The Assistant Director of Career Enhancement and Employer Relations works directly with the Assistant Athletic Director for Career Enhancement and Employer Relations to prepare student-athletes for life after sport and to strengthen the Northwestern Athletics network. This position works extensively with student-athletes to assist with their career development and job search process through individual counseling, coaching, and mentoring, and will provide comprehensive search preparation for students based on their post-graduation goals. Additionally, this position directs and executes career-based events, workshops and industry-specific learning sessions.
* Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends on a regular basis*
Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
Student-athlete career coaching
Provide specialized professional development assistance to Northwestern student-athletes including critiquing resumes, conducting mock interviews, developing networking strategies, assessing career goals as well as guiding student-athletes on long and short term career strategy action plan development.
Directing, planning and implementing student-athlete specific career programming
Responsible for ideation, implementation and execution of most Kabiller NU for Life student-athlete facing programs (freshmen, sophomores, seniors)
Experience workshops and any additional programming designated while assisting in execution of the annual Wildcat Professional Excellence Program (WPEP) for junior student-athletes.
Works closely with the Assistant AD for Career Enhancement and Employer Relations to continually revamp and tweak the four-year student-athlete curriculum.
Oversee planning of industry-specific programming
Oversee Kabiller NU for Life student-athlete advisory board, inclusive of running meetings and maximizing the group’s impact.
Kabiller NU for Life mentoring program
Oversee and grow Kabiller NU for Life mentoring program, serving as the liaison between the athletic department, mentors and mentees.
Assist the Assistant AD for Career Enhancement and Employer Relations in supporting/developing team specific mentoring programs
Marketing and Communications
Manage the Kabiller NU for Life website, providing fresh content and generating new ideas for reader engagement. This includes working closely with the video and athletic communications departments to ensure consistent branding across all platforms.
Spearhead all social media activity, including maintaining the Kabiller NU for Life Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. This includes creating new content and keeping up on current trends in the career development arena.
Support Assistant Athletics Director with employer and alumni interactions and engagement opportunities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Three years' experience in the field of intercollegiate athletics, higher education, recruiting or human resources.
Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, and communication skills
Exceptional presentation skills
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity
Experience in event management, organization and attention to detail
Understanding of the student-athlete experience
Sound knowledge of career strategizing and advising
Ability to lead volunteers
Master's degree preferred
Former student-athlete experience preferred
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Faculty members include Tony Award winners, MacArthur Fellowship recipients and members of numerous honorary and professional societies, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Council of Learned Societies. Research thrives at Northwestern University. Interdisciplinary teams at Northwestern work to solve society's problems and facilitate clinical and commercial use of their innovations with partners at Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and local universities. Beyond being a dynamic learning organization, Northwestern employs a dynamic and diverse mix of faculty and staff who work proactively to ensure that the University is a special place to work. Northwestern is committed to the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body, fostering a climate that treasures differences and provides rich opportunities for learnin...g. To that end, Northwestern University actively seeks women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons for employment and promotion throughout the University.
The Northwestern Work Environment. Our two main campuses are situated along Lake Michigan’s lakefront. The Chicago campus, located between the Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan, offers outstanding views and is within walking distance of some of the city’s main attractions.The Evanston campus, just 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, sits among charming residential neighborhoods, parks, beaches, and bike trails.At our newest campus, in the architecturally significant Education City in Doha, Qatar, the University offers undergraduate programs in partnership with the Qatar Foundation.
Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: Competitive compensation, Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, Tuition reimbursement, Pre-tax transit options, Professional development opportunities, Vacation, sick, and holiday pay, Excellent retirement plans, Work/Life balance and resources, Dependent care match, Faculty-Staff Assistance Program. We also provide employees with access to an abundance of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities that take place on and off campus.