The primary role of talent acquisition directors is to manage the hiring process and find qualified recruits to fill organizational vacancies. These directors must be able to use various sources to find new applicants, such as job-search websites and job fairs. They must also sort through applications and information from potential hires. Talent acquisition directors participate in at least part of the recruitment process, including by interviewing and negotiating with candidates; they also help optimize hiring policies. Other tasks performed by talent acquisition directors include participating in meetings related to hiring strategies and training other members of the hiring team.
Talent acquisition directors generally work indoors in an office environment. Some companies may require extensive travel to external locations as well. It is also common to perform work and communication through virtual tools such as teleconferencing, and these directors must be proficient in basic computer software. Work is often done in small teams, although the talent acquisition director must be able to work well independently with minimal supervision.
Most talent acquisition director positions require extensive experience with recruiting, often at least seven to 10 years performing such duties. Some companies may also require experience in a particular technical field as well. Educational requirements for talent acquisition directors generally include a bachelor’s degree in a related field; more advanced degrees such as a master of business administration (MBA) may be preferred.
Talent Acquisition Director Tasks
Work with managers to define talent needs, necessary skills, and preferred qualifications.
Evaluate and choose strategies for identifying and screening candidates and retaining staff.
Coach managers and talent team in hiring procedures and interview techniques.
Maintain a network of contacts to increase talent pool and provide referrals.