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Assistant Director for Campus Recruiting and Career Connections - The Career Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

The Career Center (TCC), a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, provides all Illinois students collaborative and innovative programs, services, and resources focused on career and professional development that educates and empowers them to become thriving professionals in the global community. The Career Center staff is committed to supporting students from all backgrounds and promoting inclusiveness on campus.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


Primary Position Function/Summary

The Assistant Director is a member of the Employer Engagement team, and specifically develops and fosters relationships with employers, manages on-campus recruiting, leads the mock interview program, and provides services and resources related to students’ preparation and search for job/internship positions. The Assistant Director also conducts career coaching appointments, plans and presents programs and workshops, and has direct contact with students on a daily basis in a variety of settings.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

Direct Service to Students (50%)

  • Coach students one-on-one and in groups regarding career exploration and decision-making, preparation for graduate/professional school, and finding jobs and internships
  • Develop and deliver workshops and programs for job- and internship-seeking students
  • Outreach to diverse student populations and offices that serve underrepresented students
  • Coordinate and supervise the mock interview program
  • Connect students with alumni and employers through experiential learning activities
  • Contribute to the development of programs and services that enhance the career readiness of students

Employer Engagement and Campus Recruiting (35%)

  • Develop, maintain, and actively cultivate relationships with local, regional, and national employers who recruit Illinois students for jobs and internships
  • Manage on-campus recruiting services and programs, job/internship postings, and employer use of the career management software program (Handshake)
  • Organize programs and events for employers/alumni to engage in and connect with students in coordination with the Career Education team
  • Administer the Illini Career & Internship Fair and other campus recruiting events
  • Contribute to implementation of employer outreach strategies in collaboration with the broader career services community

Supervision and Contribution to Mission and Values (15%)

  • Supervise and perform timely performance evaluations for up to ten students reporting to the position
  • Collect, analyze and report yearly data of usage on services including but not limited to on-campus recruiting, employer engagement, and mock interview program 
  • Contribute to the design, creation, and maintenance of print and online resources
  • Serve on The Career Center, Student Affairs, and/or campus committees, task forces, work groups, and advisory committees
  • Participate in professional development activities and associations


Requirements and Qualifications



  • Master’s degree


  • Master’s degree in student affairs, education administration/leadership, human resources, education, counseling education or related field



  • 1 year of work experience, which may include time as a graduate assistant
  • Experience that demonstrates understanding of diverse populations and knowledge of cultural differences
  • Experience that demonstrates ability to deliver outstanding customer service


  • Experience in higher education, career coaching/advising, and/or working with college students
  • Experience that demonstrates understanding of career and student development theory and practice
  • Experience developing and maintaining professional relationships    

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal, public speaking, writing, and listening skills
  • Experience developing, administering and presenting career programs, seminars and workshops
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to relate effectively with a diverse student population
  • Ability to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate programs/events and projects as well as handle multiple work priorities
  • Possess excellent customer service and public relations skills, and an ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Effective collaboration and communication with students, faculty, administrators and external constituents
  • Ability to effectively build and sustain relationships across constituent groups
  • Experience with information technology including use of the Internet as an advising tool, and familiarity with various word-processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation programs is highly desirable


SALARY:  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

APPOINTMENT STATUS:  Regular twelve month, 100% academic professional appointment



APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references by November 8, 2020.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Tori Spring at vspring@illinois.edu.  You may visit careercenter.illinois.edu for more information about The Career Center.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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