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Strategic Talent Acquisition Specialist

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

People & HR
Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2023

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Type of Position:

Professional Staff - Project/Program Administration

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Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Assistant Director Recruitment and Workforce Management

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Strategic Talent Acquisition Specialist serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of talent sourcing, strategic recruitment and assessment of candidates, as well as representing the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville as the Employer of Choice in Northwest Arkansas. This position serves as the initial contact for posting and filling vacant positions and will assist departments to successfully hire and onboard new employees, processing Workday HCM transactions, collaborating with HR Partners and departments as needed to effectively meet university hiring needs. This position works as a part of the Strategic Talent Acquisition Team in Human Resources.

The ideal candidate will have a data driven and strategic solution mindset, will understand and utilize best practices to attract diverse and high performing talent, and have a service-oriented mindset to bring solutions to both internal and external stakeholders.
Some travel may be required as needed to meet candidates and attend job fairs.

Key responsibilities include:

• Talent Sourcing: Identify and source potential candidates through various channels, including job boards, social media, networking, and referrals.
• Candidate Assessment: Conduct interviews, assessments, and evaluations of candidates to determine their qualifications and fit for the organization.
• Strategic Planning: Collaborate with hiring managers and HR Partners to understand staffing needs and develop recruitment plans that align with the University's strategic objectives.
• Employer of Choice: Promote the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville as an attractive employer, both online and offline, to enhance its reputation and draw top talent.
• Talent Pipelining: Build and maintain a pipeline of potential candidates for future positions, ensuring a consistent talent pool.
• Data Analysis: Use HR metrics and data to track and report on the effectiveness of the recruitment process and make data-driven improvements. This includes pool size, time to fill, turnover and similar.
• Candidate Experience: Provide a positive and professional candidate experience from initial contact through the onboarding process.
• Compliance: Stay informed about relevant employment laws and regulations to ensure the recruitment process is compliant.
• Other duties as assigned

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in human resources, Business or a related field or similar experience from an accredited institution of higher education

  • At least three to five years of experience in talent acquisition/recruiting

  • Proven proficiency in Applicant Tracking Systems and Human Resources Software

  • Experience with Workday HCM

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Human Resources or Recruiting experience in Higher Education

  • At least five plus years of Strategic Talent Acquisition

  • Certification in Talent Acquisition

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Knowledge of state and federal personnel laws, policies, and procedures

  • Knowledge of organizational management, payroll, benefits, and budget processes

  • Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information and documents

  • Ability to interpret and apply state and agency/institution policies and procedures governing personnel

  • Ability to research and analyze data

  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others

  • Ability to communicate to a diverse group

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Julia Menke,, HR Partner

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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