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Assistant Director, Employer and Alumni Relations

Columbia College

Assistant Director, Employer and Alumni Relations

  • 531414
  • Morningside
  • Columbia College
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jan 6 2023
  • Grade 11
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $61,500 - $68,000

Position Summary

The Employer and Alumni Relations (EAR) team within the Center for Career Education (CCE) is dedicated to helping 700+ employers recruit undergraduate students and alumni for full and part-time employment and internships. The team also markets the unique talents and skills of Columbia students attracting a wide array of employers, in a diverse range of industries, nationally and internationally to recruit students from the five schools served by CCE. 

The Employer and Alumni Relations team works closely with employers to simplify and maximize their recruitment efforts by: 
  • Consulting with organizations to understand their immediate and future hiring needs 
  • Developing targeted recruitment strategies designed to access Columbia talent, including on-campus recruiting; career fairs; a job/internship listing service (LionSHARE), industry showcases; connecting with student clubs 
  • Providing a variety of effective promotional resources 


  • Working in a team based environment to build relationships with employers and alumni interested in engaging in career programs and activities managed through CCE. These activities will range from recruiting activities such as career fairs, information sessions, on campus recruiting etc.; and other career development programs designed to help Columbia students acquire new competencies and skills to support their overall career development.
  • Maintains an Industry Focus for a given industry or area of career interest to Columbia students. In line with strategic priorities, conducts proactive outreach to employers and alumni in a given industry encouraging them to engage with CCE to develop opportunities for Columbia students. Reports on industry trends; provide information and data on employers to staff at CCE, Columbia students and other key stakeholders as required. Builds connections to appropriate student advisers at CCE disseminating employer trend and other data broadly through in-person meetings, online and using CCE's Client Relationship Management system. Manages employer interface with on-campus recruiting where required.
  • Manages a cohort of employers who come to campus to recruit Columbia students annually. Manages logistics remotely and via CCE's online recruiting system LionSHARE, act as their first point of contact for recruiting, monitor student engagement and marketing efforts and troubleshoot as required. Works with the Admin & Planning team to implement effective processes to manage employer billing for recruiting and career events.
    Work with the EAR team to develop best practices for the dissemination of industry information -- employer trend data; employer stories; employer and on campus recruiting outcomes etc. through all forms of media -- to students, student groups, CCE staff and other key stakeholders.
  • Manages alumni volunteer programs as required e.g. mentoring, informational interviewing, etc.
  • Participates in CCE's student career advising initiatives, including Quick Questions, mock interviews. Develops and delivers innovative programs, media, workshops and other opportunities to help students learn more about given industry focus area. Works with the faculty and administrators of the schools that CCE serves to understand the demographics, skill sets, and interests of the students.
  • Works with the Assistant Director of Event Management & Social Media to help plan and coordinate employer events such as career fairs and industry showcases, assisting in everything from employer communication, to logistics planning and outreach to students through clubs and organizations. Leads assessment initiatives for designated events.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
**Some evening work during the fall and spring semesters is required.**

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of related experience, such as experience in career services, corporate recruiting, college relations, customer service, operations and/or marketing.  
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills required.
  • Excellent relationship management skills required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment with diverse populations.
  • Valid Driver's license and ability to travel on behalf of Career Education to develop and maintain relationships with employers as necessary. 

**Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be reviewed** 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in a relevant discipline preferred.
  • Experience organizing large events preferred.
  • Technical expertise to design processes, databases and data reporting and analysis preferred.
  • Experience with CSO/Interfase and Microsoft Dynamics CRM preferred.  

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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