Alumni & Employer Engagement Manager - Central, Western Regions
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
December 19, 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and indicate which region you have a preference for if any. Please outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for two Alumni and Employer Engagement Regional Manager positions in LSA’s new Opportunity Hub. The Opportunity Hub is led by the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives, and reports to the LSA Dean’s Office. The Opportunity Hub is a transformational initiative to encourage all students to connect their liberal arts education with their goals and aspirations. Hub staff collaborate with campus partners to facilitate access to experiential learning opportunities both on and off campus, funding, employer partnerships, and alumni mentors. Through these channels, the Opportunity Hub helps students explore challenging, diverse opportunities, discover what matters most to them in their education and beyond, and put their liberal arts education to work.
We are seeking candidates who have an innovative approach to work; enjoy working in a fast-paced, evolving area; are comfortable taking action in a growing and changing workplace; and who will actively engage in a dynamic, high-performing, collegial team environment. Candidates must prize and work to further our desire for inclusivity. We seek candidates with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for our diverse population of LSA students, and have an interest in and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.
The Alumni and Employer Engagement Managers for the Western and Central Regions will develop employer and alumni connections for the LSA Opportunity Hub from a liberal arts, student-centered perspective. The Regional Managers will utilize processes, structures and systems to identify, engage, foster and track alumni and employer relationships and connect them to students. To this end, the Regional Managers will work with the Hub team and, in particular, Internship Program and Student Engagement staff to connect internship, mentoring and employment opportunities to students. They will also work closely with the LSA Advancement team to coordinate the connections and stewardship of our alumni relationships.
The Regional Managers will report to the Director of US Alumni and Employer Engagement.
Alumni and Employer Relationship Development, Engagement and Outreach - 50%
Develop and manage a large regional employer relationship portfolio; conduct regular meetings with alumni and employers in person and by phone to build portfolio and maintain current relationships
Target a selection of employers desiring to hire LSA students for site visits and relationship building
Represent the LSA Opportunity Hub and the College of LSA as needed in various settings and formats (i.e. written communications, presentations, small group discussions, one on one in-person meetings and phone calls)
Create opportunities for alumni and employer site visits for the Hub team, LSA faculty and LSA Advancement staff as needed
Advise employers on appropriate recruiting methods based on organizational needs and students' interests
Engage with alumni and employers to identify and determine the strengths and challenges of LSA candidates, providing feedback to the Hub Student Engagement and Internship Program staff to enhance student outcomes
Assist the LSA Advancement and Recruitment efforts at off-campus events for alumni and prospective students in the region as needed
With direction of Hub leadership, identify opportunities for partnerships as needed and feasible with peer institutions related to employer and alumni development
Travel within region as needed (approximately one trip every 4-6 weeks)
On-campus Alumni, Employer and Hub coordination and collaboration - 45%
Maintain relationships and update all profile information and documentation for alumni and employers with support from Hub administrative coordinator for Alumni and Employer Engagement
Collaborate with Hub staff to create employer recruitment activities on campus including presentations, workshops, small group sessions, interviews and site visits
Act as host and engage with alumni and employers during campus visits to the Hub
Collaborate with administrative, communications, and events staff to oversee coordination and logistics for alumni and employer campus visits
Engage students, faculty and Hub staff in the employer relationship development process and facilitate the matching of opportunities and organizations with student needs
Facilitate strategic communication to LSA departments and campus partners to promote opportunities available to students relevant to academic and programmatic areas
Identify opportunities for partnerships on campus in activities related to alumni andemployer engagement
Provide relevant data and information about regional work and outcomes to support Hub communications and marketing needs
Coordinate with LSA department liaisons to make connections between alumni and employers
Professional Development - 5%
Attend workshops, trainings, institutes, and conferences related to the profession and Hub mission
Actively engage and contribute to the profession at campus, local, regional, and/or national level
Be an active member of related professional organizations
Attend meetings, represent LSA & Hub interests, and participate in sub-committee partnership work within the Career Services Network, a professional network of University of Michigan Administrators
Remain current on research, scholarship, and best practices related to the liberal arts and sciences, higher education, and position specific requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
2-3 years experience in an educational or employer setting, working with alumni and/or employers
Ability to travel as needed within the western or central region
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of constituents and effective relationship management
Commitment to meeting the unique needs of LSA students, LSA alumni and employers
Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative work style with a high level of maturity, professionalism, and diplomacy
Appreciation for the liberal arts and sciences and an interest in the educational/professional goals of liberal arts students
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Successful experience working in a collaborative, team environment
High level of organizational ability, including the ability to organize and coordinate a diverse workload with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
Ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation
Flexibility to meet changing priorities
Demonstrated investment in issues of equity, access and inclusion
Master’s degree in higher education, liberal arts or related field
Experience in business development, recruiting, corporate relations, employer relations, alumni relations, college relations or other related fields
Demonstrated experience with higher education systems, policies, and procedures
Proficiency with contact management systems
Ability to successfully articulate the mission and aspirations of LSA and the Opportunity Hub
The Alumni and Employer Engagement Managers will be based in the Hub in Ann Arbor, MI and will travel as needed regionally.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For..." survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.