Columbia College is committed to creating an inclusive employee experience for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. The college maintains a safe place for open discourse; supports activities that promote diversity and inclusion; and overall, fosters a sense of community that welcomes everyone.
The Director of Career Services provides the leadership and vision for a dynamic and responsive Career Services department which includes career counseling, employer relations and student and alumni assistance with job, internship and graduate school search. The Director develops and maintains a broad array of services and programs to promote career success; hires, trains, supervises and develops staff to accomplish strategic goals; and maintains strong working relationships with employers and campus administration in order to advance institutional and departmental priorities. Career Services at Columbia College serves our nationwide and online students and alumni in addition to our main campus in Columbia, MO.
Advise a diverse group of traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students and alumni in all phases of their career development.
Manage all aspects of the department including budget, personnel supervision and long and short range operating and strategic planning.
Oversee all efforts related to career services, including but not limited to, employer relations, student and alumni career development, internship program development, outreach and marketing.
Represent the college in various professional organizations.
Address alumni groups, parents, faculty, student organizations and other constituencies on career-related programs and services.
Coordinate with nationwide college locations to ensure students and alumni from these venues have access to departmental programs and services.
Develop technologies to assist with tracking data, developing and evaluating services and the effectiveness of career interventions.
Supervise the planning, production and execution of career related programming sponsored by the department.
Assist in developing new strategies for assisting students and alumni in their job seeking efforts through career development workshops, career goal assessment, interviewing skills and other career-related programs and services.
Work collaboratively with faculty and campus administration to create policies and procedures for ensuring the academic quality and integrity of all departmental programs and services.
Arrange meetings with faculty, academic departments, campus administration and industry leaders to identify and promote relevant career development and graduate school opportunities for all majors.
Develop promotional strategies and materials and educational manuals and guidebooks that detail departmental policies and procedures.
Work with college officials to help in coordinating periodic first destination surveys of recent graduates.
Perform job duties in accordance with Columbia College’s vision, mission and values, and contributes to the development of the Division of Student Affairs and the Career Services Department.
Practice superior customer service.
Fulfill additional responsibilities as assigned.
Display respect and civility to all constituencies in all communications.
Attend work timely and on a regular basis during the established hours of operation; work additional hours as business necessitates.
Serve on division and college committees as requested
Attend major college functions, including but not limited to Homecoming, Registration Day, Welcome Week, College Visitation events, Ivy Chain, Commencement, Late Night Breakfast, and Student Affairs Night of Recognition.
Supervisory Responsibility: Yes : Senior Career Specialist, Career Services Coordinator, and student employees.
Position reports to: Dean for Student Affairs
Required Core Competencies and Professional Experience:
Ability to fluently read, write, and understand the English language.
Proficiency with the following, but not limited to: active listening; speaking; writing; critical thinking; judgment and decision making; monitoring; reading comprehension; time management; coordination; and management of personnel resources.
Proficiency for using a variety of computer and technology-related software and equipment, including Microsoft Office products and database systems.
Proficiency in using web-based technologies, including database systems.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment, with or without direct supervision.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, customer service, and organizational skills.
Other Requirements: Ability to satisfy, within the parameters set by the College and consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, a criminal background check as a condition of employment.
Special Requirements (if any):
Physical Requirements: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals seeking accommodation should contact the Human Resources Department without delay. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, talk, and hear. The employee is required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crawl. Employee must be able to type on a computer keyboard and use a computer monitor on a regular basis.
Work Conditions: The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions; however, possible exposure to hazards and physical risks to personal safety may occur while operating certain equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually mild.