Senior Recruiter
Chicago, IL Talent Acquisition
Job Type


Who is the Chicago Sun-Times?

The Chicago Sun-Times is the hardest-working paper in America, covering the stories and issues that matter most to Chicagoans with depth, integrity, and grit. The newsroom has earned eight Pulitzer Prizes for its hard-hitting investigative reporting, in-depth political coverage, insightful sports analysis, entertainment reviews, and cultural commentary. An industry-leading innovator in local news, it has been recognized nationally for expanding digital and multimedia reporting platforms alongside its indomitable newspaper, the oldest continuously published daily in the city.

In January 2022, the Sun-Times merged with public radio station WBEZ with a shared mission to strengthen local journalism in Chicago. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, Chicago Sun-Times Media, Inc. (CSTM) is now part of one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in the nation. This merger reinforces our commitment to serving Chicagoans with the news that matters most -– fact-based, unbiased journalism that is deeply connected to Chicago communities.

An Opportunity to Make an Impact

At Chicago Sun-Times, we believe independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy and access to fact-based, objective news and information is a right of every citizen.  We serve the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires, and enriches.  We connect with diverse audiences and help them make a difference in our communities, our region, and our world. If you are inspired by our mission and want to belong to an organization that inspires you, supports you, and challenges you, we encourage you to apply.

Reporting to the matrixed hiring departments, the Senior Recruiter will be responsible for executing our full life cycle recruitment process (intake, posting, sourcing, assessing, preparing, and extending offers) and will partner with hiring managers across the organization to execute recruiting strategies in support of the Chicago Sun-Times mission and initiatives. This individual will engage talent across a variety of sources and backgrounds to deliver on the objectives of our growing news media organization. The Senior Recruiter must demonstrate exceptional relationship building and collaboration ability to partner with hiring managers. Also important is demonstrating a well-disciplined process and the organizational skills to function as a trusted business partner – well equipped to engage the right talent to enhance the culture and performance of the Chicago Sun-Times. 

CSTM is growing and building on its reputation for quality journalism. This is truly an opportunity to be the face of Talent Acquisition and to make an impact on the talent we add to our organization. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute recruiting and sourcing strategies to attract exceptional talent for CST. Build candidate pools using a variety of tools and techniques, including, but not limited to, job boards, passive database searches, events, competitive intelligence, networking, employee referrals, community outreach, developing relationships with key diversity institutions and sources
  • Proficiently manage the full cycle of recruitment: phone screening, scheduling interviews, soliciting feedback, preparing and extending offers
  • Establish and build effective and successful relationships with hiring managers at all levels of the organization. Via in-take sessions, partner with hiring managers to understand their priorities, recruiting challenges and position requirements.
  • Act as a resource to hiring managers on hiring trends, metrics, interviewing techniques, and onboarding best practices.
  • Drive the entire recruitment and selection process while meeting established Talent Acquisition metrics and following hiring process guidelines.
  • Based on intake sessions with hiring managers, determine the most effective recruitment method approach through posting language, sourcing and qualifying potential candidates, completing initial phone interviews, and scheduling candidate debriefs with interview teams and decision-makers.
  • Coordinate pre-employment testing (background and reference checks) during the offer stage.
  • Guide hiring departments through salary recommendations and offer negotiations.
  • Manage requisitions and candidates in Applicant Tracking System.
  • Attend external events such as the Public Media Village to engage with diverse candidates and build pipelines for future openings.
  • Relevant experience in the news and/or media industries is a plus.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.
  • Own a track record of success in identifying and attracting talent for immediate organizational needs, as well as for identified long-term talent pipelines 
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, human resources, or related field
  • Experience partnering with hiring managers to create targeted recruiting strategies 
  • Experience recruiting for a broad range of technical and professional positions
  • Hands-on experience in web-based applicant tracking systems
  • Ability to conduct behavioral interviews to determine cultural fit within an organization
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and ability to influence decision-making
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

 What We Offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • Opportunity to work within a collaborative team culture
  • A hybrid work schedule: 2 days in the office, 3 days remote
  • Opportunity to be part of an iconic brand!

The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. CSTM may change the content or format of this job at any time at its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.  This role does not offer sponsorship employment benefits.  

COVID-19 Requirement: CST requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon hire. 

CSTM does not discriminate in its employment decisions based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, citizenship or national origin, veteran status, or on any other basis which would violate any applicable federal, state, or local law.