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Director, Employer & Alumni Engagement

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Cooperative & Experiential Education, Business & Administrative Affairs, Alumni Affairs, Student Affairs, Career Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Career Discovery & Success (Orgn: 18100)

Division Name

Provost and VP Academic Affair

Position Title

Director, Employer & Alumni Engagement

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Career Discovery and Success seeks candidates for the position of Director, Employer & Alumni Engagement to join Our Team lead and support the University’s strategic goals for student achievement.

About Career Discovery and Success:
Career Discovery and Success believes career development occurs in all facets of the student experience, and that all students are entitled to comprehensive, high quality career services that supports career decision-making, academic planning, the development of and articulation of career competencies, and connections with industry opportunities.

Our mission is to support positive career outcomes for students by offering the best career services experience to our students, faculty, staff, employer partners and alumni through innovative services, support, and engagement. This mission and belief support our vision to be an office of career services excellence that empowers everyone across the University landscape to integrate career development everywhere across the student experience, while inspiring other’s through our work within the field.

The cornerstone of our mission and vision are our values, which connect to those of the University. We value individual growth and development, diversity and inclusion of thought and culture, collaborative innovation, mutual respect, integrity, and stewardship. These values guide us in the strategic pursuit to live our mission and envisioned purpose.

Career Discovery and Success leads and supports the University’s strategic goals for student achievement by supporting students’ post-graduation outcomes through a coordinated approach to comprehensive, innovative, and high impact career services across the campus landscape. To achieve this strategic mission, opportunities to build career connections and custom engagement opportunities between students, employers, and alumni is essential. The Director for Employer and Alumni Engagement envisions and implements operational strategies to create efficient and effective processes and communication channels to enhance productive interactions across the campus career services network, and between all stakeholders who have a vested interest in alumni, employer, and corporate engagement.

As a member of the Career Discovery and success leadership team, the Director builds programs and a team that sets bold goals and innovative plans to establish meaningful connections with alumni and employers while supporting university career development initiatives and fostering opportunities for career exploration, competency development, experiential learning, and post-graduation employment. Through their work, the Direct expands the footprint of engaged companies and organizations recruiting at Auburn and develops opportunities to support recruiting best practices through professional development, enhanced engagement with the university, and honoring best practices in inclusive recruitment and hiring.

This position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director for Career Discovery and Success to develop and assess strategic goals. The Director will develop and implement a data informed, strategic approach to relationship development and management, thus increasing engagement of those seeking Auburn talent and driving the coordinated expansion of opportunities and recruitment activity across industry sectors for Auburn students. As a leader within the unit, the Director supervise, mentors, and develops a team of professionals that assist in coordinating campus-wide engagement, mentorship, and recruitment for part-time, experiential, and full-time opportunities. In addition to career fairs, Employer Days on the Plains, Mentor Meetups, Job Shadow and Trek opportunity development, Honoring Inclusive Recruitment and Employment ( HIRE ), the Director will lead the Career Connections team to provide innovative and coordinate support to campus partners and stakeholder related to custom engagements, events, and programs. Regular or frequent travel in coordination with the employer relations, advancement and alumni affairs community is expected, along with evening and weekend engagements.

About Auburn: At Auburn, our work changes lives. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a premier public institution, Auburn University is dedicated to shaping the future of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, scholarship, and selfless service. Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, positive work environment, student engagement, and thriving community.

Why employees choose Auburn: Auburn University was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years. Employees enjoy competitive benefits that include top-notch health insurance, generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, flexible spending accounts and more!

Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting .

Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

Essential Functions
  • Creates and implements a strategic plan and develops an annual operational plan for employer development and engagement which leverages existing and new employer partnerships as well as alumni.
  • Leads the employer relations and engagement strategy, both internal and external to the University, and in collaboration with campus partners and stakeholders. Expands regional, national, and international employer networks and relationships, while developing collaborative partnerships with Alumni Affairs, University Advancement, and key stakeholder in academic schools and colleges.
  • Develops a working network of employer engagement in collaboration with university stakeholders to share employer engagement best practices, as well as providing opportunities for training and professional development. Facilitates consultation with employers interested in recruiting Auburn University students for experiential learning opportunities and full-time employment.
  • Supervises the event planning and the development of programs that facilitate connections between students and employers and/or alumni, develops partnership opportunities with employers.
  • Leverages data to inform the development, maintenance, and growth of strategic employer relationships across industry sectors and the university landscape, while ensuring there are opportunities for all academic areas of study and geographic areas of interest and promotes retention of talent within the state by engaging industries in Alabama.
  • Advises the Executive Director on job market trends, future of work trends in varying industries, and employer engagement and recruiting strategies.
  • Communicates recruiting practices and hiring preferences of employers to campus stakeholders and creates a community amongst stakeholders for information sharing and collaboration.
  • Collaboratively establishes and maintains recruitment policies and CSM user policies. Serves as a central point of contact for employer engagement and shared software that facilitates recruitment activities for dispersed career services units across campus.
  • Leads and mentors members of the Employer and Alumni Engagement Team and is responsible for hiring and training newly created or revised roles on the team.
  • Represents the office and the university at relevant events with external constituents, professional associations, and relevant career and workforce development initiatives.
Minimum Education and Experience

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Counseling, Business, Education, or related field.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Administering employer relations and/or recruiting programs.

At least 2 years’ experience supervising, mentoring, and leading a team of full-time staff.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Knowledge regarding employer relations, experiential learning, and career coaching gin a university setting.
Ability to work with diverse groups across campus, including faculty, students, and staff.
Ability to communicate and effectively build relationships with outside businesses and corporations.
Ability to evaluate program data and make timely decisions to benefit student achievement and career success.
Ability to manage, analyze, and report qualitative and quantitative data.
Knowledge of all student related laws and regulations including FERPA and current issues related to experiential learning.
Knowledge of event planning, including career fairs, and student recruiting events.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Higher Education, Counseling, Business, Education, or related field.

Posting Detail Information

Salary Range


Job Category

Development/Alumni Affairs

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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.
    • LinkedIn
    • AcademicKeys
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • DiversityJobs
    • HigherEdJobs
    • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Indeed
    • RecruitMilitary
    • The Tuskegee News
    • Professional organization or journal
    • Veterans Assistance Services
    • Disability Assistance Services
    • State Employment Service
    • Social Media
    • AU Job Bulletin
    • Notified by an Auburn employee
    • College or university Career Services
    • I went to the AU Employment Website directly (
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Counseling, Business, Education, or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How many years of experience do you possess administering employer relations and/or recruiting programs?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How many years of experience do you possess supervising, leading, or mentoring employees?

    (Open Ended Question)

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