The Career Center model embraces Santa Clara University’s tradition of developing ethical leaders of compassion and social consciousness and fosters participation across the SCU community in order to support every student in their professional journey. We empower students to explore and develop awareness through reflection and practical experience so they are prepared to make thoughtful decisions about career in alignment with who they are throughout their lifetime. We achieve this by providing robust and meaningful resources, by engaging the Santa Clara ecosystem, Silicon Valley, and beyond.
Our Vision: We empower students to continuously discern and pursue meaningful work to meet the complex needs of an ever-changing world.
Our Purpose: Expand our reach in meaningful and scalable ways to support and prepare all undergraduate students for career success after SCU.
Reporting to the Associate Director for Employer Connections in the Career Center, the Assistant Director, Employer Connections is responsible for advancing and complementing Santa Clara University’s focus on strategic engagement with Silicon Valley through the development of relationships with industry and by implementing a portfolio of systems, programs, and services designed to foster purposeful connections between students and employers. This professional leads employer engagement with organizations in the Arts & Entertainment, Business, Social & Public Sectors and will provide Santa Clara students with experiences, insights and connections needed on their path towards meaningful work. In seizing opportunities in the region, the Assistant Director, Employer Connections actively explores and implements innovative opportunities to enhance industry engagement and is essential to the success of Santa Clara University students finding opportunities for internships and full-time positions.
C.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Industry Engagement and Major Program Implementation (85%)
Major Program Implementation and Management (60%)
Implement programs and systems to engage employers in the campus community. The purposes of these relationships are to:
Create greater visibility of the university and its students within relevant industries and professional communities.
Grow the number and scope of full-time and internship opportunities for SCU’s students.
Grow the number of targeted university recruiting and employer connection programs conducted at the university and out in industry.
Design, implement and manage all aspects of a robust portfolio of employer connections and recruiting initiatives to include but not limited to boutique recruiting forums and fairs, company lunch & learns and meet-ups, tech talks, industry treks, and on-campus interviewing programs, in order to engage employers in the campus community and connect them with students and faculty.
Drive and implement new innovative employer engagement approaches, events, programs and systems to provide transformational connection experiences between students and employers.
Identify, implement and manage technology platforms and resources that enhance and accelerate the networking and connections process for employers and students.
Execute events and initiatives that align with the goals of the Career Center and address the students’ preferences for industries and companies in partnership with Center team members.
Construct policies for company participation in Career Center recruiting programs in collaboration with the Associate Director. Review and uphold policies with company representatives, negotiating solutions as needed.
Strategy Setting, Relationship Development (25%)
Establish and cultivate relationships with organizations in the following areas and industries including but not limited to: nonprofit & public sectors including education, social entrepreneurship, government, business, marketing, finance, & consulting.
Develop annual strategy and plan for employer outreach and engagement in partnership with career colleagues and collaboratively establish an annual programming and recruiting portfolio calendar.
Develop and execute strategy to address company engagement needs based on assessment and current industry trends, to include providing consultative support to help employers develop an individualized approach to maximizing ROI, recruiting strategy and brand at SCU.
Design, develop and lead all marketing and communication to students and recruiters regarding all programming portfolio initiatives in order to drive engagement and increase visibility of Career Center resources and offerings.
Utilize social media and technology to brand the employer connections team efforts and increase awareness of career resources, programs, opportunities, and meaningful connections for employers, students, and alumni.
Data Analysis, Technology and Reporting (10%)
Analyze and provide SCU data and statistics in contribution to the development of industry engagement strategy.
Develop a deep understanding of the Career Center’s CSM tool, Handshake, regularly sharing just in time data from its dashboards to key stakeholders in the community, and assisting companies with other Handshake-related issues as needed.
Assess the impact of service delivery and engagement by generating a range of recruiting reports and employer-student surveys and facilitate the analysis of information sessions and specialized programs.
Additional Responsibilities (2.5%)
During peak periods, may coach students regarding resume writing, interviewing techniques and other job search skills as needed.
Present at a number of university functions representing the Career Center, including Family Weekend, Parent Orientation, and other events as needed.
Continuous Benchmarking and University Representation (2.5%)
Ensure continuous enhancements through local, regional and national benchmarking with employer relations peers and robust industry networks.
Update position-related skills by participating in appropriate professional development offerings throughout the year.
Represent Santa Clara University’s Career Center through active involvement and leadership in regional and national associations.
PROVIDES WORK DIRECTION
May train and develop employer connections interns, student assistants and staff in the Career Center regarding event planning and logistics management.
Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices. Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.
This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
Demonstrated passion and experience in employment, industry networks, hiring trends, and technology.
Evidence of a working knowledge of industry and relevant career and internship opportunities in the marketplace.
Understanding of and commitment to a culture of high-level, superior, customer service.
Experience working in a complex, nuanced, matrix organization with multiple stakeholders.
Experience supervising and training student staff
Enterprising, creative and innovative approach to engagement with employers.
Exceptional communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external key stakeholders (employers, students, faculty, staff, parents)
Proven track record of establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
Strong strategic planning and execution skills
Excellent problem solving skills and strong attention to detail.
Experience and comfort with technology, recruiting software, database management, social media
User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive
Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced environment.
High level of professional discretion and integrity in handling confidential, sensitive information.
High level of comfort with ambiguity, shifting demands and priorities.
Ability to maintain composure and a positive attitude during periods of high volume and intensity.
Ability to solve complex and time sensitive problems as well as handle and manage multiple customers.
Ability to prioritize and be flexible.
Ability to identify needs and trends and proactively design systems, programs, or interventions in alignment with those needs
Commitment to understand and support Santa Clara University’s distinctive Jesuit tradition and educational vision and willingness to model institutional values of service to others, community, and diversity
Years of Experience
Three to five years of experience in employer relations, recruiting, human resources, career counseling, job development, or program management in a university or industry setting. University setting preferred.