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Interim Director, Employer Engagement

Apply now Job no: 537821
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Pomona
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Type of Appointment: Full-Time, Management Personnel Plan (MPP II)

Anticipated Hiring Amount: $7,218 - $8,167 per month (Commensurate with qualifications and experience)

Work Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm



The Career Center is an integral part of the Office of Academic Innovation (Al) in the Office of Student Success, Equity, and Innovation in the Division of Academic Affairs. The primary goal of Al is to foster and advance a culture of innovation in teaching and learning at Cal Poly Pomona and curate experiential learning opportunities for the campus community. Al is responsible for the strategic, tactical, and operational oversight of the Career Center, Center for Community Engagement, Innovation Incubator, Kellogg Honors College, Office of Undergraduate Research, Student Innovation Idea Lab, and multiple institutional-level initiatives and programs. Within Al, the Career Center's mission to lead, develop, and connect a diverse Cal Poly Pomona community in career readiness and prepare students for the future of work, human and civic engagement. The Career Center's vision is to become a leader in the future of work, human and civic engagement by creating an equity-minded career readiness model while focusing on collaboration and becoming an integral and valued part of the campus community. The Career Center focuses on reimagining student career and professional readiness and emphasizes personal, career, and professional development spanning the entire undergraduate experience. The Career Center will play a significant role in the highly visible, campus-wide initiative to cultivate students thriving inside and outside of the classroom, while preparing them for successful future careers and professional engagements. The Career Center integrates existing resources and programs and creates new initiatives that will benefit students throughout their learning journey as they prepare for meaningful post-graduation opportunities.



Employer Engagement Leadership and Management

  • Create a vision for a comprehensive and equity focused industry and employer engagement and connections operation in consultation with the Director of the Career Center.
  • Oversee, supervise, and manage performance of the Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) and the Employer Relations team which includes the Employer Relations & On Campus Recruiting Specialist, Employer Engagement & Events Specialist, and employer engagement student assistants. Train all direct reports on employer relations and event matters as needed. Analyze and evaluate the employer engagement operational workflow. Make recommendations for operational innovations, changes, enhancements, and other improvements. Seek and utilize ongoing feedback from on and off campus constituents for the continual growth and enhancement of employer engagement programs and services.
  • Direct and oversee the comprehensive employer relations team portfolio of employer connections and recruiting programs, systems, and partnerships to include but not limited to: Handshake and other technology and/or external partner systems, career fairs and expos, industry meetups and employer coffee chats, employer site visits and treks in order to engage employers in the campus community and connect them with students and faculty.
  • Lead the ongoing development and implementation of new and innovative employer engagement approaches to include collaborative strategic planning and design experiences to generate targeted and relevant recruiting strategies.
  • Work with the Director to formulate and establish processes and procedures for position classifications, conflict resolution, and staff development. Conduct regular performance evaluations for direct reports and collaborate with the Director to provide staff professional development opportunities.
  • Foster a strong service focused culture within the unit through understanding and sharing information about university policies and procedures as they relate to employer engagement and career readiness, keeping abreast of trends in the field and current research to develop and conduct meetings/workshops/trainings; and developing and implementing programs and services that meet the dynamic needs of students and employers.

Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) Oversight

  • Administer and coordinate all aspects of the LAEP program as it relates to the Career Center, including employer development, liaison to financial aid, marketing and promotion, student program recruitment, and linkage to career readiness services and programming.
  • Strategically build & lead relationships with local, regional, state, and national employers and deepen recruiting relationships with existing companies in Cal Poly Pomona's employer sphere to increase networking and hiring opportunities for CPP students and alumni.
  • Collaborate with the senior leaders campus wide, including in University Advancement and Alumni Relations, to identify potential corporate and industry partnerships and development opportunities to support internship, employment, mentorship and other professional initiatives and programs.
  • Direct comprehensive branding, communication, and outreach campaigns to effectively market employer and recruiting programs (including LAEP), systems, tools, resources and initiatives to CPP student populations. Inform and educate employers about appropriate LAEP policies and procedures related to recruitment and engagement of students.
  • Conduct presentations on recruitment opportunities to external stakeholders and pitch corporate sponsorships and other Career Center engagement opportunities as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with career coaching team on career programming involving employers and providing on-campus recruiting support for key employers.
  • Maintain, track, and provide reports on all employer recruitment activities.
  • Create a comprehensive engagement and outreach strategy to recruit eligible students into LAEP. This includes establishing relationships with specific departments on campus including, but not limited to the Disability Resource Center, Renaissance Scholars, and the Bronco Care Center.
  • Coordinate and make recommendations for student placement with LAEP employers. Maintain focus on ensuring the placement will provide the student with opportunities to gain work experience related to their field of study, thus better positioning them to be desired candidates for jobs after graduation.
  • Support Financial Aid with program reporting to the California Student Aid Commission, Cal Poly Pomona, and Chancellor's Office.
  • Secondary resource (Financial Aid primary resource) for policy research, analysis, interpretation, and the application of the LAEP provisions.
  • Back-up contact (Financial Aid primary) for the California Student Aid Commission and campus partners

