Employer Relations and Career Development Coordinator

Employer Relations & Career Development Coordinator:

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology seeks two employer relations and career development coordinators that are primarily responsible for connecting students with industry contacts and businesses within their selected careers.  One coordinator will focus on working with our undergraduate students and the second coordinator will work with our graduate, international student population.

Each individual is responsible for establishing strategic partnerships with potential employers and developing, planning and administering career development programs for students and alumni.  The coordinator ensures personalized career services and establishes, builds and maintains positive and effective relationships with potential employers within a wide range of industries in order to secure employment for Harrisburg University graduates.

In addition to establishing industry relationships and a consistent pipeline of available open positions, the coordinator proactively assists students with securing professional careers within their major areas of study.  The coordinator designs and leads group sessions, workshops, in-class lectures, mock-interviews and other career development events and ensures that students and graduates have effective cover letters and resumes, strong interview skills and a solid understanding proper interview etiquette as well as post-interview skills to ensure professional readiness.


  • Oversee the daily operational management of the University’s career services function including developing internal and external relationships, establishing the career events calendar, maintaining communications and documentation, managing an establish budget and developing necessary career development programs
  • Develop and maintain detailed knowledge of the University's academic programs, curriculum goals and outcomes, and work closely with the VP for strategic workforce development and university centers, the provost, program leads and other members of the University to integrate employers into student programming and implement enhanced career development programs that support Harrisburg University’s employment goals for graduates
  • Lead efforts to develop, implement and evaluate innovative and anticipatory professional development strategies and procedures that align with the University’s mission and vision to achieve desired benchmarks

Employer Outreach and Engagement:

  • Develop a prospective employer engagement list of targeted companies and contacts in industries that align with HU student skill-sets and career goals
  • Strategically identify, outreach and successfully engage with a wide range of employers in public, private, and nonprofit sectors to increase the University’s presence and recruiting opportunities for employment
  • Increase established and perspective employer and recruiter awareness of HU’s students and programs through relationship outreach and development, business site visits and University tours, presentations and meet-and-greets for local and global industry leaders
  • Work with external partners and recruiters to plan and facilitate career development programming and workshops (guest speakers, networking events, alumni/student panels, career-focused seminars, skills workshops, etc.)
  • Collaborate with corporate contacts and recruiters to ensure that professional development offerings align with current demands of leaders and high performing professionals
  • Coordinate with alumni to engage them as professional contacts and advisors to students
  • Plan and manage virtual and on-campus information sessions and job fairs sponsored by the University and identify opportunities to collaborate with external organizers to create joint events and fairs
  • Host and provide on-campus assistance to employers for interview scheduling and visits and act as an internal recruiter to match the best suited HU students and graduates to potential employers
  • Sources alumni job seekers for employment opportunities posted by employers

Student Development and Programming:

  • Provide on-campus outreach and proactively engage with students throughout their HU experience, to establish relationships and promote career development as a vital component of educational development
  • Work with colleagues across the University to devise methods and strategies that engage students and increase the importance and benefits of utilizing HU career services
  • Organize career planning and preparation programs including group sessions, workshops, in-class lectures, mock-interviews and other career development events to ensure that students and graduates have effective cover letters and resumes, elevator pitches, networking and connection building skills, application process knowledge, interview skills (including self-awareness, confidence, etc.), interview etiquette (appropriate appearance, effective handshakes, thank you notes), job offer negotiations and acceptances and professionalism in the workplace to ensure professional readiness
  • Partner with external recruitment agencies to provide workshops, information sessions, mock-interviews and other career placement related services; work with external coaches in providing additional guidance as necessary
  • Provide and promote individual, personalized feedback and coaching on all aspects of professional interactions and job pursuits; engage with students in reflection, identifying transferrable skills, and creating plans for reaching post-graduate employment goals
  • Advise foreign students seeking opportunities inside and outside of their home country on job searches and overall career planning processes, especially as it relates to self-assessment for opportunities and networking; provide specific career preparation support that addresses cross-cultural, verbal and writing challenges as necessary
  • Communicate job opportunities to students through the most effective means including relationship-based networking, social media, career management platforms, list serves, the MyHU intranet, marketing materials and other means of communication
  • Source job opportunities through employer relationships, recruitment firms and online career databases; upload and maintain the most current information on the career services platform

