Assistant/Associate Director for Employer & Alumni Relations, Denison University

Posted: 02/22/18 | SHARE:


Basic Function:

Communicate the value proposition of hiring Denison students to multiple external partners, including employers, alumni, and Denison families, to identify summer and full-time opportunities for students at a broad range of employers. Use proven strengths in relationship development to build strong partnerships with hiring organizations. Serve as a trusted consultant/advisor to employers, helping both the University and these organizations to connect high-quality candidates with high-quality and desirable opportunities.

Essential Job Functions: 

Relationship Identification

• Maintain knowledge of talent-acquisition practices and strategies for internships and entry-level jobs
• Conduct ongoing targeted outreach with a wide range of prospective employers
• Assist in collecting/maintaining data regarding relationships, partnerships, programs, and activities
• Research/maintain appropriate resources for students/alumni regarding pre-professional and post-graduate opportunities

Relationship Management

• Partner with the Center’s Program Coordinator to coordinate all visits, programs, and opportunities posted in Handshake
• Partner to coordinate logistics for campus and virtual recruitment sessions
• Help conduct summer communications with internship supervisors

Relationship Stewardship

• Attract, engage, manage, and steward relationships with external partners, including employers, alumni, and families.
• Create, manage, and continually annual recognition of employers, alumni, and parents who engage with Denison students and young alumni.
• Works with Director of Stewardship in Institutional Advancement Office to coordinate needs for donors 
• Serve as a liaison to the Knowlton Center’s strategic partners with similar outreach responsibilities (e.g., Individual Giving, Admissions, Alumni and Family Engagement).
• Coach students to effectively prepare for and effectively navigate all dimensions of the Center’s career exploration model that help them secure and maximize their opportunities, experiences, and reflections.
• Coordinate various programs and services of the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration; as appropriate, accompany Denison students on out-of-region travel programs. 

• Assist in the overall planning of special programs, events and related workshops
• Keep members of the Knowlton Center leadership team informed of relevant issues and/or events

Perform other duties as assigned or required.


Minumum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree. Minimum of two years of experience in corporate recruiting, employer development, business administration, consulting and/or management.

Possess strong project management skills (from initiation to execution); able to use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, ability to make presentations to a variety of audiences.

Excellent administrative and organization skills with attention to detail; ability to work independently as well as be team-oriented; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; strong work ethic.

Willing and available to work nights and weekends and occasional travel commitments.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in higher education, human resources, executive recruiting, or a similar or related field/industry; 
direct or transferable skills working with a diverse range of constituencies – students, faculty, employers in all sectors (domestic and global), foundations, etc.

Physical Demands:

Ability to occasionally lift 15-20 pounds of printed materials.

Additional Information:


The Division of Student Development is a highly collaborative organization and we are keenly aware of the impact our internal culture has on our ability to fulfill our mission and strategic goals. In order for us to support effectively the Division’s commitment to preparing students for lives of personal, professional, and civic success—while in college and afterwards—each member of the Division is expected to fulfill assigned job responsibilities and to bring generous support to the work of colleagues in Student Development as well as faculty and staff across the college. In addition to collegiality, we actively strive to create a culture characterized by creativity and innovation in problem-solving, optimism, individual initiative, a shared sense of responsibility, the intentional cultivation of trust, and attention to clear and timely communication.

In this position, it will be especially important to sustain collegial relationships with the entire Knowlton team, the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement and others in Institutional Advancement, faculty colleagues in a number of academic programs, and Red Frame Lab staff.

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide.  Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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