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Associate Director of Employer Relations for Federal, Private and Global Sectors (Fixed-term Assignment)

Los Angeles, California


Career Services at the Sol Price School of Public Policy supports the institution’s mission to serve the public good globally by providing comprehensive, distinctive career services and programming for all Master and Undergraduate students. Under new leadership, the team is commencing on a three-year strategic plan to become a career services industry leader among peer institutions.


Reporting to the Director, the Associate Director of Employer Relations for Federal, Private and Global Sectors will lead the charge in developing a strategic employer outreach strategy to strengthen federal, private sector and global employment prospects for Price students and alumni. In addition, this colleague will be the lead on key campus and community-wide initiatives, such as managing relationships with the alumni board, running Career Treks, liaising with Price’s Sacramento Program, and providing career enhancing support and services to students from all Price disciplines seeking employment in these sectors, and supporting the career transition needs for mid-career students. This is a fixed-term position through June 30, 2018. Early in 2018, the position will be evaluated to determine if it will be extended.


Career Services seeks an experienced employer relations career professional with 10 plus years’ experience in developing employer-relations programming ideally in a large University setting.  Industry and/or academic experience in recruiting, human resources, and/or employer relations is required. Proven oral, written, and presentation skills. Ability to work across difference to engage a wide array of community members: senior leaders, faculty, students, staff, employers, and donors. Possesses considerable knowledge of the career pathways of interest to our students and alumni in private, federal and global sectors. Superior relationship-building skills; equally competent and comfortable working independently and within a team.  Interested in the institution’s mission of serving the public’s good and committed to enhancing the career success of the wide age and diverse backgrounds of Sol Price students. Master degree in related field(s) preferred.


Employer Relations

Provides joint leadership with the Associate Director of Employer Relations and Strategic Communications to craft a comprehensive employer outreach strategy focusing on federal, private and global sector employment to meet the needs of internship and job-seeking students and mid-career alumni.

Manages special projects germane to employer relationship building on behalf of the director. Provides assistance and support in the planning, design, development and implementation of short and long-term projects that engage employers, alumni and prospective donors to Career Services.

Forms high level relationships with key stakeholders—alumni, board members, faculty, student leaders—to engage them in collaborative career programming initiatives.

Supports the Director as a liaison to Price external relations teams connecting external resources to Career Services.

Will redevelop employer programming that meets the needs of current employment hiring trends and students’ interests.

Identify and source new employment prospects in targeted regions. Travel to engage employers and alumni expected.

Establishes and maintains appropriate network and database of professional contacts. Maintains currency with professional organizations and publications.

Will devise, develop and execute large-scale employer readiness training programs for students seeking progressive employment in sectors of oversite; devises streamlined communications and partnerships with student organizations focused on employment interests in sectors of oversite.

Manages large and small-scale career industry nights, fairs, and career enhancing programs, such as the New York and D.C. Trek.

Will evaluate the employment needs of students participating in our Sacramento Program and source job leads and develop online or in-person career programming that meets their career ambitions.

Senior lead in office interfacing with certificate and online programs whose cohorts matriculate mid-career professionals, e.g., our Online MPA program and Executive Master Leadership Program.

Will work with Associate Director for Employer Relations and Strategic Communications on destination surveys; may take the lead in launching longitudinal surveys of alumni 5 years out and older to evidence the career growth and income earning potential of Price alumni.

Other Duties

Will manage up to four student workers providing leadership and direction to student worker projects.

Will be part of a team-based approach to providing distinctive career support and programming for international students seeking state-side or international employment.

Trains team members to remain abreast of existing and burgeoning career pathways in sectors of oversite.

Special projects as assigned: report writing, benchmarking, program assessment, etc.

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy

With a history spanning almost 90 years, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has earned a distinct reputation for excellence in creating scholarship that serves the global public good.

In November 2011, the school received a transformative $50 million naming gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund to endow and name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. The gift honors the life of Sol Price, founder of Price Club. Known for his savvy decision-making, civic engagement, and commitment to social responsibility, the legacy of Sol Price aligns with so many of the values we strive to uphold at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy serves as a key institution for research and scholarship that informs policy and planning decisions affecting communities throughout Southern California, across the country, and around the world. Price School faculty and students cultivate partnerships with L.A.’s cutting-edge industries, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations, and civic leaders. They have access to sophisticated technology and methodologies, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a limitless variety of perspectives.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.

Preferred Experience: 10 years employer relations
Preferred Education: Masters degree in related field(s)

REQ20053516 Posted Date: 12/18/2017

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