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Employer Relations Specialist

Amarillo College
Amarillo, TX

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Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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At Amarillo College, our students are the priority. It is our mission and our responsibility to enrich their lives by helping them identify an educational pathway that will lead to success in life. It is therefore required that every team member, regardless of job title or duties, be responsible, first and foremost, for assisting students in every way.

We are currently seeking a Full-Time Employer Relations Specialist who will adhere to the aforementioned mission statement, and who will foster relationship connections for the college and support for the Office of Career and Employment Services. This position is located in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo College offers phenomenal benefits. AC Benefits



Required: Bachelor Degree in Counseling, Human Resource Management, Communications, Student Personnel Administration, Business or other related field.(In lieu of Bachelor's Degree- Four (4) years directly related experience)

Preferred: Master's Degree in Counseling, Human Resource Management, Communications, Student Personnel Administration, Business or other related field.



  • Two (2) years of experience in a business and/or college related setting.
  • Two (2) years of experience in sales or recruiting related setting.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in communication with students, employers and coworkers.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in public relations, public speaking, program planning, and communicating with company stakeholders.


  • Experience in working with a college student population.
  • Experience in career coaching.


  • Collaboration Skills: ability to work well with a team or independently in a professional manner.
  • Ability to handle stress and remain calm.
  • Collaboration skills.
  • Database systems (Database - Computerized Programs).
  • Communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Marketing skills.
  • Commitment to create and maintain a warm and welcoming office and campus environment.
  • Commitment to discretion and confidentiality concerning sensitive information at all times.
  • Knowledge of college and department policies and procedures, safety rules and regulations.


  • Required to interact with all levels of Amarillo College personnel, community, and management.
  • Must maintain a commitment to discretion and confidentiality concerning sensitive information.
  • Collaborate with project staff, AC faculty/staff, and area industry partners to develop and pilot the new work-based learning system including infusion of work-based learning in credit-bearing courses.
  • Develop and engage industry partners through outreach.
  • Build relationships and engage with industry partners, government agencies, community organizations and other potential partners.
  • Serve as lead liaison between AC and area industry partners in establishing community partnerships to result in higher job fair attendance, connecting AC students to employers, and gaining work-based learning opportunities.
  • Gather feedback from industry partners regarding industry-standard skills for career readiness capabilities.
  • Establish and implement strategies for outreach and information sharing across all partners.
  • Facilitate collaboration among area employers and AC faculty/staff to strengthen target programs and services.
  • Work with local, state and national employers to secure employment opportunities for AC students and graduates of all programs.
  • Coach students and alumni during all stages of career exploration and decision making.
  • Develop and conduct workshops and seminars to prepare students for the job search process.
  • Comply with all college, state and local policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Develop and implement marketing plans for services.
  • Secure and safeguard all property, equipment, and training material including credit cards (if applicable) issued by Amarillo College.
  • Adhere to the Amarillo College Travel Policy guidelines as written.
  • Participate in professional learning and development as required under state or local contractual agreements and/or Amarillo College.
  • Complete all work-related tasks in a neat, orderly and timely manner.
  • Conduct self with professionalism and respect toward others.
  • Exhibit professional behavior while assisting with the needs of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and co-workers.
  • Participate in and complete performance assessments/evaluations as assigned.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • As an Amarillo College employee, seek knowledge of and pledge to actively engage in a culture of caring striving to serve students, peers and the community by embracing the AC Core Values: Wow, Family, Fun, Innovation, and Yes!

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel between offices and buildings, and requires the ability to lift, carry, push, pull and/or maneuver office supplies as needed.

Work Conditions: Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (nights, evenings, weekends and possibly holidays as scheduled or needed.)

Work Environment: This position works in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copy machines and filing cabinets.

Travel Expectations: Some travel may be required for this position. Adhere to the Amarillo College Travel Policy as written.

Salary: Grade 7 Hourly minimum $14.09 - $16.76 salary to commensurate with experience.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Amarillo College is committed to hiring and retaining a racially diverse, culturally competent staff at all levels of the organization who not only reflect the demographics of our clients but also continue to deepen their skills and competencies to serve the full range of our customers.

