About Niche

We believe people’s lives are made better by having the right resources to inform their biggest life decisions. Niche is the best place to research U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. Every month millions of people use our easy-to-read and comprehensive report cards, rankings, and reviews to choose the right schools, neighborhoods, and companies for them. is all about finding where you fit in and that mission inspires how we operate every day in our office. On top of that, we want Niche to be a place people truly enjoy working.

About The Role

Niche is growing at a fast pace! We are looking for someone that has a passion for identifying and attracting top talent.  As our first full-time employee 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 report directly to our Director of People Development to lead our recruiting function.

During the First Month:

  • Learn about Niche by meeting with various team members to learn more about our company.
  • Kick off 1:1s with hiring managers and other team members to identify key requirements for each role, learn working and communication styles, and progress towards hiring goals
  • Dive into sourcing to seek out, engage, and nurture relationships with top talent: you’ll build pipeline now to make your first sourced hired
  • Own your first wave of candidates from the first touch point to rounding out the final steps of the interview process
  • Be able to successfully navigate our Applicant Tracking System, schedule interviews, create candidate profiles, and much more

Within 3 Months:

  • Perfect the Niche pitch - you’ll be able to talk to anyone about our opportunities
  • Partner with the Director of People Development to deliver interviewer training based on what you've noticed and feedback about candidates and interviewers
  • Revisit the descriptions for your roles. Partner with hiring managers to make needed revisions to influence your pipeline
  • Hire your first candidate(s)
  • Use data and your own instincts to identify inefficiencies and innovate/improve: you'll have the ability to influence and drive change and process improvement
  • Leveraging your pipeline data, create a plan of action around your learnings, and share your plan with your stakeholders

Within 6 Months:

  • Own a flawlessly positive and empowering candidate experience: ensure that candidates always know where they're at in the process, giving timely updates, and communicating expectations and results to all candidates
  • Have a deep understanding of the team’s talent needs and staying one step ahead of the growth
  • Provide feedback to leadership and interviewers as to what's working, what's not, and propose ideas for what to change
  • Consistently achieve your hiring goals; we’ll look to you to deliver month over month

Within 12 Months:

  • Help scale out our org, be ready to step up into greater responsibilities
  • Partner on outlining resourcing for the next six months--leverage metrics, historical data, and make recommendations to the Director of People Development

What We Are Looking For

  • 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

Why Niche?

  • Full time, salaried position with competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health plan, including vision and dental, provided at no cost to the employee
  • 20 PTO days, 10 Paid Holidays and 3 Volunteer Days Off per year
  • Parental leave
  • Stock options and SIMPLE IRA Employer Match
  • Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users

Niche will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now or in the future for this opening.

Candidates only.  No recruiters or agencies, please. All of our open positions are located in our Pittsburgh, PA office. Sorry, we do not offer relocation assistance.

Niche is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.

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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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