Director of Center for Career Development and Life Design
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Masters
The Director Role
Reporting to the provost, the director will manage all planning, operational, budgetary, programming, and educational aspects of the Center for Career Development and Life Design (CCDLD). Supervising two professional staff members and 2-4 student Career Connectors (student peer mentors), the director helps design and deliver pioneering career development that is well-integrated into the Hollins educational program and that leverages the university’s extensive and engaged alumnae/i network.
The ideal candidate will be a creative, collaborative, visionary, and dynamic leader with proven educational and managerial experience. They will have the capacity to build and scale out new and engaging systems, work processes, and programs in a fast-paced office culture. Additionally, they must demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that students of all backgrounds and aspirations are well-served and positioned for success at Hollins and beyond.
The director will have the opportunity to collaborate with the provost and other campus program leaders to develop the vision and scope of the Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning, under which the CCDLD is a member.
Manages all planning, operational, budgetary, programming, and educational aspects of the center to ensure that efficient, relevant, and effective programs and services are provided to its constituencies
Develops short and long-range operating plans including budgets, programs and services, staffing, technology and other equipment, and office space
Actively engages with and leverages the talents and expertise of alumnae/i to support, inspire, and create opportunities for students
Provides guidance and leadership to staff including training, evaluation, and professional development for the center’s Associate Director, Coordinator, and student Career Connectors
Plans, coordinates, and manages university events that prepare students for all types of employment, including internships, and provide networking and mentoring opportunities
Oversees the Hollins Signature Internship Program collaborating closely with alumnae/i to generate high-caliber internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, VA; and other geographic areas
Works with faculty to motivate active engagement with career preparedness in coursework
Develops and maintains strong, ongoing relationships with employers, particularly those that hire recent college graduates
Collaborates with the following campus leaders:
Vice President for Institutional Advancement to ensure the success of the alumnae/i engagement campaign and to ensure that outreach to alumnae/i is seamless, successful, and well-coordinated between offices.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and others on campus to ensure the sustainability of center programs.
The Provost and faculty to support student success in finding and preparing for internships, jobs, and graduate and professional programs.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students to ensure that programs respond to the needs of students through co-curricular initiatives.
Vice President for Enrollment Management to effectively promote outcomes and center programs to prospective students.
Executive Director of the Batten Leadership Institute to ensure that career and leadership programs are coordinated.
Vice President for Graduate Programs and Continuing Studies to support the needs of graduate and continuing education students.
Participates in professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge needed to provide effective leadership and program development
The Ideal Candidate Will Be
A compelling and visionary leader, able to envision, plan, and implement a thriving future for the CCDLD, while at the same time, able to pay close attention to detail and day-to-day management and performance
Able to articulate the value of a liberal arts education in the workplace
Committed to women’s advancement and an educational environment where living and learning are integrated
An encouraging mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumnae/i
Adept at working with and communicating with a broad range of constituents including prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students, campus colleagues (particularly faculty), alumnae/i, employers, and community partners
Familiar with trends in the changing world of work, as well as in career development (e.g., the application of design thinking to career development life design)
Able to design and deliver innovative programs that provide outstanding career preparation for diverse students on various paths
An emotionally intelligent leader who can bring out the best in a team while developing new organizational systems in a fast-paced, productive environment
Capable of both seeing the big picture and paying close attention to detail
A keen researcher and analyst of data, as well as a creative problem-solver
An excellent writer who can generate instructional guides, reports, and marketing materials
Minimum of five years of experience in career planning, human resources, talent development, or a combination of these areas and experience in alumnae/i relations and development, student affairs, community organizing, and/or marketing and communications
Demonstrated success in program development, supervision and evaluation, budgeting, and relevant workplace technologies
Hollins is an independent, liberal arts university in Roanoke, Virginia offering undergraduate education for women and selected graduate programs for men and women. Founded in 1842 as Virginia’s oldest chartered historically women’s college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities to students for research, study abroad, and leadership training, and provides access to real-world experience through internships around the globe supported by an extensive alumnae/i network.