Technology & Data

  • Develop innovative uses of technology systems and tools to track data, develop and assess services, and evaluate effectiveness of career interventions.
  • Research emerging college recruitment and industry trends; integrate research into programming models.
  • Provide Director, Career Center staff, and various campus stakeholders and departments with information related to industry and student engagement trends, recruiting programs impact, labor market trends, and statistical data regarding hiring and recruitment.
  • Serve as the point of contact for all Handshake/Career Services Management system related issues, opportunities, and enhancement requests to ensure seamless operations.



  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Evidence of leadership and management experience to include providing direction, support, and guidance for professional staff in a team setting.
  • Experience working in career services or related student services program in a higher education environment.
  • Experience working with industry and employers, and an understanding of hiring trends.
  • Experience collaborating on university-wide policy formulation

Demonstrated ability to quickly gain knowledge of and effectively apply and implement Cal Poly Pomona policies, practices, and activities of student services programs across campus and throughout the CSU system. Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and supervise a diverse staff in a dynamic environment that requires the department and staff members to adapt to changing processes, practices, and initiatives. Demonstrated ability to engage in strategic planning to ensure most effective/efficient delivery of programs and services. Demonstrated ability to work independently, confidentially, and efficiently to carry out very complex assignments without detailed instructions, advise others individually or in groups on varied and complex matters, and determine the appropriate course of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals and groups in personal interactions of a sensitive nature. Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve organizational and operational problems of one or several program areas logically, independently, and efficiently. Interpersonal and organizational skills sufficient to manage a team of professional staff. Demonstrated presentation skills and exceptional ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form with a variety of people including students, faculty, staff, employers, parents, etc. Entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative spirit, comfort with change, ambiguity, in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies. Demonstrated ability to use technology in improving the delivery and evaluation of programs, systems and services.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent in higher education, organizational leadership, or related discipline.
  • Three years of experience managing staff and skilled professionals in a university or similar environment.
  • Experience in a large, complex and diverse public higher education or similar institution.
  • Three years or more of experience in a university environment working closely with faculty, students, staff, and university administrators.
  • Experience managing change processes in an institutional environment similar to a university.
  • Experience in training and development of human resources in the private or public sector.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Cal Poly Pomona, we are committed to the urgent and ongoing work of creating and sustaining an inclusive campus where all students, faculty, and staff are welcomed, respected, and can flourish to achieve their dreams of success.  We believe diversity strengthens community. Cal Poly Pomona proudly holds designations as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). In 2022, the campus launched the Black Thriving Initiative recognizing that Cal Poly Pomona’s future as a university must be linked to the success of its Black community. More information about our campus initiatives can be found on the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s website. 


Out of State Work

The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU’s mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture, and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU’s business operations almost exclusively reside within California.   The CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. For more information, go to


Background Check

Cal Poly Pomona will make a conditional offer of employment to final job candidates, pending the satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check). The conditional offer of employment may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. In determining the suitability of the candidate for the position, Cal Poly Pomona will give an individualized assessment to any information that the applicant submits for consideration regarding the criminal conviction history such as the nature, gravity and recency of the conviction, the candidate’s conduct, performance or rehabilitation efforts since the conviction and the nature of the job applied for. For more information, go to


CSU Classification Salary Range

The CSU Classification Standards for this position are located on the following site: The CSU Salary Schedule is located on the following site: The classification salary range for this position according to the respective skill level is: minimum $3,750 and maximum $11,703 per month. Please refer to the anticipated hiring range for the appropriate salary rate for this particular position.


Employment Eligibility Verification

Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  For more information, go to


Outside Employment Disclosure 

Executive and Management Plan Personnel employees must disclose all current outside employment at the time of hire as a precondition of hire and at the following times after hire: annually in July, within 30 days of accepting outside employment, and upon their manager’s request.  For more information, go to   


Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) 

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. See policy at


Security & Fire Safety 

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Cal Poly Pomona’s Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for viewing at: and


Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination

As a federal contractor, Cal Poly Pomona 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.  For more information, see the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision poster.


Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at For more information, go to Employment Notices.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and veteran or military status.  We engage the talents of all qualified workers, regardless of their background. More information is available at Equal Employment Opportunity statement.


Other Notices

For other important employment notices, we invite you to visit Cal Poly Pomona’s Employment Notices web page.

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