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Talent Acquisition Leader

Salary Range:
$92,073 - $142,714 per year

Close Date: Open Until Filled

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is positioned to become a world-class organization and needs a forward-thinking talent management professional to reimagine the agency’s practices for attracting the best and brightest individuals to a career in public service.

Come shape our strategy to attract diverse, high-quality talent pools, and develop processes that enable a team of recruiters to successfully manage recruiting efforts in the San Diego region.

This position is ideal for an experienced talent management professional with a passion for all areas of talent acquisition including employer branding, sourcing, candidate assessment, candidate offers and negotiations, and onboarding.

The ideal candidate will possess:
» Experience participating in the design and implementation of innovative human resources programs and systems which anticipate and respond to organizational issues and that are employee-service oriented.
» Experience supervising others including mentoring, providing technical direction, and evaluating the work of employees.
» The ability to work in a fast-paced environment; managing time; balancing multiple projects, deadlines, and competing priorities effectively.

Education: Bachelor’s degree with major course work in human resources management, organizational development, psychology, business/public administration, or a related field.

Experience: Seven (7) years of experience developing and delivering human resources programs and services, including two years of supervisory experience.

The Talent Acquisition Leader will strategize and implement a comprehensive suite of programs and activities that optimize talent sourcing and recruitment efforts, and ensure the agency reaches market-leader status with respect to total rewards.

» Provide strategic and operational leadership for applicant sourcing, full-cycle recruiting, candidate selection, and onboarding activities for all new and open SANDAG positions.
» Advise and consult with Executives, hiring managers, and recruitment team members on market conditions, sourcing strategies, outreach and advertising activities, selection methods, and compensation particularly for highly technical and other niche/hard to fill vacancies.
» Design and implement robust candidate attraction and talent pipeline development activities that are a blend of proactive sourcing and traditional application submittal processes.

SANDAG serves as the forum for regional decision making for the San Diego region and is one of the most recognized regional planning agencies in the nation, with responsibilities that cover a broad range of complex, interrelated program areas. Its commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone who lives in the San Diego area is at the forefront of everything they do and is a shared goal among its team members.

SANDAG knows that all employees - no matter what role they play or how long they’ve been with SANDAG - are essential to its continued success. If you’re excited by change, motivated by challenges, and eager to satisfy the people you serve, there’s a place for you at SANDAG.

San Diego, renowned for its idyllic climate and 70 miles of pristine beaches, is California’s second largest city with nearly 1.3 million citywide residents and more than 3 million residents countywide. San Diego offers world-class dining, professional sports, and entertainment options typical of a large metro area, but the patchwork of distinct neighborhoods fosters strong community ties.

The Talent Acquisition Leader position has a salary range of $92,073 - $142,714 per year.

SANDAG offers comprehensive benefits, to include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs.

Additionally, SANDAG also offers the following:
» Excellent health insurance options for employees and their families
» CalPERS pension plan with employer and employee contributions
» An employer paid, $5000 annual contribution to the employee’s 457 Plan
» Pay-for-performance merit increases
» Paid time off including 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, and 18 paid time off (PTO) days per year
» A 9/80 flexible work schedule
» A transit pass for use on the bus, express bus, Trolley, and Coaster at no cost to the employee
» Education Assistance of up to $5,250 a year

The first review of application materials will occur on Friday, May 6, 2022. You are encouraged to apply early.

To be considered for this exciting and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application, résumé, and cover letter at:

For more information, please contact: Rachel Nycholat, Manager of Human Resources at

Employment will be offered as a three-year, At-Will employment contract.

SANDAG is an equal employment opportunity employer.