The Assistant Director of Career Enhancement and Employer Relations works directly with the Assistant Athletic Director for Career Enhancement and Employer Relations to prepare student-athletes for life after sport and to strengthen the Northwestern Athletics network. This position works extensively with student-athletes to assist with their career development and job search process through individual counseling, coaching, and mentoring, and will provide comprehensive search preparation for students based on their post-graduation goals. Additionally, this position directs and executes career-based events, workshops and industry-specific learning sessions.
* Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends on a regular basis*
Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Student-athlete career coaching
Provide specialized professional development assistance to Northwestern student-athletes including critiquing resumes, conducting mock interviews, developing networking strategies, assessing career goals as well as guiding student-athletes on long and short term career strategy action plan development.
Directing, planning and implementing student-athlete specific career programming
Responsible for ideation, implementation and execution of most Kabiller NU for Life student-athlete facing programs (freshmen, sophomores, seniors).
Experience workshops and any additional programming designated while assisting in execution of the annual Wildcat Professional Excellence Program (WPEP) for junior student-athletes.
Works closely with the Assistant AD for Career Enhancement and Employer Relations to continually revamp and tweak the four-year student-athlete curriculum.
Oversee planning of industry-specific programming.
Oversee Kabiller NU for Life student-athlete advisory board, inclusive of running meetings and maximizing the group’s impact.
Kabiller NU for Life mentoring program
Oversee and grow Kabiller NU for Life mentoring program, serving as the liaison between the athletic department, mentors and mentees.
Assist the Assistant AD for Career Enhancement and Employer Relations in supporting/developing team specific mentoring programs.
Marketing and Communications
Manage the Kabiller NU for Life website, providing fresh content and generating new ideas for reader engagement. This includes working closely with the video and athletic communications departments to ensure consistent branding across all platforms.
Spearhead all social media activity, including maintaining the Kabiller NU for Life Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. This includes creating new content and keeping up on current trends in the career development arena.
Support Assistant Athletics Director with employer and alumni interactions and engagement opportunities.
Other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Three years' experience in the field of intercollegiate athletics, higher education, recruiting or human resources.
Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, and communication skills
Exceptional presentation skills
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity
Experience in event management, organization and attention to detail
Understanding of the student-athlete experience
Sound knowledge of career strategizing and advising
Ability to lead volunteers
Master's degree preferred
Former student-athlete experience preferred
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.
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. The Department of Athletics and Recreation has over 220 full-time employees, supplemented with a large number of part-time and temporary staff, as well as student personnel. There currently are over 485 student-athletes representing 19 varsity sports. The most recent year had the student-athletes with an average GPA of 3.32 with 232 of them earning the distinction of Academic All-Big Ten and an NCAA graduation rate of 97%. In addition, over 1200 students participate in club sports offered within Recreation.
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