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Director of Employer Relations

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Career Development and Services
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202100754AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Management II

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range

Employee Benefits

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Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The Career Center is part of the Division of Student Affairs with strong and broad-reaching relationships and responsibilities throughout campus, including the academic colleges. Divided into three units (Career Education; Employer Relations; and Operations), the Career Center not only provides career-related-advising and - services to students, it fills many additional functions critical to the success of the university and students, including, but not limited to, campus-wide career fair coordination and job/internship postings, employer relations, institutional career outcome reporting, and student employee development leadership. The Career Center is responsible to a variety of internal and external stakeholders and leverages those relationships to help students investigate the many available professional opportunities with special consideration for finding paths that meet their skills, goals, values, and unique identities. The Career Center proudly embraces and upholds the CSU Principles of Community: inclusion, integrity, respect, service, and social justice.

Position Summary

The Director of Employer Relations leads the Career Center's strategy for connecting CSU students with prospective employers and driving student success, as well as fosters collaborative working relationships with all employer-facing units on campus to promote a positive and seamless recruiting experience for employers. This is accomplished through facilitating a robust recruiting partners program, overseeing campus-wide student employee development initiatives, facilitating an engaged employer advisory board, using data and employment trends to develop strategic relationships, career fairs, employer-related events, among many other priorities. The Director accomplishes this work through a collaborative and communicative style, centering equity and inclusion in their work and philosophy, being student-centered, and displaying humility and authenticity. The Director supervises a large and productive team of 17 (9 professional staff and approximately 8 student staff) and reports to the Executive Director of Career Services. The Director is also a member of the Career Center's leadership team, playing a critical role in the development of the Career Center's broader goals, strategy, and resource allocation.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant experience with extensive public contact and successful relationship development
  • Personal and professional commitment to equity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes

Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Master's degree
  • Minimum of three years of experience supervising full-time staff
  • Knowledge of and experience with career services and its role in the broader the mission and goal of student success
  • Knowledge of and experience with career development and student development
  • Experience with and demonstrated history of successfully generating revenue through public/private partnerships
  • Experience with budget projections, oversight, and reporting
  • Demonstrated strategic planning skills and a history of setting and achieving goals
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems

Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Job Duty Category: Supervision and Career Center Leadership

  • Empower a dynamic team of 17 to ensure the success of the employer relations program.
  • Directly supervise, train, and evaluate 5 full-time team members (associate director of student employee development, two employer relations managers, the employer relations coordinator, and the event and program coordinator).
  • Indirectly supervise 3 full-time team members (student employment coordinator, training and development coordinator, on-campus recruiting coordinator), 1 graduate assistant, and approximately 8 student staff members.
  • Independently develop and manage the employer relations team's revenue generation ($300,000 annual fund-raising goal) and operating budgets ($100,000 annually).
  • Serve on the Career Center's leadership team; participate in the development of policies, allocation of resources, role-modeling, alignment of services, and other strategic decision-making.
  • Help facilitate the Career Center's strategic planning process, which is used to guide the Center's goals and continued progress.
Percentage Of Time: 50%

Job Duty Category: Employer Relations Program Leadership

  • Ensure resources, programs, communications, and personnel are aligned to deliver an impactful employer relations program that promotes student success and meaningful employer relationships.
  • Develop both short- and long-term strategic plans for the employer relations program that supports the institution's and Career Center's goals and strategic plans, and equitable student success.
  • Continually assess the quality and offerings of the employer relations program with the goal of expanding the number, quality, and diversity of professional career opportunities available for CSU students and alumni.
  • Use internal (e.g., institutional career outcomes) and external (e.g., employment trends) data to make strategic recommendations about the employer relations program and strategic employer relationship development.
  • Monitor, review, and handle or triage issues related to campus recruiting policies; liaise with senior university leaders to resolve issues; ensure all recruiting policies comply with University, State, and Federal EEO and Affirmative Action policies.
  • Continually assess, grow, and adjust the Recruiting Partners Program to ensure the program is meeting the recruitment needs of employers; generate at least $300,000 annually to sustain ongoing operations and initiatives.
  • Facilitate regular employer advisory board meetings; ensure meetings are productive, efficient, and meaningful learning opportunities for both the internal team and the employer attendees.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Career Education and Career Education team to ensure a strong relationship where employers can be connected with opportunities to interface directly with students; effectively oversee the management of many small- and large-scale events.
  • Participate in CSU's industry partners group, a collection of units that coordinate CSU's engagement with employers across the institution including student recruitment, research partnerships, contractual relationships, and other partnerships; promote a positive and seamless recruiting experience for employers interacting with CSU.
  • Maintain positive relationships with internal and external partners, while also balancing the institutional landscape, multiple competing priorities, and equity, to meet students' employment needs.
  • Closely partner with the associate director of student employee development to provide overall leadership for campus-wide student employee development; increase the campus's use of career competencies and training opportunities for student employees and their supervisors; navigate the political landscape to ensure student employees (and their success) are regularly considered when making policy recommendations.
Percentage Of Time: 40%

Job Duty Category: Administration

  • Partner with the Director of Operations and Assessment to track, analyze, and report on key employment data for annual reports, university-wide publications, and end-of-year recruiting partner reports.
  • Assume leadership for Career Center projects, new initiatives, and special assignments.
  • Investigate, analyze, and produce information requested by the executive director and/or other institutional leaders.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants

An application packet will consist of: 1) a cover letter indicating interest in the position at Colorado State University along with a description of the applicant's ability to meet the position's required and preferred qualifications; 2) a resume; 3) contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For full consideration, applications should be received no later than 11:59pm MST August 13, 2021.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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