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Senior Recruiter 



The Senior Recruiter serves as the day-to-day systems and services point person for recruiting, hiring and onboarding employees and interns across the organization. This role provides excellent internal and external customer service by collaborating with hiring teams and responding to queries about requisitions, onboarding and employment opportunities at the zoo. We are in need of an experienced recruiter who is an optimist, driven to get results and achieve goals, and is creative at identifying and acquiring top talent.


  • Scales our teams by managing the full life-cycle recruiting process. Helps define ongoing recruitment strategies across the company, and provide feedback and recommendations to enhance day-to-day recruiting operations.
  • Leads key recruitment initiatives and larger scale/impact programs; including diversity initiatives, seasonal hiring and intern programs.
  • Establishes recruiting requirements by studying organization plans and objectives; meeting with hiring managers to discuss recruitment needs and forecasting expectations.
  • Identifies and builds applicant sources by establishing relationships with diversity community agencies, colleges, employment agencies, external recruiters, media, and internet sites; providing organization information, opportunities, and benefits; making presentations; maintaining rapport.
  • Sources and builds an adequate, diverse, qualified applicant pool to support various recruitment needs throughout the organization to include hard-to-fill, management, and seasonal hiring. Uses a metric-driven approach to track and run pipelines and provide constant reports on pipeline health.
  • Develops and maintains recruitment process and procedural documentation, policies, presentations, forms, training content and other organizational recruitment resources.
  • Coordinates and monitors the effectiveness of job advertisements; utilizes newsgroups and job boards, contacts and evaluates external recruiters as needed.
  • Evaluates applicants by discussing job requirements and applicant qualifications with hiring managers; interviewing applicants on consistent set of qualifications.
  • Guides candidates and hiring managers through interviews, offers and onboarding activities.
  • Develops and manages intern recruitment programs, provides orientation and onboarding, monitoring intern program needs.
  • Maintains awareness and understanding of current Federal, State, and local employment legislation; enforcing regulations with managers; recommending new procedures; conducting training.
  • Provides thorough communication and updates to key stakeholders throughout the recruitment process.
  • Maintains meticulous data via the zoo's applicant tracking system - Ascentis, provides recruitment outcome reports and metrics.
  • Stays up to speed with recruiting tools and resources, industry trends, and market hiring and salary trends to better understand the zoo's competitive landscape.
  • Oversees pre-employment and internship onboarding by coordinating offer letters and administering paperwork, background checks, motor vehicle reports and physicals.
  • Assists with onboarding meetings for new and returning employees.
  • Collects and maintains employee, intern and applicant documentation as dictated by applicable governing agencies and internal policies; creates and maintains personnel files, manages applicant data in applicant tracking systems, and assists with compliance related to legal mandates.
  • Handles confidential information in an appropriately professional and respectful manner.
  • Promotes and models Woodland Park Zoo's Core Values.
  • Performs other duties or special projects as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Proven track record sourcing and closing passive candidates in Seattle.
  • A knack for identifying top talent.
  • Efficient and detail oriented with demonstrated multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong organization skills and diligence in having a self-starter mentality and a strong work ethic.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communications skills, including the ability to comfortably and effectively convey information speaking in front of groups.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and time-management skills with the ability to meet deadlines in a professional manner.
  • Must thrive and be able to prioritize in a constantly changing environment.
  • Be an innovative thinker who enjoys tackling a challenge.


Bachelor degree (B.A.) or equivalent from an accredited college or university; and minimum 5 years of full-cycle recruitment experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Non-profit experience a plus.


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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee usually works in a typical office environment with moderate noise levels. The employee can also expect some on and off-site meetings with groups and individuals that may include some evenings and/or weekends.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

About the Organization Award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting the standard for zoos all over the world. We connect people with wildlife and hit them in the heart with a visceral reminder of what's at stake in our changing world. Our job is to motivate people to take action and provide them with the tools needed to join us in saving endangered species. That means our conservation efforts start right here at the zoo and in our community.

Join us on our mission to save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Pay Rate  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Reports To  
Category People & Culture  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 1  
Shift -not applicable-  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, genetics, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Req Number HUM-18-00005  

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