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Assistant Director, Advanced Degree Employer Engagement - Texas Career Engagement
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
Date Posted 05/15/2022
Admin-Career Counseling and Placement
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Posting Title:

Assistant Director, Advanced Degree Employer Engagement - Texas Career Engagement


Hiring Department:

School of Undergraduate Studies


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:

General Notes

Our goal is to recruit and support staff and students with a wide range of backgrounds, ideas and viewpoints. A deep passion for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and access among our university community. Diversity in our community strengthens teaching and learning, research and creativity and our positive contributions to society. Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer.


The Assistant Director for Advanced Degree Employer Engagement will increase employer and alumni access to and recruitment of advanced degree populations at UT Austin and lead collaborative initiatives across colleges.


  • Program Management: Design and lead the graduate industry consultant program to manage, execute and grow the PhD Pathways Fellowship, Graduate Archer Fellowship and Alumni@Work programs at UT Austin. Promote program awareness, increase access, recruit student applicants, coordinate interview process, support student participants and selection process, and assist with enrollment. Communicate with participating employers and alumni, outreach to new partner venues and create feedback loops to enhance the student, alumni and employer experiences. Partner with the UT Austin faculty campus coordinator, The Office of Graduate Studies and the Archer Center team, and collaborate with other campus and UT System partners, as appropriate.
  • Relationship Management, Communication and Outreach: Initiate, advance and lead internal collaborations with career offices, graduate student groups, faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and department staff to create complementary graduate-specific employer engagement opportunities, and to develop innovative career exploration and experiential learning programs, increasing employer and alumni access to all advanced degree students and scholars across disciplines. Working closely with the director and associate director, contribute to leadership of the team and Texas Career Engagement (TCE) by building a positive work culture, supporting team events, mentoring graduate students, and contributing to core workshops and the department liaison model. Manage the grad campus jobs listserv and contribute to newsletters for internal and external constituents. Opportunities to develop may include graduate-specific cross-disciplinary networking nights, employer on-site visits, employer/alumni panels, employer-led workshops, co-created career education content, career preparation programs, expanding the skills inventory and information sessions.
  • Outreach: Conduct outreach to local, national and international employers and alumni, identifying industries of particular interest to UT Austin advanced degree populations. Develop employer and alumni outreach and education communication materials and strategies to help employers understand the value of doctoral students within their organizations – particularly beyond expected PhD Career Paths.
  • Thought Leadership, Learning and Service: Serve on department and university committees. Contribute to the national conversation on graduate career and professional development – particularly as it relates to employer education – and oversee training for the TCE employer engagement and advanced degree teams on employer trends and opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
  • Student Advising: Provide 1:1 and group career and professional development advising across all disciplines with a demonstrated understanding of the unique career and professional development needs of advanced degree students and scholars. Demonstrate clear understanding of the hiring landscape and national trends for both master’s and doctoral students across industries, including academic.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in communication, education, business, or related field. 3+ years of relationship management experience developing mutually beneficial relationships in higher education, nonprofit or industry. Extensive knowledge of the associated labor market, employment trends and recruitment strategies. Knowledge of advanced degree student and scholar needs and national trends related specifically to doctoral hiring. Strong presentation, teaching and facilitation skills to lead workshops and meetings with stakeholders at all levels of the university, and external constituents. Demonstrated ability to manage high touch campus relationships with colleagues and students and ability to communicate effectively in all contexts. Demonstrated experience creating marketing and communication materials to raise awareness, educate or persuade. Willingness to fail and learn collaboratively. Demonstrated ability to assess needs and program outcomes and course correct. Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

3+ years direct experience working with advanced degree employers and alumni. 5 years of program management experience. Experience working directly with graduate students on career and professional development related issues. Experience managing and supervising graduate students. Contributions to the field of employer engagement, relationship management or graduate education. Innovative and creative approaches to the future of work.

Salary Range

$65,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
  • This is an Austin, TX-based position and is eligible for hybrid work

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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