Associate Director, Employer Relations

Feb 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: - an unmatched faculty. - degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. - a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Unit Job Summary: The Associate Director will work within the extremely collaborative, fast paced, high performing, dynamic Employer Relations team to maintain and build the Chicago Booth brand with employers. Utilize knowledge of Booth student (full-time, evening, weekend, executive MBA) and alumni populations, with a particular focus on career targets in consulting, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, retail, apparel, luxury goods, and business services. Focus is on identifying, cultivating, and establishing new relationships with companies and search firms that do not have campus recruiting relationships with Chicago Booth. Additionally, expand relationships with search firms and existing corporate partners to uncover opportunities for alumni and students with higher levels of work experience. The Associate Director will work closely with other members of the Employer Relations team, particularly an industry co-lead who handles established campus recruiting relationships and international colleagues, to broaden existing employer relationships both functionally and geographically. Much employer outreach happens through individual conversations; some will happen through the development and execution of employer-facing events: including conferences, roundtables, and panel discussions. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Participate as an active member of the Employer Relations team to develop and implement a year-round marketing strategy to identify and source employment opportunities for the wide range of interests and job levels represented in Chicago Booth constituencies: Full-Time MBA students, Evening/Weekend MBA students, Executive MBA students in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong, and alumni across the globe. Developing this strategy will include research on employment trends and opportunities and engagement with student and alumni populations. Partner with industry, regional and/or functional student and alumni groups to assist in employer outreach and to share learnings from employer engagement. Coordinate with Booth Corporate Relations to ensure coordination at target employers with strategic importance to Booth across Booth. Creatively source leads from social media, students, and alumni. Proactively reach out to contacts, often cold-calling company representatives, to establish relationships on behalf of Chicago Booth. Travel extensively (app. 40-60%, primarily domestic) to meet with corporate contacts and gain insight into recruiting processes and opportunities for MBA hiring. Capture learnings from meetings in existing CRM systems and communicate with appropriate constituencies. Establish and maintain positive relationships with internal (admissions, corporate relations, career coaching counterparts, alumni relations, student groups) and corporate contacts while promoting employer development initiatives. Market resulting opportunities effectively and efficiently to the appropriate Booth constituencies. Envision, develop, plan, implement, and evaluate appropriate events to support building the Chicago Booth brand across specific industries and geographies. Develop communication pieces; including social media updates and presentations intended for small and large audiences to give student and alumni populations a view into the relationship development work happening on their behalf.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum three years of experience in career services or a relevant business environment required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Comfortable proactively reaching out to contacts, cold-calling company representatives, and establishing a relationship on behalf of Chicago Booth required. Proficiency in MS office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and a willingness and enthusiasm to learn internal systems and social media required. Comfort with CRM systems and processes required. Track record of learning new technical systems for data capture and communication required. Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated initiative, creative thinking, and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast paced environment required. Professional demeanor, including tact and discretion, with a track record of establishing positive client relationships required. Comfortable with ambiguity--knowing when to make decisions without complete information, knowing when to ask questions and when to engage other stakeholders required. Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills required. Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including early morning, evening and weekends during peak times required.

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