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Director for Strategic Employer Partnerships

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Seaver College, Career Services

This person will work on behalf of the Seaver College Career Center to develop outreach and engagement strategies to deepen Pepperdine’s connection to top strategic employers and alumni, parents, and donors. The intent is to create and enhance student talent/hiring pipelines with high-profile, mission-fit organizations that yield internships and employment. The director will ensure that these employers have an exceptional experience with Seaver College and will invite those who are alumni, parents, and donors to become involved in student mentoring, company tours, and other professional development activities. This person will create world-class employer engagement operations and communications and support their efforts through a constituent relationship management (CRM) tool. While serving as an external face for the Career Center, this role will pursue and encourage Pepperdine’s alumni, parents, and donors, as well as top tier companies to meaningfully engage with students in ways that positively impact post-Pepperdine employment and graduate school outcomes.


  • Conduct phone calls, meetings and site visits to establish and deepen employer relationships. Consult with employers about how to increase visibility and make recommendations about highest impact opportunities to connect with the best fit students/candidates.
  • Create world-class employer engagement operations including employer research, targeting, relationship building, engagement and stewardship through identifying employer prospects via University entities like the Parents Program, Alumni Relations, boards, and other centers and institutes. Develop target lists of employers by student industry need/interest and alumni, parent, and donor presence.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Programs and Partnerships as well as the Career Center team to engage alumni, parents, and donors in sharing their company or employment expertise directly with students through mentoring, industry panels, company visits or job shadowing.
  • Involve Pepperdine alumni, parents, and donors (affinity partners) in meaningful career programming that contributes to career readiness for all students by developing a menu of employer offerings exclusive to affinity partners, including custom recruiting consultations, curated resume books, and priority involvement in all events.
  • In partnership with Career Center team, connect alumni, parents, and donors to exceptional on-campus recruiting experiences.
  • Collaborate with Career Center Executive Director and team to execute departmental goals. Coordinate with Industry Specialists, Manager of Programs and Partnerships, and administrative support team to successfully engage employers and address other duties as assigned.
  • Use constituent relationship management system (CRM) to track stages of the employer relationship and report unique recruiting needs and interests while maintaining employer communication based on their activities with the Career Center.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of five years experience in a corporate, community service, or education-related environment. Master's degree preferred or 10+ years of industry experience preferred in career services, human resources, business development, fundraising, sales/marketing, or other related area. Ability to work as a part of a team and independently; detail-oriented connector who can quickly establish friendly rapport and influence with employers, parents, donors, alumni, students, staff, and faculty on behalf of the Career Center; advanced oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal, stewardship, and public relations skills; experienced, proven business operations and people manager; experienced at developing streamlined customer service processes/communications and working with limited resources; well-developed administrative and organizational skills; innovative and creative thinker and problem solver; passionate about promoting the vision to develop a cutting edge culture of career and professional development at Seaver College; able to provide regular fact-based and data-oriented reports to demonstrate his/her personal/team's impact, value and effectiveness; produces high quality deliverables; committed to closing the loop to advance goals and objectives. Applies these strengths and skills to expand and deepen employer partnerships/satisfaction that in turn yield increasing positive post-Pepperdine professional opportunities for students. Experience with university/corporate technology systems and processes; ability to employ technologically advanced tools for all work including relationship and activity tracking and creating reports; experience utilizing CRM database technology.

Preferred: MBA or Master's degree in nonprofit management, college student development, human resources, education, marketing, or any relevant industry-related field. 10+ years of industry experience in career services, human resources, business development, consulting, fundraising, sales/marketing, public relations, or other related area. Experienced with consultative business development; including setting up and utilizing CRM database technology. Experience using career management systems for tracking employer engagement, student interest, and activities for all constituents. Understanding of and ability to articulate the importance of calling, leadership, and purpose within an increasingly complex world of work; ability to integrate Christian faith with student development theories and practice and represent the unique mission of Pepperdine to external partners. Preferred personal faith in Jesus Christ, active involvement in a local church, and demonstrated support for the Christian mission of the University.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a regular, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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