Recruitment Associate


Start date: May 2019

Location: Reading

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £22,000 per annum

The Challenge

The Challenge’s vision is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. We believe everyone benefits when people from all walks of life come together to better know, understand and trust each other. This also applies to the people we employ to work with us. As an equal opportunities employer our aim is to have a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we work in.

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, rapidly growing organisation, working with young people and local communities across the country. You can download our impact report which shows how we’ve helped 1,000s of young people build trusting and meaningful relationships with people from different backgrounds.

About the role

We are looking for a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our recruitment team. You will play an important role in attracting and selecting high-quality seasonal staff in your local region who will work on National Citizen Service (NCS) with The Challenge programmes in 2019 and beyond.  You will support the delivery of the recruitment strategy through all stages of the process: from initial attraction of applicants, to screening and assessing candidates, planning and placing seasonal staff, overseeing compliance checks and supporting staff with any questions and queries up to the point that they start the programme.

The Recruitment Associate’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Relationship building and lead generation: Researching and building relationships with a variety of sources of seasonal staff including universities, schools, community organisations, youth charities and public sector organisations.
  • Presentations and events – organising and presenting at a range of events and fairs to attract seasonal staff.
  • Selection and matching: Using a candidate management system (Salesforce)  to screen applications applying to your geographical area. Ensuring all assessments are filled and regularly leading the group assessments, taking responsibility for running a fair process, ensuring a high quality of experience for candidates and placing appropriately qualified staff into relevant roles.
  • Candidate relationship management: Responsibility for effective relationship management with all candidates, ensuring they are engaged throughout the recruitment process, tracking their requirements to ensure the programme is fully staffed, and maintaining a reserve list where required.
  • Compliance: Responsibility for ensuring that candidates are compliant with The Challenge’s safeguarding and safer recruitment policies i.e. supporting candidates to complete DBS checks, collecting references and right to work checks.


This is a broad description of likely duties, but your role may vary over time and include a wide range of objectives and experiences. All our team members need to take responsibility for leading projects, driving work forward and being adaptable to change.

Skills and experience



  • Relationship-building and networking skills, with experience in engaging with and influencing internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong customer focus with a track record in delivering excellent customer service
  • A positive and efficient approach to tasks with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility in approaches to work, with the resilience  to deal with uncertain or unexpected situations
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team to reach targets
  • High-level oral and written communication skills to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders


  • An interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society
  • Strong data analysis skills and a good working proficiency of tools such as MS Word, Excel,  Powerpoint and Google Drive/Gmail
  • Experience of recruiting staff or volunteers ideally to work with young people or in the third sector
  • Experience of using candidate relationship management systems e.g Salesforce
  • Experience of public speaking and/or presenting to large audiences

Safeguarding Statement

The Challenge is committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our programmes.

We expect all staff and post holders to share this commitment to safeguarding by ensuring compliance with our policies and practices.

Additional​ ​Support​ ​Needs

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, including those with disabilities. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure that successful candidates are able to undertake the role that they are offered. We encourage candidates to get in touch with any concerns or questions they may have either before or during the application process by emailing the below email address.

Employment Screening

The Challenge has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to The Challenge verifying that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work.



Further Details


In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, we are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.


  • Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter by 9am on Wednesday 17th April to
  • Interviews will take place the following week. Please apply as soon as possible as we may interview before the closing date.



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