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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: D0042 / Professional Recruiter
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides consultation and leadership to hiring officials and Human Resources Consultants in the development of strategies, programs, and initiatives to attract the best possible pools of candidates, ensuring compliance with University recruitment policies and objectives. Develops and coordinates implementation of innovative initiatives designed to promote general and targeted community awareness of employment prospects at the University. Provides or oversees provision of job search guidance and support to internal and external applicants for University staff positions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the full recruitment life cycle of Staff employees to include, but not limited to, active sourcing, screening, interviewing, completing and evaluating reference checks and onboarding qualified candidates based on departmental business needs and requests.
  2. Presents shortlisted candidates to appropriate hiring authorities, providing detailed profile summaries; makes employment recommendations.
  3. Regularly provides guidance and assistance to job applicants and UNM departments in the navigation of the University's web-based job application and selection process.
  4. Identifies passive and active candidates through job boards, social media, resume databases, job fairs and networking, cold calling, in-person appointments and referrals; communicates and coordinates recruitment advertising.
  5. Assists in the design and implementation of staff recruitment strategies; measures success of strategies through developing and monitoring regular reports.
  6. Assesses candidates to ensure qualification match, cultural fit, and overall compatibility.
  7. Maintains compliance with EEO mandates; avoids legal challenges by understanding current legislation; enforcing regulations with managers; recommending new procedures; conducting training.
  8. Researches and maintains knowledge of market trends and best practices in recruitment of applicable functional areas.
  9. Regularly interfaces with UNM departments and external community groups and organizations to promote and support the University's overall recruitment efforts.
  10. Actively participates in the design, implementation and marketing of UNM Staff Recruitment Services programs and initiatives to include diversity outreach, Non-UNM Student Hire Programs, and other key university wide initiatives.
  11. In partnership with Human Resources Consultants, provides expertise and guidance via recruitment consultations and plans to address complex staffing needs, including hard-to-fill and executive level recruitments.
  12. Proactively promotes University employment by identifying passive staffing needs within UNM departments and identifying qualified candidates where applicable.
  13. Initiates background checks and fingerprinting requests for university departments as needed; maintains strict confidentiality of clients and records.
  14. Maintains recruitment collateral inventory and facilitates the distribution of promotional materials, including flyers, brochures, trinkets and other recruitment materials.
  15. Responsible for facilitating relevant trainings and presenting to various UNM departments.
  16. Analyzes current recruitment and business processes and provides recommendations for change as appropriate; prepares budgetary recommendations for contracts and other fees associated with the Staff Recruiting function.
  17. Arranges candidate interviews by coordinating schedules; arranging travel, lodging, and meals; escorting applicant to interviews; arranging community tours.
  18. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least 60 college-level credit hours; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of organization structure, staffing patterns, and job design.
  • Ability to provide clear technical guidance and instruction to non-technical personnel.
  • Effective speaking and writing skills and the ability to address small and large groups.
  • Knowledge and understanding of higher education and/or public sector recruitment and employment processes.
  • Ability to compose and edit written materials.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the guiding principles for employment diversity in higher education.
  • Knowledge of recruitment advertising and marketing techniques and best practices.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Proficiency in using applicant tracking systems (ATS), recruiting software, and candidate databases.
  • Strong knowledge of candidate selection methods.
  • High proficiency in candidate sourcing tools and methods.
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality of clients and records.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017