The following is intended to be a summary of best practices for posting jobs online that comply with the
Immigration and Nationality Act.
Poynter Career Center prohibits any posting that requires U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence in the U.S. as a condition
of employment, unless otherwise required in order to comply with law, regulation, executive order, or government
contract and requires that all employers treat equally U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, temporary residents,
asylees, and refugees in recruitment or hiring.
Please avoid the following language in job postings:
Only U.S. Citizens Citizenship requirement* Only U.S. Citizens or Green Card Holders H-1Bs Only Must have a U.S. Passport Must have a green card
*UNLESS U.S. citizenship is required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract.
It is illegal for an employer to publish a job posting that shows a preference for or discourages someone from
applying for a job because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or older), disability
or genetic information. For example, a job posting that seeks "recent college graduates" may discourage people over
40 from applying and may violate the law.
It is also illegal for an employer to recruit new employees in a way that discriminates against them. For example,
an employer's reliance on word-of-mouth recruitment by its mostly Hispanic work force may violate the law if the
result is that almost all new hires are Hispanic.
How To Create Job Postings That Attract Top Talent
Creating a job posting that produces great candidates is easy if you remember one thing: it’s an advertisement for your association, not a job description. Too often, job postings are developed from internal job descriptions, which result in messages that fail to promote an association’s unique value proposition as an employer or attract response from A-level players. By using the following simple steps, you can create a competitive advantage and succeed in hiring top talent.
Step 1: Make a list covering…
The personality traits that fit your association’s culture.
The education and experience required or preferred.
The primary responsibilities of the position.
The unique features of working at your association.
Step 2: Put yourself in the candidates’ shoes by answering these questions…
What would compel you to make a job change?
What would attract your attention in a job posting?
What information would you want to glean from a job posting?
Step 3: Use your marketing skills…
Create a compelling headline and subhead.
Write a brief intro paragraph to express your association’s mission, vision and values.
Tie the responsibilities of the position to your association’s overall direction and goals.
Use bullet points to highlight required (or preferred) skills and characteristics.
Describe your offer package to include any special benefits, incentives and professional development opportunities.
Keep in mind that the most talented people have many options available to them including search firms, direct access to competitors, and infinite networking opportunities. However, they do review recruitment ads and if your job posting is especially inspiring and interesting, you will attract high-caliber candidates who can make a difference for your association.
Sample Job Posting
Rare opportunity to use your leadership skills to
make a global difference…
TAKE CHARGE AS OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
(ASSOCIATION) is a volunteer service organization with nearly 10,000 members around the world. Through our members’ generous donations of time, funding and goods, we improve the lives of thousands of people in need. Established in 1900 and headquartered in DC, (ASSOCIATION) now has a presence in North America, South America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Europe. Globally acknowledged for our service to disadvantaged populations, we seek a visionary leader to guide our future.
Working in concert with our board of directors, the professional we select will have overall responsibility for (ASSOCIATION’s) performance in membership growth, operational efficiency, financial stability, market presence, affiliated partnerships, fundraising, and staff development/performance.
The collaborative team-builder we need will genuinely respect diverse points-of-view and strive for an environment in which inclusiveness drives productivity and results. Other requirements include:
Bachelor’s degree with MBA or CAE highly desirable
8-10 years of increasingly responsible management experience in the not-for-profit sector that includes strategy development, positive membership results, and creative problem-solving
Strong analytical skills with the ability to assess current operational effectiveness and needs
Engaging verbal/written communication skills and ability to comfortably interact with people from all kinds of backgrounds
Powerful professional network with ability to establish/nurture connections with influencers representing diverse backgrounds, professions and philanthropic interests
Successful background in fundraising, grant-writing and sponsorship development
Financial acumen to prepare/present budgets and reports and productively interact with external accounting professionals
Current branding/marketing skills including thorough knowledge of digital and social media
Proven ability to coach and motivate team members to reach new levels of accomplishment and professional fulfillment
Availability for some travel, domestic and international
Along with competitive base salary and 401k, there is potential for performance-based rewards. Committed to work/life balance, (ASSOCIATION) also provides generous paid time off including a two-week shutdown during December. For strictly confidential consideration, please send cover letter and resume to (contact name, email address) or call (phone number).