Job Req ID:  114073

Assistant Director, Industry Learning & Employer Engagement, Government & Security

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. Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural vice provost for integrative learning and life design, the university has announced the creation of three new departments and several new initiatives and mission that will ensure that every student and postdoctoral fellow will have the ability to pursue life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital. Read more about this plan here.

We are seeking an Assistant Director, Industry Learning & Employer Engagement, Government & Security who will execute the vision and strategy of SAIS Global Careers, offering coaching, career-related programming and employer outreach/development to scale impact for students and alumni. The individual in this position is expected to support all students, however, this position will have a focus on government roles with an emphasis on diplomacy, policy, intelligence, and security. The ideal candidate is interested in international relations, is a team player with experience in higher education, working with graduate students focusing on government careers.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Actively assisting to foster and maintain relationships with sector-specific employers, alumni, and professional associations, with whom Global Careers has an established relationship, and assist in identification of new employer contacts for the purposes of developing and maintaining sector-specific knowledge and fostering potential job and internship prospects, and employer-facing experiential learning. This includes resume collections and on-campus presentations.
  • Counseling and/or co-coaching students primarily in group settings and via workshops in all aspects of their professional development, including clarification of career goals, providing current information on specific career fields and employment trends, developing effective industry-specific documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters) and advising on conducting effective employment searches.
  • Co-developing career information and employment related programs for students and alumni relevant to their specific needs, to include but not limited to, career panels, career fairs, treks, site visits to employers, and any other type of employer-facing experiential learning programs.
  • Assisting in marketing SAIS degrees to affect increased opportunities for student employment and internships as well as employer-facing experiential learning.
  • Maintaining employer and internship data and contacts in relevant sectors of employment. Shares with employers to facilitate on-going engagement.
  • Monitoring sector and institutional employment and compensation trends.
  • Engaging alumni to actively support the professional development of students.
  • Assisting in identifying collaborative relationships with faculty and staff.
  • Interpretation and application of self-assessment instruments if applicable.
  • Collaborating with and advising student leadership in assigned Career Clubs including program planning, recruitment strategies, creating career-specific educational materials and developing alumni and employer contacts.
  • May travel locally, nationally, and internationally for networking and other program-related activities.
  • Daily contact with students and alumni, either in a counseling, one-on-one role or in teaching/co-teaching career courses and workshops, as well as sector-specific contacts and employers on a regular basis.
  • Regular contact with faculty and staff, assessing needs of students from various departments and coordinating with Associate Director(s) on career services programming with academic units, with other SAIS administrative offices and Johns Hopkins student services offices whenever appropriate.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Superior interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of career development, ability to counsel/coach students in their professional planning.
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative workplace environment.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Have exceptional initiative and judgment.
  • Strong marketing skills and customer-service orientation.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and external constituents.
  • High level of proficiency in data management systems and other systems used by career services offices.
  • Openness to learn new technologies for career development.
  • Flexibility with hours, especially during periods when programs may extend outside of regular work hours, including limited weekend work.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • An international background and cross-cultural sensitivity to international employment issues and sectors.
  • Strong multicultural competency and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse population.

Physical Requirements 

  • This position requires a degree of mobility common to working in an office environment.
  • The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable leading/co-leading programs and interventions with groups and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once.
  • Our new vision is focused on scalability of resources and services and does not utilize a one-on-one appointment model.
  • For this transformation to work, traditional one-on-one counseling and coaching services are taking a backseat to a culture of scalable programs and interventions.
  • The ideal candidate is an effective user of social media and digital outlets to engage multiple audiences, strengthen individual and organizational brand, scale impact, and influence public opinion.
  • Candidates who are not comfortable with the utilization of social media in a professional environment may not be a good fit for this organization.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications

  • Computer and standard office equipment is used on a daily basis.
  • Must have excellent computer skills (Word, Excel and Access) and to be able to quickly learn other programs as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree.
  • Three year's experience.
  • Equivalent Experience, candidates without a master’s degree can still qualify if they have 8 or more years of work experience in federal government recruiting, policy, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in career advising, programming or student affairs, especially at a policy or international relations school.
  • Experience preferably in higher education, or in a related employer human resource area.
  • Experience in representing organizational interests to external clients.



Classified Title: Student Career Counselor 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Assistant Director, Industry Learning & Employer Engagement, Government & Security   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD  
Starting Salary Range: $55,200 - $96,600 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday.8:00am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/District of Columbia 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Global Careers  
Personnel area: SAIS 



Total Rewards
The referenced base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
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.

Applicants Completing Studies
Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Background Checks
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law

Accommodation Information
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Vaccine Requirements
Johns Hopkins University strongly encourages, but no longer requires, at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. We still require all faculty, staff, and students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. This change does not apply to the School of Medicine (SOM). SOM hires must be fully vaccinated with an FDA COVID-19 vaccination and provide proof of vaccination status. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

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Hybrid: On-site 3-4 days a week