PULSE is hiring a Recruiting and Program Coordinator!

PULSE Recruiting and Program Coordinator – PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) – Pittsburgh, PA

PULSE seeks a high-energy individual able to coordinate PULSE’s recruiting and help develop a small-sized nonprofit organization as it grows. This position is a unique opportunity to play a vital role in a dynamic, vibrant non-profit with a track record of success, proven impact model, strong mission, staff and board.

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. PULSE invites talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. Over the last 25 years, PULSE has invited about 350 young adults to partner with over 175 nonprofits, contributing some 500,000 hours of service to the city and its residents

Position Overview:

The Recruiting and Program Coordinator reports to the Operations and Partnership Director of PULSE and is responsible for the organization’s consistent, high-quality recruiting of PULSE fellows.

The Recruiting and Program Coordinator coordinates all recruiting efforts of top-notch PULSE fellows, including the planning, marketing, evaluation, measurement, selection and onboarding of PULSE fellows.  In addition, the Recruiting and Program Coordinator assists with all aspects of the PULSE program, including creating activities that both develop the fellow and serve the community. 

Job Responsibilities:

Below is an overview of responsibilities and duties for this position:


  • Revise, redevelop and maintain the recruitment process in the organization.
  • Plan and execute the selection matrix for choosing the optimum applicant channels and applicant sources.
  • Build applicant sources and quality relationships by researching and contacting internal customers (i.e., PULSE fellows and alumni) and external customers (i.e., University faculty and staff and other secondary providers).
  • Identify and implement appropriate and cost-effective events to drive recruitment and applications.
  • Prepare recruitment materials, make presentations, write and post PULSE positions on online job boards, advertise and strategically market PULSE to, with and through customers.
  • Manage and evaluate recruitment and selection processes including tests, interviews, questionnaires, scorecards and other instruments that identify the best applicants.
  • Determine applicant qualifications by screening, interviewing applicants, analyzing responses, verifying references and assessing compatibility of mutual goals.
  • Select, prepare and send offers to PULSE fellows.
  • Coordinate the onboarding process for confirmed PULSE fellows including communication strategy, pre-orientation, logistics, answering questions, etc.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of an annual communication strategy and plan to prospective PULSE applicants with the PULSE team.
  • Generate online content (PULSE website and social media) that engages prospective applicants to apply to PULSE.
  • Advise Operations and Partnership Director on recruitment and selection best practices.


  • Work with the other Program Coordinator in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the PULSE program.
  • Orient fellows to the purposes, objectives, aims and expectations of the PULSE program.
  • Administer a personal and professional development program to address PULSE fellow experience, skill gaps, knowledge, etc. through a wide variety of vehicles (weekly seminars, bi-annual retreats, one-on-one meetings, and other personal and professional development opportunities for cohort).
  • Provide counsel, mentoring, and evaluation for fellow through occasional meetings.
  • Address fellow questions, issues and challenges particularly related to house dynamics such as shared living experience, maintenance, and overall experience.
  • Instill a sense of pride, organizational ownership, a sense of accountability among PULSE fellows with one another as a cohort collectively pursues PULSE’s core purpose and lives out its core values.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1-3 years of experience in recruiting, outreach, community organizing or other related fields
  • PULSE, National Service, and/or other Service Year experience preferred
  • Ability to inspire and lead young adults
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of constituent groups
  • Ability to work independently and multitask
  • Willingness to leverage personal and professional networks
  • Flexible schedule, including the ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Passion and commitment to the mission and values of PULSE
  • Ability to promote the PULSE program effectively and build relationships
  • Strong commitment to the organization’s success
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Good spokesperson and representative of the PULSE program

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should send cover letter and resume to jobs@pulsepittsburgh.org by June 21, 2020.

PULSE is an equal opportunity employer.

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