PhD Recruiting, Recruiting Lead

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities â€" we're just getting started.

PhD and research recruiting is a core strategic driver of Facebook’s success. We have a world-class team working together to help achieve our ambitions and scale to the next level. As a Recruiting Lead, you will have the experience to grow with the rapidly expanding business. You will develop, drive, and execute on the staffing strategies for our PhD recruiting efforts within our virtual, augmented and mixed reality business. You will lead a team of staffing professionals who are responsible for hiring world-class groups of PhD and postdoctoral talent capable of furthering many of our research areas. Your work will have a direct impact on the team, culture, and identity of Facebook. This role is located in Redmond, WA.


  • Lead a team of recruiters responsible for global PhD recruiting for Facebook’s virtual and augmented mixed reality efforts, including recruiting strategy, goals, performance management, day-to-day task management
  • Oversee PhD recruiting strategies for several key areas, working with internal research clients to determine hiring targets and resource needs
  • Compile and analyze data and competitive intelligence to develop creative, customized sourcing strategies for the PhD recruiting team
  • Provide clear communication of progress, roadblocks, updates, and future plans to the PhD recruiting team, research teams, and leadership
  • Anticipate team needs and growth and hire, flex and stretch to meet changing business demand
  • Facilitate and lead meetings and key initiatives with recruiting team and client groups
  • Mentor and provide guidance and career development to members of the recruiting team
  • Lead by example through following, setting or sharing recruiting best practices
  • Establish and maintain meaningful relationships with management and key cross-functional stakeholders internally (e.g. Legal, Finance, PR , Growth, Facilities, HR, etc.)
  • Assist in other initiatives, as needed
  • 5+ years of work experience in technical recruitment
  • 2+ years experience of independently partnering with leadership and cross-functional partners to drive hiring initiatives
  • 2+ years of people management experience leading a recruiting team
  • Technical and industry knowledge with experience understanding tech skills, research conferences, academic labs, and communities
  • Experience with compiling, analyzing and capturing insights from data to support business decisions
  • Experience influencing and communicating cross-functionally
  • Multi-tasking experience
  • Experience recruiting PhD-level talent and researchers
  • 3+ years experience solving ambiguous problems in a fast-paced environment

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