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Job Req ID:  11914

Career Management & Employer Engagement Specialist for HNC in China

Working Title:                  Career Management & Employer Engagement Specialist

Employee Group:            Full-Time

Schedule (Hours/Days):   FT, Monday to Friday, 37.5, 11 Month annual Work Schedule

Employee Subgroup        Salaried, Exempt    

Department Name:           Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Personnel Area (School): School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Location:                          Nanjing, China


Position Purpose

This administrative position is part of a five-person team that manages all aspects of the American side of an academic joint partnership on behalf of Johns Hopkins University. The Career Management & Employer Engagement Specialist resides in the Center in Nanjing, China, and works in part outside of normal work hours—in the evenings and on weekends as necessary. Because of the small size of the American staff, the Career Management & Employer Engagement Specialist exercises substantial independent judgment in his/her work.


This position manages all aspects of career services for students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. This includes counseling students in career planning and job searches, developing and conducting workshops on job search techniques, and related issues. This position is responsible for developing and organizing employer and internship contacts and data for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center across all employment sectors. This position provides outreach to employers and HNC alumni and also serves as the SAIS employment manager for the Asia Pacific Region. The individual in this position must be comfortable working closely with others, providing services to graduate students and networking with relevant organizations and companies in China. He or she will work regularly with American and Chinese staff at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center as well as relevant offices at JHU-SAIS in Washington, DC. This is an ongoing position with an 11-month annual work cycle. This position is required to travel to Washington DC annually within the 11-month work year to work with staff in the SAIS Global Careers office.


Key Accountabilities

Program Activities

  • Manages all aspects of career services offerings at Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Collaborates with HNC Alumni Relations Coordinator and other HNC staff as needed
  • Plans and organizes employer and internship data and contacts in the public, non-profit and private sectors
  • Develops and conducts professional development workshops and required career courses for HNC students
  • Develops and recruits career-oriented mini course offerings each year for HNC students
  • Designs and implements annual Beijing Trek and Asia Career Treks
  • Programs and supports professional development programming for external organizations as needed
  • Provides input to career services in Washington, D.C. and Bologna on employment practices and opportunities in China. Serves as JHU SAIS Asia-Pacific Employment Manager

Student Career Advising

  • Advises students on their professional development requirements and other related matters through individual counseling and group work
  • Collects data on student employment aspirations, demand and success in finding work
  • Holds regular office hours for walk-in student career support
  • Supports and implements professional development events and activities of students
  • Monitors the career development progress of students

Employer Outreach and Development

  • Actively fosters and maintains relations with targeted employers and professional associations in China and Asia more generally (e.g., international non-profits and NGOs; private sector firms in finance, consulting, energy and international development; and multilateral institutions including the World Bank Group and the United Nations)
  • Develops and maintains supportive relations with HNC alumni in the above-mentioned sectors and institutions, in coordination with the SAIS DC Office of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Engages alumni to actively support the professional development of students
  • Supports HNC alumni relations activities in China
  • Monitors sector and institutional employment and compensation trends
  • Identifies new job and internship opportunities. Posts positions in Handshake so that in addition to students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, the information is also available to SAIS students in Washington DC and SAIS Europe
  • Develops new partnerships and collaborations with employers to aid students in reaching their professional goals and report/track outreach on the JHU Employer Engagement Platform (EEP)
  • Actively fosters student resume collection by potential employers
  • Recruits, plans and arranges on-campus presentations and interviews from potential employers
  • Frequently travels locally, nationally and internationally for networking and other program related activities
  • Fosters positive contacts with a variety of national and international employers
  • Markets HNC and all SAIS academic and student service programs to affect increased opportunities for student employment and internships
  • Actively uses Handshake and the JHU Employer Engagement Platform (EEP) according to Johns Hopkins policies and procedures


  • Assists with other duties and program support at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center as assigned or necessary.


NOTE: Though the position is based in Nanjing, the position is required to travel to Washington DC annually to work with staff in SAIS Global Careers- DC and the HNC Washington Office staff.


Position Requirements

  • Skills & Knowledge


  • Superior interpersonal, analytical, and problem solving skills


  • Excellent communication skills in both oral and written English and in Mandarin Chinese


  • Knowledge of all aspects of career development, ability to counsel students in their professional planning and to plan and lead training workshops


  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


  • Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities


  • Exceptional initiative and judgment


  • Strong marketing skills and customer-service orientation


  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, students, alumni and external constituents


  • Ability to work collaboratively in a bilingual, bicultural environment


  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally and domestically frequently; ability to build and maintain external relationships with employers and alumni


  • High level of proficiency in data management systems and other systems used by career development offices


  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive population


  • Experience


  • Three or more years of experience in student services preferably in higher education, or in a related employer human resource area


  • Three or more years of experience in career advising, programming, and student affairs


  • Significant experience in representing organizational interests to external clients


  • Significant experience living and working in China in a bilingual English/Chinese speaking environment


  • Fluent Chinese language skills preferred




Master’s degree required.



Additional Requirements

Working Conditions:

  • Position is on an 11-month work schedule and based in Nanjing, China, with annual assignment to Washington D.C. The 12th month outside of this annual work cycle will occur during the HNC two-month summer closure.
  • May require after hours and/or weekend support, sometimes with little advanced notice Occasional holidays may be required
  • Position requires ability and willingness to travel frequently, internationally and domestically


Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard
  • Communication skills using the spoken word
  • Ability to see with normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal range
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
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