Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Commensurate with Experience
Standard University business hours
8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Unionized Position Code
The Assistant Director, Employer Relations supports the Central
Career Services mission to promote, manage and grow the
University’s employer relations function. Under the guidance of the
Director of Career Services, Assessment & Student Success, the
Assistant Director will serve as the first point of contact for
current and future constituents who seek to engage with Syracuse
University students for career-based opportunities, while engaging
in inter-University conversations with the individual
school/college career units on career opportunities for our
undergraduate students. S/he will be tasked with increasing the
quantity, quality and variety of job and internship opportunities,
and engaging employers/alumni/parents to provide programs and
services to help students compete effectively for opportunities of
- Bachelor’s degree in related field and 5 – 10 years of related
- Proven experience with developing and maintaining positive
working relationships with external organizations.
- Database management experience required. Strong Excel skills.
Knowledge of and experience with Handshake highly preferred.
- Familiarity with the internship and employment recruitment
- Ability to travel and work weekends and evenings as required.
Job Specific Qualifications
- Strong organizational and communication skills, with a heavy
emphasis on creative thinking and reasoning abilities that are
demonstrated through oversight of multiple tasks with attention to
- Requires excellent interpersonal and team development skills,
including the presence and pose needed to interact and develop
strong relationships with various constituencies (faculty, staff,
students, employers and alumni).
- Well-developed and effective public speaking and presentation
skills with the ability to positively influence on-and-off campus
- Knowledge of career trends, employer relations, workplace
changes, impacts of technology and social media, etc.
- Ability to think strategically, sustainably and analytically
with the ability to move items from vision to action.
- Ability to track data and metrics of employer engagement and
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, be flexible and adapt well
to an evolving campus.
- Demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse student
population and serve as an advocate for that diversity.
- Ability to collaborate with others to support initiatives
Manage and support the development of partnerships between SU
Colleges and Schools, the University, and external communities
(corporations, public sector and not-for-profit entities) to expand
the number and type of experiential learning, internship and
full-time employment opportunities for Syracuse University
students. Partner with the Director of Career Services within the
Central Career Office to develop and expand internship and
employment opportunities. Oversee and participate in site visits
(in-person and virtual) to include local, regional, and national
employers. Act as an information resource to employers looking to
grow their relationship with the University, as well as serving as
the first point of contact for new company partnerships. Serve as a
central point of contact career service programming and Career
Fairs that cross college/school lines.
Pursue and maintain strong internal relationships with the multiple
career service units within Syracuse University in support of their
mission(s) for employer relations. Collect and manage data related
to all college and school employer relations work including
internships, mentoring opportunities, and job placement. Work
closely with university Corporate and Foundation Relations team to
coordinate these efforts within an all-university perspective.
Track data and metrics of employer engagement and outcomes.
Oversee operations within the Employer Relations function of the
department. Manage budget and determine allocation of resources for
recruiting, events (Career Fairs, Industry Days, Immersion
Programming), and employer relations.
Collaborate with other Career Services staff to develop outreach
programming and customized workshops centered on career
exploration. Coordinate employment connections between employers
and student organizations with similar interests across campus.
Plan, implement and evaluate special programs (e.g. Transition into
the Workplace, Diversity Conversation Circles, etc.), utilizing
both employer and campus professionals to better prepare students
for the workplace. Collaborate with Director and staff in all
operational functions of Career Services.
Support Career Exploration Advisers on issues related to the job
search strategies. Collaborate with Assistant Director, Career
Systems on technology utilization and creating best practices
within the University’s shared online platform, Handshake.
Represent Career Services and the Division of the Student
Experience on University-wide committees.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
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State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,
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