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Assistant Director, Employer Relations (4517U) 27446 - 1089
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Assistant Director, Employer Relations (4517U) 27446 - 1089
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Human Resources

Assistant Director, Employer Relations (4517U) 27446 - 1089

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 20, 2019
For full consideration please submit application materials by September 30, 2019

Departmental Overview

The University of California, Berkeley is the preeminent public university in the country and one of the leading employers in the Bay Area. The Career Center at UC Berkeley is a dynamic team, providing innovative and comprehensive career services. The Center works with a wide spectrum of customers including all UC Berkeley undergraduates, a large number of graduate students, and recent alumni. There are 7 staff members on the Employer Relations team in the Career Center. The team manages a very high volume of recruitment activity, including up to 15 career fairs per year and over 200 employers conducting on campus interviews.


The Assistant Director of Employer Relations manages highly complex and visible career fairs, forums, other major campus events and special services, resulting in maximized revenue generation, optimal relationships with employers and significant campus-wide impact. Each event is purposefully created to assist a target student population with their career plans and aspirations. All together the Career Fairs and Forums annually serve 1100+ employers/graduate programs, 20,000+ students, and generate $800,000+ annually in revenue. The Assistant Director manages the Berkeley Circle Partner Program for high-profile employers which generates approximately $350,000 annually, coordinates employer sponsorships of Career Center services and events, and additional visibility services for employers which in the past generated $20,000 in annual revenue. The total of these revenue sources amounts to three quarters of the Career Center's total revenue which supports all department activities and services. Many employer representatives with whom we are interacting are key managers and high level executives, often alumni, who influence their corporation's funding decisions at Berkeley. The incumbent plays a vital role in cultivating, maintaining, and enhancing these important relationships as well as delivering key services that generate significant revenue for the Career Center. The Assistant Director facilitates employers' relationships with the university, ensuring that connections are made with other departments and units as necessary.

  • Researches, designs and develops strategic employer/graduate schools event plan for career fairs and forums including scheduling
  • Plans and coordinates advance and on-site operational logistics with multiple campus and off-campus service vendors to produce smooth-running, effective events. Acts as main liaison to business operations, to make final decisions about vendors, and financial management of all fairs.
  • Manages a comprehensive web-based Career Fair Management system that supports all event management functions, including event registrations, confirmations, fee collections, employer and student marketing, and reporting.
  • Designs and maintains fair management and planning tools utilized by other department staff who manage fairs.
  • Manages Berkeley Circle Partnership Program for the Career Center's top employers (60-80 employers) and which generates over $300,000 annually. Annually determines benefit package for partners and oversees benefits usage, revenue collection and relationship management.
  • Manages annual Employers Roundtable for Berkeley Circle members.
  • Coordinates employer outreach for the purpose of obtaining employer sponsorship of Career Center services. Establishes new relationships with employers and alumni to promote fundraising and enhance the campus's relationship with outside organizations.
  • Consults with employers to help them optimize their recruiting strategies on campus.
  • Manages program improvement processes.
  • Analyzes and interprets data, makes reports and recommendations.
  • Develops and maintains the financial budgets and develops cost-saving strategies for all career fairs and forums. Determines the fee structure for each fair/forum, considering projected costs and vendor negotiations, revenue requirements, and affordability (i.e., not pricing potential fair registrants out of future events).
  • Monitors student and employer recruiting trends to shape future programming. Benchmarks resources and services with other campus units or college/university career centers as needed.
  • Presents sensitive and difficult information about programs, including presentations to the media and the public.
  • Acts as work lead for _AAIII who has primary responsibility for coordinating career fairs.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events. Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.
  • Extensive knowledge of employers, the labor market, and employment trends, both locally and nationally, as related to hiring students from a top-tier public university for all job academic requirement levels including advanced degrees. Extensive knowledge of Federal, State and University regulations governing employment processes, and the principles and standards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
  • Public relations expertise, tact, discretion and political acumen skills are required.
  • Knowledge of workshop and program design.
  • Ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
  • Knowledge of industries sufficient to select employers suitable for participation in all Career Center programs, and to identify expanding industries to diversify potential employment opportunities for clients. Knowledge of professional terminology utilized by recruiting representatives.
  • Advanced understanding and creativity in designing specialized employer services that are appropriate for all levels of students and alumni seeking careers in all sectors of employment (business/industry, government, not-for-profit, etc.) and that utilize the latest technology to ensure effective program delivery and access.
  • Advanced computer user skills.
  • Must be available to work evenings and/or weekends on occasion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with or knowledge of employer relations and recruiting activity.
  • Knowledge of UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations.
  • Experience using Handshake career management system.
  • Experience tracking budgets and negotiating vendor contracts.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $75,000-$85,000/annual.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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