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Associate Director for Employer Relations

University of South Carolina

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Job Family:

Academic and Career Counseling

Job Function:

Career Services

USC Market Title:

Associate Director, Employer Relations

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Job Level:

M1 - Managerial

Business Title (Internal Title):

Associate Director for Employer Relations



Work County:



Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support


SAAS Career Center

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Advertised Salary Range:

$54,165 - $67,707

Location of Vacancy:

Columbia, SC

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

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Work Schedule:

Standard working schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Basis :

12 months

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About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

Associate Director for Employer Relations

The Associate Director for Employer Relations develops and implements strategic direction and oversees daily operations for the employer relations team. They manage all employer relations initiatives to include facilitation of employer recruitment activities through the delivery of a year-round employer programs and services which provide student access to employers, job and internships. In addition, they provide oversight for targeted employer outreach and ongoing employer engagement activities for the purpose of advancing full-time employment and experiential education opportunities for USC students and alumni.

Primary duties:

  • Marketing and Public Relations for employer relations and initiatives
  • Analysis, Planning and Assessment of trends, program and administrative oversight
  • Supervision and training of the diverse employer relations staff
  • Budget planning and oversight

  • Work-Life-Balance: Full-time pay with a 37.5 work week with occasional work-from-home options.
  • Generous paid time off.
  • An engaging and collaborative on-campus environment Our location is the newest Residential buildings on USC, Campus Village, surrounded by amenities, so you’ll love where you work!
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • Eligible for enrollment in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Working at a globally recognized, high-impact research university committed to a superior student experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in related field and 3 years related program experience, or bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience in employer or constituent relations, account management, human resources, sales/marketing, public relations, event planning, project management and/or public speaking is beneficial. Prior experience in leading, and setting strategic direction for, a team is an asset in this role. Prior experience using Customer Relations Management (CRM) software is preferred. Prior background in higher education and/or university career services is strongly desired.


The individual must have the ability to function in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Must have exceptional attention to detail, excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Must possess demonstrated abilities in customer service, teamwork, planning resource allocation (fiscal and personnel), anticipatory and critical thinking, problem solving, negotiation, facilitation, and coordination.

Job Duty:


Works in close collaboration with Career Center marketing staff to develop employer relations-related marketing initiatives and/or collateral which promote Career Center recruitment services to employers.

Communicates with staff regarding key messaging for use in print and verbal communications.

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The Associate Director of Employer Relations works closely with the Senior Associate Director of Employer Relations to develop and implement employer outreach, employer engagement and employer recruitment services strategies that support the strategic direction of the Career Center at large.

Performs a variety of analytical tasks to inform strategy development such as: workforce trends and market conditions assessment, peer benchmarking, constituent surveying, needs analysis, gap analysis and cos/benefit analysis. Monitors legal issues, communicates them to SAF and establishes related policies and procedures. Leads their team in developing and managing employer programs and services.

Provides administrative oversight for features of a client relations management (CRM) and other on-line system(s) used to support employer relations, configuring or developing processes, procedures and workflows as needed. Ensures that all employer relations activities and services are appropriately tracked, reported and evaluated, overseeing employer relations data collection for internal and external reporting.

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The Associate Director for Employer Relations provides ongoing supervision for a diverse team of staff who conduct employer outreach, coordinate employer engagement activities and facilitate the delivery of employer recruitment services such as employer account creation, online job postings, on-campus interviewing and job and graduate school fairs.

They will conduct routine supervision meetings and annual Employer Performance Management System (EPMS) planning stages and reviews. They will identify appropriate employer relations-related and University training and coordinate the delivery of training opportunities to develop staff in their role and ensure they are equipped to effectively represent the University to employers.

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The Associate Director for Employer Relations oversees the development and delivery of employer recruitment services such employer account approvals and job posting management in the Career Center’s online career management system, on-campus interviewing programs, job and graduate school fairs, and the delivery of an annual employer recruitment conference. Provides additional indirect oversight for the development and implementation of employer outreach initiatives and employer engagement activities.

They will work in close collaboration with campus partners in the delivery of services and will be responsible for reviewing all related contracts and agreements with outside vendors.

They may personally conduct employer outreach, coordinate employer engagement activities and deliver core employer recruitment services as needed. They will represent the University with external constituents through a wide variety of forums. When interacting with employers, the Associate Director for Employer Relations will provide strong business value-based propositions for the employment and experiential education opportunities of USC students and alumni.

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The Associate Director of Employer Relations works closely with the Senior Associate Director of Employer Relations to develop and propose budgets for all employer services and employer operations. They will additionally review budgets for employer outreach efforts, employer engagement activities, and the Career Center’s Employer Partnership Program. They will monitor related revenues and expenditures to ensure expenditures follow procurement guidelines and that all employer relations programs and services are within budget.

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Oversee designated projects or initiatives related to experiential education, employer relations, or the Career Center. Provide assistance and support for initiatives and programs within the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support, specifically the Student Success Unit, and the broader institution. Offer support for various activities, including committee participation, professional development, move-in, Orientation, Admissions events, Family Weekend, and other special projects as requested.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.We are only accepting applications submitted by April 9, 2024The University of South Carolina offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Programs
  • Paid Tuition
  • Dependent Scholarships
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional Development Opportunities

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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