Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist
Job Details
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$59,265.00 - $71,591.00 Salary/year
Human Resources
Job Description

Department: Human Resources
Employment Class: Full-time, Regular
Pay Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $59,265 - $71,591 per year
Expected Hours: Minimum 40 hrs/week
Dates of Employment/Start Date: ASAP
Reports to: Human Resources and Equity Director
Housing Available: No
Remote Work Option: A portion of each week is eligible for remote work

With the outdoors as a backdrop for learning, Keystone Science School inspires curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science to change lives and strengthen communities.

Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Keystone Science Schools historic campus serves as base camp for our diverse suite of inquiry-based learning programs. We combine hands-on science education with outdoor adventure to create engaging experiences for our students. At KSS, we change lives, we bring fun and laughter to everything we do, we care about each other and those we serve, we strive for excellence, we offer competitive compensation and generous benefits, and we are committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds. We're proud to be Summit County's #1 Best Non-Profit and #2 Best Place to Work (2019)! Visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!


Overview and Job Summary

Keystone Science School is hiring a Talent Acquisition and Training Specialist to develop and implement the organization's full-cycle recruiting strategy, which includes sourcing, interviewing, onboarding, and training talent. The Specialist will work in partnership with hiring managers to facilitate an efficient hiring workflow and create a positive experience for candidates and employees. They will work on a team of HR professionals to ensure that all aspects of HR, including hiring practices, are just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive. This position requires creativity to explore new ideas to attract talent, effective communication and coaching skills, and the ability to manage a high-volume of paperwork, onboarding, and training tasks with attention to detail.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Main areas of focus in this position are:

  • 60% Recruitment

  • 20% Onboarding

  • 20% Training and Development


  • Develop and execute a recruitment strategy;

  • Develop tools and systems that streamline and improve the recruiting process while working within KSSs HRIS systems, Paycom;

  • Prepare job descriptions for all positions in partnership with hiring managers;

  • Prepare, post, and renew job postings;

  • Expand opportunities for marketing open positions;

  • Develop partnerships with organizations that can expand the ability to recruit diverse candidates;

  • Define and promote KSS employment brand and value proposition and communicate total rewards package to candidates during the hiring process;

  • Provide reporting and tracking on job postings and results;

  • Manage a recruitment budget;

  • Partner with hiring managers on applicant management as folks go through the hiring process;

  • Review applications, conduct interviews, and complete reference checks in an efficient and transparent manner;

  • Develop and improve an interview question bank and training for hiring managers and provide HR oversight for interview documents and professional references;

  • Measure results of recruiting strategy and performance;

  • Create term agreements for new employees and partner with hiring managers to ensure all details accurately reflect employment.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive onboarding process;

  • Plan and conduct new employee orientation;

  • Works with HR Generalist to understand employee onboarding and training requirements as it relates to safety, risk management, and compliance;

  • Collect and enter new hire information and employee documentation for entry into HRIS/Payroll/Paycom;

  • Collect necessary paperwork and run background checks for all staff and Board members.

Training and Development

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive training plan plan for all employees;

  • In collaboration with Programs staff, develop and facilitate risk management and safety trainings required under ACA, Colorado State Child Care Licensure, and risk management and safety programs;

  • Conduct training and certifications for staff or coordinate with other internal and external trainers or vendors when applicable.

Other HR Responsibilities

  • Maintain candidate and employee records in an electronic format and in accordance with applicable laws;

  • Incorporate JEDI best practices into all aspects of HR;

  • Support employee engagement efforts where and when needed;

  • Lead or support special projects as necessary.  

Salary range is $59,265 - $71,591 per year per year depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package including:

  • 75% employer-paid medical and dental premiums for the employee and dependents;
  • 100% employer-paid short- and long-term disability, $50,000 life insurance policy with matching AD&D benefit;
  • Up to 120 paid PTO hours, 96 paid sick hours, and 80 paid holiday hours, pro-rated based on hours worked;
  • 401K retirement savings plan with a 3% employer match contribution;
  • Discounts for family members on KSS programs, plus access to outdoor industry pro deals and a discounted ski pass.
Job Requirements

The minimum requirements in knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • A strong attention to detail and ability to organize data and information in an electronic platform;

  • A strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;

  • The motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;

  • The ability to build collaborative relationships among staff;

  • Exceptional and effective verbal and written communication skills;

  • The ability to effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience;

  • The ability to be self-directed and complete tasks remotely;

  • A level of professionalism to maintain the integrity of confidential information included in hiring processes, payroll, and other human resources-related issues or projects;

  • The ability to manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment;

  • A commitment to continuous learning.

In addition to the above required talents, our ideal candidate will have these preferred skillsets:

  • Computer skills include proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), HRIS systems, and QuickBooks;

  • Comprehension of the Spanish language via written and/or verbal form.

Our required education, experience, and certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from a four-year college or university;

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in the Human Resource/Recruitment environment;

  • Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain within 60 days of employment.

Required COVID 19 Vaccine Policy
Keystone Science School has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy. Individuals hired after January 1, 2022 are required to be either fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated before their start dates. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the revocation of the employment offer. Employees in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief must submit a completed Request for Accommodation form to the Human Resources Department to begin the accommodation process. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause KSS undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.


Equal Employment Opportunity 
Keystone Science School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Our Story
For over 45 years, KSS has been inspiring curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science to change lives.
Our Staff
We change lives, we bring fun and laughter to everything we do, we care about each other and those we serve.
Our Campus
Our historic 23-acre campus is built on the site of Old Keystone Village, a former railroad and sawmill site.
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