Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
Who We Are:
At Swarthmore, Career Services partners with faculty in the education of our students as they gain greater knowledge of self, including how they choose to have impact on our world. Swarthmore has a unique perspective on how to use one's intellect in service to others -- we refer to this as ethical intelligence. Students integrate social consciousness with intellectual rigor in their academic pursuits and their lives outside the classroom -- including their careers. A commitment to social justice and advocacy have been guiding principles of Swarthmore since its founding by members of the Quaker faith as a co-ed institution of higher education in 1864.
Career Services fulfills its educational mission of inclusive excellence through our individual counseling sessions with students and alumni and our programming emphasizing a diverse range of career fields and topics. We believe it's important to be informed and knowledgeable about the world outside Swarthmore, one in which our students will actively participate as leaders making a difference in their chosen fields.
This position will work on projects to raise the department's visibility and recognition of its mission, offerings and accomplishments and track career services engagement trends across campus constituents. With an emphasis on inclusivity, this role will look to showcase diverse narratives, pathways, and identities throughout its messaging. Reporting to the Associate Director, Technology & Assessment with additional oversight from the Senior Associate Director, this position is responsible for creating and managing content across multiple platforms coordinating program calendars and website maintenance projects; and assisting in the creation of multimedia projects. This role will collaborate with colleagues within the department and across the institution, as well as with students, alumni and employers in carrying out communications plans. The person in this role will be responsible for the hiring, training and supervision of two interns who update and maintain social media and the website: (1) Social Media Intern and (2), Career Services Website Intern.
Marketing & Outreach (50%)
Create and manage content across multiple platforms including social media and web to elevate visibility of the office
Develop communications strategy which highlights diverse perspectives, identities and pathways to reach marginalized populations (e.g. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, first generation, low-income, neurodiverse individuals, etc.)
Establish and update communications-related templates (e.g. slide decks, annual reports, email headers, flyers, and social media posts) in line with office and institutional branding guidelines
Create professional and visually appealing marketing and communications materials, including office reports and infographics
Collaborate with colleagues within the department and across the College, as well as students, alumni, and employers in carrying out communications plans and promotional materials for events and programs
Produce email campaigns which inform students of employment and internship opportunities as well as career-related activities and events
Communicate effectively with employers, departments and student groups about opportunities and events of interest
Develop effective marketing resources to promote consortia events to students and potential employers
Hire, train and supervise two interns who update the multiple Career Services social media accounts and the Career Services website
Data Management & Engagement Assessment (40%)
Assess engagement trends to identify potential gaps and opportunities to strengthen outreach and representation among diverse identities
Track student and report on student and employer touchpoints including monitoring of engagement with underrepresented groups; This will involve generating reporting via Handshake among other metrics
Monitor and report on student, alumni, and employer engagement across social media platforms and Handshake
Track engagement with alumni, including featured speakers or alumni participants in events and participate in reporting guidelines for Alumni Relations/Development
Office Management & Administrative Duties (10%)
Assist in efforts to create an inclusive and welcoming environment by conducting outreach to students and providing an introduction to our services
Support Employer Relations team and Executive Director as needed with specific projects
Represent Career Services at special events and programs
Staff the front desk as needed and when the Administrative Assistant is absent
Performs other job-related duties as assigned
Who you are:
Ability to manage deadlines and juggle multiple projects simultaneously
Proven strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong attention to detail
Strong organizational skills including the ability to effectively prioritize workload and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
Strong cultural competency skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and identities
Commitment to supporting career development trajectories of liberal arts and engineering students
What you bring:
Bachelor’s degree with at least 1-year social media, communications, website management and/or related experience
Strong graphic design, data visualization, and communication skills through design tools such as Canva, Adobe and/or Illustrator to present information in a visually appealing and easy to understand format through infographics, reports, online presentations, publicity materials, social media and our web pages
Must have strong computer skills, including skill in using Microsoft Office, as well as the ability to manage complex, web-based applications
Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong attention to detail
Familiarity with social media management tools such as Hootsuite or Sprout Social
1-3 years of experience in Career Services or Human Resources, ideally within a liberal arts college setting or with an employer who actively recruits college students.
Knowledge and use of online career resources, including the Handshake career resource management system.
What You Will Get:
You’ll work at one of the world's most renowned liberal arts Colleges, with incredible benefits, a stunning 420-acre campus. You’ll join a passionate, creative, and supportive team who works hard while having fun. You will be supported, heard, and respected with the opportunity for professional development and engagement in campus life. You will be encouraged to bring new ideas to the table and will be considered a thought-partner in order to advance the career development goals of our students and alumni.
If you are excited about this role, we want to hear from you!
For full consideration, submit applications with pay expectations including resume and cover letter by September 6, 2022.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.