Grinnell College seeks applications and nominations for an Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Internships.
As a key member of the Employer Engagement Team in the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS), the Associate Director will ensure the internship program aligns with the CLS’s goals for student learning and advances its mission of empowering students to live learn, and work with meaning and purpose. The Associate Director will assist with the creation, coordination, and implementation of programs and initiatives to cultivate new and sustain established relationships and partnerships with organizations, alumni, parents and other friends and stakeholders of Grinnell College to increase and expand the number of quality internship opportunities for Grinnell students.
This position will also provide the leadership, structure, and overall coordination of the College’s internship program, including the grant funding process as well as the internship course (INT-300). In doing so, the Associate Director will work collaboratively with College staff (e.g., CLS, DAR) and faculty, members of the administration, alumni, and employers in promoting internships as an integral element of the liberal arts learning experience.
Successful candidates will possess, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree (required) and 5 years experience in career development, higher education, human resources, talent acquisition, workforce development, or a similar field. A master’s degree is preferred. A sophisticated understanding of the world of employment (e.g., how industries recruit differently, identify premier/leading employers, understanding of professional points of entry) is required. Individuals must possess the ability to apply policies and practices, interact effectively, and demonstrate knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, students, and employers in promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce/academic environment.
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, be highly organized, and demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Computer expertise in Excel, Word, and email communication is essential. Must possess aptitude for numbers, accuracy, attention to detail, administering a budget, and excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deliver creative presentations. Must have superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity. Ability to respect confidentiality and ethical boundaries with regard to guidelines, supervision, and professional consultation within an academic environment required.