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Manager/Associate Director, Recruiting

Atlantic Media is dedicated to equipping opinion leaders with breakthrough ideas and original insights. Its powerful brands, including The Atlantic, National Journal, and Government Executive reach leaders across all sectors—consumer, business, media, and government. Strategically designed to meet the unique needs of this community, Atlantic Media’s innovative portfolio of digital, print, event, social, and mobile platforms engages an influential audience of over 55 million worldwide each month.

Our corporate HR department is looking for an experienced Manager/Director, Recruiting to join its recruiting team, title commensurate with experience. The role will serve as the primary recruiting partner to The Atlantic office in Washington, DC, touching every part of the recruiting process from job description ideation to an employee’s first day. The candidate must approach all tasks, large and small, with dedication and enthusiasm, and will proactively develop relationships with hiring teams in order to serve as a recruiter, hiring laws expert, and strategic partner. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years experience recruiting in media or publishing, and will exhibit genuine interest in The Atlantic and its major divisions: AtlanticLIVE, Atlantic 57, and CityLab.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with Director, Talent & Culture and hiring teams to manage end-to-end recruiting process across entire Atlantic business, customizing service to support specific needs and style of each team along the way.
  • Manage existing pipelines for talent and build new ones: generating new ideas for candidate sourcing, driving internal referrals and, when appropriate, manage relationships with search firms.
  • Vet incoming talent via resume review and interviews for a wide variety of positions to assess culture and team fit, cognitive and interpersonal skills, writing ability, and passion.
  • Market the company to candidates, developing a sense for what sells in a particular market and how to best package and pitch positions and opportunities.
  • Serve as HR expert advisor to hiring managers on topics such as job description SEO, position and sourcing strategies, interview tips and best practices, budgeting and salary negotiations, and hiring laws by state and country.
  • Update and manage internal databases, including HRIS, ATS, employee referrals, and other critical internal tracking systems.
  • Represent company at a variety of external events, including college career fairs, information sessions, and major journalism conferences.
  • Be the first to raise their hand to help another team member, hiring team, or employee in need.

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Excitement, passion, and drive to find and engage top talent for The Atlantic.
  • Resourcefulness and ability to work proactively and independently in a very fast-paced environment.
  • Extremely sharp writing and editing skills, especially in candidate application review.
  • Strong sense of confidentiality, superior service ethic, and grace under pressure.
  • Mission-driven, nimble, and flexible.
  • A good listener with an ability to quickly establish rapport and build genuine relationships with a wide variety of personalities.
  • Versed in the current media climate with a penchant for culture and news. Strong interest in media and creative professions.
  • Convinced that high-quality journalism is fundamentally important, and have the desire to help it thrive.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in you, and everyone else.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions –

Force of Ideas:  At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing.  We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.

Spirit of Generosity:  Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.  Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth –critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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