Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development

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Hyde Park Campus

59678 Enrollment And Student Advance

About the Unit
Career Advancement serves a student population of over 6,000 arts and sciences undergraduate students, in addition to alumni who have graduated within the last five years. Career Advancement plays a vital role in ensuring our students' success after graduation. Career Advancement offers innovative and comprehensive career development services with a focus on pre-professional preparation and experiential education 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

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Job Summary:

The Employer Relations and Development (ERD) team establishes and enhances employer relationships across industries and in multiple geographic locations to connect talented UChicago students with leading organizations for job outcomes and experiential education opportunities. The Assistant Director role includes developing relationships with technology, research, and STEM employers, as well as those in the financial services industry, contributing to the growth of the University's premiere Jeff Metcalf Internship Program that places students into 2,500+ paid substantive opportunities in the academic year. In addition to the Metcalf Program, the ERD team provides superior customer service to all employer partners recruiting UChicago students, including the management of a robust on-campus recruiting program during peak hiring seasons. Engage with alumni, parents, and friends of the University to cultivate new professional opportunities in target regions and industries. This position reports to the Associate Director, Employer Relations & Development.

Another key initiative of this role includes ensuring that first-year Odyssey Scholars have access to substantive internship opportunities the summer after their first year. The Assistant Director will be instrumental in meeting this goal by developing new relationships with employers interested in hiring first-year students, collaborating with student advisers in the creative promotion of opportunities, and establishing and maintaining ERD team momentum.

For more information about the Odyssey Program, please visit:


  • Employer relations (55%): The Assistant Director will assume an employer portfolio of existing STEM and financial services employers to administer recruiting programs including the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, industry recruiting events and career fairs, full-time recruitment, and experiential education opportunities including treks, job shadowing, and industry programming provided by the UChicago Careers In… pre-professional programs. Support financial services firms with both on-campus and off-campus recruitment activities, including the promotion of their brand on campus. Work primarily within assigned industries, while gaining an appreciation for the hybrid roles many companies seek, and working collaboratively among various stakeholders to achieve success in promotion and placement. Contribute to team projects, including special initiatives like the Summer on the Cuyahoga Internship Program. Maintain and administer an assigned budget to support students in otherwise unpaid roles. Serve as adviser to employers on developing a successful recruitment strategy. Gain knowledge of recruiting trends in assigned industries to actively promote opportunities to students and advisers to contribute to targeted placement goals in each portfolio. Provide significant strategic support to garner corporate sponsorship support through participation in key programs and new initiatives.

  • Employer development (20%): Build new relationships with employers in assigned industries based on student demand, market trends, and priority regions due to student enrollment. Collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development colleagues to cultivate new contacts and engage further with key donors, alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Represent Career Advancement in strategic global development meetings and support their larger efforts of parent and alumni engagement. Develop and implement strategic employer development plan for assigned industry areas to create incremental opportunities including outreach to new employers and employer visits as appropriate.

  • Data and reporting (10%): Play an active role in obtaining hiring data from employers. Responsible for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting on employer relations and development efforts both within assigned portfolios, as well as overall industry trends, employer engagement, and the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Proactively track placement data and employer and stakeholder engagement information (including alumni and parents). Contribute to annual outcomes reports and develop a working knowledge of key initiatives and priorities that contribute to student success.

  • Advising and student preparation collaboration (5%): Advise an assigned cohort of first-year students to provide support on career exploration and help to attain jobs and internships. Use industry and company knowledge to provide targeted advice and support.

  • Other duties as assigned (5%)

  • Demonstrate University stewardship and serve as a brand ambassador
  • Communicate effectively and with influence
  • Exhibit resilience and optimize resources
  • Ensure decision quality, accountability, and drive results
  • Display emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrated ability to master Internet-based recruiting programs and learn new technologies required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, required and proficiency in Salesforce preferred.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of constituents, including employers and external partners like donors, alumni, and parents, students, faculty, staff, and senior leadership
  • 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.
  • Displays an outcomes-driven and action-oriented attitude in written and verbal communication
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • 1 to 3 years of professional work experience is required.
  • An interest in career services, employer relations, or recruiting is strongly preferred.
  • Relevant experience in one of the industry groups strongly preferred: financial services, STEM, or corporate.

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References Required

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: 12/5/2018
Application Due: 12/15/2018
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