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Associate Director, Employer and Alumni Engagement
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 54714
Department: University Career Services
Associate Director, Employer and Alumni Engagement
George Mason University, University Career Services is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for Associate Director for Employer and Alumni Engagement. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department:
We prepare and connect career-ready students for post-graduate success.
University Career Services (UCS), a unit within the Division of University Life (UL), is the centralized career center for George Mason University (Mason), serving 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UCS is dedicated to helping students identify and pursue opportunities where they can make a positive impact in a complex and quickly evolving world. In partnership with our strong network of employers, alumni, and faculty, we are able to break down barriers and successfully connect students with meaningful opportunities in their industries of interest to help them reach their full potential and advance not only themselves socio-economically, but their families too. Existing services and programs include one-on-one appointments, career exploration, industry specific programs, career fairs, experiential learning opportunities and graduate school preparation.
About the Position:
This position is responsible for elevating Mason as a top source of talent, reduce barriers in the recruiting process and strategically engage employers and alumni to increase employment connections for undergraduate and graduate students in all industries.
The Associate Director will provide innovative ideas, critical thinking and coordinated management of employer relationships that may span across the university. They will be responsible for staying abreast of the latest trends in recruiting and hiring, with a focus on DEI practices, as well as ensuring goals, plans, budgets and schedules are met.
Serve on the center's leadership team and participate in developing and executing strategic plan goals/objectives, evaluating programs and services, and supporting the Executive Director. Assist in the management of office operations and as requested, in representing career services to the campus and external community;
Amplify UCS as the on-campus subject matter expert on employer needs and recruiting/hiring trends by industry; sharing data from Handshake and employer interactions with campus stakeholders;
Consult and collaborate effectively and regularly with Associate Directors to create/implement programs and services in the career center that anticipate or respond to trends in recruiting/hiring;
Develop and enforce relevant employer policies and procedures (e.g. on-campus interviewing, job/internship posting approvals, recruiting policies.);
Analyze and utilize tracked data and assessments to make informed, critical decisions particularly around the employer engagement strategy, staff resource allocation, and revenue generating activities (e.g., career fairs); and
Oversee all aspects of employer development, employer relations, employer programs, and industry-specific initiatives.
Staff Supervision and Development
Set vision for 6+ professionals; delegate responsibilities and directly supervise 2 staff: Senior Employer and Alumni Engagement Manager and Assistant Director of Recruiting to facilitate continuous improvement of the employer recruiting experience at Mason;
Ensure Employer Engagement Consultants communicate regularly with Career Advisors for essential knowledge transfer around top academic programs, students' interests, in-demand jobs/skills, recruiting timelines, hiring practices and workplace trends in support of the career center's industry model and to connect employers with qualified candidates;
Provide support and assistance in setting performance goals, reaching goals, and engaging in self-appraisal. Conduct annual appraisals of direct reports;
Encourage and provide opportunities for staff development and growth. Showcase and encourage successful staff effort at the campus, local, regional, and national levels; and
Continually improve by seeking professional development opportunities/feedback on supervision style and approaches to better enhance staff development, morale, and cohesion.
Employer and Alumni Development and Engagement
Create and implement an employer development strategy to ensure students from all schools/colleges, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as international students have adequate opportunities. Assess and refine annually based on shifting student enrollments and career interests;
Build and strengthen relationships with external and internal stakeholders (e.g., Alumni Relations, Advancement, Chamber of Commerce);
Set employer development and employer relationship management goals/metrics and monitor achievement/outcomes;
Advise employers on strategies for successful branding and recruiting at Mason, with focus on evaluating and changing practices in the screening/interview process that disproportionately negatively impact students from marginalized identity groups;
Provide vision and leadership for signature recruiting events, with special attention to mix of in-person and virtual options;
Develop innovative ideas to connect students with employers in industries underrepresented in the DC metro area, employers not engaged in on-campus recruiting and for raising the profile of small-medium sized organizations at Mason;
Ensure concierge level service is provided to partnership program employers and those engaged with Mason at an enterprise level;
Utilize the most current technology, online tools and social media to engage employers and alumni and connect them with Mason students;
Oversee the creation and maintenance of all employer-targeted marketing and communications (e.g. website, email, print brochure), in keeping with university branding guidelines and key messages;
Address policy violations and employer complaints in a timely manner, involving Legal Counsel as necessary;
Stay current on changing economic and labor conditions and industry trends through meetings with employers, site visits and conference attendance; share trends regularly with staff and stakeholders; and
Oversee team budget; evaluate partnership/career fair pricing structures annually.
Support staffing needs for large-scale events (e.g. career fairs, orientation), both in person and virtually;
Contribute to UCS strategic plan development and implementation;
Serve on division/university committees to represent UCS;
Serve as liaison to university departments as appropriate; and
Participate in all-staff meetings, trainings and symposia for UCS and the division.
Master's degree in Higher Education, Human Resources or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Experience (typically obtained in 5 years) in college/university career services or in campus recruiting/talent acquisition;
Experience (typically obtained in 1-2 years) leading a team and/or supervising staff;
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive relationships, partnerships, and alliances. Stakeholder engagement (e.g., employers, students, alumni, faculty, and university administrators). Project and/or change management experience;
Exceptional communication (written, oral, presentation); and
Familiarity with Handshake or other campus career management or applicant tracking systems. Demonstrated commitment to DEI. Experience with data analysis and reporting.
Event planning experience; and
Customer service orientation.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students with potential we serve, not how many we leave out.
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