The Associate Director, Employer Relations develops the overall outreach and programming strategy for employers to best connect them with students for networking as well as jobs, internship and co-op opportunities. This position builds and maintains relationships with employers and manages the Office of Career Engagement’s employer-focused programs including the Signature Event industry series on campus as well as the Office of Career Engagement’s participation in campus, DC, and regional events. The Associate Director is oversees the employer relations budget, management of the assistant director of employer relations, and statistics related to overall employer and alumni engagement with Office of Career Engagement.
This position reports directly to the Director, Employer Relations and supervises the Assistant Director, Employer Relations as well as graduate assistants and work study student event planners
This position independently interacts with and represents Kogod to corporate, government and NGO representatives ranging from CEOs, Agency heads and Ambassadors to entry level employees and interns
Kogod has residential, online, undergraduate and graduate students who would actively interact with this position along with Kogod faculty and staff on a regular basis
The position will work directly with other schools with the AU community, the AU career center, alumni, and corporate representatives throughout the world
The position is responsible for allocating and tracking expenditures related to approximately half of the Office of Career Engagement’s operating budget
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Project Leader/Advisor B
Commensurate with experience
Required Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree
Four to six years of business/industry or career/higher education experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Prior experience developing relationships with external parties, ideally in an academic environment with employers
Understanding of current employment markets and business trends
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills (i.e. high personal impact) and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of high-performing individuals required
Strong customer focus (ability to listen actively to students and recruiters and to understand and respond positively to their requests)
Strong project management skills, ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
An entrepreneurial orientation, proven track record of taking initiative and making things happen (i.e. self-starter) required
Ability to coordinate the activities of other
Ability to use persuasive sales/marketing techniques over the phone and in person
Ability to work effectively under pressure, ambiguity, and conflicting goals
Must be able to make decisions under pressure
Team player, able to work effectively with others
Enjoys and is able to work in a fast-paced, busy office
Ability to travel and work some weekend and evening hours as required
Prior individual, team, and project management experience
Preferred Education and Experience
Recruiting, internship management or sales experience
Master’s degree (in business administration or other relevant field)
Superior knowledge of career paths and opportunities and thorough understanding of the career decision-making process for highly motivated individuals
Able to quickly learn software applications and strong proficiency with technology and able to create reports and success measures
Experience working with diverse populations
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