Lead Recruiter

Niche is a website that helps you discover the schools and places to live that are right for you. We have in-depth reviews, rankings, and statistics on every college, K-12 school, and neighborhood in the U.S. and millions of monthly website visitors. Located in Pittsburgh, PA in the heart of Shadyside, we're quickly becoming one of the largest websites in the U.S.

About the Job

We are looking for a Lead Recruiter to identify and attract top talent to Niche’s team.  As our first full-time resource dedicated to talent acquisition, you will play a critical role in scaling and shaping the culture of our team.  You will lead recruitment at Niche and own full-cycle recruiting - from building the spec, sourcing and screening candidates, recruiting, candidate experience, and recruiting process management.  We’re looking for a positive and thoughtful self-starter that can take initiative and adapt to evolving circumstances.  This role will work directly with our Director of People Operations to lead our recruiting function.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Partner with hiring managers to identify key requirements for each role.
  • Develop and maintain a talent pipeline using tactical research methods, sourcing techniques including attending and exhibiting at industry and recruiting events, networking and leveraging the Niche team as our best sourcing asset.
  • Identify, source and engage candidates through creative and innovative approaches.
  • Review, conduct application screening, first touch phone calls, and in-person interviews of candidates to determine cultural fit, interest level, appropriateness of skills, experience and knowledge in relation to position requirements.
  • Design standardized assessment criteria and processes for screening candidates.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for candidates throughout the full recruiting cycle (i.e. communicate status, answer questions and coordinate all follow-up efforts).
  • Ensure consistent communication regarding recruiting efforts by providing status updates to all stakeholders through meetings, email updates, and reports.
  • Facilitate hiring discussions with interviewers and hiring managers.
  • Develop strong relationships with candidates and help them seamlessly integrate into the Niche team and culture.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of all recruiting efforts, with specific attention paid to continued flow of candidates through the recruiting pipeline.
  • Perform special projects on an as needed basis.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3-5 years of progressive recruiting experience including sourcing and full cycle recruiting.
  • Bachelor's degree required and related certifications a plus.
  • Proven track record for assessing talent beyond matching keywords on a resume. A passion to find candidates that align with Niche’s mission and values.
  • Experience sourcing passive candidates - you know the best candidates are happy where they are at and despite this fact, you know how to engage with them.
  • Technologically Savvy - we don’t expect you to code, but we do need you to have a firm grasp of different coding languages and technical stacks.
  • Possess an upbeat, and outgoing personality. You are the face of Niche - you’ll need to embody the culture of our company to potential candidates.
  • Ability to build strong, productive relationships with hiring managers.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an emphasis on tact and diplomacy.
  • Superior public speaking skills/ability to pitch our company mission & employment opportunities to organizations and potential candidates.
  • Experience working with applicant tracking systems.
  • Handle confidential information discreetly.
  • Self-motivated, tenacious, works with a sense of urgency, and thrives in a self-directed entrepreneurial environment; enjoys challenges.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full time, salaried position with competitive compensation and benefits including 20 paid days off per year, paid parental leave, SIMPLE IRA, disability and life insurance, and a comprehensive health plan, including vision and dental, provided at no cost to the employee. Niche is committed to the local community and offers three paid volunteering days per year. We’ve also been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Southwestern PA by the Pittsburgh Business Times. EOE.

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Niche is a small team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’re a unique blend of data scientists, engineers, parents, and “yinzers” who are looking for exceptional talent to grow our company. Read more about Niche and check out our team page.

We believe people’s lives are made better by having the right resources to inform their biggest life decisions. Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users.

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