Position Title: Talent Acquisition Specialist

Salary: $49,000 - $55,000 per year

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:
  • High School Diploma with three (3) years of experience in talent acquisition, post-secondary educational admissions, communications, sales, or recruitment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

 It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations as required for the position. The pre-employment drug screen must be completed within 48 hours of the acceptance of the conditional offer of employment.

Position Summary:

The Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections is seeking a recruitment professional to assist with Talent Acquisition activities including the recruitment, onboarding, and retention of new employees. This is a professional position of a specialized nature. Under the direct supervision of the Talent Acquisition Supervisor, the incumbent will assist in developing and expanding recruitment efforts with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of qualified and competent candidates for a wide breadth of positions. The Talent Acquisition Specialist will coordinate efforts with HR and other department management and staff to streamline and enhance the hiring experience for both candidates and hiring departments, and to reduce any barriers to an efficient employment process.



  • Provides support in the areas of recruitment, talent acquisition, pre-employment, and onboarding.
  • Conducts recruitment activities and facilitates hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions.
  • Collaborates with HR and management staff to enhance recruitment practices, assessment instruments, interviewing, and selection processes and resolves recruitment-related issues and problems.
  • Works with department managers and staff within the Allegheny County Jail, along with the Office of Marketing and Special Events to create and maintain strategic, flexible, and creative recruitment plans to meet a wide range of employment and hiring needs.
  • Fosters effective relationships and consults with hiring managers to understand the skills and competencies required of candidates for specific positions.
  • Coordinates, facilitates, and organizes recruitment events and activities and other HR/employment-related programs and services through execution, participation, and promotion of such activities.
  • Identifies sources of potential candidates through multiple and diverse channels (job boards, social media platforms, professional associations, etc.).
  • Establishes relationships and maintains ongoing communication with college and university placement offices, community organizations, and other professional networks to build talent pipelines into County employment.
  • Responds to employment-related inquiries from applicants, staff, and managers; refers complex or sensitive matters to appropriate staff.
  • Gathers and analyzes data utilizing relevant HR metrics (i.e., turnover, market compensation analysis, and benefit trends, etc.) to recommend strategies for talent attraction and retention.
  • Assists department hiring staff with contacting applicants to inform them of employment possibilities, consideration, and selection.
  • Develops, designs, prepares, and presents information needed for recruitment efforts.
  • Establishes effective tools to streamline, improve communications, and reduce barriers to the hiring process.
  • Performs additional related tasks and duties as requested or required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Current federal, state, and local regulations and requirements regarding recruitment, interviewing, and selection practices.
  • Recruitment methodologies, strategies, practices, and procedures.
  • Trends, best practices, and new technologies in HR and talent management.
  • Pre-employment Screening techniques and strategies.
  • Effective presentation strategies.

Skill in:

  • Microsoft Office products.
  • Social media (e.g., Indeed & LinkedIn) and other communication channels.

Ability to:

  • Effectively present information to various-sized groups of people.
  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work independently.
  • Exercise flexibility and adaptability in the prioritization of work.
  • Establish and meet project timelines for recruitment and employment-related activities.
  • Demonstrate client service orientation with credibility, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish relationships and build rapport with applicants, managers, employees, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain a high degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Work in an atypical environment that includes high-level security procedures, loud noises, and limited access to the outside.

Residency: Not required to live in Allegheny County
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.