Human Resource Recruiter

Refugees International (RI) is a growing organization. To achieve our goals, we need a world-class level of diverse talent, with top-tier employees who are supported in their development through all stages of their careers, from entry-level positions to the most senior managers. The part-time, temporary HR Recruiter is responsible for RI’s human resources full-cycle recruiting including researching and evaluating candidates, pre-screening applicants, conducting background checks, new hire onboarding, performance management, and HR administration. The successful candidate will report directly to the Director of Finance and Operations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Devises individual strategies and initiatives to attract and strengthen the pool of talent;

  • Leads the recruitment effort for all exempt, nonexempt and temporary workers, writes and places advertisements, works with supervisors to screen and interview candidates, conducts reference checking, organizes and conducts new-employee orientations, and conducts exit interviews;

  • Monitors the progress of prospective candidates through the recruitment process, including timely communications to managers;

  • Maintains and manages detailed records of candidates;

  • Acts as a point of contact for candidates throughout their interview process;

  • Provides support to RI’s management team during in-person interview days, including preparing interview materials, managing candidate logistics, sharing interview notes, etc.;

  • Facilitates interview debriefs and follow-up;

  • Assists in developing short- and long-term recruitment calendars, strategies, and programs to attract and select a strong and diverse team;

  • Builds strong relationships with RI’s management team to ensure alignment of the recruitment process with program needs and optimize its execution;

  • Ensures each position at RI has a job description;

  • Assists the Operations Manager with annual salary surveys and salary budget;

  • Coordinates the performance evaluation program and revises as necessary;

  • Develops and recommends personnel policies and procedures and maintains RI’s Employee Handbook;

  • Establishes and maintains personnel files in line with the Employee Handbook;

  • Maintains organizational charts and employee directory;

  • Evaluates decisions and results of department initiatives in relation to established goals. Recommends new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency and effectiveness of department and services performed;

  • Establishes and coordinates a staff training schedule on relevant HR topics such as team development, legal compliance, leadership and supervision, stress management, effective meeting facilitation and RI policies;

  • Works closely with the Director of Finance and Operations regarding concerns of staff;

  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws;

  • Performs operational tasks as assigned in support of the Ops/Fin department.

Special Education/Experience Requirements:

A bachelor's degree and 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible human resources experience in full life-cycle recruiting, screening, onboarding and recommending placement of staff by using internal and external sourcing methods.This candidate must possess considerable skills in interviewing techniques. The candidate must have knowledge and experience using job posting sites and social media to attract new talent.
Certification/Licensure: PHR/SHRM-CP preferred. Experience working in a nonprofit organization, or law office is a plus. Experience with setting up/managing an internship program. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Special Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of human resources is a must;

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Federal and DC employment law (i.e. OSHA, EEO, ERISA, COBRA) required; ability to become knowledgeable with state and local laws in the national areas in which Defenders operates is required. Experience with multi-jurisdictional organizations preferred;

  • Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information;

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook required. Strong written and verbal communications and customer service/interpersonal skills;

  • Ability to effectively and equitably interface with all levels of employees;

  • Dependable, detail-oriented, organized, and able to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to In the subject line write HR Recruiter followed by your family name. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Salary range is $35-$55k.