Career and Engagement Manager (CEM)
Reports to: Campus Director – Lancaster University Leipzig
Overview and Objectives of the Position:
The Career and Engagement Manager (CEM) is a strategic role within LU Leipzig. The CEM will be accountable for efficiently and effectively managing the development and delivery of LU Leipzig’s Employability and Industry Engagement strategy. Work is envisioned internally (training of students for their entry into the labour market) and externally (establishing strong networks with local, regional and national industry).
This incorporates responsibilities for establishing a roadmap for engagement with industries and the set-up of MOA/MOUs; in developing opportunities to mutually benefit each organisation (networking events, recruitment events, mock interviews, etc.); in developing partnerships to help students find post-study employment, internships, placements; establishing strong links to industry and aiding the future development of executive education; marketing the campus locally; establishing an annual training event calendar for students.
The Career and Engagement Manager (CEM) will work mainly, but not exclusively, with the following contacts:
Lancaster University Leipzig Campus Director (CD)
Reports into the CD.
Deputises for CD at events as appropriate.
Senior Manager Academic and Student Services (SMASS) & Team
Works closely with SMASS and the Student Support team regarding training of students.
Academic Office Manager (AOM) (Lancaster employed)
Works closely with the Academic Office Manager (AOM) to establish and follow processes and procedures relating to employability.
Lancaster University Leipzig Staff (Navitas and Lancaster University employed)
Contributes to the team building and local partnership
management between teams employed by two
institutions building a ‘one-campus-mentality’; Supports in events (including conference planning).
Lancaster University Leipzig Academic and Student Services Team
Appoints and oversees the performance of the campus academic and student services functions and provides day to day guidance to operations.
Lancaster University Career and Employability Team
Assists in student placing, co-organises virtual events, helps support students in the UK wanting to move to Germany.
The responsibilities of the Career and Engagement Manager (CEM) include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Prepare and conduct student trainings in CV writing, presentation, interview techniques, etc.
- Teach on Career and Employability modules for Business programmes
- Project-manage the establishment of LU Leipzig’s job board
- Organise on-campus recruitment events with local industry partners
- Assist in managing the opportunities for students to learn German (i.e., set-up links to local language schools)
- Be available for drop-in sessions for students to act as career counsellor
- Establish a system to track and trace student employment post graduation.
- Build a strong network of industry partners for LU Leipzig; draft and coordinate the formation of MOA/MOUs
- Regularly attend networking events in the region and beyond (example: BVMW, BCCG, Wirtschaftsförderung)
- Assist in the partnering with prestigious partners locally – including drafting Business plans and information material
- Forster opportunities for outreach beyond Leipzig – and assist in strategising the connections between university and business
- Manage events locally – including the opening ceremony in 2022 – and liaise with different stakeholders from politics and the 3rd sector
- Work closely with other career centres in the region in order to set up mutually beneficial working arrangements
- Assist the Campus Director in establishing multiple use projects for the campus
- Assist the Director Marketing and Recruitment during local exhibitions and marketing events
- Assist the Campus Director in the management of a small engagement budget.
Skills and Experience:
- Minimum of degree level qualification
- Evidence of work related professional development
- Excellent communication skills in German and English
- Successful record of managing budgets and resources
- Willingness to work flexible working hours – and to attend events in the evening and at weekends
- Experience of implementing strategies, standards and practices
- Highly developed interpersonal, presentation and negotiation skills
- Well-developed problem-solving, decision-making, team-building and team-working skills
- Ability to communicate with staff and students from a diverse range of cultural and educational backgrounds
- Sound knowledge of equal opportunity, equity and workplace health and safety principles and ability to implement them at the strategic and/or operational level
- IT literacy, including EXCEL, TEAMS, Online Teaching Tools
- “Can do” mentality and ability to shine when under pressure.
- Postgraduate qualification (Masters, PhD, equivalent)
- Successful work experience in a multi-cultural environment; previous experience of running a complex and divers department
- Previous teaching experience
- Understanding of leading teams in Germany (basic understanding of BGB)
- Use of project management tools and techniques.
Key Performance Indicators:
These are some typical indicators that measure success in the role:
- Student Feedback
- Number of students employed 6 months after graduation
- Number of successful partnerships established
- Event Feedback.
The application package should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two contacts (including positions) for recommendation letters.
Please merge all documents into one PDF file, indicating your name and submit by e-mail to:
Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby | Campus Director
Deadline: Wednesday, the 5th of January 2022, 12 noon.