and serves over 41,000 students. We are united in our mission to meet the global education demands of the 21st Century and are dedicated to creating a supportive academic and work environment that allows for students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity. With programs available both online and at our many campus locations, the National University System is a leader in creating innovative solutions to education and meeting the needs of our diverse student population, including adult learners and working professionals.

The National University System offers a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salaries, and an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The System does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by state of federal laws.