The Director of Career Development serves as the primary advocate and representative for the career development arm of the Center for Student Success to all students, faculty and staff internally, and to external entities such as employers and alumni. The Director will provide leadership, guidance and direction for all programs and activities that integrates the preparation for a career into the student experience and student success. Additionally, the Director works closely with an Advisory Board to provide vision, and planning for the Center’s operation. The Director is the primary individual for allocation of resources and overall budget management for career development.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Provides leadership, vision and strategic planning for career development activities and hires, trains, supervises and evaluates staff supporting these activities.
Collaborates with faculty in academic departments to embed career readiness elements into curriculum including experiential learning internships.
Encourages and administers study abroad experiences for individual students as well as facilitating faculty-led study abroad trips.
Coordinates and mentors 21st Century Scholar students and their requirements in conjunction with the Learning Resource Center and Financial Aid.
Develops relationships with employers and professionals within the community and external organizations throughout the region and the state to expand and enhance programs, events and opportunities for experiential learning and employment for students.
Develops and delivers career development and career related programs, services and counseling to students.
Develops training for peer mentors and tutors to provide services to students for resource materials, resume development interview preparation and job search assistance.
Assesses career development programs, services and outcomes making changes when necessary.
Collaborates with Executive Director of Student Success on the allocation of all fiscal, staffing, facilities and technology resources in support of career development activities.
Provides departmental reports to campus staff and faculty colleagues, administration, alumnae and granting agencies.
Other Duties & Responsibilities:
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, proofreading, and public speaking skills
Strong time management and organization skills, high attention to detail, creative thinking and problem solving, and ability to effectively perform in a multi-tasked and deadline-driven environment
Develops relationships and collaborates with academic and administrative offices and departments across the entire campus community. Serves as the primary spokesperson and advocate for career development services and programs.
Oversees department marketing, public relations, and website content for internal and external audiences.
Promotes the visibility and supports recruitment efforts of the college through connections with external audiences.
Provides training, support and direction to professional staff and student assistants.
Normal office environment
Same day business travel
Some overnight travel possible.
Physical Demand Characteristics:
Sedentary – Lifts 10 lbs. or less infrequently. Sits, bends, stands, walks, reaches over head and stoops infrequently. May push/pull.
These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the above job.
While performing the responsibilities of the above job, the employee is required the talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel and to manipulate keys on a keyboard. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, and requirements.
While performing the responsibilities of the above job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Master’s degree required.
Three to five years of relevant experience
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and relationship building skills
Ability to use creative thinking and decision-making skills