Research Associate, Recruiting and Organizational Design Services

  • California Environmental Associates
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
Full Time Communications Consultant Nonprofit Professional Services Research

Job Description

 Recruiting and Organizational Design Services Practice Area

Using the deep professional networks and strategic insight developed through over 30 years of consulting, CEA has built a client-centered recruiting practice. Working in partnership, we help environmental organizations, foundations, and businesses build and expand their programs by hiring senior-level, executive, technical, and support staff as well as conduct special projects related to compensation and employee/stakeholder engagement. Additionally, we serve as a recruiting partner to clients with fellowship programs, placing over 100 students in summer projects annually. 

CEA also provides organizational design, transition management, compensation research and analysis, employee engagement, and stakeholder engagement support to organizations establishing or expanding operations in the United States and internationally.

Research Associate, Recruiting and Organizational Design Services

CEA is seeking a team member to assist with all stages of recruiting and organizational design projects for prestigious environmental organizations, foundations, and mission-driven for-profit firms. This is an exciting opportunity to interact with leaders in the environmental sector, learn about emerging environmental issues and organizational structures, and be an integral part of identifying and placing diverse, qualified talent in support of our clients’ hiring goals. This position requires intellectual rigor, independence, demonstrated attention to detail, and a passion for environmental issues. Excellent communication and relationship management skills are required. The Research Associate will report to the Director of Recruiting and Organizational Design Services.

 Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide direct assistance to recruiting team members with research, scheduling, coordination, and document preparation to support all search activities
  • Attract and cultivate top-tier candidates by conducting research calls and developing relationships with valuable candidate networks
  • Review resumes, prioritize candidates, and respond to emails and phone inquiries
  • Assist clients in developing and achieving their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) hiring goals; develop recruiting strategies to attract a qualified applicant pool
  • Assist in research, analysis, and presentation of special projects such as compensation surveys, employee and/or stakeholder engagement surveys, etc.
  • Assist with development of leadership transition and onboarding plans
  • Participate as member of 4-person team reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and placing graduate students in for-profit, nonprofit, and public-sector opportunities for annual, seasonal (December-May) project
  • Assist with production and quality control of outgoing work products and correspondence: proofread documents for spelling, grammar, and layout, making appropriate changes; draft letters, emails, interview materials, and other written work products as necessary
  • Support the recruiting team’s communications, marketing, and business development efforts, helping in the production of summary memos, proposals, and presentations; participate in networking and outreach efforts as needed

Skills and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent
  • 2+ years of experience in a client services, recruiting, or consulting role, or a similar position requiring a service-oriented demeanor and relationship management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Professional, and poised demeanor, combined with a flexible, solutions-oriented, entrepreneurial attitude
  • Interest and/or experience in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as they relate to recruiting and organizational design efforts
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage responsibilities on multiple projects, meet deadlines, and problem solve
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with Tableau valuable
  • Superb attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure, handle sensitive matters with discretion, and interact with a diverse array of people with diplomacy
  • Foreign language skills desired
  • A deep commitment to the triple win (environment, social, and economic) mission of CEA 

Terms, Compensation, and Location

This unique opportunity can be structured as either a regular, full time position (>30 hours/week) or, on an hourly, contractual basis (< 30-hours/week). CEA offers a salary that is commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package to permanent employees working 30 hours or more per week. 

The preferred location is within CEA’s San Francisco, CA but, this role may be performed from any US-based location. There will be initial training in San Francisco, as well as project-specific, travel requirements in February and March. 

To Apply

Inquiries received via phone call or direct email will not be eligible for review.  To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements:

CEA is an equal opportunity employer.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree