Assistant Director, Employer Connections (STEM)

  • Santa Clara University
  • Santa Clara, CA, USA
  • Apr 29, 2022
Full time, Direct Hire Business Development

Job Description

Position Title:

Assistant Director, Employer Connections (STEM)

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The Career Center model embraces Santa Clara University’s tradition of developing ethical leaders of compassion and social consciousness and fosters participation across the SCU community in order to support every student in their professional journey. We empower students to explore and develop awareness through reflection and practical experience so they are prepared to make thoughtful decisions about career in alignment with who they are throughout their lifetime. We achieve this by providing robust and meaningful resources and by engaging the Santa Clara ecosystem, Silicon Valley and beyond. 

Our Vision: We empower students to continuously discern and pursue meaningful work to meet the complex needs of an ever-changing world.

Our Purpose: Expand our reach in meaningful and scalable ways to support and prepare all undergraduate students for career success after SCU.

Position Purpose:

Reporting to the Associate Director for Industry and Employer Connections in the Career Center, the Assistant Director, Employer Connections is responsible for advancing and complementing Santa Clara University’s focus on strategic engagement with Silicon Valley through the development of relationships with industry and by implementing a portfolio of systems, programs, and services designed to foster purposeful connections between students and employers.  This professional leads employer engagement with organizations in the Engineering, Science, & Technology industries and will provide Santa Clara students with experiences, insights and connections needed on their path towards meaningful work. In seizing opportunities in the region, the Assistant Director, Employer Connections actively explores and implements innovative opportunities to enhance industry engagement and is essential to the success of Santa Clara University students finding opportunities for internships and full-time positions.



Industry Engagement and Major Program Implementation (85%)

Strategy Setting, Relationship Development

  • Establish and cultivate relationships with organizations in the following areas and industries including but not limited to: technology and innovation, engineering, research and development, natural sciences, biotechnology.
  • Develop annual strategy and plan for employer outreach and engagement in partnership with career colleagues and collaboratively establish an annual programming and recruiting calendar.
  • Implement programs and systems to engage employers in the campus community. The purposes of these relationships are to:
    • Create greater visibility of the university and its students within relevant industries and professional communities.
    • Grow the number and scope of full-time and internship opportunities for SCU’s students.
    • Grow the number of targeted university recruiting and employer connection programs conducted at the university and out in industry.
  • Develop and execute strategy to address company engagement needs based on assessment and current industry trends, to include providing consultative support to help employers develop an individualized approach to maximizing ROI, recruiting strategy and brand at SCU

Major Program Implementation and Management

  • Design, implement and manage all aspects of a robust portfolio of employer connections and recruiting initiatives to include but not limited to boutique recruiting forums and fairs, company information sessions and meet-ups, tech talks, industry treks, and on-campus interviewing programs,  in order to engage employers in the campus community and connect them with students and faculty.
  • Drive and implement new innovative employer engagement approaches, events, programs and systems to provide transformational connection experiences between students and employers.
  • Identify, implement and manage technology platforms and resources that enhance and accelerate the networking and connections process for employers and students.
  • Execute events and initiatives that align with the goals of the Career Center and address the students’ preferences for industries and companies in partnership with Center team members.
  • Construct policies for company participation in Career Center recruiting programs in collaboration with the Associate Director. Review and uphold policies with company representatives, negotiating solutions as needed.



  • Design, develop and lead all marketing and communication to students and recruiters regarding all programming portfolio initiatives in order to drive engagement and increase visibility of Career Center resources and offerings.
  • Utilize social media and technology to brand the employer connections team efforts and increase awareness of career resources, programs, opportunities, and meaningful connections for employers, students, and alumni.


Data Analysis, Technology and Reporting (10%)

  • Analyze and provide SCU data and statistics in contribution to the development of industry engagement strategy.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the Career Center’s CSM tool, Handshake, regularly sharing just in time data from its dashboards to key stakeholders in the community, and assisting companies with other Handshake-related issues as needed.
  • Assess the impact of service delivery and engagement by generating a range of recruiting reports and employer-student surveys and facilitate the analysis of information sessions and specialized programs.


Additional Responsibilities (2.5%)

  • During peak periods, coach students regarding resume writing, interviewing techniques and other job search skills.
  • Present at a number of university functions representing the Career Center, including Family Weekend, Parent Orientation, and other events as needed.


Continuous Benchmarking and University Representation (2.5%)

  • Ensure continuous enhancements through local, regional and national benchmarking with employer relations peers and robust industry networks.
  • Update position-related skills by participating in appropriate professional development offerings throughout the year.
  • Represent Santa Clara University’s Career Center through active involvement and leadership in regional and national associations.


  • May train and develop student assistants and staff in the Career Center regarding event planning and logistics management.



Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices. Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.  Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.


This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.



  • Evidence of a working knowledge of industry and relevant career and internship opportunities in the marketplace.
  • Understanding of and commitment to a culture of high-level, superior, customer service.
  • Experience supervising and training student staff



  • Enterprising, creative and innovative approach to engagement with employers.
  • Experience and comfort with technology, recruiting software, database management, social media
  • Proven track record of establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Refined communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external key stakeholders (employers, students, faculty, staff, parents)
  • Excellent problem solving skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Strong strategic planning and execution skills
  • User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive



  • Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to solve complex and time sensitive problems as well as handle and manage multiple customers.
  • Ability to prioritize and be flexible. 
  • Ability to maintain composure and a positive attitude during periods of high volume and intensity.
  • High level of professional discretion and integrity in handling confidential, sensitive information.
  • Commitment to understand and support Santa Clara University’s distinctive Jesuit tradition and educational vision and willingness to model institutional values of service to others, community, and diversity
  • Santa Clara University is committed to inclusive excellence, therefore it is vital that all candidates seeking employment be committed to and demonstrate skills, knowledge and awareness to serve the unique needs of our diverse campus population



  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Years of Experience

  • Three to five years of experience in employer relations, recruiting, human resources, career counseling, job development, or program management in a university or industry setting. University setting preferred.



The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities.  A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Will be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
  • Will be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
  • Will be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.
  • Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal. 


The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Typical office environment.
  • Mostly indoor office environment.
  • Offices with frequent interruptions.


EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, , Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). 


Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.


Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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