The Assistant Director of Employer Outreach coordinates and oversees all operational aspects of on- and off-campus recruitment programs, on- and off-site job fairs, and pre-recruiting events for students (e.g., large-scale networking events). The Assistant Director acts as the primary point of contact for employers to facilitate recruiting needs, proactively markets Northwestern Law and the Career Strategy Center to current and prospective employers, and develops and maintains employer relationships.
Please Note: This position requires extended hours during recruiting periods and weekend for MPILCC and August OCI.
• Plans events internally, externally and interdepartmentally to promote student and employer interactions and generate revenue for the Law School (e.g. Meet the Employers, Mock Networking events, etc.).
• Functions as a primary point-of-contact with employers for recruiting and large scale programs.
• Oversees the day-of details of on- and off-campus programs; leads Career Center staff on-site; arrives first to verify on-site set-up; coordinates and liaises with facilities and catering; answers student and employer questions throughout the day; monitors the prompt completion of interviews and clean-up of the interview spaces; and handles any day-of issues that might arise.
• Travels as necessary to attend and oversee off-campus recruiting events.
• When applicable, works with and/or leads other participating schools for on- and off-campus job fairs.
• Manages student and employer communications, bidding and scheduling for OCI and other on-campus job fairs and off-campus job fairs.
• Manages employer relations including creating or updating employer registration materials and communication, soliciting employers and overseeing the registration process, serving as employer point-of-contact and assisting with all questions or issues.
• Collaborates with CSC staff, other law school departments, employers, and other University entities to coordinate and market student and employer events.
• Assists employers in planning and promoting off- and on-campus programs.
• Assists with creating, updating, and presenting content for CSC-led student training; solicits speakers for student events.
Employer Outreach and Marketing
• Develops and manages relationships with current and prospective employers in the legal, corporate, government, and public interest spheres.
• Schedules and/or participates in meetings with active and prospective employers to raise visibility of Northwestern candidates, including attending conferences and programs outside of Chicago.
• Creates and executes marketing plans aimed at target employers.
• Markets OCI and other on- and off-campus job fairs to employers.
• Assign and prioritize Career Strategy Center tasks for Program Assistant and Office Manager.
• Conduct regular meetings with supervisees to review quality of work and steady workflow.
• Perform annual evaluation processes.
• Drafts and updates procedures, student manuals, communications, and policies with regard to OCI and recruitment programs in general.
• Creates and/or updates employer marketing materials, websites, and databases for OCI and on- and off-campus recruiting programs.
• Maintains employer data in relevant databases and maintains recruiting database.
• Works with employers in posting opportunities and reviews postings entered and approved by the Program Assistant and/or Office Manager.
• Manages budgets of OCI and other job fair events to minimize expenses and maximize revenue for the law school.
• Updates OCI and job fair fee structures as necessary based on cost and market analysis.
• Negotiates and handles speaker reimbursements and honoraria as necessary.
• Oversees the billing and tracking of event payments and the invoice process of employer payments for sponsored student programs.
Data Collection and Analysis
• Uses technology, trends, and student and employer needs and feedback to develop on and off campus programs.
• Gathers data and performs analysis on employer recruiting activity nationwide to find trends and identify methods of improving employer engagement and recruiting results; makes relevant recommendations to office leadership.
• Analyzes process improvements for student training programs using collected data.
• Surveys employers after programs, job fairs, and OCI regarding their experiences.
Other Duties as Assigned
• Bachelor’s degree; or the equivalent in education, skills and experience required, master’s degree or JD preferred.
• Minimum of 4+ years of marketing, customer relations, or significant administrative work experience required.
• Superior customer service and communication skills and an ability to handle many tasks simultaneously required.
• Excellent administrative skills and the ability to organize, implement, supervise, and follow through on projects required.
• Experience with computer databases, web technologies, CRM tools and Microsoft Office
• Recruiting or event planning experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge and abilities)
• Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment, project a professional demeanor, and proactively identify and resolve potential problems and discrepancies.
• Strong attention to detail and superior organizational skills.
• Ability to address customer concerns with the highest level of courtesy and respect, with an attention towards timely customer satisfaction and consistency with existing office policies.
• Familiarity with spreadsheet software.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
• Experience in a law school or other higher education environment preferred.
• Experience supervising one or more individuals preferred.
• Ability to travel and attend programs in the evenings and weekends as necessary.
• Understanding of the law school and/or legal market highly desirable.
• Proven ability to develop working relationships across functional lines.
• MA/MS in relevant subject or JD degree.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge and abilities)
• Familiarity with Symplicity and/or database software.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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