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Assistant Director of External Relations

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

Career Development Center:

The Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke College helps students explore interests, refine their paths, chart a course for the future, and gain the practical experience needed to succeed.

We facilitate connections between students and employers, alums, and other professionals to create opportunities to engage and build networks.

Position Summary:
Mount Holyoke is currently searching for an Assistant Director to join our team in the Career Development Center. As a key member of the team, the Assistant Director will take leadership on the overall priority of engaging alums and employers in career development programs and services for students. The Assistant Director will cultivate and steward relationships with alums who are interested in providing support for students, plan programs with alums, and will develop and manage programs that connect Mount Holyoke students with alums and employers.

The Assistant Director will also work closely with their Career Development Center colleagues to plan and execute a comprehensive career development program for Mount Holyoke College students and recent graduates; provide individual advising; design and lead workshops and events; produce career-oriented materials; and collaborate with academic departments and other campus partners.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Alum and Employer Engagement & Event Management (40%): - Work with the Senior Associate Director of External Relations and External Relations Specialist, oversee alum outreach needs. This includes engaging alums for volunteer programs such as career panels, affinity based workshops, student-alum networking events as well as recruitment programs which focus on preparing and hiring Mount Holyoke College students - Design, coordinate, and deliver innovative programs, workshops and other opportunities to help students learn more about given industry focus and engage with alums - Partner with the Alumnae Association and Development to strategically leverage alums from targeted industries and affinity groups programming - Assist with managing alum-related data
  • Campus Stakeholder Strategy & Collaboration and Technical Strategy (10%): - Collaborate with staff, faculty, students, student organizations and others from the MHC community regarding strategic design, development and implementation of specialized industry resources, programs and workshops. - Help manage and create online resources, such as print materials and the Gates (PeopleGrove), to support the education and outreach needed to bring students, and alums/employers together.
  • Student Engagement (50%): - Provide general and specialized career advising/coaching services and expertise within specific career sectors to students and recent graduates - Educate, assist and prepare students on specifics of applying and working at internships and full-time jobs. Search strategies, networking tactics, resume and interview prep, and salary negotiation. In addition, advising best practices on how to leverage social media platforms such as LinkedIn, and other online resources that will assist in securing internships and jobs. - Supervise one or more student workers
  • This regular, 12-month position reports to the Senior Associate Director of External Relations, and works closely with CDC staff members who focus on advising, event coordination, and program management. The CDC is part of the College’s newly created Division of Student Success.

Qualifications: Well-qualified candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree in a related field and/or 1-3 years of counseling, higher education or field related to human resources or business administration experience is preferred
  • Experience providing career counseling or career advising to college students and/or college graduates from different academic areas and social identities
  • Demonstrated ability working with alums and/or employers in a higher education context, and dedication to connecting external partners with students to support career preparation
  • A demonstrated commitment to principles of community and diversity, and the ability and desire to effectively and consistently relate to a diverse alums and student population
  • Excellent judgment, analytical skills, and oral and written communication and presentation skills
    experience working independently and creatively to develop and lead programs large scale events, solve problems, and resolve differences
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, alumnae, and professionals from a variety of fields
  • An ability to communicate quickly and thoroughly with many different stakeholders in a fast-paced environment
  • An ability to work with multiple technology platforms - Google Workplace, Canva, Less Annoying, People Grove, Colleague

Preferred Qualifications:

License/Certifications: A current, valid US driver’s license

Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/ or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.
• Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
• Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
• Employee speaks with students and other faculty daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person on a daily basis.
• Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.

Working Conditions: Some nights and weekends required

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include

  • A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

    Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

    Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

    mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

    • academic excellence in a global learning environment
    • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
    • a worldwide network of alumnae
    • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

    Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

    Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



    • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
    • Option to design your own major
    • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
    • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

    Class Size

    • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
    • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
    • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

    Student-to-Faculty Ratio
    9 to 1

    After College
    Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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