Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Department Statement

Colgate University, a premiere liberal arts university of approximately 3,100 students, seeks an energetic professional to join the employer relations team within Career Services. This team partners closely with over 215 employers who annually seek intern and entry-level talent among the Colgate student body. Additionally, they monitor the quality and relevance of opportunities posted on our online job board. The assistant director ensures a high-quality recruiting experience for employers and students alike. Employer satisfaction and retention are top priorities, and the work of this individual has a direct impact on these metrics. Colgate is serious about supporting the successful launch of our students: with an 88% knowledge rate, 99% of respondents from the Class of 2021 secured employment, graduate/professional school admission, or a fellowship/scholarship within nine months of graduation. This position reports to the associate director of employer relations.

It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institution’s profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement. Of particular relevance to this role is the Colgate Commitment, the launch of the Mind Brain and Behavior Initiative, and the establishment of the Global Public and Environmental Health minor (now Colgate’s largest enrolled minor). Under the leadership of Vice President and Dean of the College Paul J. McLoughlin II, there has been tremendous growth. The energy on campus is palpable as four Residential Commons living-learning communities have been developed over the last six years, and long-term goals have been established for further developing the residential college system through the creation of an upper-level residential system and an integrated wellness model.

Career Services benefits from strong institutional support, reinforced by a clear commitment from Dr. McLoughlin. The assistant director would join this highly-motivated team of 15 professionals at a particularly exciting moment. Under Colgate’s Third Century Plan, Career Services is committed to achieving best-in-class preparation to launch liberal arts graduates into a global, ever-changing workplace. By carefully harnessing Colgate’s assets and providing extraordinary opportunities, the Career Services team launched a comprehensive four-year plan in fall 2021 that ensures that all students have access to build core, practical skills and gain competitive experiences that prepare them for a lifetime of success.

Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidate’s Guide to Colgate . In 2021 and 2022, the Dean of the College Division was acknowledged byDiverse Issues in Higher Educationand Inside Higher Ed as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.

  • Accountable to cultivate a portfolio of potential and existing contacts to provide recruiting opportunities for current students.
  • Responsible for maintaining a high level of relationship development with alumni, parents, and employers that results in employers seeking Colgate talent for diverse internship and full-time employment opportunities.
  • Responsible for identifying and independently sourcing new target employers that represent the geographic and industry interests of Colgate students.
  • 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 for maintaining 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).
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • Must have a minimum of two years of full-time professional experience.
  • 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 and maintaining relationships
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously with an appropriate sense of urgency.
  • Must be team-oriented and effective working in collaborative environments.
  • 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 10% annually.
Preferred Qualifications
  • One or more years of career services, recruitment, talent acquisition, or sales experience preferred.
  • Prior experience working with alumni and parents to develop internship and job leads is preferred.
  • Prior experience working with diverse student populations is desired.

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.

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EEO Statement

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 Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to 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 employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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