Job Description: Colgate's Career Services (CCS) is highly dynamic, ambitious, and robust. In fiscal year 2015-16, our staff interacted with 97% of Colgate students and approximately 1500 alumni volunteers. Nearly 97% of the Class of 2015 secured employment, graduate/professional school admission, or a fellowship/scholarship (85% response rate).Under the division of Advancement, CCS has realized significant institutional support in pursuit of this vision. Since 2012, a 101% increase in operational budgets, a 50% increase in personnel, and new construction of a stand-alone center are a few of the advancements that position Career Services to execute its strategic goals. Please visit http://www.colgate.edu/careerservices for more details.The Assistant Director for Employer Relations will complete a five-person Employer Relations (ER) team. The team is managed by the Associate Director of Employer Relations. An assistant director leads ER operations. Two assistants conduct business development, follow through on leads, ensure proper posting of opportunities, and manage event planning and logistics. Accountable to execute internship and job development to meet identified and aspirational goals in Career Services' strategic plan. Role focused on partnering with alumni, parents, and employers to develop diverse internship and employment opportunities, as well as to facilitate Career Services' off-campus consortium recruiting and internship initiatives. The successful candidate will effectively interact and understand the needs of a diverse student and alumni population and coordinate with other departments across campus to create distinctive internship and career opportunities.Responsible to identify and independently source new target employers that represent the geographic and industry interests of Colgate students. Without oversight, accountable to develop effective and productive relationships with new employers -- including high-profile, political connections -- that result in recruiting relationships. Accountable for increasing the number and satisfaction of employer representatives who visit campus or are engaged in recruitment efforts. Responsible for sustained, longitudinal employer retention. Responsible for the high level of employer satisfaction in working with Colgate to recruit and employ students and graduates. Ensures accurate and timely capture of employer feedback. Accountable to maintain productive recruiting relationships with existing employers to sustain, broaden, and/or deepen their engagement with students. Responsible to oversee formal internship recruiting and consortium programs (i.e.: Summer on the Cuyahoga, Career and Internship Connections) as sole Colgate representative. Accountable to independently advocate for Colgate students' needs and interests. On a rotational basis, oversee management of off-campus consortia events, including administrative responsibilities to coordinate partners, organize event logistics, and leading colleagues in employer development and marketing efforts.Responsible for effective supervision of one or more student interns. Essential Functions: Individuals will be expected to master the following technical competencies:Employer Relations Applied Thinking: Demonstrated ability to effectively establish and achieve goals for the employer relations team as aligned to Career Services' goals. Demonstrated ability to build long-term and ongoing relationships with relevant external stakeholders (alumni, parents, donors, employer partners) to offer potential opportunities to current students. Demonstrated ability to understand external clients' interests, requirements, and goals and build ongoing trusting relationships. Employer Relations Industry Domain: Demonstrated understanding of the world of work and differentiation between industries and occupations, premier organizations and entry points sufficient to create targeted recruiting relationships with potential employers, and broaden existing relationships.Demonstrated ability to court employers who best resonate with Colgate students. Demonstrated ability to identify employers with specific fit for individual students. Employer Relations Strategic Planning:Demonstrated ability to set goals, develop programs and methodologies to achieve goals, and to implement, facilitate, access, modify and maintain strategic initiatives and programs. Employer Relations Operations: Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of legalities of relevant hiring practices sufficient to protect students. Demonstrated knowledge of assessment methodologies sufficient to capture, track, and categorize data. Demonstrated expertise with key departmental software sufficient to facilitate complex processes and engage students through application processes. Demonstrated ability to set procedures and established operational processes within employer relations. Qualifications: - Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, and two years of relevant experience, with a minimum of one year of career services, alumni relations or recruitment expertise. - Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and analytical skills and the ability to set priorities and take initiative. - Must demonstrate an aptitude for building relationships with internal and external stakeholders. - Must be be self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously with an appropriate sense of urgency.- Must have demonstrated abilities to synthesize ideas and opportunities brought forth by stakeholders to produce results. - Must demonstrate a solid comfort level with social media, including LinkedIn. - Must be able to articulate a passion for the advantages of a liberal arts degree and market the university to potential new employers.- Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of parents, alumni, employers, faculty, staff and students within a university context.- Must be able to travel up to 25% annually. Additional Preferred Qualifications: - One or more years of career services, or recruitment experience is preferred.- Prior experience working with alumni and parents to develop internship and job leads is preferred.- Prior volunteer or student supervision is preferred.- Prior experience working with diverse student populations is desired. Special Instructions to Applicants: This position will also require the following as part of the submission materials: Please attach a document of no more than a one page, answering the following question. If you were chosen as a candidate for the Assistant Director of Employer Relations position, how would you use Colgate's strength as a liberal arts institution to help facilitate relationships across campus, and with students and alumni to develop opportunities for our diverse student body?Please attach a document listing three professional references with their contact information.It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of the employment. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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