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Director of Employer Relations

Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
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Jul 12, 2021

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Kenyon College invites applications for the position of Director of Employer Relations. The Director of Employer Relations is a new position within the Kenyon College Career Development Office that will be responsible for creating recruitment pipelines between the College and national and global employers; sourcing internship and job opportunities for students and young alumni; attracting Kenyon talent to these opportunities; and ultimately maximizing student employment outcomes. This position will work closely with the Career Development team, employer partners, and campus partners to achieve these goals. This position reports to the Dean for Career Development.


Relationship Development


  • Engage alumni, faculty, and parents in cultivating and strengthening relationships with employers in industries of interest to Kenyon students. Develop relationships with for-profit, nonprofit and public sector partners and create pipelines for Kenyon talent to these organizations using traditional and innovative strategies. Generate and implement successful college-to-career strategies for Kenyon’s underrepresented student populations across industries. Build recruiter contacts, focus groups, and annual outreach strategy. Understand Kenyon’s curriculum, educational mission, employer portfolio, and student majors, interests, demographics, and clubs/organizations to effectively represent Kenyon to employers.  Generate Kenyon applications for opportunities generated from employer partners.

Innovative Programming 


  • Regularly generate solutions to recruitment challenges in order to make Kenyon an obvious source for talent acquisition. Introduce employers to the College and to Kenyon talent through hosting new value-added events that deepen student learning and increase recruitment of Kenyon talent.  Collaborate with the CDO staff to construct, manage and staff on-campus recruiting activities, including information sessions, on-campus interviews, and career fairs. Plan and coordinate annual spring break career treks that connect students with employers on location.

Data Analysis


  • Stay current on hiring trends and share updates as needed to CDO staff, faculty, students, and campus partners. Analyze Handshake job and internships listings to identify gaps in current listings and partnerships. Assess annual student outcome data and employer satisfaction surveys to determine future outreach, initiatives, and programming updates.



  • Create recruiting guidelines  and best practices for employers interested in recruiting at Kenyon. Develop digital and print resources to direct alumni, parent and employer recruitment efforts appropriately; and to increase student knowledge of these opportunities. Conduct campus outreach to generate student interest for employer partners’  opportunities and events in alignment with brand strategy. Generate regular reports of alumni and parent engagement, and attend regular Advancement outreach meetings as requested by the Vice President of Advancement.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities


  • Demonstrated ability to build effective and reciprocal relationships with for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations. Familiarity with recruiting trends and challenges, particularly those for underrepresented student populations. Strong technological background, with proven track record of utilizing software and technology to streamline processes, create resources, and scale programs.  Team player, excited to work collaboratively with others.   Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of related work experience in recruiting, talent acquisition, regional/state/national economic development, career services, and/or corporate relations. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, G-Suite, video-conferencing, LinkedIn, and CRM databases.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Familiarity with and affinity for the liberal arts.  Familiarity with career services software Handshake. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, Premiere Pro, Microsoft Power BI or Tableau.

Working Conditions
This position may require limited travel and the associated physical demands, as well as occasional work during evenings and weekends.


Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement (suspended for the 20-21 year), and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.


Working at Kenyon College

Living and Learning in the Kenyon Community and the Surrounding Area

Excellence. Engagement. Community.This is what Kenyon values. There is a distinctive brand of community that is Kenyon's. We believe that individuals are not limited to who they are on paper, where they have been, or what they look like.

We believe that this place, Kenyon College, is a beautiful place in which one can build a beautiful life. And when someone's interests and strengths match the opportunities that this place has to offer, fulfillment happens.

Our faculty and staff have come here from all over the country-indeed, from all over the world, and from all kinds of backgrounds. They stay and live a life some never expected to live. Former urbanites raise sheep and practice carpentry when they are not engaged in academics. Faculty and staff walk their dogs around campus. For a change of pace, some will make the 50-minute drive to Columbus for some great dining, arts and cultural events, or shopping.

Kenyon is the kind of place where living the life of the mind matters. Discourse happens every day, and students, faculty, and staff have opportunities to learn to practice it with civility. It is the kind of place where people come together to support someone in a crisis large or small. It is collaborative more than competitive. If you want a place where individuals care deeply about learning and about one another, come here. If you want a change of pace, come here. If you strive for the best in yourself, professionally and personally, and want your students to do the same, come here.

Come be a part of Kenyon.

What's the area like?

Kenyon and the surrounding area are often remarked upon for their beauty. Very near campus is the Brown Family Environmental Center, where nature lovers will often attend free programs and events for kids and adults alike that include night hikes, bird-watching, or native plant and animal exploration. Through it runs the Kokosing Gap Trail, on which casual walkers and sports enthusiasts alike will hike, run, or bike the 14 miles (and growing!) of former rail line. The Rural Life Center explores and promotes the lifestyles present and past in Knox County , in which Kenyon is located. Knox County exemplifies Midwestern openness, and also an increasing diversity typical of the rest of the country.

Mt. Vernon, located 4 miles from Kenyon College, is the seat of Knox County. Mt. Vernon boasts both a public square surrounded by historic buildings, an active theater community, and a commercial district which includes a movie theater, retail stores, and restaurants.

Finally, there is Columbus, a vibrant city with diverse shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities. Its many neighborhoods, including notably the Short North, host a tremendous array of independently owned restaurants, varying from those with a heavy farm-to-fork emphasis to numerous international cuisines brought to the city by its multinational population, and much more. Columbus's cultural scene includes an outstanding symphony orchestraballet company, and several theater groups. Its historic theater buildings host the Broadway in Columbus seriesthroughout the year. Located throughout the city are also several major shopping areas, including Polaris and Easton. Columbus is, finally, home to three professional sports teams, and to the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose football and basketball teams especially enjoy loyal and very spirited fans at their games.  Located less than an hour away from Kenyon, Columbus is an attractive destination.

What if I have a spouse/partner?

Dual job searches are often a challenge. If there is no suitable position available at Kenyon for a spouse or partner, there are opportunities close by. Knox County is home to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and several large employers who often have openings for healthcare workers, engineers, and other professionals: the Knox County Community Hospital Kokosing Construction Company, and Ariel Corporation, to name a few. Many of these attract professionals from all over the country. Within an hour, there are also opportunities in neighboring cities and counties. Columbus is home to Nationwide Insurance, JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Abbott Nutrition, among other large employers. As the capital of Ohio, Columbus is also home to many state government positions

For academic spouses and partners, the Five Colleges of Ohio ("Ohio 5") often have postings at those institutions. The Columbus metro area is also home to The Ohio State University's flagship and regional campuses, as well as more than 40 other colleges and universities.


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