Data Collection and Communication:

  • Develop and maintain a reporting mechanism and data collection for pre and post-graduation employment surveys and statistics and employment outcomes (including survey design and reporting standards for rankings)
  • Collect, analyze and share data on industry developments, skills gaps and employment trends; communicate information regarding career trends and job opportunities to students and alumni in a timely, effective manner
  • Develop and implement efficient methods to collect and track student employment data related to employment sites, participation, and success to matching students and employers with employment opportunities within their field of study
  • Develop and implement effective methods to collect and quantify the success rates of career development programs and articulate the returns on investment received by students
  • Maintain information, manipulate data and process reports as needed

Marketing and Technology

  • Provide the marketing team with publication content and data that supports and promotes career development and employer engagement, including gathering and sharing career success stories and testimonials from student, alumni and employers
  • Develop and maintain information for the University’s website and social media accounts as it relates to employment opportunities, marketing students to employers and sharing success stories
  • Manage the planning, implementing and marketing for career related events; coordinate marketing materials and promotional communication for events
  • Review and assess the University’s existing career services technology and research, propose and implements software management systems and/or platforms to enhance communication and job search effectiveness
  • Maintain recruitment databases and serve as a contact person for communication and outreach to internal and external users


  • Master’s degree in business, leadership, human resources or related field or the equivalent work experience in career services, corporate recruitment and/or corporate/external relations
  • Five years of successful experience in a college or university career services department or other career coaching or development environment; demonstrated ability to identify, target and partner with potential employers and organizations preferred
  • Knowledge of career and professional development services, employment trends, and business and academic environments, especially as they relate to science and technology
  • Strong work ethic and high level of energy, flexibility, initiative and creativity
  • Organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently with frequent interruptions
  • Excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues, students, and employers
  • Experience designing/delivering career-focused workshops and events preferred
  • Thorough understanding of compliance areas, policies/procedures regarding career services within a college setting
  • Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office computer systems, experience with computer-based integrated student databases and receptive to the use of new technology while also able to utilize web and social media platforms for recruitment; knowledge of LinkedIn, Brazen and the Jenzabar EX student information system is a plus


About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today's economy.


Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

Harrisburg University: At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 350 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

Student Population:

  • The University's total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 5,300 as of December 1, 2017.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.


  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics – first student cohort began in Fall 2017.
  • Trimester system

Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management, or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Consumer Insights Research Lab, The Government Technology Institute, The Geospatial Technology Center and The Food Science and Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with Penn State and St. Francis University
  • Articulation agreements with Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Baltimore County & Lehigh Carbon Community College

About Harrisburg:

Located in a dynamic downtown setting, Harrisburg University connects people to a diverse and exciting community. In 2010, Money Magazine ranked Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities.” In 2009, the Harrisburg area was rated 12th in the “Best Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities in 2010 and the area was named #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. More than 600,000 residents call the Harrisburg region home, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA. Located in the heart of a thriving, bustling downtown, HU is connected to Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping, dining and office complex that serves as the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which also neighbors HU, hosts an array of theatrical and concert events, in addition to displaying a rotation of mesmerizing exhibits throughout the year. Nearby Restaurant Row, and City Island, also provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and other entertainment options. We have teamed with a local developer to renovate nearby building that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes. Concerts, art festivals and shows also take place along the city’s river walk. Museums, fitness clubs, theatres and minor league baseball games are but a few of the entertainment options the HU community can take advantage of on any given day. 

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