• Full Time
  • Brookings
  • December 1, 2020

Website South Dakota State University

The Office of Career Development at South Dakota State University is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Employer Engagement Coordinator. As the Office of Career Development seeks to grow, engage and cultivate a career-everywhere culture, the Employer Engagement Coordinator will contribute to efforts to enhance industry engagement and generate opportunities for students to gain professional skills, integrate academic learning with work, and secure internships and jobs. The successful candidate must be a people-centered professional who values diversity and inclusion and demonstrates a commitment to customer service. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, non-faculty exempt position that reports to the Assistant Director of Employer Engagement. The Office of Career Development is part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


·         Contribute to development of an employer outreach and engagement strategy to expand recruiting relationships with the University and generate opportunities for students to gain professional skills, integrate academic learning with work, and secure internships and jobs.

·         Facilitate relationships between employers and the University community, including but not limited to students, faculty/staff, and additional stakeholders.

·         Assist in design, coordination and evaluation of a portfolio of innovative events and recruiting initiatives to address career needs and to connect employers with students and faculty/staff.

·         Identify employer needs and recommend recruiting and marketing strategies based on knowledge of student and faculty/staff constituents, campus calendar, and market trends. Assess and provide feedback on effectiveness of efforts.

·         Coordinate on-campus recruitment to address needs and resources, employer and student accessibility, and policy/procedure formulation.

·         Communicate and uphold best practices, policies, and procedures related to student recruitment in alignment with the code of ethics of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), as well as federal and state legislation.

·         Work with Career Development team and University partners (when appropriate) to manage in-person or virtual career fairs and additional events, including day-of-event execution.

·         Assist in administration of career management and recruiting platform (e.g., Handshake); help develop strategies to increase active engagement by students and employers; and educate stakeholders on use of platform.

·         Collaborate with Career Development team to conceptualize and implement marketing and communication strategies to build stakeholders’ awareness of and engagement in programming initiatives and resources.

·         Attend events, visit employer sites, and host organizations on campus for employer development and cultivation purposes.

·         Provide individual and group support and programming to educate students on strategies for internship and job searches, evaluation of job offers, and negotiation of salary offers.

·         Actively participate in and contribute to student success initiatives and events as identified by departmental and University leadership.


Earned bachelor’s degree completed by first day of employment.
At least one year of experience working in employer relations, recruitment, human resources, career counseling, workforce development, business marketing/sales, or related field. (Related internship experience is acceptable.)
People-centered professional who values diversity and inclusion and demonstrates a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to all stakeholders.
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated success in developing and stewarding relationships and partnerships with a variety of constituents.
Strong organizational skills with ability to complete tasks with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
Possess a professional demeanor and ability to maintain composure in a deadline-filled environment that requires flexibility to meet needs of multiple stakeholders.
Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Evidence of working knowledge of contemporary recruitment practices, job search strategies, workforce trends, and employer engagement.
Ability to conceptualize, coordinate, and implement career-related programs and events that can be delivered in person or in a virtual format to diverse constituents.
Effective communication and presentation skills.
Understanding of and enthusiasm for today’s undergraduate and graduate student experience.
Experience with Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Strong aptitude for and willingness to learn new technologies.
Willingness and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends and shifts longer than eight hours.
Willingness and ability to travel for occasional visits to employer sites and events.
Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire.


More than one year of experience working in employer relations, recruitment, human resources, career counseling, workforce development, business marketing/sales, or related field.
Experience working with career services in higher education.
Previous employer engagement experience.
Experience in student recruitment from a business or higher education perspective.
Experience utilizing career management and recruiting software technology (e.g., Handshake).


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 1, 2020.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment.  

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Jerad Schlobohm at 605-688-5474 or Jerad.Schlobohm@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.

To apply for this job please visit yourfuture.sdbor.edu.