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Job Summary

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for the Director of Alumni and Employer Engagement in the LSA Opportunity Hub. The Opportunity Hub is led by the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives, and reports to the LSA Dean’s Office. The Opportunity Hub is a transformational initiative to encourage all students to connect their liberal arts education with their goals and aspirations. Hub staff collaborate with campus partners to facilitate access to experiential learning opportunities both on and off campus, funding, employer partnerships, and alumni mentors. Through these channels, the Opportunity Hub helps students explore challenging, diverse opportunities, discover what matters most to them in their education and beyond, and put their liberal arts education to work.

We are seeking candidates who have an innovative approach to work; enjoy working in a fast-paced, evolving area; are comfortable taking action in a growing and changing workplace; and who will actively engage in a dynamic, high-performing, collegial team environment. Candidates must prize and work to further our desire for inclusivity. We seek candidates with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for our diverse population of LSA students, and have an interest in and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.

Responsibilities*

The Director of Alumni & Employer Engagement will develop employer and alumni connections for the LSA Opportunity Hub from a liberal arts, student-centered perspective. This will include overseeing the staff, process, structures and systems used to identify, engage, foster and track employer and alumni relationships and connect them to students and the College. To this end, the Director of Alumni & Employer Engagement will work with the Hub team and, in particular, the Director of Student Engagement, to develop methods for connecting internship, mentoring and employment opportunities to students. They will also work closely with the LSA Advancement team to coordinate the connections and stewardship of our alumni relationships.

Strategy & Direction 25%

  • Define and implement plan for tracking alumni and employer contacts and managing relationships
  • Provide leadership for the development of Internships and job opportunities across regions and sectors based on student interests
  • Oversee the identification of alumni and employer mentors across regions and sectors to provide a variety of options for students
  • In collaboration with Hub staff, coordinate employer campus visit and recruitment activities on campus including presentations, workshops, small group sessions, interviews and site visits
  • Oversee the development of short-term 1-5 day “Flash Internships” to regional sites affiliated with alumni
  • Create advisory opportunities for alumni to serve in the Hub
  • Participate on Hub Lead Team to shape and lead development of the Hub and it’s staff
  • Establish practices with Hub Director of Student Engagement to serve student needs relative to internships and job opportunities
  • Provide leadership for Hub in tracking, understanding and using employment trends in daily work and staff support
  • Engage the Hub team in the work of alumni and employer engagement area to foster interest and knowledge of this work
  • Developing data tracking and reporting methods for employer development area

Campus, Employer & Alumni Partnerships  30%

  • Establish on-going, defined, and robust relationships with campus partners who work directly with alumni and students to align processes that serve our students
  • Provide high level relationship management of LSA Dean’s Advisory Council members to facilitate their engagement with the Hub and support the Assistant Dean
  • Collaborate closely with Director of Development and to the Director of Stewardship to coordinate connections with donors and alumni
  • Coordinate efforts for full time recruitment with the University Career Center to facilitate student’s connection with employers
  • Effectively and frequently communicate with colleagues on alumni/employer relationships, including Hub leadership, Hub Coaches, Hub Applied Liberal Arts course  instructors, Hub Internship Program staff, LSA Advancement and Office of University Development major gift officers, Business Engagement Center Relationship Managers
  • Lead and attend standing meetings with campus partners and stakeholders and report on Hub area outcomes and activities

Supervise Internship Program and Alumni & Employer Engagement staff  30%

  • Hire, train, and supervise internship and alumni and employer engagement staff which includes 10 staff in area overall and 3 direct reports
  • Work with the Director of the Internship Program to oversee the direction of the structure, process and deliverables
  • Work with the Director of Global Alumni Engagement to shape strategic growth and programming of our international alumni engagement
  • Work with the Director of US Alumni and Employer Engagement to set direction and targets for the alumni & employer engagement managers

Hub Scholarship Opportunities 10%

  • Identify and implement the use of new funding opportunities to support LSA students
  • Facilitate student access to Internship Scholarship funding at $1M+
  • Champion and advocate for student funding needs
  • Support stewardship efforts and activities with Hub donors
  • Coordinate fund identification and assignment efforts with the Hub’s LSA business analyst

Professional Development  5%

  • Remain updated and connected to the work of peer institutions
  • Attend workshops, trainings, institutes, and conferences related to the profession and Hub mission
  • Actively engage and contribute to the profession at campus, local, regional, and/or national level
  • Be an active member of related professional organizations
  • Attend meetings, represent LSA & Hub interests, and participate in sub-committee partnership work within the Career Services Network, a professional network of University of Michigan Administrators
  • Remain current on research, scholarship, and best practices related to the liberal arts and sciences, higher education, and position specific requirements

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in higher education, liberal arts or related field
  • 5-7 years experience in an educational or employer setting working with employers and/or alumni
  • Experience working with employer and alumni engagement programs for undergraduates in a large liberal arts context
  • Evidence of successful supervision of staff
  • Appreciation of and ability to articulate the value of the liberal arts and sciences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Successful experience working in a collaborative, team environment
  • Very high level of organizational ability, including the ability to organize and coordinate a diverse workload with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation
  • Flexibility to meet changing priorities
  • Demonstrated investment in issues of equity, access and inclusion

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience creating, implementing, and maintaining employer and alumni engagement programs for undergraduates in a large liberal arts context
  • Experience in university development and advancement
  • Experience with employer development and recruitment programs in a university setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Industry and employment trends
  • Experience in a newly developing organization, and a demonstrated ability to adapt to change
  • Demonstrated experience with higher education systems, policies, and procedures

Additional Information

The position requires occasional domestic and international travel.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.