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New York Times Associate Director, Talent Acquisition, The Athletic - Temporary in New York, New York

The mission ( of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

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Job Description

The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.

About the Role

The Athletic, now proudly part of The New York Times Company, is seeking a strategic, dynamic and passionate seasoned Recruiter to help continue building a world-class, human-first organization for all employees. In this position, the Associate Director Recruiter will help lead the Athletic’s non-Editorial recruitment activities to provide strategic and execution-based support to help The Athletic meet its growth goals.

The ideal candidate is eager to work in a fast-paced environment, drive organizational optimization, and possesses and prioritizes efficiency. In this position, you will partner with staff across the organization to help drive recruitment goals, build meaningful relationships, and act as a trusted advisor to ensure all voices are heard.

This role will initially report to the Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel (the role will report to the VP ofr HR once they are hired) with “a dotted line” to the NY Times’ SVP of Talent Acquisition and will be based in the US. This position is Remote-friendly


  • Maintain high volume recruitment for positions across various divisions

  • Constantly evaluate recruiting processes and recommend improvements by gaining an understanding of client needs and business goals

  • Partner with hiring managers, sourcers and coordinators to bring candidates through the recruiting funnel to offer stages

  • Manage The Athletic’s team of two recruiting professionals

  • Guide and mentor recruiters, sourcers and coordinators across both The Athletic and NYT recruiting teams.

  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of top talent; conducting research with a purposeful eye on diversity of candidate pools; including identifying key relationships with external pipeline organizations

  • Provide insights to management to help attract, retain and develop qualified candidates

  • Identify trends, issues, and opportunities in the marketplace which affect talent pools

You have:

  • At least 8+ years of experience working in high-volume and full-cycle recruitment across an array of different roles and functions.

  • An empathetic and thoughtful approach to people management, and have managed and mentored a team before

  • A positive, solutions-oriented style to stakeholder/client management

  • Sound judgment and experience strategically advising partners

  • A commitment to diversifying teams and leading fair and equitable hiring practices

  • Customer service instincts and ability to collaborate with a range of different styles

  • A data-driven approach to sourcing and recruiting

  • The ability to work on multiple competing priorities simultaneously and autonomously

Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.

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