Job Description:

Carter’s, Inc. is the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally. They are also sold through more than 1,000 Company-operated stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and online at www.carters.com, www.oshkosh.com, and www.cartersoshkosh.ca. The Company’s Just One You and Genuine Kids brands are available at Target, its Child of Mine brand is available at Walmart, and its Simple Joys brand is available on Amazon. The Company also owns Skip Hop, a global lifestyle brand for families with young children. Carter’s is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information may be found at www.carters.com.

The Manager of College Relations’ primary responsibility is to lead Carter’s College relations strategy and recruitment while elevating quality of talent hired through all College Programs. Partner across the business to provide “best in class” diverse talent and experience for all College programs. Must have proven, successful experience thriving in a fast paced, large corporate environment and strong relationships building skills.

  • College Strategy and Recruitment (75%-90%)
  • Manage recruitment for Carter’s college programs: Intern Program, and Executive Development Program, and Analytics Rotational Program
  • Accountable for successfully meeting college recruitment targets and KPIs
  • Build robust college strategy each season; conduct school research and analysis as well as internal hind sighting
  • Lead on-campus recruitment in partnership with business partners (career fairs, class presentations, other on-campus initiatives)
  • Strategically manage university relations and on campus strategies; proactively build relationships with career services, student organizations, faculty and students to increase brand awareness and competitiveness on-campus
  • Lead college recruitment events at HQ; including semi-annual recruitment events, hosting universities, etc.
  • Manage referrals from the organization, following-up with communication as appropriate
  • Partner with Talent Acquisition team and Senior Manager of HR & College Relations to understand the needs of the total organization and individual businesses
  • Manage college data, analysis and reporting globally (includes HQ, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai) to report to stakeholders and identify areas of opportunity
  • Analyze recruitment results continuously to improve quality and diversity of talent for College Programs
  • Develop and facilitate college presentations and materials to educate internal business partners and senior leadership as well as on-campus (students, faculty and career services)
  • Develop, facilitate stakeholder buy-in and successfully execute college strategic initiatives (i.e. College Recruiting Champions, Campus Ambassadors, College Training Modules, etc.)
  • Manage $150,000+ budget
  • Support Talent Development team with program needs and activities as requested
  • Generalist Responsibility (10%-25%)
  • Support acquisition strategy and execution for client group(s)
  • Assist with or lead cycle of performance (review board and talent discussions), succession planning, employee relations, and organizational design.
  • Ad hoc projects as requested
  • Manage at least one direct report (Coordinator level)
  • Work with a team of 4-5 contract recruiters for College Program roles

Required Experience:

  • Must have been successful in building strong professional partnerships, problem solving and utilizing various resources
  • Proven innovation to elevate College recruitment and strategy
  • Must have proven project management skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple clients, priorities, deadlines, and initiatives
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven exceptional customer service, organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Must have exceptional skills in MSOffice (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency in Virtual career fair platforms (Handshake, Simplicity, etc) and Applicant Tracking Systems (Pereless, Workday, etc) preferred
  • Must be flexible to the needs of the business
  • Must have experience working independently in a fast paced corporate environment
  • Minimum 2-4 years HR experience; college recruitment experience preferred
  • Minimum 1 year experience managing direct report(s) preferred
  • SHRM-CP or PHR certifications a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Up to 50% travel required during peak recruitment season (February-March; September-October)
  • May involve moving or lifting items under 10 pounds
  • Role is based out of our Atlanta, GA, Buckhead office location

Carters is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.
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