Oberlin College’s Career Development Center helps students and recent alumni identify and achieve meaningful career objectives that build upon their liberal arts education and experiences. We offer group and individual advising, as well as experiential opportunities that complement all students’ learning and experiences during their time at Oberlin. The Career Development Center works in close collaboration with the Center for Engaged Liberal Arts that includes offices focused on undergraduate research, global education, community-based service and learning, and fellowships.
It is an exciting time to be part of the Career Development Center with our work around career education, inclusive excellence, and experiential learning. We seek an experienced, collaborative, and motivated Assistant/Associate Director of Employer and Alumni Engagement to join our team. The Assistant/Associate Director will positively contribute to the Center’s mission by developing and implementing a comprehensive and ongoing employer and alumni engagement strategy with the goal of increasing the number and quality of internships and employment opportunities for Oberlin students. This individual will identify and cultivate relationships with existing and future employers, alumni, and parents across multiple industries, as well as campus partners, to deliver high-impact experiential learning opportunities for students. Position title and scope will be determined based on level of experience and skills.
The ideal candidate will have strong relationship-building skills and an understanding of employer engagement, hiring and recruitment practices, alumni relations, and/or community outreach. Importantly, the individual must be committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that they do. The Assistant/Associate Director will enrich the student experience and employability by developing innovative outreach methods to build strong connections with potential employers, alumni, parents, and community members. Depending on the individual’s skills, knowledge, and needs of the Center, the Assistant/Associate Director may also lead one of our Career Communities and provide career advising support for students.
The Assistant/Associate Director of Employer & Alumni Engagement will be responsible for the following:
Employer and Alumni Relationship Management
In alignment with the Career Communities program model, establish a pipeline of new employers, alumni, parents, and community partners, leading to high-quality student internships, Winter Term projects, and post-graduation opportunities.
Develop and cultivate ongoing relationships with companies, agencies, and organizations across multiple industries to meet the evolving needs of current students, recent graduates, and alumni.
Sustain and enhance existing relationships with employers, alumni, parents, and community partners.
Implement strategies to strengthen the employment pipeline for Oberlin students from minoritized or historically excluded backgrounds.
Develop and expand experiential learning opportunities located in the Northeast Ohio/Cleveland area.
Outreach & Student Engagement
Coordinate communication and outreach initiatives to effectively market employment opportunities and resources to Oberlin students and alumni.
Leverage Handshake to build and streamline employer and alumni relationship management and increase student engagement with the platform.
Develop and implement an engagement strategy to increase the promotion of internship and employment opportunities to students and alumni using Wisr (Oberlin’s student/alumni engagement platform), LinkedIn, and other social media outlets.
Spearhead the Career Development Center’s social media initiatives; stay abreast of technology and social media trends as they relate to recruitment activities.
Training & Consultation
Work alongside colleagues to create practical and skills-based training opportunities for students in preparation for their internship or full-time position.
Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts into training and development for internship sponsors.
Consult and educate employers on high-impact practices related to internships and student engagement.
Coordinate innovative recruiting/hiring opportunities for students to meaningfully engage with prospective employers, alumni, and parents. This includes, but is not limited to, in-person and/or virtual networking events, meet-ups, panel discussions, forums and fairs, industry treks, and other programming initiatives that align with students’ career areas of interest.
Summer Internship Funding
Oversee the summer funding recruitment, application, and selection process; work with colleagues to ensure equitable student access to internship and professional development funds.
Depending on the individual’s skills, knowledge, and needs of the Center, the Assistant/Associate Director may lead a Career Community and provide one-on-one or group career advising to students.
Support any additional Career Development Center programs as needed throughout the year; Serve as Career Development Center representative on various committees and task forces based on assignment and interest.
Please see the Oberlin College job site for full details.
Bachelor’s degree required; a Master’s degree in higher education/student affairs, business, non-profit management, human resource management, or a related field is desirable.
Two or more years of experience in career development, employer or alumni relations, recruiting, sales, or similar position is highly desirable.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and develop relationships with multiple constituencies including, employers, alumni, parents, students, and campus partners required.
Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience with topics directly related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Comfortable working with computer technology and online web-based services
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently when necessary; well-organized and detail-oriented
Well-developed skills of team collaboration, coalition building, and operation in interdisciplinary working groups required
Strong leadership in developing relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, international origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and/or other aspects of human diversity
Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends (for special events) required.
Additional Salary Information:
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.
Internal Number: APS150588PS
About Oberlin College
Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, OH, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources. Learn more at http://new.oberlin.edu/about