Assistant Director of Employer Engagement

South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 14, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Employer Engagement

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Job Title:
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement

Job Family:

Full time

Compensation Grade:

Pay Type:

Career Services-2

Job Summary:
The Malone Center for Career Engagement (MCCE) directly supports The Furman Advantage by strengthening academic partnerships, alumni and employer connections and programming to prepare students for a successful first match upon graduation. The Assistant Director for Employer Engagement reports to the Assistant Vice President of Career and Professional Development, and is responsible for advancing Furman University's Strategic Vision by developing and strengthening employer, alumni and parent relationships leading to increased quality employment opportunities for Furman students.

This position demands an innovative, self-starter that can establish and cultivate relationships with targeted employers and organizations through email campaigns, phone outreach, site visits, and networking events. In collaboration with the Assistant Vice President and other Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, develops and implements a strategic employer engagement strategy to cultivate new employer relationships and expand existing employer partnerships.

The Assistant Director will provide students with the opportunity to connect with employers, alumni, and parents through industry-specific networking events, employer information sessions, career fairs, career panels, workshops, classroom presentations, company visits, and virtual platforms. The Assistant Director is responsible for managing Handshake (Career Management System), employer engagement budget, and measuring outcomes related to overall employer and alumni engagement.

Job Description:


Employer Engagement

1. In collaboration with the Assistant Vice President for Career and Professional Development and other Assistant Director for Employer Engagement, develops and implements a strategic employer outreach plan to identify and increase engagement with targeted employers and organizations.

2. Establishes, cultivates and maintains relationships with targeted employers, alumni, and parents resulting in increased local, national, and global job opportunities for Furman talent.

3. Conducts employer outreach calls and travels to key recruitment markets to conduct onsite visits with current and prospective employer contacts to increase engagement and employment connections for Furman students and alumni.

4. Maintains accurate database of employer connections, outreach efforts, and engagement with students.

5. In collaboration with Marketing, Events, & Operations Coordinator, develops ongoing marketing materials to bring greater visibility of Furman University to relevant employers and industries.

6. Collaborates with Development Office and Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement to identify and target prospective employers and industries that align with student's majors, career interests, and geographic preferences.

7. Represents Malone Center for Career Engagement at Furman events including regional alumni events, homecoming, and family weekend.

8. Manages annual budget for employer outreach.

Program Management
9. Manages on-campus recruiting activities including on-campus interviews, employer information sessions, and career fairs and networking events.

10. In collaboration with career advisors, connects employers directly to students through student organization meetings, classroom presentations, career panels, workshops and webinars.

11. Coordinates the company site visits and alumni reception component of the Career Trek program, providing students with the opportunity to participate in company site visits and network with alumni, recruiters, and other professionals in a variety of industries in multiple geographic locations.

12. Collaborates with the Marketing, Events & Operations Coordinator to effectively communicate employment opportunities and recruitment events to students and faculty.

Technology & Program Assessment

13. Responsible for managing the Center's Career Management System (CMS), Handshake, including marketing effectively to the campus community and training staff and employers with utilization of CMS. Serves as the Center's primary liaison to CMS vendor.

14. Reviews and approves companies, job postings, and employer events in Handshake; communicates appropriate job opportunities to career advisors.

15. Responsible for updating and managing employer content on Malone Center's website.

16. Identifies and leverages existing and emerging technology solutions to create opportunities for students and employer to connect virtually.

17. Develops and manages a dashboard of metrics for employer engagement and recruiting activities.

18. Generates monthly and annual reports of employer engagement activity.

Other Administrative Duties:

19. Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information; including maintaining up-to-date information about the Center and the University.

20. Serves on other campus committees as assigned.

21. Performs other duties as assigned by the Assistant Vice President of Career and Professional Development in support of the goals and objectives of the Division of Student Life. The intent of this job classification description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions in this classification and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically present in this description.


Daily contact with members of own work unit, immediate supervisors, students, faculty and families to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information related to mutual goals.

Frequent contact with campus departments to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information related to mutual goals.

Responsibility for Final Decisions:

Reviews work to ensure compliance with procedures and deadlines.

Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Work involves non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures.

Tasks involve multiple procedures with interrelated processes or steps. Work involves choosing the appropriate option or procedure to follow and applying established rules and procedures.

Errors may be detected within the department or section in which they occur but may affect the work of others within the unit to trace errors and make corrections.

Reports To: Assistant Vice President of Career and Professional Development

Work is performed independently on routine work, non-routine issues or questions are referred to the supervisor. Classification and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically present in this description.

Education/Skill Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree and at least three years of experience in business development, account management, employer relations, recruiting, career counseling, human resources or related industry experience required. Master's degree preferred.

Exceptional relationship management skills that have produced successful and measurable results.

Excellent interpersonal, presentation and customer service skills.

Team player, able to work effectively with others. Demonstrated ability to interact with employers, students, alumni, parents, administrators, faculty, and other constituents within a diverse multicultural environment.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and implement events with complex logistics involving multiple tasks and priorities. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Preference given to candidates with University Career Center experience with proven track record of engaging industry/alumni for the benefit of successful student outcomes.

Desired experience using Career Management System tools (Handshake, Symplicity, GradLeader, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employers, alumni, parents, students, faculty, administrators and staff

Experience sourcing and cultivating employer contacts

Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and implement projects with complex logistics involving multiple tasks and priorities

Excellent public speaking and presentation skills

Knowledge of employment trends and current job market information

Understanding of local, state and federal labor markets

Understanding of cultural diversity issues

Ability to work positively and effectively within teams and with diverse populations

Organizational skills

Ability to work with MS-based software packages, including Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel

Availability for frequent travel; willingness to work a variable schedule including nights and weekends

Work Conditions:

Work is performed under usual office conditions.

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application. The deadline to apply is August 1st.

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Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.