Employer Relations

Center for Career Exploration & Success


Miami University’s Center for Career Exploration & Success is poised to take a very successful

career center to the next level. The newly created Director of Employer Relations will serve as part

of the center’s leadership team to envision and advance a fresh set of employer/parent/alumni development and engagement strategies to measurably impact the outcomes of students and alumni. This individual will help craft a strong vision for employer development, grow the size and scope of the employer relations staff, and be a leader within the office and division to effectively serve the Miami community.



  • Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, the Director leads the Employer Relations strategy and innovative approach, both internal and external to the University

  • Create and implement a strategic plan for employer development and engagement which leverages existing and new employer partnerships as well as alumni and parents; and that increases the number of internships and job opportunities for Miami students

  • Lead and mentor current Employer Relations Team; hire and train newly created roles on team

  • Leverage data to inform the development, maintenance, and growth of strategic employer relationships across the wide industry sectors, creating opportunities for all academic areas of study

  • As part of the Center for Career Exploration & Success senior leadership team, this position is a key advisor to the AVP on all career education and external facing initiatives at the institution

  • Oversees and expands regional, national, and international employer networks and relationships

  • Collaborates with Alumni Affairs, Corporate Foundation Relations, Development, Parent & Family Programs and other externally facing offices

  • Successfully manages multiple projects with complex needs and various timelines

  • Represents the university at relevant events with external constituents, professional associations, and relevant career and workforce development initiatives

  • Stays abreast of recruiting practices and hiring preferences of employers and communicate to stakeholders


Characteristics of a Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be a dynamic agent of change to serve as the first Director of Employer Relations. Fresh solutions, clear growth metrics, and productive team leadership strategies are sought. The Director will interact across a diverse array of internal and external leaders, and will therefore need to be a gifted collaborator and listener, while moving the employer relations team forward. 



  • Minimum 5 years of experience with Master's degree in Higher Education, Business, Leadership, or Related field or 7 years of experience with a Bachelors degree in Higher Education, Business, Leadership, or Related field.

  • Proven track record of building relationships and networks with external constituents

  • Knowledge of corporations and relevant industry sectors, trends in the job market, and awareness of employer relations and career development


Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum Three years working within an office of career development with an understanding for issues involving employer relations, recruitment/talent acquisition, and first destination data

  • Minimum Three years of experience supervising teams or the work of others

  • Previous experience managing complex relationship networks internal and external to an organization, with a focus on customer service

  • Demonstration of leading strategic planning and fostering innovative organizational change

  • Experience with leveraging technology and CRM systems to manage and execute goals


Commensurate with Experience

Nominations and Applications

See instructions and deadlines in prospectus below. 


Director of Employer Relations

Center for Career Exploration & Success



Miami University is one of the oldest public universities in the country, made possible by an ordinance signed by President George Washington in 1795. Chartered in 1809, Miami welcomed its first students in 1824. The University’s reputation grew as quickly as its enrollment, and it became known as the “Yale of the West” for its ambitious liberal arts curriculum. Miami’s name reflects the history of the Native American tribe that once inhabited the Miami Valley region of Ohio. Miami maintains strong ties with the Miami Tribe, now located in Oklahoma.


Today, Miami consistently ranks among the nation’s top public universities for the quality of teaching and overall student experience. It is a residential university with faculty who are dedicated to learning and discovery. A liberal education core provides the foundation for the more specialized studies of the majors. Immersing students in both academic and co-curricular experiences has enabled Miami to achieve a top-tier national ranking among universities that provide the best student outcomes.


The main campus in Oxford, Ohio (35 miles north of Cincinnati) encompasses 2,138 acres and includes 188 buildings. Regional locations include Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester, Ohio and the European Center in Luxembourg.


One of Miami University’s most famous graduates was Benjamin Harrison, who later became a President of the United States. Professor William Holmes McGuffey revolutionized the education of generations of Americans when he conducted research for his Eclectic Readers series while teaching at Miami from 1826 to 1836. The “mother of fraternities,” Miami was the founding site of four national fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Phi Kappa Tau; as well as Delta Zeta sorority.

