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Assistant Director for Employer Partnerships

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Career Services
Pay Grade: 32
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The mission of the Office of Career Services and Internships is to provide holistic, high quality, and culturally responsive career development activities and coaching. We are committed to advancing their personal, academic, and professional goals, expanding access to experiential learning opportunities, and connecting students with networks and resources that lead to meaningful careers in a global society. We engage in intentional process that values students’ strengths and cultural wealth while maintaining a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

The Assistant Director for Employer Partnerships supports the mission of the Office of Career Services and Internships by establishing, cultivating, and leveraging employer relationships to facilitate connections leading to the recruitment of UMass Boston students. The incumbent will assist in the development of a strategic plan that proactively works to create and promote internship and career opportunities for UMB students leading to equitable outcomes. Responsibilities include developing the employer partnership strategy for targeted industries and coordinating engagement including but not limited to on-campus/virtual recruiting and interviewing events, managing employer’s accounts and job postings in Handshake, collaborating with colleagues both within the department and externally such as academic departments, alumni relations, faculty, and student affairs to facilitate deeper connections for students and alumni. The Assistant Director will play a role in supporting holistic and asset-based academic and career advising, where student success and employer partnerships is informed by meaningful academic and career coaching and supported by relevant experiential learning, mentoring opportunities, and undergraduate research.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Establish, cultivate, and leverage employer and community partnerships for the Office of Career Services and Internships to facilitate connections leading to the recruitment of UMass Boston students and alumni;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Career Services and Internships to develop strategic goals, objectives and initiatives for employer and community relationships align with departmental mission and goals.
  • Assist in the implementation of the vision and strategy for expanding opportunities for employer engagement, internships and post-graduation employment, working closely with the Career Specialist team to align employer engagement efforts with the diverse interests and needs of our student body
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the employer partnership model, including on-campus recruitment, job development, career fairs, employer networking events, facilitate greater and equitable student access to opportunities.  Measure ROI on employer engagement work; prepare reports on employment activity and trends.
  • Oversee the campus career management system – Handshake; provide guidance, training, and support to professional staff, students, and employers utilizing the system; Execute the day-to-day employer relations efforts including employer vetting, managing internship and job postings, and facilitating greater and equitable student access to opportunities.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Career Services and Internships, design and implement an assessment plan for evaluating programs and services and tracking employer and student engagement,
  • Provide direction and oversight for operations regarding career expos/fairs, employer accounts, and job postings in collaboration with internal and external colleagues
  • Raise awareness of and interest in UMass Boston students and alumni by developing new relationships with employers through individual outreach and special events; advise employers on strategies for successful branding and recruiting at UMass Boston;
  • Supervise the Manager of University Internships and potentially other professional staff and/or student employees;
  • Collaborate with University Advancement, Alumni Relations, Community Partnerships, and Community Relations to identify potential employer partnerships and development opportunities to support career development initiatives and programs;
  • Recruit and lead a group of community partners to serve on the career community advisory board. Board membership shall include employers/alumni, faculty/staff, student leaders, and CSI staff, etc. The board will direct the overall administration of community-specific career journey programs, student-alumni mentoring activities, and virtual recruiting programs. The board will also assist the career community lead with engaging academic departments, large student organizations, and other community members. The boards will meet virtually or in-person at least monthly. Create, present, and co-chair career/industry and employment specific events, such as career expos (career fairs), career forums, career workshops and panels;
  • Assist in staffing weekly Drop-in Hours and provide one-on-one career advising to students regarding resumes, cover letters, internships, and job search strategies; conduct in-person and virtual workshops for classroom presentations and student organizations.
  • Work closely with Director in the preparation of the department annual report; oversee the collection of appropriate data for the purpose of departmental reporting; identify the data required for the annual report, extract, analyze and clean-up the data;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Career/Employment Counseling, MBA, or a closely related field preferred, and a minimum of three-five (3-5) years of work experience in college/university career services operations in a higher education setting or corporate/non-profit human resources is required. Prior work experience in supervising, leading, hiring, and evaluating professional staff positions and work teams required. Proven experience in developing positive employer and stakeholder relationships, partnerships, and alliances required. The incumbent may be required to work occasional nights and weekends, as needed. 

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate cross-functionally and to interact effectively with employers, students, alumni, faculty and university administrators is required;
  • Knowledge of best practices in developing operational employer relations, partnerships, and workforce development;
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with diverse student populations and organizations to effectively prepare them for employment;
  • Knowledge of various administrative software applications and programs, including Microsoft Office;
  • Proven ability to use technology and computer systems (Handshake) relevant to the career services field;
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects simultaneously and balance priorities; work under pressure and under tight timeframes and deadlines;
  • Ability to manage complex tasks under time constraints, while maintaining strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team capacity with a broad range of staff to accomplish departmental, program and university goals;
  • Ability to approach the position in a results-oriented sense of responsibility, collegiality and collaboration;
  • Ability to use independent judgment, work with discretion and be entrusted with confidential information;
  • Ability to manage major projects from development to implementation through timely completion;
  • Ability to evaluate programs and collect and analyze data;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent  interpersonal skills, including the capacity to work cooperatively with a wide range of individuals;
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills;
  • Strong commitment to student success and customer service;
  • Experience in career counseling, advising or teaching of students/adults on their career/professional development;
  • Knowledge of career assessment tools and ability to interpret results with students and alumni;
  • Understanding of the diverse functional areas within higher education and a natural confidence and comfortability interacting with various stakeholders and leaders.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 


Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status including booster. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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