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Talent Acquisition Specialist

South University Pittsburgh, PA, 1250 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #334
Friday, February 14, 2020
What's next for you is the first priority for us! With over 45 programs from associate to doctoral degrees, South University is a private, nonprofit institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities that spark the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. 


Our 120-year story—past, present and future—is a history formed by the many individuals who have developed the education and spirit of community that have become our pledge to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of South University. Online and at our 8 locations and 2 learning sites, we take pride in our welcoming environment; one-on-one support and personalized attention that helps students define goals and identify the means to pursue them. Our small classes feature hands-on experiences that not only shape students’ skills and excellence in their chosen fields but also shape their characters through encouraging community involvement, volunteerism and the pursuit of life-long learning.  


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Tuition Assistant Program

Long/Short Term Disability

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Program


Generous Paid Time Off

12 Paid Holidays

* includes domestic partner coverage

The Talent Acquisition Specialist position will focus on recruitment-related activities, consulting with hiring managers to identify their position requirements, and then facilitate and drive the hiring process. Responsibilities will include working with hiring managers to define/hone job specifications; creating and executing comprehensive sourcing strategies, and assessing candidates’ non-technical skills/knowledge and attributes. Will serve as a contact person for the candidate, hiring manager and recruiting coordinator on the status of the requisition and the candidate. Assists in providing assistance to all functional hiring managers throughout the University system by following the structured interview process. The ideal candidate will exhibit a strong sense of urgency and innovation, and demonstrate strong organizational, time management, and critical thinking skills. Incumbent must assure that the University philosophy is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position: quality services to client; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and maintenance of an environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion.


  • Assist with the management of exempt and non-exempt recruitment. Demonstrates a professional presence. Experienced in working with senior management.

  • Proactively discusses needs and opportunities.

  • Track position openings to ensure that targeted hiring time frame is evaluated and met on a consistent basis and update the Applicant Tracking System and job postings and ensure postings are accurate.

  • Partner with hiring managers to define a recruitment strategy to find the best talent, based on the business needs and goals.

  • Prepares requisition in partnership with compensation and obtains the necessary approvals to begin the recruiting process.

  • Maintains Applicant Tracking System and applicant workflow.

  • Uses traditional and nontraditional resources such as career fairs, online job fairs, community network events to identify and attract quality candidates

  • Follows up with candidates and hiring managers to obtain feedback regarding the recruiting process. Establishes a reputation as a quality service provider both by candidates and hiring managers.

  • Coordinate a structured interview process to ensure candidates are interviewed, assessments are completed and candidates are managed through the hiring process.

  • Ability to effectively evaluate candidate responses during the interview process. Presents competitive offers to selected candidates. Effectively describes the offer, manages expectations, overcomes objections and closes candidates.

  • Ensure compliance with related local, state, and federal regulations and legal requirements. Remain abreast of industry trends and related legal legislation applicable to recruitment.

  • May be responsible for specific departments or an entire Education System.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources or other related discipline required.

  • 3+ years of experience recruiting talent and full life-cycle recruiting

  • Well-rounded recruiting experience is desired; both technical and non-technical functional recruiting experience (i.e. Technology, Accounting/Finance)

  • Proven track record of attracting top talent and achievement of defined metrics.

  • Must have a working knowledge of recruiting policies and practices.

  • Technical capabilities: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database systems, applicant tracking systems

  • Experience using a structured interview process.

  • Executive search experience highly desired.

  • Strong sourcing skills with demonstrated successes utilizing current on-line sourcing techniques, networking and building pipelines

  • Experience using a structured interview process.

  • Strong negotiation skills required

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with supervisor, faculty and staff

  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.

  • Strong computer literacy skills with the Microsoft Office Suite.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

South University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

Other details

  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • South University Pittsburgh, PA, 1250 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America