The Associate Director for Employer Development assists the Dean of Career and Professional Development in executing the Office's and University's strategic plan. Works closely with internal partners (e.g., alumni affairs, development, faculty and staff) and external partners (e.g., recruiters, alumni) to create a culture of collaboration among a variety of stakeholders across the University. He/she will lead the design and implementation of an employer development plan aimed at increasing employment opportunities for students and alumni. With internal partners, develop and implement programs and events including panels, site visits and networking events that involve employers, alumni and parents and expose students/alumni to the wide range of work options available to them.
Essential and Related Functions:
Assist in the development and execution of a strategic employer relations plan that will make Washington and Lee Career and Professional Development a point of distinction for the University with students, alumni, parents and employees seeking and offering employment opportunities.
Oversees strategy, planning and execution of full-time recruiting program and alumni networking for students including on-campus and off-campus consortia events, online recruiting system (LexLink), resume referral and job postings. Coordinates, with support of Assistant Director of Recruitment and relevant staff from other departments, all aspects of campus and consortia recruiting and alumni career programming. Publicizes these opportunities to the entire campus community.
Supervises the Assistant Director of Recruitment. Collaborates with this role and serves as prime host for employers recruiting on-campus, ensuring interview schedules are prepared and followed, and troubleshooting and extending hospitality during recruiter visits.
Expands and develops networking and recruiting opportunities for students of all interests through outreach to employers, alumni, parents, and other College consortia groups. Develops new, and maintains existing, partnerships with employers and alumni, in collaboration with Alumni and Development colleagues. Researches possible new employer contacts, initiates contact and develops strategic recruiting relationships.
Develops our first comprehensive alumni career services program. Includes, but not limited to: job postings, employer development, networking events, mentorship program
Works with Alumni Affairs to create career related and networking programs for individual chapters, regions and/or affinity groups.
Works with other Career and Professional Development and other relevant university staff to develop and implement programs and events to expose students and alumni to a wide range of post-graduate work options including alumni panels, site visits and networking events. Develops new and maintains existing partnerships with alumni and parents in close coordination with appropriate Advancement staff.
Collaborates with the Dean on matters of strategic importance. Utilizes data and provides research on areas of interest.
Utilizes the alumni and development data system to gain necessary information about existing relationships with alumni and parents; helps update individual contact records; and documents contacts
Promotes and Practices NACE Principles of Professional Conduct
Performs additional duties as assigned.
A minimum of five years of related experience is required, with either: Experience in a corporate setting (for profit or non-profit) which may include human resources, sales and marketing, business development, government or law. Program and event planning experience. OR Demonstrated experience in career advising, employer and volunteer development and program planning in a college career center. This position requires the incumbent to portray a high energy level and be an active and successful team member. The Associate Director must possess strong oral and written communication skills having a demonstrated ability to follow through. The independent nature of this role requires the incumbent to take initiative and possess a strong attention to detail.
Able to implement department strategic objectives into actionable plans and goals. Makes departmental goals and priorities clear to team and explains relevance to each person's job. Collects and assesses information on multiple and relevant factors to develop policies and make critical strategic decisions. Demonstrates a clear understanding of detailed financial factors that drive departmental budget (e.g., position requests, hidden costs, impact on moral) when considering decisions.
Change Adaptability – Understands the effects of change on the work group and proactively clarifies information to help them deal with a changing work environment. Identifies structural process, people changes and solutions to achieve change initiative goals and targets. Encourages new ways of looking at established processes and practices by soliciting ideas and recognizing/rewarding practical innovation.
Communication and Networking – Uses diversified styles of communication (e.g., explains by describing impact or circumstances, etc.) to influence and creat buy-in for ideas. Encourages open expression and common understanding of ideas and opinions. Builds network within and outside own department and leverages these relationships to execute specific plans and initiatives.
Drive for Results – Actively supports the continuous improvement of policies to reduce inefficiencies and better achieve goals. Respectfully holds people accountable for ensuring quality of their work and minimal errors. Strives to achieve challenging goals and works through obstacles.
Self-development and Motivating Others – Establishes and maintains trust and credibility within and outside of work group by demonstrating fairness and equity in interactions. Encourages different points of view and is respectful when differing views are expresses. Gives credit and recognition to others who have contributed to the achievement of common goals. Seeks learning opportunities to keep abreast of new developments and standards and applies knowledge in own area of expertise.
Type: Full-time, 12 Month, With Benefits
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust a...nd honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.