1) UCI Fried supports undergraduate students interested in career opportunities in public policy and service. The Public Policy Leaders program is a new initiative within UCI Fried to recruit the next generation of policy leaders and provide advanced, hands-on learning opportunities through a selective track program for 150 undergraduate students per year. Additionally, the Employer Relations and Development (ERD) team establishes and enhances employer relationships across industries and in multiple geographic locations to connect talented UChicago students with leading organizations for job outcomes and experiential education opportunities. The ERD team provides superior customer service to all employer partners recruiting UChicago students, including the management of a robust on-campus recruiting program during peak hiring seasons.
2) The Assistant Director role works closely with both UCI Fried and ERD. The Assistant Director role includes developing relationships with non-profit, government, and corporate employers in public policy and public service industries, contributing to the growth of full-time outcomes and the Universityâ™s premiere Jeff Metcalf Internship Program that places students into 2,500+ paid substantive opportunities in the academic year. Cultivation of employer partnerships includes active engagement with alumni, parents, and friends of the University to promote new professional opportunities in target regions and industries. The Assistant Director also advises students in the Public Policy Leaders program on career development and job/fellowship search skills in one-on-one career coaching settings, large lectures, and hands-on workshops to help find suitable jobs and internships. The Assistant Director role conceptualizes, develops, and delivers relevant career management programming in collaboration with UCI Fried staff and campus partners such as the Harris School of Public Policy, the School of Social Service Administration, and the Institute of Politics.
3) Grow an existing portfolio of public policy and service employer partners to administer recruiting programs including the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, industry recruiting events, career fairs, and full-time recruitment, as well as support experiential education opportunities for students including treks, job shadowing, and industry programming provided by UCI Fried. Gain knowledge of recruiting trends in this industry to actively promote opportunities to students and advisers to contribute to targeted placement goals in each portfolio. Work with a wide variety of employers to assess and meet their needs and maintain contact with a portfolio of employers to serve as their dedicated Career Advancement liaison
4) Build new relationships with employers in public policy and service industries based on student demand, market trends, and priority regions due to student enrollment. Collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development to cultivate new contacts and engage further with alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Represent Career Advancement in strategic global development meetings and support their larger efforts of parent and alumni engagement. Develop and implement strategic employer development plan for assigned industry areas including outreach to new employers and employer visits as appropriate.
5) Collaborate with UCI Fried staff, UChicago faculty, and campus partners to create relevant and engaging workshops and seminars for students selected into then Neubauer Public Policy Leaders program.
6) Advise an assigned cohort of Neubauer Public Policy Leaders to provide support on career exploration and help to attain jobs and internships. Use industry and company knowledge to provide targeted advice and support.
7) Play an active role in obtaining hiring data from employers. Responsible for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting on employer relations and development efforts both within assigned portfolios, as well as overall industry trends, employer engagement, and the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Proactively track placement data as well as employer and stakeholder engagement. Contribute to annual outcomes reports and develop a working knowledge of key initiatives and priorities that contribute to student success.
1) Experience in and knowledge of public sector industries (government, policy, non-profit, etc)
2) Ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of constituents, including employers and external partners like alumni and parents, students, faculty, staff, and senior leadership
3) Experience in counseling, program development, or a related area
4) Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and respond to change positively
5) Interpersonal skills; strong customer service focus and a high level of professionalism when interacting with internal and external clients.
6) Outcomes-driven and action-oriented attitude
7) Verbal and written communication
8) Problem solving and reasoning
9) Critical thinking and decision-making skills
10) Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail
11) Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion and maintain confidentiality
12) Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
13) Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends
1) Office hours are 8:30 to 5 p.m. Ability to work on Wednesdays from 5 â“ 7 p.m. during the academic year required, along with an occasional Saturday for special events.
2) Willingness and ability to travel (generally two or three times per year)
1) Bachelor's degree
2) Master's degree or a comparable advanced degree
1) Minimum of 2 years of professional work experience
2) Experience in building partnerships is highly relevant
3) Interest in career services, employer relations, and/or recruiting
Technical Knowledge, Skills and Certifications:
1) Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook PowerPoint, Word)
2) Experience with database and online systems is highly desirable (Salesforce, Handshake, Wufoo, MailChimp, etc.)
2) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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