People Development & Recruitment Specialist

People Development & Recruitment Specialist


The People Development & Recruitment Specialist is a dynamic role, with two core areas of focus and the opportunity to support on a variety of related initiatives.

You will be responsible for leading First Light in managing end-to-end recruitment, including collaborating with department leads to develop Job Descriptions for new opportunities, post roles on career pages, community job boards, etc., screen applicants, coordinate interviews, and support Managers with the recruitment process.

The role is also equally focused on People Development, which includes supporting a strong new hire onboarding process, people development programs, recommendations, and strategy.

This is a collaborative role where you will work closely with the Director of Business Operations and the leadership team in ensuring we attract, grow, and retain great people within our dynamic organization.

This role is ideal for an energetic self-starter with a strategic mindset who can develop and implement people focused programs and is passionate about the mission, vision, and values of First Light. As a people-oriented and results driven individual, you will execute all recruitment processes, candidate outreach programs, and support senior leadership on other People + Culture related initiatives as required.

Core Skill Set

  • Teamwork
  • Strategic mindset
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication

Essential Responsibilities

People Development

  • Help leaders identify, prioritize, and build organizational capabilities, behaviours, structures, and processes related to recruitment of new hires, development, and employee retention to support the overall organizational strategy.
  • Make creative recommendations around developing individuals and teams within the organization to advance overall effectiveness.
  • Develop and execute People Development programs and policies and foster a culture of learning and development.

Recruitment and New Hire Onboarding

  • Manage our end-to-end recruitment process in a manner that ensures a positive candidate experience, providing recommendations to the leadership team for process improvement.
  • Identify and execute various sourcing techniques including networking events, referral programs, social media, direct sourcing, community events, and career fairs to attract qualified candidates.
  • Apply a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) lens in recruitment and development initiatives.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for candidates throughout the entire recruitment process, offering a high-touch experience.
  • Proactively build a pool of highly qualified and diverse candidates via networking, attending community focused events, job fairs, and leveraging tools such as Indeed, Zip Recruiter, and Community Job Boards.
  • Assist and provide guidance to hiring managers in the recruitment of key roles ensuring consistency of process, and providing guidance on applicant screening and interview techniques, as required.
  • Drafting and publishing inclusive and compelling job postings, leveraging Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Community Job Boards, and occasionally LinkedIn
  • Support the development and coordination of new hire onboarding across the organization, leveraging best practices for ensuring new hires feel well supported and integrate effectively.
  • Be a cultural ambassador supporting each business group leader in advancing the culture and lived out values of First Light


  • Bachelor’s degree or College diploma from an accredited institution in a relevant field (Human Resources Management preferred) or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of working experience working in an administrative function, supporting end-to-end recruitment, onboarding and people related initiatives, preferably within the non-profit sector.
  • Experience leveraging Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and Applicant Tracking Systems for end-to-end recruitment is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate (written + verbal) and build relationships.
  • Working knowledge of employment law and applicable legislation.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative and innovative programs and policies based on the organization’s requirements.

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