STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience and education
POSITION AVAILABLE: September 2021
INTRODUCTORY PERIOD: Twelve (12) months
POSTING DATE: June 14, 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
DESCRIPTION: The Assistant Director, Employer & Alumni Connections reports to the Executive Director of the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD). The Assistant Director is responsible for advancing the University of Redlands focus on strategic engagement with employers and alumni through the development of relationships with industry and by implementing a portfolio of systems, programs, and services designed to foster purposeful connections between students and employers. This professional leads employer engagement with organizations across multiple industries and will provide UR students and alumni with experiences, insights, and connections needed on their path towards meaningful work. In seizing opportunities in the region, the Assistant Director, Employer & Alumni Connections actively explores and implements innovative opportunities to enhance industry engagement and is essential to the success of University of Redlands students finding opportunities for internships and full-time positions.
The duties include, but are not limited to:
Design, implement and manage all aspects of a robust portfolio of employer connections and recruiting initiatives to include but not limited to recruiting fairs and expos, company lunch & learns and meet-ups, industry career treks, and on-campus interviewing programs, in order to engage employers in the campus community and connect them with students, alumni, and faculty.
Create greater visibility of the university and its students within relevant industries and professional communities.
Conduct local employer visits and respond to leads within and beyond the University for those interested in providing internships and employment development experiences.
Grow the number and scope of full-time and internship opportunities for UR students.
Identify and partner with employers who are committed to addressing inequity in the workplace.
Grow the number of targeted university recruiting and employer connection programs conducted at the university and out in the industry.
Drive and implement new innovative employer engagement approaches, events, programs, and systems to provide transformational connection experiences between students and employers.
Execute events and initiatives that align with the goals of the OCPD and address the students' preferences for industries and companies in partnership with the team.
Identify, implement and manage technology platforms and resources that enhance and accelerate the networking and connections process for employers and students.
Construct policies for company participation in Career Center recruiting programs in collaboration with the Executive Director.
Oversight of Bulldog Endeavor Program, helping connect alumni to students for remote micro-projects.
Collaborate with Assistant Director for Marketing, Communications, and Events to create marketing and branding strategies to effectively communicate OCPD's mission, goals, and events with employers.
Collaborate with Assistant Director for Marketing, Communications, and Events to utilize social media and technology to brand the employers who are engaging on campus, and increase awareness of opportunities, and meaningful connections for students, and alumni.
Develop annual strategy and plan for employer outreach and engagement in partnership with career colleagues and collaboratively establish an annual programming and recruiting portfolio calendar.
Establish and cultivate relationships with organizations in the following areas and industries including but not limited to: nonprofit & public sectors including education, social entrepreneurship, government, business, marketing, fine arts, tech, finance, & consulting.
Develop off-campus job opportunities for students in the local community, ensuring compliance of program requirements for U of R off-campus programs
Maintain all records for off-campus work-study programs, including contracts, job descriptions, and ensuring employers have access to the portal.
Maintain ongoing contact with off-campus employers to provide program information, financial aid policies, no-work days, and procedures.
Conduct on-site visits where work-study students are employed off-campus (yearly).
Develop and execute strategy to address company engagement needs based on assessment and current industry trends, including providing consultative support to help employers develop an individualized approach to maximizing ROI, recruiting strategy, and brand at UR.
Analyze and provide UR data and statistics in contribution to the development of industry engagement strategy.
Develop a deep understanding of the OCPD's CSM tool, Handshake, regularly sharing just in time data from its dashboards to key stakeholders in the community, and assisting companies with other Handshake-related issues as needed.
Develop a deep understanding of the office's Alumni Engagement tool, AlumniFire, regularly sharing data, engaging alumni/students on the platform, and assisting alumni/students with related issues as needed.
Assess the impact of service delivery and engagement by generating a range of recruiting reports and employer-student surveys and facilitate the analysis of information sessions and specialized programs.
Present at a number of university functions representing the OCPD, including Welcome Week, New Student/Parent Orientation, and other events as needed. Continuous Benchmarking and University Representation.
Ensure continuous enhancements through local, regional, and national benchmarking with employer relations peers and robust industry networks.
Utilizes responsible resource management skills to ensure cost and revenue targets are achieved for employer-targeted events.
Develops ongoing positive relationship with employers and alumni to campus, including several hundred employers/alumni annually, by ensuring they are well taken care of, and want to return to recruit at the University of Redlands.
Hires, trains, supervises, and schedules graduate student employer engagement staff.
Sets and meets professional objectives that enhance OCPD and maintains the professional reputation of the department and the university.
Represent UR OCPD through active involvement and leadership in regional and national associations (Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers, National Association of Colleges and Employers).
Update position-related skills by participating in appropriate professional development offerings throughout the year.
During peak periods, may coach students regarding resume writing, interviewing techniques, and other job search skills as needed.
Other duties and projects as assigned or directed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's Degree required; Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or a related field preferred. Equivalent experience/training will be considered in lieu of education. A minimum of two (2) years of higher education experience, human resources, employer relations, recruiting, career counseling, job development, or program management in a university of industry setting is required. Demonstrated passion and experience in employment, industry networks, hiring trends, and technology. Evidence of working knowledge of industry and relevant career and internship opportunities in the marketplace. Understanding of and commitment to a culture of high-level, superior, customer service. Ability to manage staff. Proven experience in communicating clearly and effectively to internal and external stakeholders (employers, students, staff, faculty, parents), and proven track record of establishing and maintaining strong working relationships. Experience with strategic planning and problem-solving skills, with strong attention to detail. Experience and comfort with technology, and database management. Ability to perform under tight deadlines and in a fast-paced environment; flexible, with an ability to deal with change and multiple assignments at once. Experience in preparing and managing budgets. Ability to work collaboratively on team projects with diverse individuals including students, faculty, staff, and employers. Flexibility and willingness to work early mornings, events, and weekends as needed. High level of professional discretion and integrity in handling confidential, sensitive information. High level of comfort with ambiguity, shifting demands, and priorities. Ability to identify needs and trends and proactively design systems, programs, or interventions in alignment with those needs. Commitment to model institutional values of service to others, community, and diversity. A current DMV printout demonstrating a good driving record must be presented prior to offer of employment. The University of Redlands is committed to inclusive excellence, therefore it is vital that all candidates seeking employment be committed to and demonstrate skills, knowledge, and awareness to serve the unique needs of our diverse campus population.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if selected for the interview process and accommodations are needed; please call 909-748-8040.
TO APPLY: Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter with the application.
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