Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Development

Job description

Job no: 508740
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Career Services
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade.
Applications Open: Jun 07 2021
Applications Close: Open until filled

General Summary of Position:

The assistant director, employer relations will lead employer development activity for a successful expansion of employer recruiting partnerships. The university recognizes that in order to provide exceptional programs, like cooperative education and internships, employer development is a critical role. This position is a key contributor to employer engagement through recruiting and career development activities.

The assistant director, employer relations markets UMass Lowell and its students to prospective employers. The assistant director works closely with career development staff and faculty to develop and implement strategies, policies, and procedures that ensure a high-quality recruiting program. Working as part of a career development team devoted to sharing with students the practices, experiences, and networks needed for their professional growth, the assistant director cultivates partnerships that provide students with rich career building opportunities.

The Career & Co-op Center provides students and alumni with comprehensive career development support to successfully transition from their academic pursuits to their career goals by promoting and facilitating career education, exploration of options and connections with employers. The Career & Co-op Center is a part of the Division of Student Affairs & University Events. This is a dynamic division involved in key university-wide strategic initiatives, such as experiential learning, corporate engagement, retention, and diversity and inclusion.


Lead employer development activity to successfully launch co-op throughout the Kennedy College of Sciences;

Cultivate employer outreach and relationship-building by serving as an active ambassador between UMass Lowell and the employment community;

Market UMass Lowell and its students to prospective employers;

Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies, policies, and procedures that ensure a high-quality recruiting program, reflecting the needs and expectations of UMass Lowell students and potential employers;

Write and present effectively to promote UMass Lowell to prospective and existing employers


Collaborate within the Career & Co-op team and with student groups to arrange on-campus recruiting activities;

Participate in the design and delivery of career-related events, and recruit employers for participation in career development events;

Recruiting events include, but are not limited to, career fairs, on-campus interviewing, recruiting tables, information sessions, site tours, etc.


Collaborate closely within the Career & Co-op team to connect UMass Lowell students with employer partners, within the context of a comprehensive developmental approach to career planning and mentoring, including internships and co-ops;

Understand and communicate to students, employers, and other stakeholders how co-op and other high impact practices prepare UMass Lowell students in distinctive ways for a range of career paths;

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in career services and employer relationship-building within higher education and/or business environments
  • Knowledge of best practices for establishing effective employer relationships and working with employer partners
  • Adaptability and ability to forge new collaborative partnerships with employers, faculty, staff and alumni in a growing and transforming workplace
  • Ability to develop and independently manage projects with accountability to multiple university constituents;
  • Excellent networking, presentation, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient computer skills, especially CRM (Salesforce), spreadsheet, and career services software systems (Handshake)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree preferred
  • Experience in higher education
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills
  • Candidate should be flexible to work evenings and occasional weekends, as needed
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally
  • Strong understanding of UMass Lowell's student population, academic disciplines, and related career and graduate opportunities is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P17.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.




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Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 8/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time