Associate/Assistant Director of Employer & Alumni Relations

Denison University
Granville, OH
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Job Details

Position Type:

Administrative Staff

Classification Title:

Administrative Staff

Position Title:

Associate/Assistant Director of Employer & Alumni Relations

Position Number:


Pay Grade Level:

AD 01


Competitive based on qualifications. Expected salary range will be discussed with candidates selected for screening interviews.


Knowlton Center - Career Exploration

Posting Number:

S 121300907

Full or Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Months:




Work Schedule:


Basic Function:

Communicate the value proposition of hiring Denison students to multiple external partners, including employers, alumni, and Denison families. Serve as a primary point of contact and as a trusted advisor with a broad range of employers in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors to connect candidates with high-quality and desirable summer and full-time opportunities. Engage alumni to help students and young alumni as career mentors, industry coaches, and as advocates within their own organizations.

Essential Job Functions:

Attract, engage, and manage relationships with external partners (employers, alumni, and families) to facilitate career opportunities for students and recent graduates. Identify, cultivate and steward relationships with for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector employers. Build relationships with alumni and parent volunteers to 1) help students as they explore career fields and/or prepare for the internship and job search process 2) introduce Denison to their employers. Partner with career community leaders to:● Identify and engage employers and alumni to provide industry/field specific opportunities for students including jobs/internships, information sessions, first look visits to employers, skill-building opportunities etc.● Provide employer and alumni specific content for students, including social media posts, blog posts highlighting industry/employer, resource creation, etc. Employer Relationship Identification● Maintain knowledge of talent-acquisition practices and strategies for internships and entry-level jobs● Conduct ongoing targeted outreach with a wide range of prospective employers● Identify and cultivate relationships with employers who foster a diverse and inclusive workspace. Help potential employers understand how to identify and eliminate bias in the recruiting process.● Develop marketing strategies and materials to bring greater visibility of the college to relevant employers and industries. ● Partner with the Denison Launch Lab team to identify potential relationships with employers. Employer Relationship Management● Become a trusted recruiting partner by forming faceted relationships with recruiters, human resources staff, and alumni at engaged employers. Partner with the Employer Relations Specialist to coordinate logistics for on-campus and off-campus events for employers.● Manage various aspects of an extensive summer internship program for Denison students including: helping employers and alumni understand parameters and best practices of strong internships, coordinating the posting of internships in Handshake, and evaluation of students’ performance in internships.● Track all employer contacts, services utilized and recruitment activities in applicable systems. Employer Relationship Stewardship● Develop and manage a regular cadence of communication with desirable and existing employers, both to provide updates on Denison and to understand upcoming needs, recruiting changes, etc.● Create, and manage annual recognition of employers, alumni, and parents who engage with Denison students and young alumni. Event Marketing and Publicity● Develop marketing materials and a variety of approaches to ensure strong students attendance at employer and alumni events. ● Create engaging emails for distribution to students, faculty and staff regarding events and job/internship opportunities Accompany Denison students on local and out-of-region travel programs. Assist in collecting and analyzing data regarding relationships, partnerships, programs, and activities. Research and stay informed on local, regional and national hiring practices, employment trends and other labor-related issues. Work with the Knowlton Center’s strategic partners with similar outreach responsibilities (e.g., Individual Giving, Admissions, Alumni and Family Engagement). Identify ways to maximize the efforts of alumni leadership, affinity, and identity groups to help students and recent graduates. Update other members of the Knowlton team about new/existing employer relationships, full-time and internship opportunities at those employers, and upcoming events for students and alumni. Perform other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree. Minimum of two years of experience (Assistant Director) or minimum of five years of experience (Associate Director) in recruiting, sales, career services, human resources, employer development, fundraising or consulting in a team-based environment. Strong ability to work both independently and across a team to achieve shared center goalsPossess strong project management skills (from initiation to execution); able to use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, present polished presentations to a variety of audiences; and possess a thorough understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts. Excellent administrative and organization skills with attention to detail; ability to work independently as well as be team-oriented; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; strong work ethic. Willing and available to work nights and weekends and occasional travel commitments locally, regionally, and across the U.S. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the University.

Preferred Qualifications:


Physical Demands:

Occasional lifting of boxes weighing up to 20 lbs.

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by August 6, 2021 will be assured full consideration. Position open until filled.

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide at Denison University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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