Employer Engagement Specialist

San Jose State University
San José

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Job Details

Job no: 504983
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services

Job Summary

The Employer Engagement Specialist (EES) will deliver quality experiential (internship) and career opportunities and connections for SJSU students in their designated employer portfolio in the Career Center. The EES will research and source prospective employers and opportunities that fit with SJSU student interests, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The EES will engage employers to build strategic relationships, produce employment opportunities, operation connection events, and generate program funding. The EES will assess employer needs and direct employers into appropriate on-campus recruiting and educational programming channels. The EES will assist with the implementation of career experience and outcomes surveys to assess impact of outreach efforts on student career success. The EES will ensure employer compliance with EEO/ADA/AFF mandates, Center internship and employment guidelines, and relevant University and CSU regulations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Execute planned outreach strategy, practices and goals to initiate strategic relationships (starting with SJSU Handshake registration) with target employers and channels.
  • Actively review and approve employers and job postings in SJSU Handshake; oversee student assistants in approving jobs postings.
  • Consult with target employers to learn their talent needs and acquisition plans, including details such as the potential number and type of positions and preferred acquisition strategies. Share this knowledge with the larger Career Center team to assist in student preparation.
  • Consult with target employers to support the development, posting in SJSU Handshake, and promotion of skilled (degree-level) career and internship opportunities for SJSU students. Encourage employer engagement in on-campus recruiting and student career-preparation programming.
  • Serve as a point of contact for general employer inquiries on customized recruiting strategies, engagement in department services/programs and rapid resolution of questions or issues.
  • As defined in the department strategic plans, actively generate funds to cover employer event expenses and enable student career prep programming through employer partnerships.
  • Plan, promote, and execute employer recruiting and networking events as scheduled by employers. Regularly assess employer and student feedback on these events to improve processes.
  • Collaborate with department team members to plan and implement niche employer-connection events and activities, such as boutique career fairs, networking events and employer educational presentations.
  • Share employer requirements with career counselors to ensure students are prepared for employer-connection events.
  • Research economic and employment markets to source potential employers and marketing channels as well as understand talent acquisition trends.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to develop a marketing plan based on research and market segment identification, and including targeted outreach strategies
  • Survey development, execution, validation, analysis and basic statistical reporting.
  • Basic skills in project and event management, including establishing basic project charters, milestones, schedules and team responsibilities
  • Ability to interpret and apply project requirements; gather and analyze data; reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to design presentations for a diversity of constituencies, from students to all levels of employers and types of organizations.
  • Knowledge of software applications including the MS Office suite
  • Skilled in use of social networking resources such as LinkedIn and internet job search sites
  • Ability to quickly learn Handshake career services system (for research, communication and report generation) and Qualtrics for surveying and reporting
  • Ability to perform accurately in a detail-oriented environment and handle multiple work priorities
  • Excellent customer service and public relation skills
  • Ability to local travel and occasional early or late work hours

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training
  • Two years of administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, hospitality, human resources, or a related subject
  • Two years of experience in human resources or career development involving marketing/sales, recruitment, college relations, or talent development


Classification: Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,800/month - $5,000/month
Salary Range: $3,897/month - $7,051/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: September 20, 2021 through October 10, 2021. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel
[email protected]

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to [email protected].

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: September 20, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Welcome to San José State University!

San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.

Located on 154 acres in downtown San José, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. Yet students find personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university's eight colleges.

Mission Statement

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, this faculty and staff is dedicated to achieving the University's mission as a responsive institution of the State of California.

To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Leadership at SJSU

Leadership at San Jose State is defined by a belief that shared decision making and collaborative university governance is at the core of our culture. With this inclusive approach as a guide, President Mohammad H. Qayoumi and the university's leadership promote discussion and engagement among faculty, staff, students and the community to shape and accomplish the goals of San Jose State.

California State University System

San Jose State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University System, the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The 25-member CSU Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University system. See the California State University, Office of the Chancellor website for more information.

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