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Associate Director of Talent Acquisition

St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

Job Details

Associate Director of Talent Acquisition


Position Title: Associate Director of Talent Acquisition

Department: Human Resources

Reports To: Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

Classification: Exempt
FTE: 1.0
Salary: $80,000 - $91,000

Essential Job Duties:

1. Provide strategic guidance within the Talent Acquisition department for St. Olaf staff roles
  • Develop and curate the talent acquisition strategy for St. Olaf, including work surrounding the employer value proposition, DEI initiatives, and community and candidate outreach efforts
  • Provide coaching, advice and strategic direction throughout the hiring process to improve efficiencies in hiring and and the quality of new hires
  • Partner with other members of the HR team to implement and test information and processes of the new Employee Information System (EIS), Oracle; drive strategy initiatives associated with the platform
  • Design, implement and work on Human Resources-related projects

2. Oversee the college's recruitment of staff employees
  • Lead the recruiting team (1-2 direct reports) and efforts to support the college's employment and recruitment of non-faculty employees in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Collaborate with hiring managers and members of the President's Leadership Team to fill job vacancies and manage changes in current employees' roles
  • Establish and maintain ongoing relationships and communication with hiring managers and campus partners
  • Review, revise and create job descriptions; post and source job openings via applicant tracking system, Oracle; create and send offer and employment letters
  • Perform administrative functions and processes, ensuring that the recruiting teams meets the highest standards of compliance and that employment-related tasks are performed on a timely basis
  • Advise search committees and administrators on sourcing and selecting candidates, including providing guidance on job descriptions, job postings and advertising, recruiting diverse candidates, interviewing techniques, and checking references and backgrounds
  • Maintain records of all materials used for recruitment, including interview notes and related paperwork

3. Provide support in setting compensation for staff
  • Provide recommendations for wage rates and pay grades
  • Assist with annual compensation planning
    • Create annual salary letters

4. Support, respect, and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a
strong and inclusive community

5. Complete and meet deadlines for required training and performance management cycle

6. Perform other duties as assigned

Work Schedule:

Term: Year-round

Shift: Striving for work-life balance, St. Olaf College's typical work hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm. Recognizing individual needs, we support flexible scheduling options.

Required Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

Experience: 5+ years experience in human resources, employment, recruiting and/or compensation, or relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources

Experience: 7+ years of recruiting experience or as a human resources generalist; experience using Infor and/or Oracle Cloud; experience with a systems implementation


Employment in this position is conditioned upon successful completion of a background check, which may include criminal background checks, reference checks, verification of work history, verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, a motor vehicle check, verification of a DOT certification, a credit check, employment eligibility verification, and/or a pre-employment physical. Whether a background check is deemed successfully completed will be at the sole discretion of St. Olaf College. Please note that St. Olaf College reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to conduct periodic background checks.


This job description is for general information purposes. It is not intended to list all duties and responsibilities of the position. This job description is subject to change at any time, with or without prior notice, by St. Olaf College.

About Us

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees' health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees' children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college's benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff:

A link to our DEI page:

A virtual campus tour:

An overview of Northfield:

An overview of the Twin Cities:

The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

For Staff Application Assistance:

For Faculty Application Assistance:

Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

To apply, visit



St. Olaf College

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power.  Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.  The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

A St. Olaf education embraces the entire undergraduate experience. Students learn not only in the classroom, but also in residence halls, rehearsal rooms, practice fields, worship services, student employment, and community organizations. These diverse learning opportunities work together to help students achieve a comprehensive set of college-wide learning goals.

At St. Olaf College we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and globally engaged community. We believe in fostering different identities, beliefs, and traditions because our differences make us stronger. St. Olaf strives to promote cultural diversity and multicultural understanding and create a campus where individuals of all backgrounds feel accepted and supported. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the enrichment of our diverse community.

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