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Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Alumni Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Job #: 039836
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range: $58,500 - $64,000
Hours: Standard University business hours

8:30am - 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am - 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:
The Palmer Career Center at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Employer Relations to grow and expand the current student, employer, and alumni engagement efforts for graduate students, including PhD and Masters students at the Maxwell School.

  • Advanced problem solving and data analytic skills, management oversight and direction, strong public speaking and communication skills, discernment/judgment, and organizational understanding.
  • Experience with Handshake user platform is desirable.
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task numerous priorities, all while interacting with stakeholders with a strong positive attitude and disposition.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including email. Ability to communicate concisely and succinctly as required, while maintaining professional communication and relationships with all stakeholders. Highly responsive to communications from stakeholders, and ability to translate that communication into the required action in response.

Job Specific Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five (5) plus years of experience working with employer, internship, and/or alumni engagement is required.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience working with international students preferred.

Support Employer Partners and Manage Recruiting Outreach and Activities
  • Implement strategies to maximize career and sponsorship opportunities for jobs and internships for graduate students at the Maxwell School.
  • Manage all employer visit requests (class visits; coordinate with faculty members; info sessions, meeting w/student groups)
  • Work with Palmer Career Center staff to develop communications and marketing materials related to job opportunities and recruiting events./information sessions.
  • Increase partnerships with companies prioritizing recruitment efforts for underrepresented populations for jobs and internships.
  • Develop relationships with companies who sponsor international students/alumni
  • Increase engagement and opportunities through social media and LINKEDIN.
  • Assist with University career fairs, participate in University Employer Relations/Handshake Groups
  • Liaison with professional associations and partners including NACE, APSIA, MASPAA and Partnership for Public Service.

Support Graduate Internship/Fellowship Programs
  • Manage and oversee internship searches for students, including the 18-month MPA students.
  • Conduct outreach with employers to develop new internship opportunities and maintain relationships with current internship partners.
  • Create, maintain, and analyze internship spreadsheets, seeking trends, changes, and data compilation for internships and fellowships.
  • Manage graduate fellowships including the Presidential Management Fellowship, Rosenthal Fellowship and Excelsior Fellowship. Manage Employer Relations Events.

Manage Information / Data related to Employer Relations Activities and Opportunities:
  • Provide data reports on job placements and internships. Analyze data for trends, successes and failures in program and process.
  • Collect of employment data and produce yearly employment statistic materials and disseminate to Admissions and Communications departments.
  • Analyze career services and employer relations trends/processes and recommend new and improved ones that will better benefit students and employers.

Student-Alumni Engagement for Experiential Learning:
  • Advise students on recruiting opportunities, processes and general career development and job search issues.
  • Assist with applications materials including resumes, cover letters and assist with interview preparation.
  • Promote internship/job search services and resources available through Palmer Career Center
  • Work with Director of Alumni Relations and the Director of Development to develop a strategic plan that identifies major goals and objectives for connecting alumni with current graduate students for career and internship needs.
  • Work with Director of Alumni Relations to develop alumni networks to support recruitment and placement efforts; Assist in the donor recognition programs.
  • Assist with the development of surveys, and the collection and analysis of placement statistics.
  • All other job related duties

About Syracuse University:
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings, and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and over 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors, 100 minors, and 200 advanced degree programs offered across the University’s 13 schools and colleges; over 15,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area:
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

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Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

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