Albers School of Business and Economics
Mentor Program

Rick Sass

Employer Relations
Seattle Pacific University

LinkedIn Profile

Company Description

Seattle Pacific University seeks to be a premier Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University is a place where 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students gain a superb education grounded on the gospel of Jesus Christ — and the tools to influence the world for good. Outstanding scholarship and thoughtful faith is a powerful combination that brings about change in the lives of graduates, and in the people and communities they go on to serve.

Employment History

Passionate executive with vast experience in career coaching, interview and resume strategies, effective networking, mentoring, relationship development, marketing, newspaper (media) operations and sales, and customer acquisition/retention strategies.

Known for strong leadership, team development, unparalleled customer focus and creative problem solving, leading to profitable growth. Articulate communicator, able to develop trust with stakeholders across all levels of an organization quickly and effectively.

I spent more than 25 years in the print media world (more than 22 with USA TODAY - The Nation's largest and most widely-read newspaper) before changing direction and moving into the world of Career Coaching. I currently am focused on engaging students with employers, employers with students, and business partners with area universities.

I do this through deliberate and intentional networking with purpose, management of creative and fun events, engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders, and living the stated SPU university mission of “engaging the culture, (and) changing the world.”

Improving and increasing student/professional engagement through effective teaching, coaching, mentoring and communication is my mission each day.

A frequent campus presenter, guest speaker and coach on LinkedIn, interviewing, resumes and networking, I strive to achieve positive measurable outcomes with each connection I make.

- Seattle Pacific University 2012-present (Employer Relations Manager)
- Lee Hecht Harrison 2012 (Certified Career Coaching Consultant)
- Career Horizons 2008-2011 (Career Coaching Consultant)
- Puget Sound Business Journal 2007-2008 (Director of Marketing/Sales)
- USA TODAY 1993-2006 (Regional General Manager 1991-2006) 
- USA TODAY 1984-1993 (Director Circulation Administration)


MBA University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
BBA/Finance University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

All aspects of finding and keeping gainful employment, emphasizing networking, job search, career planning, work/life balance and skills, relationship building, effective story telling, LinkedIn, etc.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Seattle (City or north/east side) OR SU campus