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Southern Methodist University — Student Affairs Assistant Director (Hegi Family Career Development Center) – (STU00000114)

Salary Range:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU
SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:
The Hegi Family Career Development Center equips students and alumni to cultivate meaningful lives through career development, continuous learning, and professional growth. We provide relevant experiential learning opportunities for students to gain tangible skills that position them for professional success. Through these experiences, we empower students and alumni to find their passion and purpose to navigate careers for a lifetime.

About the Position:
This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Assistant Director assists with the College’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 objectives are to optimize the employer and student experience with the recruitment-related systems activities of the Center, maintain employer relationships, and conduct outreach to new employers.

Additionally, the Assistant Director is responsible for coordinating large scale events and programs while serving as liaison to associated industries and academic colleges on campus.

Essential Functions:

  • Use a variety of professional strategies to increase employment opportunities for SMU students and recent alumni. Assist in developing and administering outreach programs to faculty and employers to connect students with internships, full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Research and communicate employment and job trends to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Responsible for administrative event coordination and management for two major Hegi student experiences or programs, i.e. SMU Board Fellows, Hegi Internship program, Resumania, and Mock Interviews.
  • Serves as liaison and point of contact for assigned employer relations industries and academic colleges involving communications with employers regarding recruitment and sponsorship activities. Establishes relationships with employers, community members, and on-campus partners to create and enhance student, alumni, and employer programs and experiences.
  • Assists in planning and coordinating large scale career events such as the All Majors Career & Internship Fair, Site Visits, Info Sessions, Professional Development Sessions, and other similar events. Presents workshops on various career development topics, including formal job search strategies, interview techniques, networking, negotiating and other various topics.
  • Helps manage Handshake, the internship and job database. Assists the Associate Director in developing routine data reports with regards to employer recruiting activity and post-graduate student placement data.
  • Responsible for assessment for assigned employer/student programming and ERT Division assessment reporting and other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the Department, Division and University Strategic Plan.
  • Occasional evening/weekend hours may be required.


Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Human Resource Management, Business, Communications or a related field is preferred.
  • Three years of experience in a college career center, business/corporate or employer relations, marketing/external relations, or university advancement/development setting is required.
  • Experience working in event management is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must possess high-level interpersonal and networking skills as well as a professional demeanor that thrives in an intense, deadline-filled environment, where multi-tasking and the ability to remain organized despite frequent interruptions is essential.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.
  • Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and data base programs (i.e. Handshake).

Physical and Environmental Demands:
Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:
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,

SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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