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Associate Director of Employer Engagement & Internships

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Grinnell College
Location
Grinnell, IA

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Job Title:

Associate Director of Employer Engagement & Internships

Department:

Careers, Life, and Service

Job Summary:

Grinnell College seeks applications and nominations for an Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Internships.

As a key member of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) and reporting to the Assistant Dean and Director of Employer Engagement, the Associate Director will ensure the internship program aligns with the CLS’s goals for student learning and advances its mission of empowering students to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose. The Associate Director will assist with the creation, coordination, and implementation of programs and initiatives to cultivate new and sustain established relationships and partnerships with organizations, alumni, parents and other friends and stakeholders of Grinnell College to increase and expand the number of quality internship opportunities for Grinnell students.

This position will also provide the leadership, structure, and overall coordination of the College’s internship program, including the grant funding process as well as the internship course (INT-300). In doing so, the Associate Director will work collaboratively with College staff (e.g., CLS, Development and Alumni Relations) and faculty, members of the administration, alumni, and employers in promoting internships as an integral element of the liberal arts learning experience and work with campus partners to monitor risks of international internships and all government regulations as needed and required. The Associate Director will also prepare pertinent internship reports and publications; maintains accurate employer and student records; and maintains statistics regarding student tracking as well as track job market demand to assess and predict future engagement activities.



Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree required in higher education, student development, human resources, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred. · Prior experience (at least 5 years) in career development, higher education, human resources, talent acquisition, workforce development, or a similar field. KEY COMPETENCIES:· Must be a self-starter and possess strong ethical, analytical, and problem-solving skills.· Must have superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity. · Demonstrated ability to organize and work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines. · Possess a sophisticated understanding of the world of employment (e.g., how industries recruit differently, identify premier/leading employers, understands professional points of entry). · Proficiency with Windows environment including word processing, and knowledge of database programs. Computer expertise in Excel, Word, and email communication essential. · Must possess aptitude for numbers, accuracy, attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. · Demonstrates knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, students and employers with experience promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce/academic environment. · Demonstrates a working ability to apply policies and practices for planning and administering a budget.· Experience in effectively building and managing professional external and internal relationships and partnerships with employers, alumni or community outreach; corporate relations.

Preferred Qualifications:

A master’s degree is preferred.

Link to Job Description:

Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Internships

FLSA Category:

Exempt

Staff/Faculty:

Staff

Employment Status:

Full-Time

Employment Category:

Regular

Open Until Filled:

No

Posting Number:

S00774

Diversity Statement:

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and working environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.

Organization

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a highly selective residential liberal arts college that enrolls 1,500 students from every state and about 50 countries around the world. The College’s primary mission is to provide students with a broad, deep, and life-enhancing education, preparing its students for professional success, personal growth, and social responsibility. The College’s graduates are equipped to pursue successful careers, satisfying personal lives, effective community service, and intellectually stimulating and physically active leisure.

The Grinnell liberal arts education is an exceptional, rigorous, comprehensive, and opportunity-rich experience that has, at its heart, meaningful one-on-one interactions between students and faculty. Capitalizing on a student/faculty ratio of 9:1; the College’s curricular and research programs incorporate active learning and collaborative work between students and faculty and a strong, growing commitment to undergraduate research.

The College recently completed a comprehensive strategic plan, and two of the six strategies focus on diversity and achievement. Recent efforts have nearly doubled the number of tenure track faculty of color and the number of entering students of color. Grinnell College has been named one of the 20 best liberal arts colleges in the country for the past 15 years by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, Grinnell ranks in the top 1 percent of colleges and universities for Ph.D.s per graduate, and the College holds the largest endowment of any U.S. liberal arts college.

