Department: Career Advancement Salary/Grade: EXS/7
The Assistant Director functions within Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) as a member of a team that provides comprehensive career and employment services for undergraduate and graduate students across Northwestern’s academic units.
The Assistant Director manage a portfolio of industries, which include key employer and alumni relationships, and are tasked with developing and cultivating new recruiting partnerships of benefit to Northwestern students. This role regularly interfaces with alumni, employing organizations and potential recruiters, donors, students, and other Northwestern community members. This particular role initiates and manages relationships with finance, health care, and technology companies and alumni.
The Assistant Managers also lead the planning, development, and evaluation of special project areas that play a critical role to the team including, but not limited to: large scale event planning and management such as career fairs, coordination of strategic employer visits to campus and events therein, management of NCA’s comprehensive on-campus interview program, securing and maintaining key corporate sponsorships, execution of year-round programming and partnerships with Northwestern Alumni Association, and overseeing a robust grant program.
Advise and counsel employers on strategic direction based on bench-marks, understanding of the field, and strategic decision making.
Understand employer’s individual needs and circumstances, many complex in nature, and creates, implements and monitors recommendations, partner with internal/external constituencies and resources that meet these needs.
Completes administrative activities such as assessment, operations planning, data management, and reporting.
Researches best practices and peer institutions and market/economic conditions and recommends changes and enhancements to improve administrative effectiveness, services and/or resources.
Connects students with alumni and professionals for employment opportunities. Maintains knowledge of job market trends and hiring practices in a range of fields.
Collaborates with student affairs, academic departments, student organizations and administrative offices to develop programs and publicize opportunities spanning a broad range of industries and geographies.
Builds and maintains a network of potential employers and alumni that can provide opportunities for mentoring, internships and/or jobs.
Engages with associations, organizations, alumni, and employers to encourage experiential education and professional development.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years' career counseling/advising in higher education or 3 years' of industry experience; or other relevant experience required; OR
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or JD or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 2 years' career counseling/advising in higher education or 2 years' of industry experience; or other relevant experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities):
Proficiency in collaborating with management level representatives of external partnerships.
Ability to quickly adapt to and respond to a variety of student inquiries.
Ability to consult with a wide range of employer representatives and to market experiential education and internships to
business, industry, non-profit, and government employers.
Strong oral, written, organizational and presentations skills.
Ability to work effectively as an individual contributor and a team member.
Ability to respond and manage multiple constituencies and to work with diverse populations.
Ability to work independently and with little oversight
Ability to strategically develop, implement and execute projects
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36692
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.