The Associate Director of Talent Acquisition is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Talent Acquisition strategy, which aligns with and supports the IPA’s strategy. The incumbent is responsible for sourcing quality candidates to meet the needs of the organization by deploying  creative sourcing strategies. The incumbent will participate in the full recruitment life cycle, from creating employer brand awareness, to the candidate care, application process, selection and offer stages. The Associate Director Talent Acquisition will partner with hiring managers and the HR department to gain an understanding of the best-fit applicants for the organization.


  • Develops the Talent Acquisition strategy to support organizational and HR initiatives through analysis of key metrics, knowledge of labor market and HR trends.
  • Partner with Hiring Managers and other HR functional areas and organization leaders.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with third parties such as search firms, vendors, job websites, social media, post-secondary institutions, and other sourcing outlets.
  • Identifies channels for internal and external advertising of current and upcoming vacancies.
  • Develops, assesses, and monitors all recruitment practices to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance with applicable legislation and internal HR policies.
  • Manages all Talent Acquisition related administration, including Applicant Tracking System updates, notes and workflows, administration of job postings and any related external advertising; weekly updates to stakeholders; and preparation of new hire HR form packages and complete onboarding processes to ensure proper employee set up.
  • Leads the recruitment of executives and senior leadership roles.
  • Oversees training and development of all Talent Acquisition staff and provides regular feedback and coaching on performance.
  • Establishes and manages a budget for the talent acquisition department.
  • Provide first class customer service in talent acquisition, new employee orientation.
  • Ensure compliance of IPA’s talent acquisition practice with applicable federal, state and local laws 
  • Continuously evaluate existing talent acquisition tools and templates to improve efficiency and effectiveness.


  • Foster a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate IPA’s core values in action and champion a culture of respect, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Perform other relevant duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development/Behavior or related field.
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential or ability to obtain certification within one year of employment.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of progressive experience in recruitment, talent acquisition with at least five years in international development organizations. 
  • Basic knowledge of US Government and international donor regulations and standards.
  • Demonstrated values of continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere.
  • Able to work well in a fast-paced environment and manage competing priorities.
  • Able to build trusting relationships and collaboration with team members across the organization and influence positive outcomes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent internal consulting skills and coaching and mentoring others.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills working with online applicant tracking systems.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team and demonstrated integrity, independent thinking, sound judgment, and respect for others.


  • Experience living or working in developing countries is preferred.
  • Comfortable with maintaining an up-to-date and active professional social media presence.
  • Language proficiency in French and/or Spanish preferred.
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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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