Job Req ID:  110772

Associate Director of Employer Engagement: Tech, Entrepreneurship and Management

Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural vice provost for integrative learning and life design, Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students and postdoctoral fellows. The Life Design Lab, located in the newly renovated Imagine Center, supports the undergraduate population, as well as master and adult certificate students, on their journey from Hopkins to a fulfilled and intentional future.

We are seeking an Associate Director of Employer Engagement- Tech, Entrepreneurship, and Management, who will report to the Director of Employer Engagement and will execute the Life Design Labs vision, strategy, and objectives to enhance and deliver the professional development, career advancement, and life design to our students through cultivation and maintenance of strategic relationships with employers. They will focus on achieving results and providing support to students who are particularly interested in entrepreneurship, tech, and innovation.

This position builds and maintains relationships with employer organizations in specific areas (engineering and tech) for student internship and permanent employment, manages employer/student interactions within initiative-based programming and both virtual and on-campus visits, and assists the director with all office initiatives, programming, and strategic planning. The Associate Director is charged with building the Life Design Labs brand as a source of talent for employers and with supporting content and resource development related to the hiring processes, timing, and competencies that will allow our students to thrive in a competitive employment market.

The Associate Director will become familiar with the student landscape, and desired outcomes, and establish initiative-based hiring and networking events at Johns Hopkins University. They will support the Center for Leadership Education in the implementation of programs, identification of alumni, and development of programming to connect our students with internship and job opportunities. They will work with members of the Life Design Lab to continue the growth of established departmental-based initiatives by connecting relevant employers in specific areas (engineering and tech) to events and workshops targeting specific student populations, both virtually and within the Imagine Center. The Associate Director will collaborate with FastForward U in continuing to develop relationships with start-ups and tech ventures that are interested in sourcing talent from the student population.

The Life Design Labs efforts are also driven by initiative-based programs that span the academic calendar. The Associate Director is expected to actively participate in the planning and execution of programs that include employers in specific areas (particular industries, non-profit, and/or government) and impact our entire student population throughout the year.

This position is based in Baltimore and is a hybrid role (minimum 3 days on campus per week).

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Account Management

  • Develops and manages ongoing relationships with companies, agencies, and organizations, domestically and internationally, in specific areas (engineering and tech), that lead to employment opportunities (internships and full-time) for students, with a focus on students interested in tech, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
  • Cultivates relationships with employers looking to hire students from diverse backgrounds into full-time and internship positions.
  • Assists leadership with developing employer relations strategy with a focus on connecting employers in the start-up and engineering space with our students.
  • Networks with CLE alumni, FFU connections, and other sources within specific areas (engineering and tech) to strengthen and broaden relationships that support our all students.
  • Executes innovative outreach strategies that will strengthen, sustain, and/or broaden relationships with employers.
  • Coordinates with employer partners to conduct on-campus/virtual/remote/hybrid employer-focused events, info sessions, on-campus interviews, etc.
  • Acquires new employer relationships based on hiring and student interest data and identifies new opportunities to increase employment opportunities.
  • Assists employers with campus outreach to students, including promotion of opportunities, virtual and in-person interviews, participation in internship and direct hire placement, and other employer needs.

Project Management

  • Serves as a project manager for initiative-based programs that support the Center for Leadership Education and FastForward U.
  • Coordinates account manager efforts for virtual and in-person hiring programs for the Life Design Lab.
  • Supports the on-campus recruiting efforts for the Imagine Center.

Communications coordination

  • Leads the execution of communications strategy for outreach to employers in coordination with Life Design Educators and employer-facing campus partners.
  • Creates content for social media and internal communications related to employers, hiring events, and hiring outcomes, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Assists with promotional materials for on-campus recruiting, information sessions, and hiring events.
  • Other Duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate

  • The ideal candidate has demonstrated the ability to maintain a portfolio as an account manager in business development, employer relations, talent acquisition, or alumni development. They will maintain a portfolio of employers that represent a few different segments of our student population. (Experience working with companies that recruit students with engineering degrees is preferred but not required.)
  • The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working, and flexible work arrangements, and presents skills in relationship development and engaging employers in groups and digital outlets.
  • The ideal candidate is a self-starter with the ability to work independently and is motivated to engage with employers, alumni, students, colleagues, and others to help employers access talent and students meet their unique career goals and secure meaningful career opportunities.
  • The ideal candidate has demonstrated the ability to facilitate change and help individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds (including international students) with varying degrees of professional experience accomplish their goals.
  • The ideal candidate is flexible and resilient, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and navigate change.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Five years related experience, preferably in career services, human resources, and/or recruiting.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree.
  • Professional experience with accounts or recruiting in tech, engineering, or start-ups.
  • Knowledge of highly selective college or university settings, and familiarity with operations of the world of work and university networks.
  • Experience in presenting or facilitating in both in-person and online formats.
  • Experience creating content (video, digital, written) and utilizing social media for the purposes of engaging and educating diverse audiences, and influencing public opinion.
  • Ability to translate student experiences to employment as evidenced by prior experience in either a government, non-profit, education, or private sector setting.
  • Experience in developing and implementing effective assessment methods and articulating strategic priorities.



Classified Title: Employer Outreach Specialist 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Associate Director of Employer Engagement: Tech, Entrepreneurship and Management   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD  
Starting Salary Range: Min. $55,200- $96,600 (Targeted $65,000; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Life Design Lab  
Personnel area: University Student Services 


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

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