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Temporary HR Assistant

Child Trends is looking for temporary seasonal help to assist with ongoing recruiting efforts and an end-of-year project converting over to an electronic filing system. This is a temporary full-time position available between now and the end of the year. This position will be based in our Bethesda, MD office just three blocks from the Metro station. While some of the duties will require onsite work, this position will be approved to telecommute some of the time as well.

Duties and Responsibilities

Employee Record Keeping and General Admin (50%)

  • Scan hard copy employee records and help prepare boxes for archive or destruction.
  • Help maintain electronic employee records by uploading and filing documents into ADP.
  • Participate in discussions around benefit changes and help with planning and facilitating wellness activities as needed.

Recruiting (50%)

  • Help maintain accurate records for recruiting activities in email, ADP, and on the staffing summary.
  • Review and process applications for specific positions.
  • Help respond to emails in the Recruitment inbox using available records and policy guidance.
  • Schedule interviews by coordinating schedules.
  • Conduct scripted phone screens and reference checks as requested.
  • Assist with sending skills assessments and background checks as needed.
  • Help conduct outreach and research leads for open positions when requested.
  • Support the development of policies and practices that increase diversity in recruitment 
  • Help review and QC’ing training materials as needed. 


  • HS diploma or GED required; bachelor’s degree preferred. Any amount of experience performing similar duties is strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail skills are required.
  • Excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills required.
  • Must be proficient in using a variety of basic Microsoft computer software applications, Outlook and Teams will be used extensively for correspondence and scheduling in email, Excel and OneDrive will be used for internal record keeping.
  • Prior experience with ADP Workforce Now or in another ATS or HRIS electronic filing system is helpful, but not required. The ability to quickly learn how to navigate and use ADP WFN will be necessary to perform the work.
  • You will be expected to be able to follow instructions and standard processes as well as use critical thinking to ask questions and help find solutions when unanticipated things come up.
  • This position will handle confidential information and requires the exercise of discretion and sound judgement.
  • Recruiting tasks can be fast paced so good prioritization and time management skills will be extremely helpful.
  • A basic understanding of employment laws in a recruiting context (such Equal Employment Opportunity) is preferred but can be learned on the job as well.
  • Tasks will require the following physical requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation):
  1. Ability to perform work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  2. Ability to bend down to access file drawers and to lift and carry employee files from one location to another (estimate 15lbs max).
  • Child Trends is currently focusing on wellbeing in the workplace. Candidates with experience in this area (Including self-care principles, mental health initiatives, work/life balance programs) may find this exciting and may be able to take on additional duties.

How to Apply:

Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume and a cover letter. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process, please email the requested materials to recruitment(at) and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center headquartered in Bethesda, MD with more than 200 staff in over 28 states that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children, youth, and their families. For more than 40 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. have relied on our data and analyses to make better decisions and policies on programs serving children, families, and youth. 
Child Trends is committed to hiring, retaining, and promoting staff who bring a rich diversity of experience to support our mission of improving the lives and prospects of children and youth, especially those made most vulnerable by the effects of historical and ongoing systemic discrimination. Together, we envision a world in which a child’s race, ethnicity, family income, gender, sexual orientation, disability status or any other social identity does not determine how that child will fare in life. Therefore, we approach every aspect of our work with these ideals in mind and encourage professionals who share in our commitment to apply.  
Child Trends is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disability encouraged to apply.