The Associate Director creates and manages the employer development strategy for the office. This includes dual responsibilities of strengthening relationships with current organizations that recruit while also attracting new employers to the university. The Associate Director provides leadership in coordinating employer development efforts across the university.
ADMINISTRATION & OVERSIGHT Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the employer recruiting program at the University which engages ~800 national, generates ~3,000 on-campus interviews, hosts 8-10 job fairs, and hosts numerous other employer networking events (e.g. Employer of the Day); Meet with employers locally, regionally and beyond to develop relationships (some overnight travel required); Manage the Elite Partnership sponsor program; Oversee software management system (Handshake) comprised of thousands of employer contacts, job postings and student profiles/resumes; Oversee center outreach to potential employers through marketing campaigns and materials and targeted events; Utilize techniques including cold calling, professional association membership, direct referrals, and cross-industry marketing to increase employer participation in campus recruiting; Oversee evaluation and reporting of all employer development team activities; Monitor corporate involvement with UTK through contacts with Development and Alumni Relations; Serve as center liaison with Alumni Affairs to engage alumni in hiring of UTK students; Monitor expenditures of assigned funds for travel and special programs for Employer Relations Program; Measure ROI on employer development work.
SUPERVISION AND TRAINING: Supervise three Assistant Directors within employer relations; Monitor performance and recommend various personnel actions including but not limited to hiring, merit increases, promotion, professional development. Provide training to center staff on topics including strategic planning, goal setting, communication with employers, and recruitment policies; Assist Director in facilitation of center leadership team to ensure most effective operations of the center; Analyze long-term impact of decisions and plans, and establish and evaluate standards of performance; Affect changes in office policy in collaboration with Director.
OTHER: Represent Director at campus meetings and events; Approve expenditures and payroll; Assist in other departmental activities, events, and programs. Complete professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge needed to provide effective leadership; Investigate employment trends and hiring practices; Participate in various local, state, regional, and national organizations such as, chambers of commerce, SOACE and NACE to increase employment opportunities for students and alumni.
Required Education: Master's degree at time of hire. Preferred: Degree in higher education administration, human resources, business, or related area.
Required Experience: Five years’ full-time experience in higher education, recruitment, or sales/development positions where building relationships is critical. Preferred: Experience in university career center employer relations or college recruitment program; Experience developing a strategy to meet quantifiable objectives; Experience supervising staff; Experience with career-related technology and software, including career services management systems, for service delivery, record-keeping, and reporting purposes.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to lead a team and supervise professional staff; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain working relationships and professional networks; Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; Skill in preparing clear and concise reports, policies, procedures, correspondences and other written materials; Ability to set and achieve goals.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience and accompanied by a university benefits package.
About University of Tennessee Center for Career Development
The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 28,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of over 400 staff who serve our students through 20+ departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.
...The Department: The centralized, comprehensive career center serves undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni from nine academic colleges across campus and assists with all career matters from creating career goals to implementing them. With the new office location in Phase I of the Student Union and as recipient of a significant private donation, the Center for Career Development is well positioned to increase its impact on the career and professional development of our students. Staff is comprised of 20 professional and administrative positions, 4 graduate assistants, 10 peer career advisors and several student assistants. The department works collaboratively with the Undergraduate Professional & Career Development office in the Haslam College of Business.