The WKU Advising and Career Development Center (ACDC) exists to assist students and alumni in both identifying and reaching their career and employment goals, help employers access an educated and highly trained workforce, and support faculty and staff in providing opportunities to increase student learning and skill development to meet the demands of an ever-changing work environment.
The ACDC Specialist, Employer Relations assumes responsibility for building relationships and creating awareness among corporate and community organizations with regard to the benefits of hiring WKU students and graduates and of the services of career center. This person coordinates employer recruitment and all activities related to employment events and programs. The goals of the position are to increase job and internship posting, recruitment, and hiring activity for the university's students and graduates.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Strategically identify and build relationships with state, regional, national, and international employers to ensure repeat recruiting visits designed to provide internship, co-op, and professional opportunities for our students and alumni.
- Work with employers to develop marketing strategies for enhancement of employer presence on campus; evaluate appropriateness of employer expectations; assist with diversity recruitment; promote adherence to office procedures and deadlines, interviewing protocols, offer/accept lead times, and ethical/professional conduct. Discuss student feedback with employers and notify director of problematic employer activities/behavior and significant trends.
- Collaborate with designated college liaisons and faculty/staff to increase employment opportunities for students, including but not limited to underserved populations and graduate students.
- Facilitate relationships between employers and the university community, including students, RSO's, faculty, staff, alumni association, foundation, etc.
- Coordinate on-campus recruitment to address program resources, employer and student accessibility, and policy/procedure formulation. Plans, organizes, promotes, and evaluates employer visits and interview schedules. Check-in employers for faculty visits and luncheons, etc. as part of the on-campus recruitment program.
- Participate actively in various local, state, regional, and national organizations to increase employment opportunities for students and alumni.
- Design and develop marketing material to employers, including website content, compose content and coordinate timing of communications to employers.
- Conduct ongoing assessment of employer relation's efforts and provide feedback as to the effectiveness of such efforts.
- Manage all aspects of the online recruiting system (Handshake); serve as point person to for communication and outreach to vendors and users.
- Provide leadership for the employment services staff in strategic planning and goal setting, monthly and annual reports, etc.
- Update, distribute, collect, and analyze the graduate survey data for both undergraduate and graduate students; Distribute survey findings and industry analysis results to relevant constituents.
- Provide professional development assistance to students and alumni in areas including but not limited to career exploration, job search guidance, resume and portfolio review, mock interviews, and soft-skill development.
- Present job-search strategies workshops to students participating in on-campus recruiting activities.
- Coordinate the services and staffing of the career drop-in program.
- Attend administrative staff meetings, participate in professional development activities, and represent the Career Center on campus and in the community as needed.
- Assist in ACDC office events and other duties assigned by the director.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Considered Essential for Success:
- Must work collaboratively within the unit and externally and productively in a fast-paced, strategically proactive Career Center that is responsive to the ever-changing work world
- Must work independently, as a self-starter, and with autonomy in a fast-paced, intentionally proactive Career Center
- Must possess and practice effective individual and group counseling skills
- Must possess and practice excellent written, oral, and technological communication skills
- Must plan, organize, prioritize, and execute tasks with a keen attention to detail
- Must be skilled in designing, executing, and assessing educational outreach initiatives and presentations
- Must travel and work some evening and weekend hours
- Must serve on Department, Division, or University committees
- Must adhere to all University policies and procedures
- Work in a standard office environment
- Travel in and out of state if necessary
- Work nights and weekends necessary
- Work using electronic mail, telephone, face-to-face discussions, paper form correspondence
- Communicate effectively in writing, speaking, and listening
- Organize and establish priorities; Remember detail; multi-task
- Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
- Walk, stand, stoop, lift, kneel, climb
- Earned Baccalaureate degree by position start date;
- One year of experience in a customer service field
- Experience with event planning, marketing, public relations, database management or other area directly related to the duties of this position
- Excellent attention to detail in all work output
- Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal relations skills.
Salary Grade: 107 Salary Range: $35,568 - $37,000
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at email@example.com or by phone at (270) 745-5121.
The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU''s https://www.wku.edu/titleix/ website.
Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at: http://www.wku.edu/atwku/academics.php