Southern Methodist University — Assistant Director, Hegi Family Career Development Center

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Summary:
Southern Methodist University (SMU) is seeking an Assistant Director, Employer Relations, to assist with University’s on-campus and off-campus recruiting activities for students. This entails working closely with employer representatives, alumni and parents, as well as the other staff within the Career Center. The primary objective is to optimize the employer and student experience with the recruitment-related systems activities of the Center and to maintain employer relationships and conduct outreach to new employers.

Essential Functions:
Use a variety of professional strategies to increase employment opportunities for Liberal Arts and Communication Arts students and recent alumni. Assist in developing and administering outreach programs to faculty and employers to connect students with internships as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Research and communicate employment and job trends to all relevant stakeholders.

Serve as liaison for assigned employer relations industry clusters. Establish relationships with community members and on-campus partners to create and enhance programs targeted to the Liberal Arts and Communication Arts Communities.

Serve as a point of contact involving communications with employers regarding recruitment and sponsorship activities. Help manage the internship and job database. Assist the Associate Director in collecting and reporting post-graduate placement data and providing routine data reports, with regard to employer recruiting activity, and student placement- assessment for employer/student programming.

Assist in planning and coordinating large-scale career events such as the Career Fair. Present workshops on various career development topics, including formal job search strategies, interview techniques, networking and social media and the job search.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree is required.
  • Preferred field of study in Student Affairs, Human Resource Management, Business, Communications, or related field.
  • Three years work experience in either a college career center, or in university advancement/development, or experience in business/corporate relations or marketing/external relations is required.
  • Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are required.
  • Experience with database programs, such as CSO, is required.
  • Experience with Handshake is preferred.
  • Experience with social media platforms, including LinkedIn is preferred.
  • Experience working with industry and community partners is preferred.
  • Event management experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with the ability to interface well with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Must be able to network well, working with employer representatives, alumni, parents, students, and staff.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively present to various sized groups.
  • Candidate must possess excellent organizational skills which include effective planning, time management and project management. Must be focused on deadlines and attentive to details.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills and analytical skills.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with others.
  • Candidate must have experience with Microsoft Office Suite, and comfortable delivering communication via a variety of technology tools and social media.

Physical/Environmental Demands:
This position must be able to:

  • Stand
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Sit for long periods of time.

Deadline to Apply:
Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by: October 8, 2021
Deadline to Apply: October 15, 2021

To Apply:
Please visit our website
to access the online application. See Working at SMU. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to:
Assistant Director (Hegi Family Career Development Center) (STU00000074)

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,