Talent Acquisition Specialist (Freelance)

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Talent Acquisition Specialist (Freelance)

Job description

Do you want to join us on our mission to shape democracies for the digital age? Are you looking for an international and fast-paced, yet collaborative and inclusive environment to thrive in?

You have come to the right place.

CitizenLab, a global social impact scale-up with its HQ in Brussels, and presence in New York, works to make public decision-making more participatory, inclusive, and responsive. The SaaS platform is already being used by 300+ local governments and organizations in over 18 countries, facilitating two-way communication between governments and their residents. Since it was founded in 2015, CitizenLab has given 750,000+ community members a direct voice in local politics, has earned recognition as the 'Best Social Impact Startup in Europe', and was featured in outlets such as The New York Times and Forbes.

CitizenLab is looking for purpose-driven talent to join us on our mission to enable millions of people in cities across the globe to shape the future of their communities.

Talent Acquisition Officer at CitizenLab

As our talent acquisition officer (freelancer), you will support CitizenLab in scaling from 50 to 75 employees by taking ownership of our entire recruitment process at CitizenLab: from sourcing and selection, to liaising with the hiring managers and coordinating final decision-making. In this role, you’ll be working closely with the CEO and the Head of People Operations.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • You are responsible for the recruitment and headhunting of at least 3 of our open senior roles, from building list of candidates to reaching out and convincing them.

  • You are responsible for the screening and first interviews of 15 of our open mid-level roles.

  • You support us in bringing our recruitment time to 5 weeks by advising and implementing recruitment best practices (sourcing, job boards, feedback on job descriptions).

  • After our growth round, you possibly continue supporting recruitment and are available to advise and implement employer branding strategies.


What do we expect from you?

  • You have demonstrable experience in successful sourcing strategies. You know how to leverage LinkedIn Recruiter and additional job boards (e.g. Angellist, Cord.co, and other platforms you suggest).

  • You have an extensive understanding of global recruitment with focus on Europe and the United States.

  • You have experience hiring (head hunting) for senior level positions (VPs and Team Leads).

  • You have experience hiring for technical profiles (Software development, product management), sales, marketing, and operations profiles is a plus.

  • You are a strong team player and are used to working in a fast paced environment. You show a bias for action and keep your eyes on our timeline.

  • You have great interpersonal communication skills and know how to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders (candidates, internal team members, prospective candidates). You are very fluent in English.

  • You are based in CET timezone and are happy to travel once a month to Belgium to connect with CitizenLab.

  • You are immediately available on a part-time (min. 25h) or full-time basis for a period of at least 3 months. After that, there is a possibility to continue with a part-time contract.

An eagerness to learn, talent, and enthusiasm are more important than ticking all the boxes. If you don’t meet all of the listed requirements but are motivated and excited about the role, we want to hear from you!

What can you expect from us?

  • Unlock your full potential and create social impact at scale through our open-source product. Day-to-day, we work with local government leaders across the world to help them connect with their communities.

  • Become a key factor in our rapid growth as scaleup (75 employees), and contribute to our international expansion.

  • Work in a fast-paced, collaborative, and supportive environment. We share a participatory culture of autonomy and ownership by everyone, not only by leadership.

  • Be part of our dynamic, international team. We are as serious about our work in digital democracy as we are about having fun on our journey together.

  • Enjoy an informal work vibe with open communication and full transparency on results.

CitizenLab is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. Whilst we are proud of our cultural diversity and gender parity, we are aware of the limited racial diversity in our team and are committed to making a change on this. We strongly encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.