Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development
Create and increase the number of opportunities for students through individualized employer support and effective parent and alumni engagement. This position will oversee a portfolio of employers in the general business, Fortune 500, entrepreneurship, and startup fields, manage existing and develop new employer partnerships in the assigned employer industries and communicating with students as needed. The Assistant Director will provide excellent customer service to employers, support their recruiting strategies, and contribute to the growth of internship and full-time opportunities.
About the Unit: Career Advancement plays a vital role in ensuring our students' success after graduation. Career Advancement offers innovative and comprehensive career development services to the University of Chicago's 5,000+ undergraduate students with a focus on pre-professional preparation, experiential education, and opportunities. Through career advising, programs, and comprehensive resources, Career Advancement supports undergraduate students and alumni as they develop the skills necessary to manage their career development, while working with alumni and employers to provide students with meaningful opportunities. For more information, please visit the Career Advancement website at careeradvancement.uchicago.edu.
Employer Relations (40%): The employer portfolio includes but is not limited to the startups, entrepreneurship, general business and corporate industries. Administer in-house recruiting programs and outreach for employers. Manage funding allocations and track placements in Salesforce. Educate employers about the University and support them in the use of Career Advancement recruiting services. Enforce recruiting guidelines. Educate staff on industry and recruiting trends. Contribute to aggressive growth strategy set by the Executive Director of the office.
Employer Development (25%): Collaborate with “UChicago Careers In” Program Directors to build new opportunities for undergraduates interested in the assigned industries. Collaborate with ARD to support the larger efforts of parent and alumni engagement through career services programs. Develop and implement strategic employer development plan and recruit organizations to participate in Career Advancement initiatives. Create incremental opportunities for first-year Odyssey Scholars based on student industry, job function, and geographic location demand. Enlist organizations’ support through workshop participation and sponsorships.
On-Campus Recruiting Support and Programming (15%): The ERD team works with organizations across industries to increase access to support student outcomes through internships and full-time positions. Plan and execute our annual career fairs, including employer outreach, logistics management, and staffing. The Assistant Director will facilitate company engagements and assist employers in developing a successful recruitment strategy. This includes: posting jobs, coordinating interviews, promoting opportunities to students and campus partners, and planning events. Collaborate with career advisers to create targeted programming for undergraduate students’ successful job/internship searches.
Database Management and Reporting (10%): Manage the use of Handshake and Salesforce. Monitor job postings and interview schedules. Responsible for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting on employer relations efforts, including tracking placement data, employer and stakeholder engagement.
Student Advising (5%): Provide one-on-one advising to help students attain employment; use industry and company knowledge to provide targeted advice and support. Promote companies and opportunities to students. Assist with general undergraduate student advising demands as needed.
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
Job Function Competencies
- Deep commitment to customer service and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment required.
- High level of professionalism when interacting with internal and external clients required.
- Previous experience in corporate relations, employer development, recruiting, or a related field is required.
- Ability to develop creative solutions to unique problems required.
- Ability to work independently under pressure with frequent interruptions required.
- Commitment to ensuring the highest level of tact and professionalism in interactions with internal and external participants in the program required.
- Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail required.
- Patient and tolerant attitude toward demanding clients and work required.
- Demonstrated success in maintaining collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills required.
- Ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, alumni, etc. required.
- Significant knowledge of online resources, spreadsheet and presentation software required.
- Ability to work independently and carry out assignments and projects without detailed instructions required.
- Demonstrated ability to master programs and learn new technologies required.
- Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends required.
- Familiarity with liberal arts students and areas of study strongly preferred.
- Experience with writing proposals, strategic plans/memos, and/or corporate sponsorships is preferred.
Bachelor's degree and minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience is required
Unit Job Function Competencies
Ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously required.
Excellent organizational and time management skills required.
Ability to work with students, faculty, and staff in a wide array of situations required.
Ability to work with a range of employers required.
An interest in career services and employer relations preferred.
A cover letter, resume, and three references are required to be considered for this position.
Bachelor's degree and 3 – 5 years of professional work experience is required; an interest in career services and employer relations strongly preferred; ability to work with students, faculty, and staff in a wide array of situations required; ability to work with a range of employers required; ability to work independently and carry out assignments and projects without detailed instructions required. Must possess exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail. Strong customer service focus and a high level of professionalism when interacting with internal and external clients. Patient and tolerant attitude toward demanding clients and work. Ability to develop creative solutions to unique problems. Proven ability to work independently under pressure with frequent interruptions. Demonstrated ability to master Internet-based recruiting programs and learn new technologies required. Commitment to ensuring the highest level of confidentiality for participants in the program required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer skills required; proficiency in Microsoft Office and the Internet required. Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends required.
A cover letter, resume and three references are required to be considered for this position.
Verbal and written communication; problem solving; reading; reasoning; confidentiality; multiple concurrent tasks; detailed work. Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion; ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines; critical thinking skills; decision making skills; interpersonal skills; time management skills.
Mostly sedentary work (90%); light work (exerting up to about 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or 10 pounds of force frequently - 10%); keyboarding; data entry; walking, carrying. Equipment used includes telephone, fax, copier, and computer. Occasional weekend and evening hours and local and non-local travel required.