University Programs Specialist

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time
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Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

As a University Programs Specialist, you will improve Square’s recruiting strategy by planning and executing successful events and programs. This is a unique opportunity to partner across different teams and impact our company’s recruiting efforts for new talent. You will represent Square in various capacities, including university and industry recruiting events, while also maintaining an active internship program. You will work cross functionally to understand current hiring needs and plan/execute recruiting events and programs that meet those needs. 

You will:

  • Plan, execute and project manage our university talent programs strategy and recruiting events including conferences, tech talks, virtual/office tours, roundtable sessions, interviews, special events, workshops, and more.

  • Help source and generate top of funnel activity for university and entry-level roles (internships, recent graduates, and/or career switchers), primarily within software engineering, via events and referrals.

  • Monitor and measure success and the overall ROI on all programs and recruiting events, and spearhead initiatives that support hiring and conversion.

  • Improve our university talent brand through diversity-related projects in partnership with the Inclusion & Diversity and Talent Brand teams to strengthen Square’s employer brand.

  • Manage year-round programs for all university hires, including interns and full time hires. This may include allocation, onboarding, and event programming. 

  • Execute nurture and exposure programs, including Square’s Code Camp, and maintain relationships with program alums. 

  • Build strong relationships with managers internally to run hiring manager trainings and serve as a resource as needed.

  • Partner with internal and external stakeholders to develop and deliver talent brand collateral to all events. 


You have:

  • 3+ years related experience in recruiting and/or university relations

  • An understanding of the recruiting function and process to partner effectively with recruiters and the broader Talent team

  • A proven track record of strong project management and organizational skills

  • Ability to work cross-functionally and make recommendations and drive solutions based on data

  • Demonstrated creativity of going beyond university job fairs and interview events to engage candidates

  • Experience working with underrepresented communities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships within and outside of Square

Additional Information

At Square, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.


At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources
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