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Talent Acquisition Specialist 

About the Organization YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.

The mission of YWCA Minneapolis is eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is to be the most trusted and effective change agent in the journey to eliminate racism and sexism in our community.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 130+ year history of advocacy for women and children. More than 30,000 people in our community are served every year by YWCA Minneapolis, through award-winning programs, classes, and workshops.

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:
• Race and gender equity
• Economic independence for women
• Respect for diverse cultures
• Children and youth who thrive
• A community that is vibrant and healthy

Category Human Resources  

About The Role

Our ideal candidate has been successful in networking and developing strategies to attract candidates to a mission-based organization that is a top performer in the non-profit field. The full-cycle Talent Acquisition Specialist is responsible for putting the YWCA Minneapolis mission into action by building and executing sourcing strategies and action plans to identify and attract diverse candidates for positions across our organization. The position oversees each aspect of the recruiting cycle and collaborates with leadership to develop talent acquisition strategies and to advise hiring managers on best practices for assessing and interviewing candidates, while maintaining strong connections in the community and staying informed of local talent trends.


  • Plan, source, coordinate, and execute recruiting strategies with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Serve as a resource to hiring managers on integrating inclusive hiring practices into the recruiting process
  • Utilize multiple recruiting sources and sourcing techniques to identify top talent, including building relationships with third-party organizations, to consistently build a diverse pipeline of candidates
  • Partner with hiring managers to develop effective marketplace recruitment strategies
  • Work with internal partners such as Marketing and Communications to attract and promote YWCA Minneapolis Careers
  • Identify target industries, companies, user groups, professional associations or education institutions to proactively create pools of qualified candidates
  • Prepare and deliver bi-weekly updates on recruiting strategies and results for department leaders
  • Register and represent YWCA Minneapolis at community career fairs and networking events
  • Stay current on recruiting trends and best practices
  • Ensure job postings and organization chart are continually up to date
  • Consult with hiring managers on position titles, descriptions, requirements, compensation and sourcing strategies; design and manage job postings
  • Lead the overall interview, selection, and closing process, including working with hiring managers on development of selection criteria and interview questions, and participation in interviews.
  • Screen candidates, including resume and job application review
  • Work with hiring managers on the offer process including extending job offers and negotiating employment terms
  • Perform background and reference checks as needed
  • Ensure that all screening, hiring, and selection is done in accordance with employment laws and regulations
  • Manage organization onboarding process for new employees and new hire orientation; assist hiring managers in creating departmental onboarding plans and ensuring new hires are integrated into their team I a positive and organized manner
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to create measures and report on data-driven recruitment strategies
  • Effectively utilize HRIS for building and maintaining staffing processes
  • Improve organization attractiveness emphasizing benefits and company perks.
  • Develop benchmarks for tracking recruiting metrics and employee retention to measure recruitment efficiencies
Position Requirements

What makes you a good fit?

Our goal is finding the right individual for our team – we firmly believe that the right person is someone to invest in and invite to join our family.

Here is what we are looking for:

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to build strong internal and external relationships
  • Proven ability to Utilize multiple recruiting sources and sourcing techniques to identify top talent, including building relationships with third-party organizations, to consistently build a diverse pipeline of candidates
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills and the ability to use independent judgment in prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, with high level of attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Proven ability to practice with high staffing ethical standards; ability to appropriately handle confidential information
  • Proven ability to effectively use interviewing techniques to evaluate candidates’ qualifications in relation to the position requirements to determine a successful match and provide accurate, actionable feedback to hiring managers
  • Tech-savvy with medium to advanced proficiency in MS applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Publisher)
  • Familiarity with Adobe (including creating fillable PDFs)
  • Proven ability to master new technologies and use the full functionality of technical resources
  • Experience in Ascentis or other HRIS preferred
  • High competency in intercultural communications and ability to work with a variety of cultures, backgrounds and perspectives



  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Business, Marketing, Recruiting or Sales or equivalent educational experience
  • Minimum of two years sales, marketing or recruitment experience


  • PHR or SPHR certified.
  • Knowledge and experience with Ascentis HRIS System
  • Certified Diversity Recruiter (CDR)

Salary Range: $50,000 to $58, 000


  • Must be able to stand and work on a computer for extended periods of time, and lift up to 30 pounds for recruiting and career fair events.

BENEFITS: We offer a comprehensive Benefits Package, including Health, Dental, Vision, Disability & Life Insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; Retirement Plan; generous Paid Time Off, FREE YWCA Minneapolis Health & Wellness Membership; reimbursement for Continuing Education and support for Professional Development.


Note: YWCA Minneapolis is a qualified employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)



This job description represents the major functions but not intended to be all-inclusive.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background/reference check.  A criminal conviction does not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

YWCA Minneapolis requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing as a condition of employment.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) STATEMENT: YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary $50,000 to $58,000  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Downtown YWCA Minneapolis  
EOE Statement YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  
HoursPerWk None Specified 

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