The Director of the SPDC provides visionary and strategic leadership while overseeing the development and delivery of programs and resources. The Director drives the enhancement of the highly successful and nationally ranked career services at Elon. This position is SPDC's chief ambassador and collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including academic affairs, student affairs, admissions, alumni relations, corporate relations, faculty, alumni, trustees, parents, and employers to foster effective relationships and partnerships. The Director maintains a student-centered, forward-thinking operation, oversees assessment functions and the articulation of outcomes to internal and external stakeholders, and serves as a spokesperson for Elon on career-related issues of students. Leading a talented team of 18 full-time career professionals in a collaborative style, the focus of this position is to ensure continued delivery of high-quality career services in support of the university's mission. Additional responsibilities include: providing leadership for the expansion of employer outreach programs, developing creative ways to engage an active and dedicated alumni body, overseeing relevant assessment measures to ensure continuous improvement, and leading change to remain responsive to student career development needs and evolving market trends. The Director brings a contemporary, global view of career development to the role, and promotes Elon University as a preferred source of outstanding candidates for employers across all fields of endeavor, by strengthening existing employer relationships and developing new connections both from within the Elon networks and beyond, for internships, post-graduate employment, and admission into graduate and professional programs.
Baccalaureate and advanced degree required (MHE, MBA, MA/MS, or other). Ten or more years of progressive leadership and supervision in career services positions or in a related management field in industry. Demonstrated expertise in current career development models, career assessments, career counseling/advising/coaching, employment trends, legal issues in employment, and employer cultivation is desirable. Demonstrated ability to think strategically, act collaboratively, and lead organizational change, coupled with a track record of experience developing and supervising professional staff are essential for success.
Other Director attributes include a demonstrated commitment to best practices in career services as well as the competencies and ethical guidelines developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Desired experience includes managing resources, including budgets and technology; knowledge of effective assessment strategies to inform programs and practice; excellent communication, marketing, and public relations skills; demonstrated competency in working with the needs of diverse student populations; and evidence of innovative activities leading to organizational growth, and experience with program development and delivery models serving the needs of all students.
Special Skills Or Experience:
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Role requires public-speaking and presentation capability in contexts including sales, education or training, and workshop development and facilitation. Ability to host and dialogue with senior C-level executives.
High proficiency with Office suite, and Symplicity or other career management software. Knowledge of and interest in latest related technology including social networking platforms as part of the job search. Experience using virtual platforms to deliver career programming and events.
Fast-paced, highly visible office.
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time Regular
Length Of Experience:
Ten or more years of progressive leadership and supervision in career services positions or in a related management field in industry.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director will oversee and strategically support the SPDC staff to 1) advise, counsel, coach and mentor students; 2) create and implement effective and relevant programs to facilitate and enhance student professional and career development on and off campus; 3) expand the Elon University brand regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Provide supervision of Career Services and school level Professional Development Centers to support employer relations and graduate school goals and to create opportunities congruent with the overall mission and vision of the professional development of Elon graduates.
Consult with academic deans and faculty colleagues to ensure that programs and services address student needs and incorporates faculty involvement in identifying opportunities to bridge the skills development that takes place in the classroom and other campus environments.
Build advocates across campus and Elon community in support of innovative career programs to platform as forward-thinking and integrative programs.
Lead effort to identify and expand connections with employers and external constituents to create and sustain excellent internship and employment opportunities for students.
Utilize predictive analytics to gain more certainty about employer hiring trends, shifts in demand and professional skills needed to succeed in the current environment.
Lead and mentor a team of career professionals as one progressive and cohesive unit across the university.
Partner effectively with the University Advancement team to enhance external cultivation and stewardship opportunities.
Articulate the vision and services provided by the SPDC to those outside of Elon University.
Specific accountabilities include the following:
HR management – manage the overall SPDC organization planning and staffing responsibility, ensuring high performance and professional development/staff retention.
Budget planning – plan and ensure compensation equity and industry benchmarking.
Reporting – maintain responsibility for First Destination Survey reporting and integrity of university outcomes data; generate SPDC Annual Report at the end of each academic year.
External Relations – represent the university with all major associations (NACE, SoACE, NCACE); manage the association annual dues and memberships; work with career services directors from peer & aspirant universities for best practices benchmarking.
Communications & Marketing – build and maintain relationships with Academic Deans, key members of senior staff, and other university department heads; direct all SPDC marketing and communications, internally and externally.
Presentations – participate in advisory boards, Parents Council, and other Elon affinity group meetings on a routine basis throughout the year; manage the Career Committee of the Parents Council.
Participate as a member of the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee (AAAC).
Strategic planning – manage the development and achievement of the SPDC Strategic Plan in support of the Elon 2030 Strategic Plan.
Develop the Alumni Career Development support concept.
Support Career and Professional development with Elon graduate programs (i.e., MBA, MHE, iMedia, School of Law, and School of Health Sciences as needed).
CRITICALSUCCESSFACTORS The following objectives are the most critical to address and accomplish to ensure success:
Maintain respect from SPDC team, direct reports, peers, and key colleagues across the university through enthusiastic and dynamic relationship building
Support the clear value proposition for the Elon University SPDC model
Develop and execute plans for employer outreach
Demonstrate growth in new employer markets
Establish and strategically leverage key campus partnerships
Lead opportunities to enhance the professional development of all students, including specifically those students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Foster stakeholder relationships to identify the needs and expectations of the alumni, faculty, staff, and students
Support and advance the work of the SPDC by creating a vision for growth around the model of career development
Track and report the metrics for student outcomes and employer satisfaction
Engage alumni who can be strategic partners
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered liberal arts university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon's 6,700 students prepare to become the ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is known for academic excellence across the curriculum, and for experiential learning programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership, interfaith dialogue, civic engagement and community service. Elon is ranked the nation's #1 master's-level university for study abroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation for academic programs that
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About Elon University
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, curious and compassionate, inspired to be big thinkers and creative problem-solvers.
Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional programs. The 446 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 79 percent ranks in the top six percent in the nation.
Elon’s 6,277 undergraduate and 811 graduate students come from 48 states and 47 other countries. About 24 percent are from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and other states across the country.
Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #11 for innovation. Elon is the only university in the nation recognized by U.S. News for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Stud...ent Success.” Included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities and #2 rankings for first-year experiences and service learning.
Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and 78 percent of students have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research or service. Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. In addition, Elon’s Study USA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska and other locations.
The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law, which is located on a campus in downtown Greensboro, N.C.