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Assistant Director of External Relations

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Months Per Year: 12

Employment Status: Full-Time

Work Model: Hybrid Available

Seattle University will be one of the most innovative and progressive Jesuit and Catholic universities in the world, educating with excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. We embrace an intersectional framework for defining diversity in its broadest sense, including differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability. Seattle University strives to be a welcome, open and safe campus climate for all who learn, live and work at Seattle University.

Position Description

The Career Engagement Office is dedicated to Seattle University's mission of educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.  

Reporting to the Director of Career Engagement, the Assistant Director of External Relations is responsible for the full lifecycle of employer engagement, developing and maintaining relationships with employers to expand career and external experiential learning opportunities for students for the purpose of successful engagement and recruiting outcomes.  The Assistant Director actively explores, develops and executes innovative recruitment programs to enhance industry engagement and will provide Seattle University students with insights, experiences, and connection opportunities needed on their path towards meaningful post-graduation outcomes.  

This position is tasked with outreach to employers and industry through networking, referrals, and prospecting. 

Employer & Industry Outreach:  
Support the Director of Career Engagement with development of strategy, policies, programs, and guidelines related to early career recruitment, experiential learning, and employer relationship management.

  • Develop and maintain robust and effective working relationships with employer organizations, recruiters, industry associations, community organizations, and visitors to support the University and the Career Engagement Office’s mission and strategy 
  • Recruit a socially conscious portfolio of employers who are committed to a better, more equitable future of work through accessible and transparent recruitment, hiring, and promotion of early career candidates  
  • Consult with employers on effective recruiting strategies, partnership opportunities, and employer branding and visibility strategies 
  • Monitor workplace, industry, and student interests and engagement trends to guide strategic planning and programmatic initiatives with a social justice lens and create mechanisms to connect students  
  • Work closely with the Albers Career Center in career event planning and employer partnerships and collaborate with on-campus partners to increase outreach, integration and implementation of equity-oriented engagement between employers/industry and students, student clubs and organizations 

Recruiting and Event Management: 
Develop, implement, and execute processes for effective project management for recruitment and major Career Engagement Office events.  

  • Actively build, advocate, facilitate and/or enhance on-campus recruitment processes that are fair, equitable, and anti-racist, resulting in impactful opportunities and outcomes for both students and employer partners 
  • Initiate and lead, a variety of recruiting events, including but not limited to career fairs, industry meetups, career treks, individual employer events (coffee chats, challenges, hackathons, tech talks, lunch and learns, interview scheduling, etc.)  
  • Work closely with Career Engagement staff to support sourcing efforts to secure employer participation in wide variety of career education opportunities. 
  • Co-lead the planning and execution of the Career Engagement Office annual signature employer event  
  • Enforce university and Career Engagement Office recruitment policies and guidelines for employer participation in student recruiting programs regarding outreach/marketing methods, diversity recruiting efforts, and adherence to office procedures and ethical conduct 

Technology, Data Analysis, and Reporting:  

  • Develops expertise in career management platform (Handshake) and makes recommendations for optimizing the use of the platform to employers, students, campus stakeholders, and Career Engagement Office staff.  
  • Manage the career fair management system (currently using Handshake) that supports all event management functions, including event registrations, employer and student marketing, and reporting.  
  • Collect and maintain up-to-date external relations data and reports 


  • Assist in the implementation of internal and external communication strategies and projects and contribute to employer newsletter and the Career Engagement Office blog. 
  • Collaborate with team members to plan and execute campus-wide marketing of Career Engagement events, programs, services, and stories as appropriate 
  • Support ad hoc presentation requests by campus partners such as Admissions, Alumni Engagement, Campus Ministry, Orientation Programs, student organizations, etc. 

Other duties as assigned  


Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities   

The successful candidate:

  • Exhibits a strong commitment to social justice and appreciates the need to practice cultural humility in one's life and work
  • Holds a bachelor's degree or demonstrated knowledge and experience commensurate with respect to university recruitment, human resources, student success, and/or external relations
  • Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills that enable development of positive relationships with key external and campus partners to provide personalized attention to students and other stakeholders
  • Has excellent organizational abilities with an acute attention to detail, responsive and anticipatory in meeting with the needs of various stakeholders. Has exceptional time-management skills

Highly Desired

  • Knowledge and experience in university recruiting, talent acquisition, community relations, donor/alumni relations, workforce business development, employment trends. 
  • Familiarity with professional ethics and standards as noted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Application Instructions

Please attach a cover letter with your resume when applying. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified. 

Compensation at a Glance:

Salary Range: $55,000 - $60,000

Seattle University has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, and not based on a candidate’s gender or any other protected status.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Seattle University provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your total compensation package.

Benefits at a Glance:

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit values, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental, and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage. Plan for your future with up to a 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits, comprised of a 5% nonelective employer contribution and an additional dollar-for-dollar match of your voluntary contributions up to a maximum of 5%. You may also take advantage of 100% paid tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with free access to an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Holiday break closure in December, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at: 

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122