Executive Director, Career and Professional Development
Saint Mary's College of California
Location: Moraga, California
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Internal Number: 2015-1603608
The Executive Director of Career and Professional Development is the institutional advocate and leader for campus-wide career services and professional development. Reporting to the Vice Provost of Student Academics, the Executive Director oversees daily Career Center services, curricular and co-curricular programs developmentally aligned across the undergraduate and graduate student life-cycles, and develops innovative career programming with employers and alumni. The director collaborates with deans, department chairs, program directors, and the Student Success Offices to provide tailored and comprehensive student support services.
1. STRATEGIC CAREER and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP As the institutional advocate and leader for SMC students in their career development, the director leads campus-wide initiatives aligned with the mission and strategic plan of the College to help students create lives of meaning, purpose, and joy. – Lead a college-wide vision and developmental student life-cycle plan for career and professional development from undergraduate (explorer, riser, launcher) to graduate (launcher, changer, climber) level skills and learning goals. –Design and implement a plan to advance our internship and engaged learning programs at the program, school, and college-level, so that every Saint Mary’s student is successful in an internship that amplifies or applies academic learning, supports vocational discernment, experiential learning, and career pathways. – Act as an ambassador for the College, promoting its students and their preparation for diverse career pathways, employment sectors, and ability to make an impact after graduation and into the future.
2. COMPREHENSIVE CAREER SERVICES As the leader of a campus-wide Career Center, the director oversees career development support services for undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni of the College. –Utilize the Handshake platform to connect employers and candidates from on-campus and local student jobs, to internships, career starters and events. –Encourages the team to continually seek new methods and strategies for delivering comprehensive professional development information to students. –Leads professional support services, such as offering job interviewing techniques, evaluating job offers, salary negotiations, and other related matters having to do with career opportunities after graduation. –Demonstrates a sensitivity and commitment to cultural competency in the delivery of programs and services.
3. ACADEMIC INTEGRATION and STUDENT DEVELOPMENT -Work with faculty and staff to support career development initiatives in CPDS and in partnership with the Academic Schools, Core Curriculum, Student Success Offices, and Student Life. -Serve on campus committees and participate in initiatives as a representative of the Career Center and the Division of Student Academic Success. -Empower all students for success after graduation by developing integrated graduate pathways; ensuring that all students have experiential and practical learning components in their academic programs; –Expand and deepen external partnerships throughout the Bay Area to reinforce educational opportunities –Map and showcase how Saint Mary’s students build confidence through high-impact practices, experiential learning, and guided opportunities for gaining in-demand academic and practical skills through employer partnerships and networks.
4. CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT and ACADEMIC SUPPORT –Shares data and guides with the campus community, especially school deans and chairs/program directors, to improve and expand engagement. –Collaborates with campus-wide programs, such as the First Year Advising Cohorts (FYACs)/Transfer Advising Cohorts (TACs), Jan Term, the Core Curriculum, and individual graduate programs to offer developmentally tailored programs. –Supports professors individually and in groups with integrating career planning into the learning outcomes of their courses. –Leads and participates in team-based programming, student and employer outreach initiatives, and promotion/marketing campaigns.
5. DOCUMENTATION & ASSESSMENT: -Maintain accurate records of events, a database of employers and internships, and calendars for programs. -Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of campus-wide/external events for continuous improvement. -Collaboratively creates and leads compelling events and multiple modes of engagement for students to inform their decisions about career choices and to top administrators about the results and challenges of student plans after graduation.
6. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: -Maintain active participation in national and local professional association activities, including NACE. -Stay updated on research on job markets, salary trends, and recruitment trends and act as a campus partner. -Attend training and workshops on-campus or externally, which are required or recommended for frontline staff interacting with students as a supervisor. -Explore opportunities for personal and professional growth, such as serving on committees or participating in training and experiences that fall outside this position but may build related competencies and skills, or a broader range of experience and cross-training needed to pursue future opportunities.
7. Other Duties as Assigned
See below for application instructions.
Experience: (years required and applicable field of experience): 5+ years of professional experience in career development
Skills/Abilities: (e.g. computer skills, written & verbal skills, trades, laws, procedures, technical) Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Confidentiality and ethics procedures need to be followed. Excellent written and verbal skills necessary
Licenses & Certifications (e.g. CPA, RN, etc.): REQUIRED: No
Other Requirements: (e.g. travel, weekend/evening work) travel to local and regional conferences, networking opportunities, field visits of recruiters, evening functions for CPDS department and career-related events.
Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the Mission of the College
The name and contact information for three (3) professional references
Consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third-party background check
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.
College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 3,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.
As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.