The Associate Director for Employer Engagement and Internships contributes to the mission and goals of the Center for Career and Civic Engagement by providing leadership for employer engagement initiatives and internships. As lead of the CCE Employer Engagement team, The Associate Director drives the implementation of a strategic plan to establish partnerships with employers for the purpose of developing and promoting career and internship opportunities for students. The Associate Director in collaboration with campus stakeholders directs and expands on campus recruiting programs, including annual career fairs, networking events, and employer visits. The Associate Director provides coordinated leadership—in collaboration with faculty internship coordinators across the University—for quality internships and career opportunities, affording Winthrop students both the experience of high impact learning and increased access to critical career pipelines. Through supervision and support of a Career Consultant and graduate student, the Associate Director oversees all on-campus career events and the Job Location and Development Program. The Associate Director reports directly to the Director of Career and Civic Engagement.
Develop and manages employer relationships with the goal of increasing student networks, internships and employment opportunities:
Develop and execute a planned employer outreach strategy that initiates strategic partnerships with preferred employers; Set aggressive outreach goals, track progress and build sustainable relationships with employers; Conceptualize digital and print marketing needs for employer outreach.
Consult with employer partners to develop and promote career and internship opportunities for Winthrop students; Encourage employer engagement in on-campus recruiting and student career preparation programming; Connect employers to faculty and administrators for participation in special seminars, hosting opportunities, interviews, etc.
Develop and enforce policies for employer participation in internship and recruiting programs including acceptable methods of employer outreach/marketing and recruiting efforts, adherence to office procedures and deadlines, and ethical/professional conduct.
Develop and implement outcomes based assessments to measure effectiveness of employer partnerships and services. Survey student and faculty engagement with employers and use feedback to determine future efforts. Prepares annual reports on recruiting, employer development, and student job attainment.
Partner with Alumni Relations to create a baseline of key alumni to strengthen and identify job development opportunities.
Represent the University and CCE at local, regional, and national professional association conferences and professional development workshops.
Supervision of Staff/Administration:
Provide direct supervision to a Career Consultant and Graduate Assistant for Employer Relations.
Collaborate with Director of Career Center on departmental operations and strategic planning especially related to employer services and job development.
Provide support to coaching staff in the absence of Director.
Collaborates throughout the University to spearhead sound student internship structures:
Serves as Liaison with the Office of the Provost on all internship matters; Co-Facilitates Internship Coordinator meetings with Faculty Co-Chair.
Stays abreast of Internship best practices as well as federal and state mandates and regulations; Communicates best practices for internships, policy regulations, and changes with all appropriate Winthrop audiences; Ensures relevant training (including, but not limited to Title IX), program manuals (such as an Internship Coordinator manual for faculty), and program materials (such as application forms)—whether identified elsewhere or developed on-site—are integrated into the Winthrop Internship process for faculty, staff, students, and employers.
Conducts University internship program evaluations and oversees data collection, management, and analysis.
Prepares pertinent internship reports and publications including an annual internship report; Facilitates the review of Affiliation Agreements; Maintains accurate employer and student records; Maintains statistics regarding student tracking; Prepares SARA reports; For students directly being supervised by the Associate Director for Internship Programs, assesses performance of interns at mid-point and end-of-term through both student and employer evaluations.
Supports student preparedness and success through the delivery of workshops, classroom presentations, individual career counseling, and special events. Recruits students to participate in high-impact practices such as internships.
Marginal: Other duties as assigned.
Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Master's degree required. Master's degree in Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Business, Organizational Development/Communication or related area preferred. Two years of experience in student counseling, higher education or placement services and considerable skills in public relations and communications highly desired.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing; use communication skills for program management; establish and maintain effective working relationships to build faculty rapport; and use knowledge of the community, research and networking skills to grow experiential opportunities. Familiarity with career assessments and counseling or coaching techniques. Ability to use technology, including social media, to increase efficiencies. Ability to travel and work flexible hours as needed.
About Winthrop University
Winthrop University provides personalized and challenging undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education programs of national caliber within a context dedicated to public service to the nation and to the State of South Carolina. Winthrop's longtime commitment to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation continually guides the mission of the university.
Building on its 19th century origins as a distinctive women’s college, the Winthrop University of the 21st century is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive, co-educational, public, residential comprehensive, values oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for Winthrop’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success.
Winthrop enrolls an achievement-oriented, culturally diverse and socially responsible student body between 6,500 and 7,000 students. The University recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment to the campus and the state. Winthrop prides itself on being an institu...tion of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses.
Winthrop is located in a traditional setting of exceptional beauty, and provides a contemporary, collaborative, and supportive environment that fosters engaged student learning and development. Winthrop has a diverse and able faculty and professional staff of national caliber and supports their work as effective teachers, scholars, researchers, practitioners, and creative artists. Through this talented group, Winthrop students acquire and develop knowledge, skills, capabilities and values that enrich their lives and prepare them to meet the needs and challenges of the contemporary world, including the ability to communicate effectively, appreciate diversity, work collaboratively, synthesize knowledge, solve complex problems and adapt to change. Ongoing assessment of programs and services ensures both that all academic programs challenge students at their highest level of ability and that the library, instructional technology and other academic service areas support courses of study that are consonant with best practices. As a result, Winthrop graduates are eminently well prepared to enter the most competitive graduate or professional schools as well as to be leaders in their chosen professions and in their communities.