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Assistant Director of Career Development- Employer/Alumni Engagement

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Posting Number S000262
Position Title Assistant Director of Career Development- Employer/Alumni Engagement
Department Career Development
Division Student Affairs
Supervisor Title Director of Career Development
Status Full Time Regular
Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Career Development, the Assistant Director will lead efforts to develop employer and alumni engagement programs that will provide opportunities for student career exploration, mentorship, leadership development, and networking. He/she will provide vision, leadership, decision-making and oversight for the College’s future mentorship and career exploration initiatives serving as the liaison between Career Development, area employers, academic programs and other campus constituencies for developing innovative programs that connect students with employers and alumni. He/She will have primary responsibility over coordinating on-campus industry exploration initiatives and manage institutional collaborations with area fairs and employer events, as well as developing a suite of resources to prepare students for networking and successfully securing post-graduate employment. The Assistant Director will collaborate on the development, delivery and evaluation of quality career services for students and alumni; the communication and marketing of available services and opportunities; and the evaluation and revision of policies and procedures. He/she will represent North Central College and Career Development at appropriate local, regional and national professional conferences and organizations.

Description of Key Responsibilities

1. Provide vision, leadership, and oversight to develop a comprehensive strategy for employer and alumni engagement, including the development and relationship management of employer pipeline initiatives, industry and career fairs, vocational exploration, networking and mentoring programs.

2. Develop opportunities for frequent and visible on-campus presence and interaction with employers and alumni, working closely with academic areas to identify partners and to support the work of faculty in various disciplines. Plan and promote academic major- and industry-specific campus events and career fairs that spotlight employers/alumni and that lead to possible jobs and internships. Develop a speaker’s bureau to host guests in classes or campus-wide events.

3. Develop and launch an alumni mentoring program, matching current students with alumni in a field of interest. Utilize online tools to manage and facilitate connections and interactions, and to track and assess the impact and outcomes of mentoring relationships. Engage alumni by inviting them to participate in mock interviews and resume reviews.

4. Plan and execute career exploration programs that take students off campus and on-site at industry locations for meet-and-greets or job shadowing. Lead a pre-orientation Cardinal Camp for new students to connect with alumni and employers, and plan career “treks” throughout the year for short industry-specific visits.

5. Coach students and alumni on career exploration, preparation or transition, through one on one meetings, workshops, seminars, webinars or programs. Ensure a high level of customer service and professionalism in presentations and programs.

6. Lead the College’s effort to measure post-graduate employment outcomes with a year-round process for gathering new alumni data for the First Destination Report. Engage alumni through multiple channels to ensure a high response rate and accurate data collection. Distribute an attractive and comprehensive report to all stakeholders that tells a compelling story about the impact of a North Central College education.

7. Leverage existing and new technology platforms, both internal and external, to promote and advance Career Development services for students, alumni, parents, faculty and employers. Serve as the College’s Subject Matter Expert on Handshake and the College’s LinkedIn page.

8. Establish appropriate goals and outcomes, manage records and data from all partnerships, and provide regular student and program achievement updates demonstrating long-term employer partnerships, increased participation, and student learning outcome achievement.

9. Assist in supervising, training, and evaluating staff and student employees and/or graduate assistants in the Career Development office.

10. Assist in maintaining high-quality functions of the Career Development office, including operations, policies, marketing, relationship-building, program development and assessment.

11. Represent the College and Career Development at appropriate professional meetings and conferences, and participate in local, regional and national professional associations.

12. Other related duties as assigned by the Director of Career Development.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

I1. Ability to consistently demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with persons both internal and external to the College, on the telephone, via the internet and in person.

2. Ability to deal with a large number of individuals and tasks, concurrently. This requires an individual who is self-directed, well organized, flexible and able to effectively prioritize activities.

3. Ability to communicate in the English language, both orally and in writing, in a manner consistent with professional standards.

4. Ability to use business-oriented computer systems, especially word-processing and database management.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Career development is an integral part of a liberal arts education. Preparing students to enter the professional world, regardless of their field, is a fundamental goal of Career Development. Having an understanding of the working world, how to search and compete successfully for jobs and maintain them is also crucial. The College works with students and alumni in identifying strengths, values and interests, as well as developing the necessary skills to market oneself.

To support this overall goal, the person in this position will manage relationships with employers and alumni to create opportunities for student development and post-graduate employment. The College enjoys a strong reputation in Naperville and with area employers as well as with a strong alumni network that is ready to be engaged on campus to collaborate on efforts towards student career readiness.

Additionally, this individual will assist the director in making decisions, supervising staff and providing leadership for the department. This may include delegating assignments, facilitating presentations, responding to employer, alumni or parent requests/inquiries and representing the director or department in administrative functions or meetings.

To encourage this process, the Assistant Director must be able to work well with students, parents, faculty, staff and employers. Communication skills, both verbally and in writing, are essential. Strong organizational, interpersonal and computer skills are needed to be successful in this position, as well as the energy to get people enthused about opportunities and resources available from Career Development.


Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required.
A master’s degree preferred; degree in higher education administration, business administration/human resources, organizational development or related area preferred.


Previous experience in employer relations/corporate recruitment, alumni relations, student development, data analysis and program assessment. Higher Education experience preferred.

Licenses or Certifications

A valid driver’s license is preferred.

Is This a Temporary Position? No
Employment Conditions

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the College’s background screening process.

Number of Vacancies 1

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EEO Statement

North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. NCC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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