Manager, Talent Acquisition

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(6/2/2020 12:28 PM)
Job ID
Human Resources
The Pew Charitable Trusts


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.


Human Resources
The Human Resources (HR) Department within Pew is comprised of the following main functions: Talent Acquisition, Business Partnership/Employee Relations, Talent Management, Development and Internal Communications, and Compensation, Benefits and HRIS. The department provides strategic support to the business by aligning its priorities and service delivery with the needs of the organization, providing expertise and leadership in each functional area, and serving as an internal consultant to help drive results.


A team of skilled professionals currently provides HR services to approximately 1000 distributed staff. HR's focus is to lead the recruitment of highly talented staff; build an environment committed to two-way communication, staff development, growth and retention; offer a competitive compensation and benefits package; and foster a respectful, collaborative culture in which staff are well-supported to achieve results. This includes developing, implementing and maintaining best practices in the areas of: talent acquisition; organizational design, staff development, performance and talent management; employee relations; compliance; and compensation and benefits. To support the business, HR is comprised of approximately 30 staff with representation in both Philadelphia and Washington, DC to provide in-depth expertise to clients.

Position Overview
Reporting to the Project Director, Talent Acquisition, the Manager, Talent Acquisition located in Pew's Washington, DC office, supports the organization's recruiting related efforts for the US and international offices. The Manager, Talent Acquisition is responsible for all hiring in Pew’s operations (i.e. Finance, Communications, IT, Legal, etc.) functions. This individual will further the department’s objectives through the development, management, and execution of candidate sourcing, assessment, and selection strategies to satisfy Pew’s immediate and long-term strategic hiring objectives. This Manager will recruit and manage recruiters.


  • Contribute to a positive, inclusive, and high-expectations culture on the Talent Acquisition team and within the HR department. Work with colleagues to establish Talent Acquisition as a best-in-class function at Pew and relative to industry peer organizations.
  • Partner with hiring managers, HR partners, Talent Acquisition team colleagues, and other key stakeholders to ensure exceptional internal and external talent (full-time, temporary, and free-lance) is engaged to fill roles across Pew. Ensure that guidance and decisions are rooted in data when possible.
  • Manage a best-practice, behavior- and competency-based assessment and hiring approach/strategy for all openings and ensure that (1) interviewers are appropriately organized and equipped with interview tools/documentation; (2) candidate assessments (interviews, performance tasks, etc.) are evidence-based and relate directly to the job; (3) candidates and Pew stakeholders receive world-class guidance and support; and (4) hiring decision results in exceptional talent joining Pew.
  • Ensure ongoing, proactive communication with hiring stakeholders throughout recruitment. Proactively identify issues and solicit feedback to ensure that searches are effectively managed and meet expectations.
  • Manage two full-time staff, and potentially contingent staff and other external resources, to fill vacancies. Work closely with direct reports to set ambitious yet feasible goals and provide positive and constructive guidance and feedback to ensure those goals are met. Engage and retain high performing direct reports.
  • Ensure engagement and hiring of full-time, temporary, and freelance talent is managed in compliance with relevant laws. Ensure key data on candidates, job details, and assessment and selection activity are documented appropriately in HR systems.
  • Lead and contribute to projects to improve the delivery of recruiting services.
  • Provide oversight into global temporary staff engagement including relationship management with agencies and internal point of contact for Pew managers.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least eight years of professional experience.
  • At least two years of management experience in a recruitment function.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and positive results from staff and colleagues through influence, empathy, and accountability.
  • Exceptional full-life-cycle recruiting skills with an emphasis on inclusive strategies that value diversity.
  • Self-motivated and results-driven with ability to communicate and influence effectively with peer group, hiring managers clients, and candidates.
  • Experience in a complex organization or consulting role requiring impeccable judgment, strong analytical skills and exceptional client management capabilities and a demonstrated understanding of professional recruiting methodologies and tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple project priorities in a highly dynamic environment and the ability work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a collaborative team effort.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience.

Travel is not anticipated but may be required.


Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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