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University Relations Program Manager

Job Requisition ID:  45371


Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 



Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


This is a hybrid role based in Kingsport, TN with 30-40% travel annually.


The University Relations Talent Acquisition Program Manager supports university relations strategies as they partner with internal customers, universities, organizations, and students to achieve recruitment and business objectives. As part of the university relations team, this role helps identify and recruit top talent to Eastman. This individual partners closely with the team to create and execute a campus recruiting strategy that ensures top external talent is identified and attracted to the organization.  


•    Understand business objectives as it relates to talent, while creating and executing recruiting strategies to support the external talent needs of the company
•    Build a broad talent network through methods such as employee referrals, social media, passive candidate sourcing, etc.
•    Spend time with stakeholders to fully understand the business, the key talent needs, and the value proposition for prospective candidates. This includes maintaining relationships with hiring managers to stay abreast of current and future hiring needs
•    Understand external talent availability and talent challenges that exist in the markets that supply customer organizations.
•    Utilize this knowledge to design recruiting strategies that efficiently generate top quality candidates
•    Set strategy & manage key recruiting schools in support of University relations efforts.
•    Manage and coordinate appropriate communications with candidates during the interview and hiring process
•    Assist in planning orientation, campus, and intern events
•    Create and present employment offers for full time, intern, and co-op candidates
•    Maintain accurate records of applicants in Success Factors
•    Travel to universities for campus events
•    Maintain relationships with campus faculty and staff.
•    Assist with efforts to improve the attraction and hiring of candidates in support of Eastman’s Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives.
•    Involve Eastman’s ERG (Employee Resource Groups) in campus related activities



Demonstrates a working knowledge of project management. Applies good knowledge of all phases of Eastman Project Management culture and process including initiating, planning, executing, and closing projects.
•    Cross-functional responsibility includes coordination with other groups and organizations.
•    Proficient knowledge of the recruitment process and campus events and/or activities.
•    Creativity in researching and developing recruitment solutions as it relates to university relations and campus activities. 
•    Able to travel and recruit at targeted college campuses.
•    Have at least 2 years of relevant experience.
•    A bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or a related field.
•    Knowledge of recruitment processes as it relates to University Relations.
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access).
•    Prior experience with Success Factors a plus.


Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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