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Senior Talent Acquisition Partner

Date: Jan 12, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6557 


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a dynamic talent acquisition professional to join the talent acquisition team.  Located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, ORNL is the Department of Energy’s largest national laboratory. ORNL is home to the nation’s most comprehensive materials research program and is a world leader in research that supports the development of advanced materials for energy generation, storage, and use. Our research community is working with many of America’s best innovators and businesses to research, develop, and demonstrate cutting-edge technologies and to break down barriers in sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. Through a multidisciplinary approach, ORNL applies signature strengths in nuclear science, high-performance computing, energy, advanced materials, neutron science, and other areas to enduring and emerging threats to national security.  


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of the recruiter include sourcing, screening, interviewing, and recommending scientific and technical talent for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The selected candidate must comply with company policy, EEO, OFCCP, ADA, and Affirmative Action guidelines in the screening and hiring process.


The recruiter role provides a unique opportunity for a highly motivated talent acquisition specialist to shape the future of scientific discovery for years to come by attracting top talent to ORNL.  The recruiter’s responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement new, innovative sourcing and recruiting strategies.
  • Develop contacts and establish relationships with local, regional, and national educational institutions, with scientific conferences and organizations, and with campus scientific and diversity organizations to support recruitment efforts.
  • Work with hiring managers to identify current and future staffing vacancies and to assess required talent and skills to meet staffing needs.
  • Identify and recommend most qualified candidates by applying knowledge of technical roles and market availability.
  • Personalize the recruitment and selection processes for candidates.
  • Manage the offer process.


Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelors in HR, Business, Management or a related field with 8 or more years of relevant experience
  • Thorough working knowledge of recruiting policies, practices, and procedures
  • Ability to understand and to articulate technical position requirements with candidates
  • Experience in creating and understanding recruiting metrics and in managing and prioritizing multiple searches, projects, and client relationships
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to manage and coordinate multiple tasks and effectively interact with all levels of an organization
  • Excellent PC Skills, proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.) with a general understanding of PC operations and applications
  • Exceptional telephone, interviewing, and relationship building skills and the ability to proactively network and establish effective working relationships
  • Strong listening, creative thinking and relationship-building skills with a proven customer focus
  • Experience in current external recruiting policies, practices and trends
  • Ability to propose and implement ongoing improvements to ORNL’s recruitment efforts
  • Be positive, courteous, and capable of maintaining a professional attitude under pressure
  • Possess a proven track record of networking capabilities.


Qualifications Preferred:  

  • Five or more years of technical recruitment experience in a research or engineering field
  • Demonstrated experience filling high demand skill sets, eg:  Cyber Security, Nuclear Engineering positions requiring security clearances
  • Demonstrated tenacity and ability to meet organizational hiring needs in competitive markets
  • Recruiting knowledge of OFCCP compliance procedures
  • Experience with ATS and candidate sourcing using Linkedin/social media and other data sources
  • AIRS certification or equivalent sourcing skills
  • A combination of recruiting, direct sales and in-house corporate recruiting experience
  • Experience successfully recruiting into research and science organizations.
  • May be required to obtain company travel card for approved career fairs, conferences, and other events

Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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