Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development

Job description

Job location: Illinois: Chicago

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-30
Req: JR05194
Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department59678 Enrollment And Student Advance

About the UnitCareer 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 to the University of Chicago's 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

Job FamilyStudent Affairs & Services

Responsible for services targeting the physical, emotional, academic, and financial well-being of students, including but not limited to admissions, enrollment, athletics, career services, residence life, student activities, counseling, and health programs.

Career Track and Job LevelEmployer Management

Oversees employer development and relations to connect undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni with job, internship, and other networking opportunities. Manages outreach affairs nationally and internationally and maintains relationships with executive search firms.

P2: Requires knowledge and experience in own discipline; still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Builds knowledge of the organization, processes and customers. Solves a range of straightforward problems. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job connects undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni with job, internship, and other networking opportunities. Conducts outreach and maintains relationships with executive search firms.

1) Cultivates new relationships with companies that do not have an existing formal relationship with the University., 2) Identifies opportunities to increase the visibility of new companies and niche industries to job-seeking students. Identifies and supports the recruitment of employers and corporate representatives for career events. Assists in planning and managing event logistics., 3) Educates employers about the University, students, and available recruiting services. Assists employers in developing effective recruiting strategies, setting goals and utilizing University services., 4) Develops metrics for tracking progress against goals and reviews goals periodically with the internal team and recruiters. Enforces recruiting guidelines with employers and students. Administers in-house recruiting programs. Focuses on targets for both the number of opportunities and the number of interns., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Assume a portfolio of existing employer partners and administer recruiting programs including but not limited to the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, full-time recruitment.

2) Support experiential education opportunities for students including treks, job shadowing, and industry programming provided by the UChicago Careers In… pre-professional programs that enhance employer branding and affinity on campus.

3) 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 student placement.

4) Serve as adviser to employers on developing a successful recruitment strategy.

5) 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.

6) Work with a wide variety of employers to assess and meet their needs and maintain contact with a portfolio of employers to serve as their dedicated Career Advancement liaison.

7) Build new relationships with employers in assigned industries based on student demand, market trends, and priority regions due to student enrollment.

8) Collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development to cultivate new contacts and engage further with alumni, parents, and friends of the University.

9) Represent Career Advancement in strategic development meetings and support their larger efforts of parent and alumni engagement.

10) Develop and implement strategic employer development plan for assigned industry areas including outreach to new employers and employer visits as appropriate.

11) Collaborate with colleagues to create and administer targeted live and virtual programming to make students successful in their job/internship searches. Programming includes sessions on career exploration, recruiting tools, specific jobs/industries, interviewing techniques, college/work transition, the career exploration trek program and the like.

12) Partner with employers, alumni, student groups, and other university staff to deliver these programs.

13) Support the planning and coordinating of Career Advancement’s annual career fairs, including employer outreach, logistics management, staffing, and day-of execution.

14) Work closely with the Recruiting Coordinator and ERD to manage employer information sessions and coffee chats, company presentations, on-campus interviews, and other campus engagement activities.

15) Collaborate with colleagues to increase employer participation in signature networking events and recruiting forums globally.

16) 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.

17) Proactively track placement data as well as employer and stakeholder engagement.

18) Contribute to annual outcomes reports and develop a working knowledge of key initiatives and priorities that contribute to student success.

19) 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.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of constituents, including employers and external partners like alumni and parents, students, faculty, staff, and senior leadership

2) Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and respond to change positively

3) Interpersonal skills; strong customer service focus and a high level of professionalism when interacting with internal and external clients.

4) Outcomes-driven and action-oriented attitude

5) Verbal and written communication

6) Problem solving and reasoning

7) Critical thinking and decision-making skills

8) Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail

9) Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion and maintain confidentiality

10) Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines

11) Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor's degree


1) Minimum of 1 year of professional work experience

2) Experience in building partnerships

3) Interest in career services, employer relations, and/or recruiting

Technical Knowledge, Skills or Certifications

1) Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook PowerPoint, Word)

2) Experience with database and online systems is highly desirable (Salesforce, Handshake, Wufoo, MailChimp, etc.)

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

3) References

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

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-05-30-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-11-30-08:00

Posting StatementThe University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Posted: 6/1/2019
Application Due: 6/22/2019
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