The Employer Relations Specialist is responsible for raising the profile, number, and quality of job and internship opportunities for undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University. They will focus on developing and maintaining successful relationships with employers, organizations, alumni, parents, and friends of the university. The Employer Relations Specialist is expected to remain current with the employment marketplace including trends, research, and best practices within both the employment community as well as student populations. Employer Relations Specialists are assigned to manage connections with specific industries based on their experience and interests.
The Vanderbilt Career Center serves undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering and Peabody College, as well as graduate students in the Graduate School. In addition the Center provides career coaching to recent graduates (0-2 years) after graduation. The Center provides many opportunities for students to learn about and explore professional opportunities including internships, career coaching, credit-based career courses, workshops, career panels, on-campus recruiting, job fairs, and industry-based Treks. The Career Center also supports students who are seeking graduate school admission as well as prestigious scholarships and fellowships. The Center consists of a leadership team, a coaching team, an employer relations team, and support staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
Employer and Opportunity Outreach and Sourcing:
Constantly research various sources to find potential new contacts and internship and post-grad opportunities.
Network and connect with potential employers, internship sites, alumni, and other contacts to increase student employment opportunities.
Conduct employer development activities (on-site visits) with targeted organizations and industries to raise the profile, number, and quality of jobs for students.
Recruiting Event/Activities Management:
Manage ongoing activities of the Employer Relations program including hosting on-campus recruiters, coordinating career fairs, information sessions, niche recruiting events, and other recruiting-related activities.
Enhance the employer hosting program ensuring employers a high-quality experience while visiting with the Career Center.
Develop and provide recruiting information to the coaching team and students:
Work with the Career Coaching team to develop appropriate programming, services, and guidelines to ensure that students who participate in recruiting programs are well-prepared for the job search process.
Serve as an "industry expert" and provide related programming to students. Coordinate/facilitate programs, presentations & workshops to enhance and increase the visibility of students to employers and vice versa.
Manage communication to students with an interest in specific industry areas.
Co-lead Vandy In career communities with a Career Coach.
Build Industry Research and Knowledge:
Compile data and write reports focusing on employment trends and opportunities within specialization areas, and supply information and resources to students and coaching team. Collect, maintain, and present recruiting and placement-related data as needed, including conducting need and satisfaction surveys among students and employers.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum two years of experience in recruiting, admissions, human resources, external or corporate relations, sales, or related fields is necessary.
Master's degree and a minimum one year of experience in recruiting, admissions, human resources, external or corporate relations, sales, or related fields is preferred.
Demonstrated experience sourcing networks and securing new clients
Demonstrated experience in effectively building and managing professional partnerships
Understanding of the college recruiting process and experience working with college students
Demonstrated skills in program and event management, including assessment of programs and services
Excellent communications skills both through presentations and in writing
Strong administrative, organizational, problem-solving skills and attention to detail
Strong initiative, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
Ability to work evening hours and a flexible schedule as needed, especially around events.
Familiarity with the Symplicity platform and functionality or similar platforms
Skills with social media platforms/functions
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000327
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.