Recruiting Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $52,000
Maximum: $70,000




1130 17th Street, NW
United States


Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC

Department: Human Resources

Supervisor: Vice President of People and Culture


This position is responsible for developing a comprehensive talent acquisition strategy in line with Defenders’ long-term corporate and diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice (DEIJ) objectives which include designing and implementing full-cycle talent acquisition practices and processes; building relationships with universities and conservation groups to highlight Defenders as an employer of choice; developing metrics and monitoring effectiveness of talent acquisition programs.


  • Design and implement recruitment, interviewing, selection, and onboarding best practices which include partnering with hiring managers to develop position descriptions and role profiles; formulating recruitment strategies and execute sourcing plans to identify and attract qualified candidates; developing behavioral-based interviewing techniques and data-based selection processes; administering appropriate assessments, reference checks, and background checks;
  • Establish and maintain talent pipelines through proactive sourcing, targeted engagement, and passive candidate recruitment;
  • Participate in recruitment events and develop outreach efforts in support of Defenders’ DEIJ goals;
  • Create and implement an effective internship program in support of Defenders’ DEIJ goals and program needs;
  • Ensure timely communication with candidates and hiring managers on the recruiting process and pending needs. Educate candidates about the organization, its culture, its benefits, and role expectations;
  • Build and manage an effective Applicant Tracking System;
  • Recommend ideas and strategies related to recruitment that will contribute to the long-term growth of the organization;
  • Perform other related duties as needed.


  • Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in Business, Human Resources Management, or related discipline. 
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience with full-cycle recruitment, preferably in geographically disbursed organizations
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other:
  • Mature knowledge of recruitment best practices
  • Mature knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local employment laws for DC and other jurisdictions in which Defenders conducts its business 
  • Strong writing and verbal communications skills                        
  • Ability to conduct research, analyze information, and produce quality work products in a consistent, efficient, and timely manner
  • Proficient in Applicant Tracking Systems, resume databases, internet sourcing tools, MS Office
  • Highly organized self-starter who requires minimal supervision and who excels in a team environment
  • Ability to present Defenders to candidates with a high degree of professionalism and confidence
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with internal business partners and external networks
  • Ability to effectively work with staff at all levels within the organization, managing up when needed


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. 


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


  • Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.
  • Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.


Our benefits summary can be found here:

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested applicants should complete an application for employment. Please reference Recruiting Manager in your subject line and submit your completed application, a letter of interest, and resume to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.