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Practising Law Institute Manager, Talent Acquisition in New York, New York

Join PLI and represent the legal community’s premier provider of continuing education and research services as a Manager, Talent Acquisition in our New York office. Work in a collaborative environment that prides itself on a genuine commitment to a work-life balance (3+ weeks of vacation days and hybrid remote/in-person schedules for most roles!). The Manager, Talent Acquisition will support the full-cycle recruitment process and will collaborate with hiring managers to successfully fill open roles across the organization. The Manager will also lead all efforts regarding PLI’s Federal Contractor obligations.

PLI serves lawyers and other professionals with innovative programs and publications. With a sterling reputation developed over 80+ years, PLI is a trusted resource for the legal community and known for its dedication to providing pro bono training and resources to ensure access to justice.

This position reports to the Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Regarding work schedule, the expectation is that the Manager will work onsite at PLI’s midtown NYC office at least 2 days each week.



  • Discuss job responsibilities and required skills/experience for open job with hiring manager.

  • Review, revise or create job descriptions of open jobs, as needed.

  • Review internal salary ranges, and conduct research of marketplace ranges for each open job, using salary surveys and other online resources.

  • Oversee the development and posting of recruitment ad copy and research relevant online employment sites.

  • Proactively source qualified candidates via LinkedIn, referrals through networking and from internal employee recommendations. Maintain a pipeline of viable candidates for future openings.

  • Select resumes of qualified applicants and discuss next steps with hiring manager.

  • Act as Affirmative Action Officer and ensure that all recruitment strategies and required recordkeeping is in compliance with PLI’s Affirmative Action Plan. Conduct proactive outreach to local organizations that represent veterans, minorities and individuals with disabilities to share PLI’s job openings.


  • Phone-screen selected qualified applicants and document conversations in iCIMS, ensuring all questions adhere to legal employment guidelines.

  • Oversee arrangement of Zoom/Teams or in-person interviews with selected candidates and hiring managers.

  • Provide internal guidebook to hiring managers and others regarding how to conduct an effective and compliant interview, including use of behavior-based questions.

  • Collect and share detailed interview feedback to all involved with interview processes.


  • Extend verbal offer to selected applicant including information regarding PLI’s pre-employment process and brief overview of benefit programs.

  • Oversee pre-employment process and development of offer letters and other necessary paperwork for new hire


  • Routinely conduct research from various sources of salary data in order to remain competitive in the talent marketplace.

  • Remain informed about all legal DOL, EEOC, state and city employment requirements (particularly NYC and San Francisco)

  • Encourage PLI employees to share open jobs with friends, family and professional network, and refer qualified candidates for open positions. Highlight details regarding PLI’s Referral Award program.

  • Oversee development and review of monthly/quarterly data reports from iCIMS and develop new recruitment strategies based on results.

  • Maintain relationships and agreements with outside vendors.

  • Keep current with recruitment trends and technology and share updates with HR team.

  • Other projects, as assigned.


  • This position oversees the Talent Acquisition Associate.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required e.g., concentration in HR, Business, Psychology or Sociology.

  • Master’s degree and/or PHR or SPHR certification a plus, as are completion of continuing education courses focused on HR.

  • Four to six+ years solid, full-cycle recruitment, interviewing and onboarding experience across a wide range of positions, in either or both for profit and nonprofit environments. Staffing firm experience is a plus, as is targeted recruiting for IT, Sales or Marketing positions.

  • Experience with various modes of recruitment sourcing is critical, including knowledge of niche employment web sites.

  • Experience with LinkedIn Recruiter and an applicant tracking system is required.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

  • Strong work ethic, “can do” approach to assignments, adaptability, attention to detail, and thorough follow-up skills are essential.

  • Ability to multi-task and solid organizational skills are critical.

  • Ability to keep matters confidential is essential.

  • Capable of taking initiative, working collaboratively, and maintaining professional demeanor is expected.

  • Experience managing others a plus.

Your benefits at PLI

PLI offers a generous benefits package and is committed to providing an interesting, collegial, and supportive work environment. Here are some details of our benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families

  • Generous employer contribution to employee retirement savings account

  • Ample paid time off and holidays plus Summer Fridays

  • Flexible hybrid remote/onsite work schedule

  • Unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning web-based training along with other professional development opportunities

  • Work-life balance initiatives

  • One-time $500 Home Office Allowance

  • Gym/Wellness Allowance of up to $300 each calendar year

About PLI

Practising Law Institute (“PLI”) is a nonprofit learning organization dedicated to keeping attorneys and professionals at the forefront of knowledge and expertise, as well as preparing them to fulfill their pro bono responsibilities.

Chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, PLI was founded in 1933 by Harold P. Seligson. The organization provides the highest quality, accredited, continuing legal and professional education programs in a variety of formats. PLI publishes a comprehensive library of Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books and Journals also available through the PLI PLUS online platform. The essence of PLI’s mission is its commitment to the pro bono community.

Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

Practising Law Institute is an equal opportunity employer. More information about PLI may be found on our website

PLI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any candidate based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor protected by federal, state or local law.

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