Talent Acquisition Specialist

Job Locations US-MA-Boston


Are you are a smart, talented, mature individual who wants to join an organization committed to improving human services policy and practice? Do you have the necessary interpersonal skills, work ethic, and experience (or ability) to contribute significantly to an organization committed to growth and excellence?


At Community Resources for Justice we change lives and strengthen communities by advancing policy and delivering individualized services that promote safety, justice, and inclusion.


CRJ is a unique, 140 year old Boston-based organization that provides direct care as well as research and consulting services in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Our three divisions, the Crime and Justice Institute, Community Strategies, and Social Justice Services are recognized for their effectiveness and contributions to this important work. More information is available at


The Talent Acquisition Specialist is responsible for the full cycle of talent acquisition activities for various staff positions including, sourcing, interviewing, and selection of non-exempt and exempt staff for CRJ. They will collaborate with the Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist in other aspects of Employment functions including Diversity and Inclusion, advertising strategies, applicant tracking systems and pre-screening requirements. 


Functional Responsibilities:

  • Maintain overall recruitment strategies to achieve and support desired strategic goals of HR and CRJ.
  • Conduct in-depth screens and assesses potential candidates for level of interest, qualifications, compensation and convert hard to find passive talent through your understanding of the business and employee value proposition
  • Provide appropriate coaching and guidance on the interviewing and selection process to all hiring managers, leveraging expertise with industry best practices and available resources
  • Create talent pipelines for high demand positions through appropriate sourcing channels (ATS, resume databases, professional networking, vendor partners, social media, etc.)
  • Maintain pipeline of high-quality candidates by fostering long-term relationships with them for current and future opportunities by fully utilizing our Applicant Tracking System
  • Help to develop alternate channels of sourcing to provide a continued pipeline of candidates:  College Recruiting, Internship program, Transitional Employment Organizations (HELP, Career Collaborative, Military, etc.)
  • Participate in talent acquisition related events (i.e. job/career fairs, networking events)
  • Review reference and background check information on final candidates
  • Consult with managers throughout the selection process and provide assistance in identifying top candidate by leveraging all available information (i.e. PI assessment, references, etc.)
  • Review, approve and ensure delivery of candidate offer letters and new hire paperwork in addition to updating and maintaining appropriate databases
  • Assist in tracking, reporting, and analyzing recruiting metrics; provide specific reports as requested
  • Provide additional support during Sr Talent Acquisition Specialist and Talent Acquisition Associates's absence


  • Bachelors degree with a concentration in human resources, business or related field, preferred
  • 1-3 years of proven full cycle recruiting experience in either an agency or a corporate environment with proven ability to handle and manage high volume recruiting
  • Deep understanding of the full-cycle recruitment process (from sourcing to onboarding)
  • Polished communication and presentation skills
  • Superb client and change management abilities
  • Someone who holds the candidate and hiring manager experience in high regard, and can demonstrate agility and patience through difficult situations  
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively to identify the best talent  
  • Must be responsive and focused on the quality of hire while maintaining a sense of urgency to meet hiring manager needs
  • Ability to take ownership and accountability for projects
  • Familiarity with OFCCP regulations preferred


Technical Competencies:

  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office, ATS applications and on-line recruiting tools



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