Because Grinnell College is small, it encourages a sense of closeness among students, faculty, and staff, alongside a recognition and respect for individual differences. Grinnell stands out among other selective national liberal arts colleges for the degree of participation expected of students in shaping their own educations. Grinnell’s individually advised curriculum requires each student to devise an individual academic plan in consultation with faculty advisers. The process challenges students to define their academic goals and to take an active role in exploring all Grinnell has to offer. The comprehensive academic plan, submitted when declaring a major, must show a balanced selection of courses across disciplines. With 26 majors and 10 interdisciplinary concentrations to choose from, students have many opportunities to conduct original research and undertake advanced study in a wide variety of areas.

Faculty members at Grinnell College are committed to working closely with students as instructors and advisers. Grinnell’s professors view classroom teaching as their top priority. They are respected scholars and practitioners, active in producing original, significant work. Ninety-six percent of Grinnell’s faculty members hold the highest degrees available in their areas of study. Faculty members also play a leading role in decision-making about curriculum and policy affecting academic matters. Courses offered at Grinnell are determined by the people who teach them. Interaction thrives between academic departments, fostering an atmosphere of intellectual discovery and excitement on campus, which is shared by faculty and students.

A year after commencement, almost a third of Grinnell graduates are attending graduate school, about one half are employed, and the remaining 20 percent are involved in volunteer work, traveling, service projects, and more. The College is proud of its graduates and their important work in education, business, technology, law, science, medicine, and the arts. No matter what they do, most graduates report that they continue to be influenced by their years at Grinnell, where they learned to translate their ideals into action.

The Grinnell College campus offers state-of-the-art facilities on a park-like 120-acre campus. The new $42 million Rosenfield Center sits at the heart of campus and serves as the College’s centerpiece, a hub of activity, and a meeting place for all Grinnellians, offering centralized dining, several lounges, student organization offices, a student art gallery, and more. A renovation and expansion of the Noyce Science Center, currently underway, will add 120,000 square feet to this facility, including teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and study areas. The new $21 million Athletic and Fitness Center encompasses a performance gym, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a practice gymnasium, and more. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, renovated and expanded in 1999, offers a recital hall, an art gallery, theatres, a scene shop, and studio space. The Grinnell College Libraries — consisting of Burling Library, Windsor Science Library, and the Listening Room and AV collections— hold more than a million books and government documents, more than 16,000 serials, roughly 30,000 audiovisual units, and almost 8,000 e-books. The campus-wide network of computers features the latest in technology. Every residence hall room has access to the Internet, as do all campus computer labs, and wireless access is widespread.

About Grinnell: Founded by abolitionists in 1854, Grinnell is a culturally vibrant community with a number of historic neighborhoods. Grinnell’s architecture is especially noteworthy, highlighted by buildings designed by Walter Burley Griffin, Louis Sullivan, and Cesar Pelli. Anticipating its future, Grinnell is investing in its central business district, its parks, and its amenities, including a new transportation museum.

With a population of about 9,000 people, Grinnell is small enough to be friendly and accessible, but large enough to have a variety of restaurants, shops, churches, health care facilities, and recreational programs and activities. Many Grinnell students participate in community projects, ranging from volunteer service to local politics.

Grinnell’s Iowa setting also provides many students with material for research and creative projects in the natural and social sciences and the arts. The College’s Center for Prairie Studies encourages curricular development and public events engaging with the natural, historical, and cultural environment of the region.

As a residential college, Grinnell has a busy intellectual and social life on campus with lectures, symposia, performances, and readings, as well as films, parties, and other events. More cultural outlets are available in Des Moines, Iowa City (home of the University of Iowa), and Ames (home of Iowa State University).

Grinnell College offers a competitive and comprehensive benefit package, including health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. A TIAA-CREF retirement plan is also available. Generous holiday leave and four weeks of paid vacation are part of the benefit package as well. Educational benefits include free courses at Grinnell for employees and their spouses, tuition remission for dependent children, and exchange programs with 22 other colleges. The College also offers a relocation allowance to employees who must relocate to Grinnell. All employees and their families receive free admission to most College events.

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