Promotional Opportunity Policy: Under the Amarillo College Promotional Opportunity Policy, only current appointed or part-time non-appointed employees will be considered for a position during the first five (5) working days from notice or posting.


Working at Amarillo College

Established in 1929, with 86 students answering the inaugural roll call, Amarillo College today is a vibrant, multi-faceted community college that typically enrolls about 10,000 students in academic classes at six campuses and an outreach center.

In 2018, Amarillo College was named a “Great College to Work For” in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s eleventh annual survey on the academic workplace.

With a proven blend of quality and affordability that makes Texas community colleges so appealing – approximately half of the students enrolled in higher education in Texas attend a community college – Amarillo College provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are looking to immediately enter the workforce or proceed to a university.

AC, which enjoys unflagging community support, received a major boost in May of 2019 with passage of an $89 million bond issue. Among the many projects this enables the College to undertake are creation of an Innovation Hub, construction of a First Responders Academy and centralization of Student Life Services.

Amarillo College adopted a Culture of Caring in 2015 and since that time has launched a unique and ambitious No Excuses Poverty Initiative that has garnered national attention for connecting first-generation and/or academically underprepared students with social services structured to help them overcome barriers to success.

The College’s game-changing initiatives led national community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) to name Amarillo College a co-recipient of its 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award, a significant national accolade contingent upon measurable improvements in student outcomes.

Over the past six years, Amarillo College opened a counseling center, a legal aid clinic, a career and employment center, and a childcare center. AC also launched an Advocacy and Resource Center, which houses a food pantry and connects students with social services provided by more than 60 local nonprofits.

Since their inception, AC’s initiatives have led to steady gains in A-to-C pass rates, fall-to-fall retention, and three-year graduation/transfer rates, which among first generation students have increased from 12 percent to 21 percent.

Additionally, the percentage of students who attend AC on a full-time basis continues to climb – 75 percent of AC students attended the College part time in 2015, while only 57 percent were part-time students in 2018.

The College enjoyed its largest graduating class ever in May of 2019, when more than 1,000 students were awarded credentials of completion.



The mission of Amarillo College is “enriching the lives of our students and community by helping learners identify and achieve their educational goals.” The mission is driven by our vision to ensure that 70% of our students complete a certificate or degree or transfer within 3 years. Both the mission and vision of the college are lived out among our staff through our Culture of Caring which embodies our five core values: Wow, Innovation, Family, Fun, and Yes.

Caring through WOW: 

Every student and colleague will say "WOW, you were so helpful, supportive, and open" after an interaction with us.

Caring through FUN:   

We will find ways to have fun with each other and celebrate each other.
We will find ways to make our work fun and effective.

Caring through INNOVATION:     

We will see ourselves as "roadblock removers" - for students and for each other.
We will always look for ways to help others and improve our processes.

Caring through FAMILY:     

We will find ways to show we care about our students and each other.
We will readily and effectively share information with each other.
We will approach our interactions with each other with trust and openness.
We will put the needs of others before our own.

Caring through YES: 

We will think "yes" first and find solutions rather than saying "no."
We will be passionate about our jobs and helping each other.



Amarillo is the largest city in the 26-county Texas Panhandle. It is located in the center of the Panhandle – which produces 30 percent of the nation’s beef – and serves as a crossroads on Interstate 40 for travelers between Oklahoma City and Albuquerque, and a mid-point for Dallas-to-Denver traffic, as well.

Amarillo has just shy of 200,000 residents, while the Amarillo metropolitan area has a population of about 255,000. The city’s central location makes it the region’s natural hub for healthcare services and cultural pursuits – and Amarillo boasts several superlative illustrations of each.

With a diverse economy – from agriculture and oil and gas to aircraft production and precious-metal refining –Amarillo typically has an unemployment rate of less than 3 percent, routinely one of the lowest in the state.

Amarillo received the following accolades in 2018:

  • Top 20 Places Where Millennials Are Buying Homes, by SmartAsset
  • Best Places to Find a Job, by WalletHub
  • Best Small Places for Business Careers, by Forbes

Amarillo is the Spanish word for the color yellow. The entire Panhandle, unlike most of Texas, enjoys all four distinctive seasons each year, and gorgeous sunsets are typical. The region is often referred to as the Golden Spread.

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PO Box 447
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