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Director, Employer Relations
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Director of Employer Relations is responsible for leading and managing a high performing and agile team which engages employers on behalf of Chicago Booth student populations-full-time, evening, weekend, executive- and alumni. As a hands-on leader, the director will play a key role in setting the strategy for building the Booth brand with employers in the US and abroad and work closely within the Career Services leadership team and across Booth to enhance the value proposition to students and alumni.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Leads and manages a team of six staff members of the Employer Relations team responsible for maintaining existing relationships with employers and forging new relationships for Chicago Booth students and alumni.
Guides the strategic direction of the team, including industry and functional priorities, through analyses of markets and trends, student interest and needs, and other internal and external sources.
Works closely with campus recruiting firms to support formalized recruiting efforts
Regularly solicits and analyzes student, recruiter, and alumni feedback and engages within Career Services and across Booth to create solutions to improve stakeholder experiences
Refines communications and marketing approach, to increase awareness of employer engagement activity and support for “specialized search” students, those who seek less traditional MBA career paths
Leads cooperation with other Booth departments including Student Life, Alumni Relations, Admissions, Faculty Centers, Global Career & Leadership Development and University of Chicago careers teams
Represents Chicago Booth Employer Relations through formal presentations, Q&A sessions, panels, and employer, student, and alumni-facing programs.
Participates in Career Services team leadership. Works closely with Senior Director, Career Management and Senior Director, Career Services Operations to drive employer knowledge sharing, ensure smooth operation of student programs and recruiting events, and prioritize special initiatives.
Meets with current and prospective employers to discuss talent sourcing, recruiting strategies and hiring needs.
Partners with industry, regional, and/or functional student and alumni groups to assist in employer outreach; drives coordination across programs and groups as necessary.
Provides professional mentoring and guidance to junior staff.
Demonstrates comfort with daily administrative tasks, including calendar management and travel planning.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Associate Dean, Career Services, MBA Programs
Director, Employer Relations
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
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MEASURES OF SUCCESS:
Feedback from recruiters, students, alumni, employers, and Career Services teammates.
Awareness and understanding of employment dynamics in given industries and geographies and an ability to communicate that knowledge openly and honestly to students, alumni, and team.
Increased awareness of Chicago Booth among target MBA employers, through new relationship development, job postings, and involvement with Chicago Booth events.
Understanding of Chicago Booth Career Services philosophy and approach to student support and employer engagement
Knowledge of Booth environment, including programs, people, facilities, departments.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree required. MBA or Master’s degree in business or related field strongly preferred.
A minimum of seven years of experience in a relevant business environment required, career services or higher education experience strongly preferred.
A minimum of three years of demonstrated experience leading a team and driving result through the work of others required, experience with global and remote teams and an understanding of global cultures preferred.
Experience with or demonstrated interest in business careers required, an understanding and appreciation of a competitive MBA landscape and the needs and concerns of a diverse MBA student and alumni body preferred.
Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills and the ability to command/earn attention in a small meeting or a large presentation required.
Proficiency in using social media, on-line resources, spreadsheet, presentation software, CRM systems, and an ability to learn internal systems required.
Self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, while achieving key objectives required.
Ability to work diplomatically with colleagues at all levels within an organization, as well as with students, faculty and company contacts in a multitude of communication methods i.e., in person, email, phone required.
Ability to handle multiple detailed tasks/projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines.