Grinnell Chamber

Associate Dir of Employer Engagement & Internships

Full time
Posted: 09/15/2021
Grinnell, IA
Human Resources


Grinnell College seeks applications and nominations for an Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Internships. 

As a key member of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) and reporting to the Assistant Dean and Director of Employer Engagement, the Associate Director will ensure the internship program aligns with the CLS’s goals for student learning and advances its mission of empowering students to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose.  The Associate Director will assist with the creation, coordination, and implementation of programs and initiatives to cultivate new and sustain established relationships and partnerships with organizations, alumni, parents and other friends and stakeholders of Grinnell College to increase and expand the number of quality internship opportunities for Grinnell students.

This position will also provide the leadership, structure, and overall coordination of the College’s internship program, including the grant funding process as well as the internship course (INT-300). In doing so, the Associate Director will work collaboratively with College staff (e.g., CLS, Development and Alumni Relations) and faculty, members of the administration, alumni, and employers in promoting internships as an integral element of the liberal arts learning experience and work with campus partners to monitor risks of international internships and all government regulations as needed and required.  The Associate Director will also prepare pertinent internship reports and publications; maintains accurate employer and student records; and maintains statistics regarding student tracking as well as track job market demand to assess and predict future engagement activities.  




  • Bachelor’s degree required in higher education, student development, human resources, or a related field. 
    • Master’s degree preferred.  
  • Prior experience (at least 5 years) in career development, higher education, human resources, talent acquisition, workforce development, or a similar field.



  • Must be a self-starter and possess strong ethical, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Must have superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity.  
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines. 
  • Possess a sophisticated understanding of the world of employment (e.g., how industries recruit differently, identify premier/leading employers, understands professional points of entry).  
  • Proficiency with Windows environment including word processing, and knowledge of database programs. Computer expertise in Excel, Word, and email communication essential. 
  • Must possess aptitude for numbers, accuracy, attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, students and employers with experience promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce/academic environment.  
  • Demonstrates a working ability to apply policies and practices for planning and administering a budget.
  • Experience in effectively building and managing professional external and internal relationships and partnerships with employers, alumni or community outreach; corporate relations.

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