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Associate Director for Alumni & Employer Networks

Amherst, MA - Posted on: Wednesday 07/27/16


Full-time, year round position, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Key Responsibilities

The Associate Director for Alumni & Employer Networks oversees operations for the Amherst College Career Center’s on-campus recruiting program, directs strategy for employer outreach and development for full-time and internship opportunities, and broadly coordinates alumni engagement across multiple programs and initiatives. As a member of the Career Center leadership team, the AD will develop long-range vision and infrastructure that ensures a broad range of excellent opportunities for Amherst College students and programmatically supports students in identifying and cultivating long-term professional networks. The AD will play a critical leadership role in further developing and leveraging the center’s dynamic industry-cluster advising and programming model, called Careers In, and will provide strategic support for other high priority projects in experiential learning and mentoring.

The AD works closely with Amherst College students, faculty, alumni, employer partners, parents, and staff to ensure that Amherst students, particularly under-resourced and first generation college students, access and capitalize on the College’s resources and networks, and acquire and integrate transferrable skills that prepare them for professional engagement. In addition, the AD is responsible for stewarding multiple consortia relationships for the Career Center, including but not limited to the three college recruiting partnership with Smith College and Mount Holyoke College. The AD also takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

On-Campus Recruiting Management

  • Innovate and expand employer relations and development strategy to facilitate access to the highest quality opportunities appropriate for a wide range of liberal arts students; ensure an appropriately balanced employer relations portfolio inclusive of both full-time and internship opportunities across the seven Careers In program areas
  • Engage and steward alumni and parent volunteers to support internships and employment for students and alumni
  • Provide expertise and direction for internship employer development, in collaboration with other internship programming staff, faculty, campus resource centers and alumni relations staff
  • Plan and implement cyclical employer communications and reporting strategy
  • Manage annual recruitment calendar and planning and staffing of on-campus and virtual employer visits
  • Oversee the web-based recruiting system of the center, currently Symplicity, and project manage any changes in recruiting technology or related operations in the center
  • Regularly review employer and student conduct policies and ensure compliance
  • Supervise two professional staff members and at least one employer relations student intern

Program Development and Consultation

  • Develop and implement a model for integrating employer relations and alumni network development into the existing Careers In advising model in the center
  • Work collaboratively with career advisors to ensure excellent preparation for job search and interview processes and consult on the development of relevant career programming within each Careers In area
  • Coordinate and oversee alumni and parent engagement in career development activities, related on-campus programming, and participation in the Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Program; leverage engagement to develop opportunities that bridge students to off-campus alumni career communities (i.e. treks, virtual networking opportunities, regional events, etc.)
  • Develop and implement appropriate evaluation tools and processes to assess alumni engagement and student preparedness; design and track key metrics related to program development and outcomes; report effectively on program goals and outcomes for multiple audiences

Career Preparation and Advising

  • Serve as pre-professional career advisor for students pursuing Careers In Law
  • Conduct mock interviews and other preparatory activities for student recruiting success



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least four years of relevant experience, including experience with college recruiting programs
  • Familiarity with web-based recruiting platforms and other career development resources
  • Knowledge of higher education, employment practices and labor laws, and industry trends
  • Demonstrated project management, event management and staff supervision experience
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and design new program initiatives
  • Demonstrated excellent ability to develop and steward both internal and external relationships
  • Ability to problem-solve and adapt when confronted with ambiguity
  • Exceptional interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • High comfort level and adaptability with technology
  • Appreciation for data and evaluation processes


  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Six years of relevant experience
  • Career advising experience
  • Knowledge of student and/or career development relevant to first generation college students or other historically underrepresented groups

To Apply:


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. 

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty.  The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums:  Emily Dickinson MuseumBeneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium.  The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life.   Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!