Associate Director of Employer Partnerships

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Hyde Park Campus

35390 Harris Sch Pub Policy

About the Unit
Why Policy? For a better world. Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters. We work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for society. We conduct rigorous inquiry in an environment of innovation and risk taking. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, adopting new methodologies to drive better solutions. We engage with our city, our world, and our leaders every day to evaluate and test our ideas. And we lead with our passion for driving social change, knowing that passion alone does not equal impact. This is Harris Public Policy: Social impact, down to a science.

Job Information

Job Summary:

As a key member of the Harris School of Public Policy's Career Development Office reporting to the Director of Career Development and External Partnerships and supervised by the Senior Associate Director of Employer Partnerships, the Associate Director of Employer Partnerships will execute the following:

Manage all facets of the relationship development of a specific employer portfolio, securing internship and full-time opportunities for Harris students, and growing and maintaining the employer portfolio.

Employer Portfolios:

  • Private Sector: this employer portfolio includes private sector (i.e. Consulting, Public Finance, Finance, and Energy) organizations at the international, national, state, and local levels.
  • Nonprofit Sector: This portfolio includes both nonprofit and non-governmental organizations at the international (i.e. The World Bank), national, state, and local levels.
  • Government Sector: This employer portfolio includes public sector organizations: U.S. and Non-U.S. Government offices at the federal, state and local levels, including their agencies, and chartered bodies.

This position will also advise students on appropriate career management and job search skills in multiple settings including one-on-one sessions, large lectures, hands-on workshops, and special events.

Additionally, s/he will conceptualize, develop, and deliver career-programming specific to their employer sector.


Employer Relations and Recruiting Activities for the Nonprofit Sector (80%)
  • In unison with the overall strategic vision of the employer partnership strategy, implement the strategic goals associated with employer outreach, relationship development and recruitment services.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Associate Director of Employer Partnerships and team on strategic employer engagement and the fulfillment of departmental goals.
  • Develop and manage employer relationships of organizations within the employer portfolio.
  • Collaborate with employers to understand their strategic and financial objectives and hiring needs to determine optimal recruitment strategies that meet their hiring needs.
  • Research and conduct outreach to potential employers in accordance with the teams overall strategic direction to identify internships and full-time job opportunities for Harris students.
  • Actively maintain partnerships with employers and provide opportunities for engagement between employers and Harris students.
  • Analyze current industry hiring trends as they relate to the employers within the specific sector/industry.
  • Collaborate with internal constituencies including Student Affairs, Admissions, and Alumni Relations to provide cross-functional support for all initiatives and identify synergies in engagement and outreach.
  • Monitor and participate in employer portfolio specific social media outreach efforts in collaboration with the Senior Associate Director and the Harris Communications team.
  • Represent the Harris School professionally to all external constituencies.

Provide Student Career Services and Partner with the Career Readiness Team (20%)
  • Collaborate with Career Readiness team to develop resources, programs and special events to support career planning and job searches in the nonprofit sector.
  • Provide career advising and programming to current students, helping them to achieve their career goals.
  • Partner with industry, regional, or functional student groups to assist in planning and delivering career programming.
  • Collaborate with career readiness team to develop and implement large scale on-campus programming (i.e. "Career Symposium") and career treks (2 to 3-day professional networking trips for students to various locations including Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco).

  • Deep commitment to customer service and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required.
  • Experience with the development and execution of partnership agreements (Memorandum of Understanding, Memorandum of Agreement, Letter of Intent, etc.).
  • Effective negotiation and communication skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Client focused approach partnered with strong relationship building skills.
  • Business acumen and market insight.
  • Ability to communicate with large groups as well as one-on-one with students, alumni, senior administration, faculty, and employers.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Advanced degree strongly preferred.

  • Three to five years of prior work experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) with partnership development, employer relations, recruiting, and/or significant industry experience in the nonprofit sector preferred.
  • Deep understanding of recruitment processes and strong knowledge of candidate selection methods.
  • Experience in the nonprofit, private and/or government sector preferred.
  • Experience in program development, employer relations, and relationship management required.

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Reference Contact Information

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 8/11/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
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