Placement Officer at United States International University (USIU)

On Monday, April 21st, 2014
The United States International University is the leading international university in East and Central Africa catering to over 5401 students representing 56 nationalities and with a global network of over 9000 alumni. 
USIU is committed to providing a quality, international education through world-class service delivery platforms.

USIU is seeking to recruit a qualified candidate for the position of Placement Officer.

Position Objective: Assist in sourcing for employment / internship / volunteer opportunities for students and alumni; provide professional and responsive career services to students, employers and alumni; work closely with the Head of Placement and Career Services to broaden and deepen relationships with employers

Key Responsibilities

The Placement Officer will assist the Head of Placement and Career services in the following areas:

Job Development / Marketing Outreach

  • Assist with the development of creative initiatives for marketing and promoting students and alumni to employers.
  • Identify additional employers for outreach
  • Assist with planning and implementing of strategies that encourage employers to hire students and alumni.
  • Organize recruitment drives.
  • Create and maintain a database of employers for all majors
  • Establish and maintain contact with graduates and alumni to mentor current students and cultivate new employers.
  • Compile and profile a comprehensive list of all graduate students highlighting employment progress and success stories
  • Identify diverse placement opportunities and work with students to access placement.
  • Provide up to date reports on student placement through regular semester reports
  • Represent the University at conferences and external meetings where appropriate
Career Advising and Training
  • To manage all aspects of the placement process including guiding, assisting and advising students, to recognize their skills and job requirements and to communicate with organizations providing placement opportunities.
  • Provide individual/group CV and cover letter review and assistance.
  • Coach students to develop short and long term job seeking strategies/career plans.
  • Assist in planning and conducting specific group programs on career strategic planning and related topics.
  • Assist with career services programming on a variety of career topics.
  • Coordinate seminars/workshops on job seeking skills.
  • Assist with program evaluation for program strengthening and diversity.
  • Schedule, conduct and document exit interviews with graduates
  • Disseminate information on Jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities available for different majors to students through regular email updates
  • Contribute to the annual review of placement handbooks, forms and employer information packs and other materials for staff, students and employers.
  • Organize and run pre-placement sessions for outgoing students and debriefings for returning students through discussion, consideration and evaluation of personal and professional development through placement.
  • Deliver presentations to prospective students and parents during orientation and open days and attend other relevant events
Coordinate Career Services Newsletter
  • Develop the design and layout for the Newsletter
  • Develop content: write articles and solicit material from others.
  • Survey employers, students and review periodicals to determine up to date topics of interest
Qualifications
  • Bachelor Degree in Social Science or Business Administration. Preference in  Human Resource and/or Psychology
  • 2 years of experience working with and/or knowledge of professions within the relevant discipline/field
  • Previous experience of customer/client contact especially establishing and developing effective links with companies in the relevant discipline/field
  • Experience of teaching/negotiating with a range of people
Skills
  • Excellent IT skill including word processing and use of databases
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of people
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
Competencies
  • Must be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the Placements office, and be willing to undertake external visits
  • Must be a team player and be able to negotiate and consult with all those engaged internally and externally within the placement space
  • Must have a professional, friendly attitude and a willingness to help
  • Must be innovative and ‘think outside the box’
If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and desire to work as a team member in a modern, progressive, international and multicultural institution where you can make a difference, please apply. Interested applicants must provide current CVs, certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, current salary and benefits, telephone and e-mail contacts to the address below by: Wednesday, 30th April 2014.

Head of Human Resources,
United States International University
P.O Box 14634-00800, 

Nairobi, Kenya

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Web: www.usiu.ac.ke

USIU is an equal opportunity employer

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