Talent Acquisition & Early Careers Specialist

| Houston, TX, USA
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Welcome to the intersection of energy and home services. At NRG, we're all about propelling the next generation of leaders forward. We are driven by our passion to create a smarter, cleaner and more connected future. We deliver innovative solutions that make our customers' lives easier-helping them power, protect, and intelligently manage their homes and businesses. To do this, we need creative and talented people to join our company.

We offer a dynamic work environment and a unified and inclusive culture. NRG fosters a strong sense of belonging that leads to better collaboration and business performance. Our company programs are designed to help employees develop the skills they need for success now and in the future. In everything we do, we aim to champion our employees and bring value to our customers, investors and society.

More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Position Overview: The Talent Acquisition & Early Careers Specialist at NRG Energy plays a pivotal role in managing full-cycle recruitment for a diverse portfolio of requisitions while also spearheading early careers programs to attract, develop, and retain emerging talent. This dynamic position requires strategic thinking, relationship-building skills, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce.


  • Collaborate with HR and hiring managers to develop and execute recruitment strategies to attract top talent, leveraging various channels such as campus recruitment, job fairs, social media, and employee referrals.
  • Develop working relationships with clients and partner with hiring managers, interview teams, and Talent Business Partners to assess needs, identify key talent, and screen candidates against accurate criteria.
  • Design and execute innovative recruiting strategies to attract diverse talent, including sourcing high-quality candidates and conducting screening interviews.
  • Provide a world-class candidate experience by connecting with candidates throughout the recruitment process and ensuring alignment with company values.
  • Collaborate with the Onboarding team to facilitate a smooth transition for new hires from acceptance to their first day on the job.
  • Design, implement, and manage early careers programs, including internships and rotational programs to attract and develop emerging talent.
  • Partner with HR and department leaders to facilitate internal mobility opportunities, including job rotations, transfers, and promotions, to support career growth and development for existing employees.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with colleges and universities to establish pipelines of qualified candidates for internships, entry-level positions, and development programs.
  • Champion diversity and inclusion efforts by identifying opportunities to enhance representation and foster an inclusive culture within the early careers' programs and talent acquisition processes.
  • Actively participate in staffing-related projects and cross-functional initiatives across the organization.
  • Foster relationships with colleges and professional organizations to attract and recruit alumni and diverse candidates.


  • High school diploma and 3+ years of experience in talent acquisition, or university relations in an organization where hiring interns was a priority.


  • Bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience in talent acquisition, or university relations in an organization where hiring interns was a priority.
  • Experience working with an ATS.
  • Strong understanding of talent acquisition principles and best practices, with experience in campus recruitment and university partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, influence stakeholders, and collaborate across functions and levels within an organization.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively engage and connect with diverse audiences.
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to analyze data, identify trends, and develop actionable insights and recommendations.
  • Proven project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deliver results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace culture and promoting diversity in talent acquisition practices.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience providing a client group recruiting support.
  • Experience supporting early careers programs.

Working Conditions:

  • Open office environment
  • Hybrid schedule - 3 days per week in office

Culture: At NRG Energy, we embody our Power values:

  • Safety & Well-being
  • Customer-Focus
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace. To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability. Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

EEO is the Law Poster (The poster can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf)

Official description on file with Talent.

More Information on NRG Energy
NRG Energy operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Houston, TX and Princeton, NJ. NRG Energy was founded in 1989. It has 5093 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all 29 open jobs at NRG Energy, click here.
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