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Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Experiential Learning - Center for Career Development

Salary:                         Commensurate w/experience           
Location:                     Center for Career Development
Position Number:      241189/10-619
Position Status:          Full-time
Hours:                         Varied
FLSA Status:                Exempt           


This position develops and manages employer relationships and promotes and supports internships and experiential learning opportunities across campus. Responsible for strategically strengthening existing relationships with employers and developing new relationships to expand the range of employer recruiting activities and opportunities available to students. Coordinates the credit-bearing student internship program including establishing policy and procedures, maintaining records, developing relationships with employers, and monitoring student progress. Promotes the value of experiential learning and develops programs, presentations, and resources to support students in acquiring relevant career experience through experiential learning opportunities.

COVID-19 Condition of Employment:

As a condition of employment, Duquesne University requires all new employees —full-time and part-time, including adjunct faculty—to get a COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of their vaccination upon commencement of employment.

New employees requesting a religious or documented medical exemption from the vaccine must complete and submit a Duquesne University exemption request form for review and approval. To receive the appropriate exemption request form, contact Employees with approved exemptions will be required to be tested on a regular basis.


Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with potential and current employers and oversees the recruiting activities of the department. Develops and implements a strategic employer relations plan that yields maximum opportunities for Duquesne’s students and alumni.

Coordinates the department’s Employer Advisory Board, recruiting membership, setting meeting agendas and leading meetings for purposes of regular feedback on our employer relations activities and solicitation of employer involvement/ partnership in our programs.

Coordinates and develops all employer marketing materials both print and electronic to highlight Duquesne’s unique mission, strong academic programs and student profile.

Represents the department and university in the Pittsburgh professional community through participation in programs and events sponsored by regional professional associations and chambers of commerce

Utilizes the career management system, Handshake, to maintain employer and student activity records, and coordinates communications to employers and students utilizing the handshake system.

Coordinates the for-credit Internship Program for select academic programs and supports the non-credit Experiential Learning Opportunities requirement for the Bridges Core Curriculum; develops policies and procedures, manages learning contracts, maintains records, prepares reports, communicates with faculty and employers, and monitors progress of interns.

Reviews and approves posted internships, fellowships, coops, experiential learning, volunteer opportunities to ensure postings meet departmental requirements; communicates with employer contacts regarding questions related to experiential opportunities.

Promotes the value of experiential learning and develops content, programs, presentations, and resources  to support students’ internship readiness and assists students in acquiring relevant career experience.  Advises students on career and internship topics.

Oversees the management of recruiting events including career fairs and networking events; Solicits and coordinates employer involvement in departmental and university programs.

Develops and coordinates hiring, orientation, training, scheduling and supervision for the department’s interns.  Collaborates with staff to identify projects and assignments for interns.  Coordinates with Administrative Assistant regarding overall student employee program and management.

Serves as the chairperson of a Career Development functional area team, leading the coordination of the department’s administrative functions in assigned areas i.e. employer relations, student supervisors, etc.; Serve as a member and support the initiatives of other department teams and committees as assigned.

Serves as a liaison to assigned administrative departments maintaining relationships, communications, providing resources and coordinating relevant career-related programs and activities.

Assists with policy development, interpretation and enforcement for the department.

Performs other duties and projects as assigned by the Director of Career Development


Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, Communication, Counseling, Human Relations or related field from an accredited institution.

5 - 8 years of progressively responsible and relevant work experience is required.

Preferred qualifications:

Master’s degree in Business, Human Resources, Communication, Counseling, Human Relations or related field from an accredited institution.

Prior experience in career development/services in a higher education setting is preferred.

Alternately, the successful candidate will possess any equivalent combination or training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions.  This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Knowledge of University policies and procedures.

Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability and willingness to learn and develop new computer skills and other information technology applications as needed.

Thorough understanding of job-market and industry trends in wide variety of career fields including Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Health Care, Education and Music.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively demonstrating initiative in setting and reaching goals.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; strong English grammar skills.

Strong public speaking skills and ability to plan and deliver effective presentations on career-related topics.

Strong organizational and attention to detail skills.

Strong customer-service orientation and professional demeanor.

Strong supervisory skills with abilities in hiring, orientation and training of student interns.

Ability to plan and implement events and programs according to established timelines and deadlines.

Ability to be flexible and to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously.

Strong interpersonal communication skills needed to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community and external clients.

Ability to prepare reports and to maintain complex records and data.

Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information appropriately and exercise professional judgment.

Ability to work varied hours including evenings and weekends when needed.

Sensitivity to the need of each individual to be treated with dignity and respect as it relates to diversity in general and the Mission of the University specifically.

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University.  The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns and an ecumenical campus community.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.  Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit.  Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.