2020 Plan


The landscape of higher education is shifting dramatically in terms of student demographics, technology, public accountability, degree valuation, global competition, and the rising costs of tuition and student debt. As a result, Miami University is developing a new, bold, and innovative plan to achieve its vision to offer “the best undergraduate experience in the nation, enhanced by superior, select graduate programs.”


The unifying goal of the Miami 2020 Plan is to “promote a vibrant learning and discovery environment that produces extraordinary student and scholarly outcomes.” This ambitious goal is supported by the following three foundational goals:


  • Ensure vitality and sustainability by building a forward-looking, efficient, and caring culture that stimulates, recognizes, and rewards creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, and exemplary performance.


  • Promote a diverse culture of inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that deepens understanding and embraces intercultural and global experiences.


  • Cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships and applied and service-oriented projects that strengthen our local, state, national and world communities.



Miami University, a student-centered public university founded in 1809, has built its success through an unwavering commitment to liberal arts undergraduate education and the active engagement of its students in both curricular and co-curricular life. It is deeply committed to student success, builds great student and alumni loyalty, and empowers its students, faculty, and staff to become engaged citizens who use their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society.


Miami provides the opportunities of a major university while offering the personalized attention found in the best small colleges. It values teaching and intense engagement of faculty with students through its teacher-scholar model, by inviting students into the excitement of research and discovery. Miami’s faculty members are nationally prominent scholars and artists who contribute to Miami, their own disciplines, and to society by the creation of new knowledge and art. The University supports students in a highly involving residential experience on the Oxford campus and provides access to students, including those who are time and place bound, on its regional campuses. Miami provides a strong foundation in the traditional liberal arts for all students, and it offers nationally recognized majors in arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, and fine arts, as well as select graduate programs of excellence. As an inclusive community, Miami strives to cultivate an environment where diversity and difference are appreciated and respected.


Miami instills in its students intellectual depth and curiosity, the importance of personal values as a measure of character, and a commitment to life-long learning. Miami emphasizes critical thinking and independent thought, an appreciation of diverse views, and a sense of responsibility to our global future.



The Director reports to the AVP of The Center for Career Exploration & Success.  The Center for Career Exploration & Success reports to and is an influential part of The Division of Enrollment Management & Student Success (EMSS). The Division is committed to creating an engaged and inclusive culture which facilitates the design, implementation, and execution of strategic, research-based enrollment and student success practices. The Division champions student-centered support services, data-driven decision-making, and collaboration with University partners to support and advance a diverse learning environment and enrollment-related outcomes across the full student lifecycle from recruitment through graduation and lifelong success.



Over the last three years, Miami has researched student persistence and graduation using data from the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative as well as predictive analytics. While Miami students graduate and gain employment and graduate school acceptance at very high rates, the university wants to increase opportunities for all students to succeed. As a result, the university trustees recently authorized a new career fee for the fall 2018 cohort which will support the development a first-rate immersive and comprehensive career development experience for all undergraduate students on campus.


In addition, the Center for Career Exploration & Success recently moved to report to the Division of Enrollment Management & Student Success (EMSS), further elevating the strategic importance of career development on campus. The Center for Career Exploration and Success has laid a strong foundation of a career community on campus and is now investing in expanding it’s employer community nationally and internationally. Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, the new Director will be presented with exciting opportunities and challenges:


  • Develop a robust and data-informed plan for employer engagement, increasing opportunities for students of all academic background, both regionally, nationally, and internationally

  • Serves as a thought leader on the leadership team for innovation and strategy, seeing both micro-level and macro-level opportunities for change

  • Grow and lead an already successful employer relations team to extend the scope and impact of their work

  • Cultivate strong and collaborative relationships with key internal university partners who serve the broader Miami community



We encourage nominations.  Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the leadership agenda outlined in this prospectus; résumé; and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references.

  • To apply, interested candidates should click here.

  • To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by midnight eastern time on June 13, 2018.


Contact with our search consultant, Nick Cattin of The Career Leadership Collective, is encouraged via


All nominations, inquiries, and applications will be confidential until a limited number of finalists are identified for campus interviews, at which point the names and résumés of finalists only may become public. References will not be called until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. 

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