Employer Engagement & Diversity Recruiting

Job Details

Diversity and Inclusion Statement Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences are welcome and supported.
The Highlights
Reporting to the Associate Director of Employer Engagement, the Assistant Director of Employer Engagement & Diversity Recruiting is responsible for the day-to-day management of employer outreach and internship development for two specified Career Communities and the coordination of diversity recruiting events and services. She/He builds and manages employer relationships, connects employers with students through specific programming, and supports employer connections with faculty and student organizations. She/He is also responsible for event logistics for the Diversity Networking Event, as well as the creation of new D&I initiatives based on industry and student needs. This position works closely with other members of the Employer Engagement team and members of specified Career Communities.  The Assistant Director also facilitates job and internship postings, provides Handshake support and advises students when needed.     

Is This You?
  • Manage employer outreach and engagement for two specified Career Communities including outreach to new and existing employers, employer education on recruitment strategies and internship programs, on-going relationship management, and staying abreast of current employment and recruiting trends. Maintain various employer lists for each career community including target employers, strategic outreach, and employer diversity recruiting initiatives. Work closely with employers to plan and implement programming and initiatives for connecting employers and students to on-site employer experiences.

  • Manage all aspects of the Diversity Networking Event and the coordination of specified D&I recruiting initiatives. Event management includes planning, marketing, venue set up, program creation, invoicing, hosting, staffing, answering questions from students, alumni and employers as well as analyzing event feedback to apply to future planning. Create career opportunities for targeted demographics through new initiatives and programs. Build and manage relationships with employers interested in expanded D&I recruiting efforts. Build and manage relationships with identity-focused student organizations in order to collaborate on programming and facilitate employer and student connections.

  • Serve as industry expert for diversity & inclusion recruiting topic. Gather knowledge and develop appropriate resources for disseminating the information to the university community as well as employer partners.

  • Manage 1 student employee. Supervise, recruit, retain, train and provide professional development for employee including goal setting/project design, mentoring and conducting performance appraisals.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Your Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's degree required.    
  • Two or more years project management and/or event planning experience. Experience working in a university setting is preferred.
  • Two to three years’ work experience in a professional environment is preferred.  One to two years’ experience working in career development is desirable.
  • Experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and relationship building is required. 
  • Public speaking experience in front of small and large audiences is a plus. 
  • Technical skills required include word processing, basic database, basic statistical analysis, Excel, PowerPoint and familiarity with social media tools. 
  • Experience working in employer relations or campus recruiting is a plus.
Managerial Responsibilities
  • Manages 1 student employee:
    Handshake Assistant -  recruit, train, guide, motivate, retain and advocate for among the other staff members and employers he/she interacts with. 
Other Skills & Abilities Required
  • Ability to manage and prioritize several events/projects concurrently.

  • Must possess a basic understanding of campus recruiting as well as internships and their relationship to the concept of experiential learning.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  

  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills and a knowledge of/familiarity with social media tools. 

  • Candidate should be able to develop career-related programs that combine faculty/academic objectives.  

  • Strong presentation skills are a must.  

Ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement innovative higher-education programs, maintain positive, creative energy while working in a dynamic and changing environment.

Additional Information

For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.

  • Flexible working hours including evening and weekends may sometimes be required. Travel between campuses required.


  • Working for a stable and well-known University that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Generous paid time off, sick time, holidays, floating holidays, and more!
  • Matching retirement plan up to 10%.
  • Tuition waivers for employees and dependents!
  • Full-Time Benefits
Required Background Check: Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.
Required COVID-19 Vaccination: Employment at DePaul University is contingent upon receiving all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster, or having a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. To request a religious or medical exemption, please email [email protected]
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect: Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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