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Associate Director of the Career & Leadership Development Center for Employer Relations

Ohio University 
Athens, OH


September 1, 2015

Job Description:

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. The beautiful, historic residential campus is located in the rolling foothills of Southeast Ohio in the quintessential college town of Athens, Ohio. With over 17,300 undergraduates and more than 4,000 graduate students enrolled from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries, the Athens campus is a dynamic and diverse learning community. The Career & Leadership Development Center (CLDC) supports all students as they move through their initial adjustment to college, to selecting a major, to acquiring internship experience, to developing leadership skills and helping students understand the application of these skills in a lifelong career development process.


The Associate Director of Employer Relations develops the overall outreach and programming strategy for employers to best connect them with all OU students and alumni for job and internship, as well as networking opportunities. The CLDC is a centralized unit and serves all OU students and alumni. Leading a coordinated cross-campus employer plan, this position works extensively with academic employer relations staff to ensure OU’s brand and communication is collaborative and forward thinking. Reporting to the Assistant Dean, the Associate Director for Employer Relations will have responsibility for building professional relationships with Ohio and regional employer’s, coordination of the on-campus interview program, employer outreach, job and internship development, and coordinate CLDC’s collaborative efforts with college recruiting staff. The Associate Director is responsible for the employer relations budget and statistics related to overall employer and alumni engagement with the university and independently interacts with and represents the university to employer representatives ranging from CEOs to entry level employees and interns. The Associate Director for Employer Relations will work closely with the CLDC team, institutional partners, and stakeholders to lead employer relations efforts based on institutional, state, national, and international data and best practices. 1. Employer Outreach and Relationship Management: Cultivate and expand on-going and new relationships with campus recruiting partners, in particular identify and build relationships with Ohio based companies and organizations. Build partnerships with employers reflective of the interests of the student population with the goal of proving opportunities to every Ohio student. Collaborate with college recruiting staff to ensure unified employer relations efforts across campus and regional campuses. Establishes strong new relationships and enhances existing relationships with key employers to increase employer recruitment. Conducts frequent phone, email and in-person meetings to maintain relationships. Visits employers at their office locations to better understand company, work environment, hiring needs, and industry trends, as well as connects with OU alumni and intern employees. Participates in professional industry and networking events to initiate contact with potential employers and stay abreast of hiring trends. Maintains accurate and up-to-date relationship management notes through technology platform (BCL) and researches national, regional, and state employment trends. 2. Develop Strategy and Deliver Employer-Related Programming: Responsible for overall effectiveness of all employer-related programming. Conceptualizes opportunities to connect students with employer partners through experiential learning opportunities and co-curricular events. Oversees career fairs, networking events, site visits, and guest speakers. Implements an internal to OU communication strategy for all institutional colleagues who engage with employers. Compiles all programming-related data and assessments in collaboration with Associate Director for Assessment, to determine effectiveness of all employer-related programs. Coordinates programming and events that create networking and career exploration opportunities for students including programming conducted on campus, in the state of Ohio, and nationally. Handles logistics, liaisons with student organizations, manages day-of operations, and evaluates the success of the events through evaluations and feedback. Collaborates with the Associate Director of the CLDC to ensure that student preparation is in conjunction with employer expectations, leading to success in their interactions with employers. 3. Career Coaching and Leadership Coaching: Provide individual and group career coaching and leadership coaching to students and alumni/ae regarding career planning and leadership development, employment/internship search, and graduate or professional school opportunities. 4. Manages and supervises the on-campus recruiting interview program and Bobcat CareerLink (CSM system) 5. Supervision: Supervises 1 FTE Assistant Director, 1 FTE support staff, 1-2 graduate assistants and student workers. Common to all CLDC Professionals: • Provide individual and group career coaching to students and alumni/ae regarding career planning and leadership development, employment/internship search, and graduate or professional school opportunities • Collaborate with academic units and departments, campus offices, faculty, and staff to develop career/leadership co-curricular or in-class activities and programs • Assess services/programs to determine student needs/learning outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement • Utilize technology and resources to guide students through the career and leadership development process • Serve on division and CLDC teams, committees, task forces, and work groups • Perform other duties as assigned



Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications • Master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education, College Student Personnel, HR, or related area • 3-5 years of general career services, human resources or related experience required • Supervisory experience • Experience with Career Services database management systems • Event planning experience and expertise • Team oriented individual • Prior experience developing relationships with external parties, ideally in academic environment with employers • Understanding of current market and economic trends • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills (i.e. high personal impact) and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of high-performing individuals required • Strong customer focus (ability to actively listen to students and recruiters and to understand and respond positively to their requests) required • Strong project management skills, ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines required • An entrepreneurial orientation, proven track record of taking initiative and making things happen (i.e. self-starter) required • Ability to use sales/marketing techniques over the phone and in person • Ability to work effectively under pressure, ambiguity, and conflicting goals • Prior individual, team, and project management experience Preferred Qualifications • Recruiting, internship management or sales experience • Superior knowledge of career paths and opportunities, and thorough understanding of the career decision-making process for highly motivated individuals



How To Apply:

To apply, please complete and submit the online application at and be prepared to attach 3 separate documents: Resume, Cover Letter, and a list of 3 professional references with current contact information. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please apply by 09/13/15. 


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