Cynthia O’Brien

Senior Director, Employer Relations

Cynthia O'Brien joined the Office of Career Services in 2008 and has over 25 years of experience in corporate relations, customer service, project management, recruiting and human resources. She works with new and established employer partners to develop strategies and initiatives to assist in their efforts to recruit students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, UMD.

As senior director, she leads the employer relations team which coordinates the day-to-day operations of on-campus and virtual recruiting activities. O'Brien works closely with key stakeholders on the planning, execution and delivery of career fairs, recruiting expos, networking events, innovative learning outcomes and other key events to enhance the recruiting experience for employers and students. She has developed and worked on several key initiatives to enhance the “employer experience” including the employer forum, the employer appreciation event, and the OCS corporate sponsorship program.

O'Brien is a member of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) and National Association of Colleges Employers (NACE) where she has served on several committees. She also serves as an advisor for a UMD’s Celtic Grace Dance Troupe. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services, O'Brien worked both in the retail and hospitality industries. She was responsible for customer relations, sales, operations and recruiting top talent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in human resources management. She is pursuing a master’s in human resources management. O'Brien is a dance and soccer mom and currently lives in Maryland with her two children.

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