Associate Director of Talent Acquisition

Washington, DC

National Journal seeks an Associate Director of Talent Acquisition to join our talent acquisition team. We are seeking a person who is passionately committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and is constantly striving to apply this lens in every aspect of their work. 

National Journal is a premier research and insights company committed to helping organizations effectively navigate Washington. Best known as one of Washington’s most trusted media brands for nearly 50 years, our expertise is unmatched with teams of specialists dedicated to government affairs, communications, and political research, in addition to exceptional journalism. Our mission is to equip the thousands of government and business leaders in the nation’s capital with the intelligence, insights, and connections they need to save time, increase efficiency, and deliver success.

The recruiter will be responsible for sourcing talent as well as managing the interview and hiring process. As the first point of contact, our Recruiter should be extremely dynamic and welcoming to all candidates. Additionally, the recruiter will have an opportunity to expand and refine our engagement with universities with the aim of increasing our candidate pipelines. Our Recruiter will be joining a growing team of Human Resources professionals. We are looking for individuals who are team oriented and desire to grow in all facets of Human Resources while owning the recruiting functions. 

What is National Journal’s Talent & Culture Team? 

Our talent & culture team encompasses all aspects of Human Resources for our organization. The team provides support across benefits and recruiting as well as leading the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We pride ourselves on providing best in class support to our staff and are looking for a new teammate with the same commitment. 

You are:

  • Driven to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace.

  • Thrive when connecting with people and are passionate about helping people find a role that’s right for them, not just filling a seat for the company.

  • Motivated by connecting with others and quickly understanding their strengths and abilities.

  • Not afraid to negotiate and advocate. 

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Excited about building new processes and strategies to support the evolving needs of our business.

  • Have excellent time management skills.

  • Can motivate others and yourself to ensure deadlines are met.

  • Propose ideas and ways to refine current strategies and processes - especially in the space of recruiting strategies and interview processes.

  • A team player who is willing and eager to assist in all facets of Human Resources when asked.

  • A learner: excited about furthering your experience and knowledge by attending expert panels, webinars and taking advantage of continuing education opportunities.

Our Recruiter:

  • Develops, facilitates, and implements all phases of the recruitment process.

  • Collaborates with hiring managers to identify, and draft detailed and accurate job descriptions and hiring criteria.

  • Implements efficient and effective recruiting methods and strategies based on the available role, industry standards, and the needs of the organization.

  • Posts jobs and manages the hiring process in our HR information system.

  • Identifies and attends key in college job fairs and recruiting sessions to widen our candidate pipeline.

  • Screens applications and selects qualified candidates before moving to the interview process.

  • Schedules interview with appropriate team members and hiring managers; oversees preparation of interview questions and other hiring and selection materials.

  • Assists with the interview process, attending and conducting interviews with managers and advising on the best process and stakeholders for a given role.

  • Collaborates with the hiring manager and/or VP of Human Resources during the offer process, identifying and recommending salary ranges, incentives, start dates, and other pertinent details.

  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and company policies.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • 1-3 years (post-undergraduate) experience conducting interviews or recruiting in a professional setting; an excellent academic record. Exceptional communication and people skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability in interviewing, negotiating, and remaining personable and professional at all times. 

  • Excellent time management and judgment, demonstrated proficiency managing competing project priorities and adhering to timelines.

  • Demonstrated outstanding client-service ethic and spirit of generosity

  • Creative thinking and resourcefulness in problem-solving

  • A full course of the COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment at National Journal

  • Active contributor to a diverse and inclusive workplace

Employment Type: Full-time

Compensation: The salary range for this role is $65,000-$85,000 (salary commensurate with experience)

Location: This job is based in Washington, DC. National Journal will be operating on a hybrid basis, with employees required to be in the office every Tuesday and Thursday. 


About Us

Across National Journal Group, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in you, and everyone else.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions –

  • Force of Ideas:  At the center of National Journal Group work are the ideas within our writing.  We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequences.  Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.

  • Spirit of Generosity:  National Journal Group seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.  National Journal Group writing should be cut from the same cloth –critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.

National Journal is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.