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Human Resources Partner and Recruiter

Human Resources


Reed College seeks a kind and capable HR or recruiting professional to be our next Human Resources Partner and Recruiter. This is an exciting role at an institution that aims to be one of the best places to work in Portland. You’ll work with terrifically talented colleagues across the college.

Each member of the HR team is assigned a client group for which they provide recruiting and employee relations services. If you are a recruiter, we will teach you employee relations, and if you are an HR generalist, we will teach you to recruit! As well, this role will have responsibility for the training and professional development services that our team provides Reed staff.  This role reports to the Director of Human Resources.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Community is essential to a Reed education, so staff perform their work on campus. This is not a remote role. Pay for this position is $75,000 per year.

Who You Are

  • You can connect authentically with the widest range of people. You are an expert at helping people feel included.
  • You understand that HR work is detailed work. You sweat the details.
  • You are personally committed to equity and it shows in your work. You yourself contribute an important aspect of diversity to your team.
  • You like being busy and having a long and interesting To Do list. You always meet your deadlines.
  • You know that you can’t do HR or recruiting without getting out from behind your desk. In your current role, you get around, attending all of the celebrations and meetings. You know your people and you know their jobs.
  • You are not afraid to have difficult conversations. You know that difficulties between people don’t go away by themselves, so you have learned to walk towards problems, not away from them.
  • You have experience facilitating training and you like being in front of a group.
  • You are self aware. You tend not to be defensive. You are able to listen well and center others. You are generally OK making mistakes and taking responsibility for them.
  • You prefer a team environment at work, rather than working alone. You don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and pitch in, even when it’s not your job.
  • You have worked in dedicated HR or recruiting roles for at least six years.
  • It’s a plus if you’ve used social media to increase the size and diversity of your applicant pools.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead recruitments for new staff members. Partner closely with hiring managers and hiring teams, using each recruitment as an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with your clients.
  • Increase the diversity of Reed’s staff. Actively recruit those from underrepresented and marginalized identity groups. Defeat conscious and unconscious bias in the selection process.
  • Perform the full spectrum of HR generalist duties for your client group, including recruiting, onboarding, compensation, benefits, and employee relations.
  • Provide wise counsel to your key clients about organizational design and departmental leadership and supervisory practices.
  • Lead HR’s training and professional development programs. Coordinate the annual Management Development Seminar Series with other local colleges. Increase participation in all of HR’s training events and programs.
  • Lead HR’s onboarding programs for new hires.
  • Build system improvements to make HR processes less bureaucratic, more meaningful, and easier for clients to use.
  • Become an expert user of our HRIS (Banner). Enter your own data, pull your own reports, participate in testing, and suggest improvements.
  • Be dedicated to your own growth as a HR practitioner. Make mistakes and learn from them. 
  • Be an exceptional networker. Advance Reed’s reputation as an employer of choice. Always be recruiting.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.