University Relations Recruiting Manager

Washington, DC
May 28, 2022
Jun 27, 2022
Full Time

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Human Resources is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining AARP enterprise-wide human resource strategies, initiatives, policies, procedures and related systems. This includes employee compensation and benefits, organization design and integration, talent acquisition, talent development and employee relations.

AARP seeks a University Relations Recruiting Manager to join the Talent Acquisition (TA) team to develop, support, and execute a campus recruitment development strategy and conduct full life cycle hiring. As a University Relations Recruiting Manager, you will lead the development and design of a campus recruitment outreach strategy to build long-term relationships with university partners, deans, faculty, students, and organizations and drive awareness of our intern and early career opportunities. You will partner with clients and business leaders to understand current and future recruiting needs, evaluate trends in the university landscape, and develop strategies to ensure a positive internal and external stakeholder experience.


  • Execute full life cycle recruiting techniques such as attending recruiting events; performing candidate sourcing and screening; preparing all stakeholders for interviews, including logistics management; gathering hiring team consensus feedback; selling AARP as an employer of choice; delivering, negotiating, and closing offers; initiating pre-hire checks and other onboarding activities; support on special projects as needed.
  • Deliver a consistent, compliant, and consultative stakeholder experience in alignment with TA goals and standards, including partnering with hiring managers to determine the best recruitment and hiring strategy for their needs; developing creative and diverse sourcing strategies; generating, qualifying, and presenting a diverse pipeline of candidates; coaching and mentoring clients on interviewing techniques and strategies; managing the recruitment process; and facilitating a positive pre-onboarding experience.
  • Exceed client expectations by providing a strong service orientation, informed decision-making, and efficiency in delivering quality results.
  • Work with hiring managers to translate job requirements into a marketable, professional, and compliant job advertisement while exhibiting a clear understanding of the business needs.
  • Maintain timely, accurate, updated, and compliant information in AARP's applicant tracking system; accountability for successfully managing, prioritizing, and closing searches against a timeline; and company, client, and candidate confidentiality.
  • Deploy relationship recruitment techniques, including actively participating in enterprise affinity groups, cultivating internal and external networks to build talent pipelines, educating clients on how to market their opening on social platforms, and promoting the employee referral program.
  • Partner with all Human Resources groups to validate that job postings align with FLSA requirements, AARP's career management strategy, and AARP's compensation and organization design guidelines.
  • Stay current with new industry sources, HR technology and recruitment techniques, HR and recruitment compliance, and privacy laws.


  • BA/BS degree required; equivalent HR practical experience considered.
  • Minimum of 3 years of full life cycle campus recruitment experience, placing students into internships, early-career positions, or academic programs.
  • Experience with applicant tracking systems (iCIMS a plus); demonstrated expertise in MS Office.
  • Consultative disposition with the ability to assess the landscape; understand the sense of urgency and challenge; convince and persuade when required; execute while realizing the value of providing unparalleled stakeholder experiences.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to consistently and positively contribute in a high-paced and changing work environment while prioritizing and managing multiple searches and clients.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with hiring managers across the enterprise, fellow recruiters, and the entire Human Resources department.
  • Candidate must reside in the DMV area; the position has the flexibility to be remote.
  • Able and open to travel in the US up to 40% of the time.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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