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Talent Acquisition Specialist

Apply now Posting Number: 493113
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Administration

Position Title:

Talent Acquisition Specialist


Office of Human Resources

Job Summary:

Marist College welcome applications for the position of Talent Acquisition Specialist.  Be part of the College’s next chapter, ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.  This position will develop and manage effective diverse talent sourcing and candidate engagement strategies to meet the College’s current and future needs, helping to advise, coach, and influence full lifecycle recruitment, onboarding and people development efforts.

Reporting to the Manager of Recruitment & Workforce Development, the Talent Acquisition Specialist is adaptable, resilient, and able to thrive in the ambiguity of today’s talent market.  They have the desire for impact, ready to take on new challenges and work collaboratively.   They know how to leverage data, knowledge, best practices, and industry trends to creatively source diverse talent and provide an incredible candidate experience.  They are a true business partner seeking to understand the needs of today to grow for tomorrow and will source and champion highly qualified candidates to join the Marist College community.

This position will be filled as a Talent Acquisition Specialist or Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience.  Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and three (3) or more years of experience in talent acquisition/recruiting, staffing operations, HR or a related area. 
  • Solid business acumen – technical savvy, strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to apply strong consulting and coaching skills and an ability to work as a specialist in a team environment.

Essential Functions:

Talent Acquisition

  • Develop and implement talent acquisition strategies that emphasize quality and diversity of hires.
  • Coordinate all hiring processes, including initiating talent acquisition meetings with managers to discuss recruiting needs and effective strategies.  Participate as a search committee member when appropriate.
  • Draft job posting announcements with attractive and relevant job qualifications and job titles.
  • Create valid, reliable and objective candidate criteria and assessment processes.
  • Provide strong candidate care by ensuring timely and relevant communication.
  • Collaborate with key campus stakeholders in the development and optimization of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
  • Demonstrate outstanding internal and external customer service and communication.
  • Provide training to various constituents on all facets of recruiting, hiring and onboarding best practices.
  • Set and deliver clear milestones and benchmarks for successful recruitment and retention outcomes.


  • Assess and advise onboarding program development for new hires.
  • Partner with HR team members on new manager onboarding programs, mentorship programs and inclusive community-building activities.

Business Partner

  • Provide strategic direction to departments about underlying issues related to their hiring needs in partnership with HR specialists.
  • Analyze turnover trends, the details behind a vacancy, the current talent market in respective fields, the department structure, and any other HR-related issues to ensure successful recruitment outcomes.
  • Provide guidance on the best methods to fill a vacancy by considering internal promotions, transfers, external searches and search firms.
  • Advise, interpret and guide hiring managers, search committee members, and/or job applicants regarding College policies and state and federal laws and regulations; conduct campus training programs as needed; and develop, implement and communicate related reference or "how-to" materials.
  • Develop knowledge and expertise in cross-functional areas of Business Affairs and HR, such as performance management, budget & position control, compensation, labor relations, etc.
  • Coordinate with appropriate HR specialists include the Manager of Total Compensation and Benefits and the Director of Employee Relations.
  • Stay current in the area of recruiting by attending professional development meetings, webinars, and training.
  • Strategize with hiring managers to identify and implement improvements to search processes to address outcomes, efficiencies, recruiting strategies, and compliance issues with the Affirmative Action Plan or other federal/state regulations.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong experience in direct sourcing, candidate assessment, as well as recruiting principles, theories and concepts.
  • Experience building, implementing, and scaling diversity sourcing and recruitment strategies.
  • Experience building, implementing, and scaling diversity sourcing and recruitment strategies.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with tools such as LinkedIn Recruiter, user groups, referral programs, networking, and other channels.
  • Use of data and insights to inform and support decision-making and strategy.
  • Experience building employer branding strategy and utilizing social media platforms.
  • PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification(s)

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter & Resume

About the Department and School:

In strategic partnership with the Marist community, the Office of Human Resources is committed to cultivating an equitable and distinctive workplace. We do this through the attraction, development, and recognition of a diverse and talented workforce.  Our team provides effective services and solutions in support of the College's mission and core values, including:

  • Benefits and Compensation
  • Compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws
  • Employee and Labor relations
  • Learning and Development
  • Organizational Development & Strategic Planning
  • Performance Management
  • Policy Development and Interpretation
  • Recruitment and Retention

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Additionally, our graduates go on to great success; 97% over the last five years are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (2nd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #3 in the nation by the U.S. State Department and includes unique first-year programs in Florence and Dublin. At Marist, approximately 50% of graduates study abroad during their undergraduate experience. Its 30-year Joint Study partnership with IBM has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. Marist’s academic centers of excellence include the nationally-known Marist Poll, Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, Hudson River Valley Institute, Center for Sports Communication, and Institute for Data Center Professionals. The College also hosts the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library’s digital archives, making it one of only six colleges or universities in the nation affiliated with a presidential library.

About the Hudson Valley Region:

The Hudson River Valley is known for its rich landscapes, sustainable-foods, diverse culture, and has a wide variety of vibrant cities and historic towns. Follow your sense of adventure, find great food around every corner, engage with a proud community, and be a part of history right at Marist in the heart of the Hudson River Valley.  Poughkeepsie and surrounding communities are among the most diverse in the state with easy access to New York City by way of Amtrak or Metro-North train service.  For more information about the Hudson Valley region and its major cultural and recreational attractions, visit the link below to learn more:

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday | 8:30am – 5:00pm

Please note: The primary work location for this position is Poughkeepsie, NY. Local, on-campus work in Poughkeepsie, NY will be required as a condition of employment.


Relocation: It is College policy to reimburse eligible newly hired full-time administrative staff members for reasonable expenses incurred in relocating to the area. To be eligible for reimbursement, new employees must move a minimum of 50 miles from their present home; must move within the first year of hire. Generally, the College will reimburse eligible moving and relocating expenses up to $7,000.

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Compensation & Benefits:

The Talent Acquisition Specialist position includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package*.  Benefits for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • 3 weeks of paid vacation.  4 weeks of paid vacation beginning in the 6th year of employment.
  • Unlimited paid sick time and unlimited paid personal time for use at the supervisor’s approval.
  • 15+ paid holidays per year including Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance programs at a 15% employee / 85% employer contribution rate. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Dependent Care (FSD).
  • Life Insurance
  • Generous short-term and long-term disability programs and workers compensation.
  • 403(b) defined contribution plan:
    • First 6 years College contributes 7.5%, Employee contributes a mandatory 4%.
    • College contribution increases to 10.5% in year 7, and 12% after 15 years.
    • Employee contribution decreases to 1% in year 7. Remains 1% thereafter
  • 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity – Roth option available.  Voluntary, up to IRS maximum contribution.

Tuition Benefits:

  • Up to 16 undergraduate credits per semester. Up to 18 graduate credit per academic calendar. Eligibility extends to employee, spouse, and dependent children under age 26.
  • College pays 100% tuition only
  • Eligible dependents may be Reimbursed up to $2,000 per semester towards tuition at another accredited institution


*Eligibility requirements including waiting periods and/or employee probationary periods may apply at the discretion of the College.



Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under-represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.


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