The Associate Director of Employer Relations is part of the Career Center at Vanderbilt University and is responsible for the day-to-day management and development of the comprehensive recruiting program, consisting of complex and visible on-campus recruiting initiatives including career fairs, SLAMs, and other events. Their primary role is to ensure that the volume, caliber, and diversity of internship and full-time professional opportunities for Vanderbilt University undergraduate students continues to improve and develop.
The Vanderbilt Career Center serves undergraduates enrolled full-time in the Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering and Peabody College. In addition the Center provides career coaching to recent graduates (0-2 years) after graduation. The Center provides many opportunities for students to learn about and explore professional opportunities including internships, career coaching, credit-based career courses, workshops, career panels, on-campus recruiting, job fairs, and industry-based Treks. The Career Center also supports students who are seeking graduate school admission as well as prestigious scholarships and fellowships. Staffing in the center consists of coaches and employer relations specialists who work closely together to develop industry expertise while supporting the individual majors, as well as other administrative and support staff positions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage and Continue Developing the Employer Relations Program
Continue to build a successful employer relations program on the Vanderbilt University campus to provide meaningful internship and employment opportunities for students on a local, regional, and national level.
Work directly with employers to continue to expand the Career Center's outreach, especially employers serving students in non-career specific majors.
Plan, coordinate and organize graduate school, law school, career and job fairs, consortia, recruiting opportunities, and other career-related events. Manage logistics related to each event.
Actively engage in employer development/outreach activities, establishing and maintaining relationships with University alumni as well as representatives from business, government, education, and non-profit organizations. Maintain close connections with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce related to new businesses opening in Nashville.
Stay current on employment and recruiting related activities and trends pertinent to and supporting the wide variety of undergraduate majors on the Vanderbilt campus.
Oversee the "Vandy In" program and develop new "Industry Expert" programming with coaches for all key industries.
Analyze and interpret data, create reports and make recommendations.
Manage the Employer Relations Specialists
Supervise, coach and support employer relations specialists including setting expectations and key strategic initiatives and performance measures.
Ensure that all employer relations specialists are participating in Career Center programming as industry experts.
Provide feedback, complete performance reviews, identify appropriate recognition and rewards, and perform corrective actions as needed.
Train new staff and assist in the hiring process.
Develop strong relationships within the Career Center and the University community
Work closely with the Career Coaches and other Associate Directors in the Career Center to develop and strengthen a unified approach to career development for Vanderbilt students.
Create industry experts within the employer relations team who work directly with coaches and students to ensure students are fully career-ready.
Partner with key University offices including the Office of Immersion Resources, Alumni Relations, and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to strengthen job development support for all students.
Work closely with key faculty in all undergraduate schools within the University.
Work with Career Center coaches to develop appropriate programming, services, and guidelines for ensuring that students who participate in recruiting programs are well-prepared for the job search, and to ensure employers reach appropriately targeted students and alumni.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A bachelor's degree in business, communications, liberal arts, or related area from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
Master's degree preferred.
Extensive knowledge of employers, the labor market, and employment trends, both locally and nationally, as related to hiring undergraduate students from a top-tier private research university.
Significant national employer connections.
Advanced project management skills, including ability to plan and implement successful events.
Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.
Knowledge of and proficiency with career- and recruitment-management software (preferably Symplicity) as well as MS Office, Excel, and database management software.
Experience with or strong familiarity with career coaching or career development.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills (including the ability to deliver creative and persuasive presentations), strong project management abilities, and experience with building relationships and providing effective customer service with diverse stakeholders.
Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated initiative to take on special projects.
Ability to travel to attend relevant conferences, corporate events and meet with key partners including alumni, and current or prospective employers.
High degree of ethical and professional standards and strict confidentiality in sensitive matters related to hiring decisions.
Regular evening hours may be required; weekend work on occasion.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
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