Washington, DC
Full Time
People Operations
Mid Level

Title:                              Recruiter

Reports to:             Director, People Operations

Job Summary:          The Recruiter is responsible for sourcing, attracting, and interviewing prospective employees to identify the best talent for Heritage. The Recruiter will collaborate with hiring managers to identify a pool of qualified candidates and be proactive in identifying future hiring needs.  The Recruiter utilizes significant awareness of and interest in current public policy issues to conduct research relevant to the recruitment process.

Job Duties:

  • Internal Recruiting: Build and maintain professional relationships with job applicants, hiring managers, outside recruiters, and temporary agencies. Create relevant metrics related to recruiting activities, including but not limited to the source of hire, time to fill, and applicants per opening.
  • Hiring Process: Design job descriptions to ensure the skills and requirements comport with the career level to ensure consistency across the organization; work with the hiring manager to ensure all components are accurately reflected.  Provide recruiting support to Heritage management, including conducting phone and in-person interviews as needed, providing guidance on relevant interview questions, and identifying associations or professional organizations to advertise a position.
  • Recruitment Sourcing and Outreach: Proactively and creatively source candidates using a variety of search methods to build a robust candidate pipeline. Represent Heritage at external events in order to build relationships with potential candidates.
  • Platform Management: Maintain Heritage’s profile on recruiting platforms, including LinkedIn Recruiter, Jazz HR, Conservative Jobs and others. Responsible for all user management and training.
  • Applicant Resume Vetting: Conduct a thorough applicant vetting process to inform hiring managers and decision-makers on potential candidates ensuring the selection of talented applicants for open positions.
  • Professional Development – Regularly seek out continuing education, especially on HR best practices, trends, and new inspiration, by reading publications, attending seminars, and consulting with other industry professionals.


Education:             Bachelor’s degree or significant related experience  

Experience:             5 or more years of professional work experience in Recruiting

Communication:   Proven ability to communicate and can effectively “sell” an organization’s mission and value proposition

Technology:          Proficient in Microsoft Office; experience in Applicant Tracking Systems


Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Experience working with recruiting tools and systems, including resume databases, internet sourcing tools, and spreadsheets.
  • Creative in brainstorming and proposing new ideas and solutions to existing problems.
  • Self-starter with excellent time management, multi-tasking, and organizational skills.
  • Capacity to travel and work nights and weekends for conferences, network events, and job fairs when necessary (up to 10% as needed).


Benefits and Salary:

The Heritage Foundation offers a highly competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, best-in-class health care, vision, and dental insurance, employer-sponsored retirement funding, “take what you need” PTO and sick leave, 14 weeks of paid leave for new moms and 6 weeks of paid leave for new dads, among other programs.


The salary range for this role is $75,000 - $90,000 annually. This range is a good faith estimate, and the final salary offered to a selected candidate depends on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, and other qualifications; internal and external market pay for comparable jobs; and level of hire based on aforementioned qualifications.


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