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Clark University, founded in 1887, is a private, liberal arts-based research university with a distinguished academic and research pedigree that is redefining higher education for the 21st century. The university enrolls 3,224 students—2,300 of whom are undergraduates pursing 32 academic majors. Through its LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) Center, Clark is providing students opportunities to mesh their academic skills with real-world work experiences that give meaning to their endeavors and directly impacts the organizations and communities around them. In fall 2017, the university launched a new digital platform, ClarkCONNECT, which provides students access to mentorship, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and other valuable interactions made possible by supportive alumni, parents, and friends of Clark worldwide. ClarkCONNECT amplifies and complements the work of the LEEP Center and is proving invaluable in helping students expand their sights as they link their academic, co-curricular, and post-graduate aspirations and advance confidently toward graduation and lives of impact and success. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts—with its diverse economy spanning the arts, biotechnology research, health care, financial services, higher education, and green energy enterprise—the Clark learning community thrives in an accessible city that is also conveniently located within a one hour drive of Boston, Hartford, CT, and Providence, RI.

The Position
The Director of Employer Relations is a key member of the University Advancement team, reporting to the Director of ClarkCONNECT. In this inaugural position, the Director of Employer Relations will support institutional strategic initiatives as a brand and relationship manager, focused on expanding and enhancing substantive engagement between the university and nationally and globally prominent organizations in multiple industries. A top priority for the Director of Employer Relations is developing a strategic implementation plan that will cultivate and sustain organizational relationships by way of targeted alumni, parents, and other representatives’ involvement in efforts contributing to the post-degree employment success of Clark graduates. Key partners with whom the Director of Employer Relations will work closely include the Clark University Board of Trustees, members of alumni and parent leadership councils, and University Advancement colleagues. Additionally, the Director of Employer Relations will work collaboratively with colleagues across the institution in undergraduate and graduate career services, community engagement, and academic departments to elevate existing initiatives, to provide continuous feedback from external partners to support curricular enhancement, and to leverage connections—particularly connections outside the immediate Worcester area—that will expand students’ experience, integrate academic learning with career aspirations, and strengthen preparation for success upon graduation.

The Director of Employer Relations will employ available technology, including CRM and enterprise systems as well as assessment tools, to monitor, report, and analyze internal and external interactions that support, sustain, and scale ClarkCONNECT strategic priorities. Working in conjunction with career services and other institutional partners, the director will be responsible for establishing best practices, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with fair and equitable recruiting and selection standards for student internship and/or employment opportunities. In addition to designing and executing an effective communication plan focused on phone, written, and electronic outreach, the Director of Employer Relations will manage a strategic recruitment travel schedule and be actively involved in a broad range of on- and off-campus events that bring Clark supporters together to address mutual interests, build community and heighten engagement, and celebrate success.

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and have a progressive record of professional experience demonstrating successful relationship management with a mission-driven organization in a college relations, career services, fundraising, alumni relations, talent acquisition/human resource management, sales and marketing, and/or related capacity. Evidence of excellent written and oral communication, cross-cultural competency, and marketing/public relations skills, coupled with an unwavering commitment to high-level customer service are required. An ability to travel and manage a flexible schedule are also essential. Additional capabilities and experience that will be important considerations in the selection of the Director of Employer Relations include: familiarity with corporate culture and recruitment practices; facility with strategic thinking, planning, and analysis; demonstrated collaborative work style; ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations; strong data and organizational management capability; and an ability to set and achieve goals, prioritize, and problem-solve within a fast-paced organizational environment.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Clark University – Director of Employer Relations, ClarkCONNECT
Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging.

Clark University is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages members from historically underrepresented communities – inclusive of all women – to apply.

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