Recruitment Associate

Start date:  January 2019

Location: Manchester

Contract: Fixed Term

Salary: £20,000 per annum

The Challenge is a national charity that was founded in 2009. Our vision is to have a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We do this by designing and delivering programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.

This is a unique opportunity to join a fast moving, rapidly growing organisation, working with young people and local communities across the country. For more information about what The Challenge does and its values, please visit our website

About the role

We are looking for a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our staffing team. You will play an important role in attracting and selecting high-quality seasonal staff across Manchester and Lancashire who will work on National Citizen Service (NCS) with The Challenge programmes in 2018.  You will support the delivery of the recruitment strategy through all stages of the process: from the 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 the 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 changes.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Background & Experience

The successful candidate should have: Essential/ Desirable
1 Relationship-building and networking skills, with experience in engaging with and influencing internal and external stakeholders Essential
2 Experience of recruiting staff or volunteers ideally to work with young people or in the third sector Desirable
3 Experience of using candidate relationship management systems e.g Salesforce Desirable
4 Experience of public speaking and/or presenting to large audiences Desirable

Skills & Competencies

The successful candidate should have: Essential/ Desirable
5 A positive and  efficient approach to tasks with strong attention to detail Essential
6 Excellent organisational and time management skills Essential
7 Problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure Essential
Flexibility in approaches to work,  with the resilience  to deal with uncertain

or unexpected situations

8 The ability to work both independently and as part of a team to reach targets Essential
9 High-level oral and written communication skills to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders Essential
10 Strong customer focus with a track record in delivering excellent customer service Essential
11 Strong data analysis skills and a good working proficiency of tools such as MS Word,  Excel,  Powerpoint and Google Drive/Gmail Desirable
12 An interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society Desirable

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

promotes 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.

Further Details

Occasional weekend and evening work will be required, particularly over the summer and autumn delivery periods. Time off in lieu will be provided.

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, childcare vouchers, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.

This is a full-time, fixed-term role based in Manchester, with weekly travel to Preston.

Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter, clearly stating the role you would like to work in the subject line, by 23:59 Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 to

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.

No Agencies.