Associate Director for Employer Relations

Lexington, Virginia
Apr 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Associate Director for Employer Relations assists the Dean of Career and Professional Development in executing the Office’s strategic plan. Works closely with internal partners (e.g., alumni affairs, development, faculty and staff) and external partners (e.g., recruiters, alumni) to create a culture of collaboration among a variety of stakeholders across the University. He/she will lead the design and implementation of an employer development plan aimed at increasing employment opportunities for students. Develops and implements programs and events including panels, site visits and networking events that involve employers, alumni and parents and exposes students to the wide range of post-graduate work options available to them.

A minimum of five years of related experience is required, with either: Experience in a corporate setting (for profit or non-profit) which may include human resources, sales and marketing, business development, government or law. Program and event planning experience OR Demonstrated experience in career advising, employer and volunteer development and program planning in a college career center. This position requires the incumbent to portray a high energy level and be an active and successful team member. The Associate Director must possess strong oral and written communication skills having a demonstrated ability to follow through. The independent nature of this role requires the incumbent to take initiative and possess a strong attention to detail.

Required Competencies:

Strategic Thinking – Able to implement department strategic objectives into actionable plans and goals. Makes departmental goals and priorities clear to team and explains relevance to each person’s job. Collects and assesses information on multiple and relevant factors to develop policies and make critical strategic decisions. Demonstrates a clear understanding of detailed financial factors that drive departmental budget (e.g., position requests, hidden costs, impact on morale) when considering decisions.

  • Change Adaptability - Understands the effects of change on the work group and proactively clarifies information to help them deal with a changing work environment. Identifies structural process, people changes and solutions to achieve change initiative goals
    and targets. Encourages new ways of looking at established processes and practices by soliciting ideas and recognizing/rewarding practical innovation.
  • Communication and Networking - Uses diversified styles of communication (e.g., explains by describing impact or circumstances, etc.) to influence and create buy-in for ideas. Encourages open expression and common understanding of ideas and opinions. Builds networks within and outside own department and leverages these relationships to execute specific plans and
  • Drive for Results - Actively supports the continuous improvement of policies to reduce inefficiencies and better achieve goals. Respectfully holds people accountable for ensuring quality of their work and minimal errors. Strives to achieve challenging goals and works through obstacles.
  • Self Development and Motivating Others - Establishes and maintains trust and credibility within and outside of work group by demonstrating fairness and equity in interactions. Encourages different points of view and is respectful when differing views are expressed. Gives credit and recognition to others who have contributed to the achievement of common goals. Seeks learning opportunities to keep abreast of new developments and standards and applies knowledge in own area of expertise.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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