2654 Corporate Relations Specialist, College of Business


TITLE Corporate Relations Specialist, College of Business




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean, College of Business



The Corporate Relations Specialist, College of Business (COB) directly and indirectly develops and manages corporate relations to enhance placement of business majors, expands corporate-faculty interactions, and encourages financial support for the College by businesses and corporations.  The Corporate Relations Specialist works with the Dean to interact with alumni and to plan and execute events that foster alumni relationships.  The Corporate Relations Specialist works with individual departments and the University Career Center to increase internship, co-operative education, part-time, and full-time employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate business students and alumni.  The Corporate Relations Specialist works with College department heads and individual faculty members to enhance and expand corporate-faculty interactions in support of both curriculum and faculty development.  The Corporate Relations Specialist works with the Dean, Department Heads, Program Directors, and Development staff to identify and develop opportunities for corporate financial support.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in a business, public relations, communications, or related field.

Experience: At least five years of successful professional experience is required, preferably in higher education and/or a corporate setting.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills are required.   Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Organizational skills, particularly in goal setting and planning and executing events are required.  Proven project management skills and the ability to manage a budget are required.  Computer literacy, particularly in word processing and using databases, is required.  The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: The ability to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing twenty-five to fifty pounds on an occasional basis is required.

Other: The scope of the job frequently requires travel and attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, events, seminars, and workshops.  A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.


1. Cultivates corporate relationships under the direction of the Dean.

2. Conducts research on industries and individual organizations to assist units within the College in maintaining and/or developing corporate relationships.

3. Utilizes an understanding of business and College programs to both enhance and establish corporate relations.

4. Actively recruits companies and other organizations to participate in the COB Career Fair.

5. Prepares and presents Career Fair readiness workshops for business students.

6. Develops relationships with companies to increase job placement of business majors.

7. Promotes programs and services provided by the College and Career Center by making presentations to businesses and by planning and/or assisting with special events (e.g., COB Career Fair), programs, receptions, and guest speaking opportunities targeting corporations.

8. Promotes departmental and program level corporate relations by assisting department heads and graduate program directors.

9. Represents the College at local, regional, and national events to raise the profile of COB within the business community as directed by the Dean.

10. Facilitates communication between corporate supporters and the College to help provide effective learning experiences for students.

11. Assists with planning and overseeing alumni events.

12. Coordinates with the Dean and Development staff to assist in fundraising efforts by identifying College programs, events, and services aligned with specific corporate interests and initiatives.

13. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses and conferences, and attending training and/or courses directed by the Dean.

15. Contributes to the overall success of the College of Business by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Corporate Relations Specialist, College of Business is supervised by the Dean and supervises administrative support employees and Graduate Assistants.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.