The Director of Career Services at Northern Illinois University provides administrative and organizational leadership for a centralized university career services department with services and programs offered for students and alumni both on the main campus and at regional educational sites.
Career Services provides a front door for services and programs for students receiving degrees through six academic colleges and the graduate school as well as a connecting point for innovative and interdisciplinary internal and external partnerships that advance the career success of NIU students. As NIU's centralized department for providing services and programs for career success, the Career Services is essential to the mission of NIU by providing holistic career development, engagement between students, employers, and others along with cultivating effective relationships with the academic colleges, departments, and other stakeholders. Two key priority areas are strengthening the partnership with Braven and expanding student participation in the Braven program
The Director will engage internal and external stakeholders with a focus on developing new and innovative partnerships that can be leveraged to facilitate students' transition into the workforce and to increase opportunities for engagement in hands-on learning. This position will provide strategic leadership for this unit, manage the day-to-day operations including providing budget oversight, strategic planning, and assessment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Stakeholder and Partner Relations (40%)
Know current legal issues related to employment of protected classes and international students and refer students or employers to appropriate authorities on these issues.
Manage the campus and employer relation's function to include consulting with employers regarding labor market, supply, salary levels, and trends in recruiting and selecting employees. Consult with employers on best strategies for establishing and developing effective recruitment programs for both full and part-time employees, co-ops, and internships to include: employers use of campus recruiting, job fairs, posting jobs and internships on job search system, making campus visits to talk to students and faculty, supporting and sponsoring campus events and other career services functions to arrange, continue, and improve employment opportunities for NIU students and graduates.
Oversee the staff member(s) responsible for third-party career course and networking vendor (currently Braven) for program implementation and execution. Serve as high-level liaison between the vendor and NIU and support internal staff in their execution of the course and post-course supports and their day-to-day management of the partnership.
Lead efforts to increase the breadth and depth of partnerships with employers, agencies and other critical stakeholders that provide opportunities for student employment and professional development.
Manage and lead an innovative network of cross-functional, interdisciplinary, and interdivisional teams to expand access to opportunity for NIU students related to Career Counseling & Career Education and increase overall opportunity for connection to Employer partners.
Provide leadership for the development and implementation of the Career Services strategic plan to include organizational goals, policies, priorities, and program direction. This includes holding individuals accountable for outcomes that align with strategic planning goals and regular evaluation and continuous improvements.
Make budgetary decisions including those related to expenditures, cost savings, budget alignment and budget allocation.
Serve on campus-level committees related to the advancement of NIU's strategic planning and enrollment management goals.
Lead efforts to establish sustainable, integrated and productive relationships with all six academic colleges and the Academic Advising Center.
Lead efforts to establish stronger connections with community college partners and to bolster partnerships with industry and professional partners locally and across the region.
Lead efforts to establish a strong competency and skills based model for career services that is embedded in the academic planning process for all NIU students and allows for dynamic adjustment and intentional planning.
Work with employers to identify potential skill and competency gaps and provide regular feedback to curricular deans and departments about opportunities for enhancing curriculum to ensure all students are receiving appropriate and necessary skill development.
Increase student engagement with NIU alumni through initiatives with the NIU Alumni Association, NIU Foundation, college partners, and others related to Career Services goals and objectives.
Coordinate with advising, Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, Orientation and First-Year Programs, and the Career Development Office in the Graduate School, to identify a process for embedding individualized plans in advising plans for all NIU students as part of a customized planning approach.
Coordinate, in partnership with advising directors, cross training for campus wide academic advisors to provide guidance on management of students' customized plans.
Internship Development (10%)
In direct partnership with academic units, coordinate a mechanism to ensure that all colleges have a for-credit option available to students for documenting their internships at the departmental and/or college level. Where a for-credit option is not reasonable/appropriate, work to ensure students are made aware of co-curricular options for internship reporting. This includes working to coordinate opportunities and experiences that supplement internship programs both on and off-campus.
Serves as primary Career Services-specific liaison to the alumni association providing opportunities for alumni to connect to students and facilitating development (externship, job shadows, etc.) and employment opportunities (internships, full-time jobs) with NIU alums.
Serves as primary liaison for high visibility internship programs in partnership with academic departments, or appoint a departmental designee as appropriate/needed.
Revenue Generation (10%)
In conjunction with appropriate campus partners and through benchmarking and review of best practices, identify and secure external resources and generate revenue for Career Services and NIU through appropriate recruiting event pricing and development of new opportunities for employers and other external partners to engage with the office (and campus) financially.
Lead efforts to increase partnerships with industry partners and potential donors that results in increased revenue and scholarships.
Provide leadership to and direct the efforts of full-time professional and operating staff employees plus graduate assistants and student workers assigned to Career Services. This responsibility includes the selection, training, development, ongoing supervision, and performance evaluation.
Oversee personnel activities of the department, including ensuring compliance with professional and university standards and regulations regarding searches; hiring, supervision, and personnel evaluations; and supporting professional development.
Specialty Factors (Civil Service):
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service):
Master's degree in career counseling, student personnel, leadership, higher education administration, communications or related discipline.
A total of three (3) years (36 months) professional experience in student affairs or career services.
A total of three (3) years (36 months) supervisory experience with a minimum of four Full-Time Employees
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS):
Salary: $70,000.08 - $85,000.08/Annual
1. Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Important:Please upload any unofficial transcript(s) and/or documentation that verifies any education, experience, and/or training you have received.
If eligible for Veteran's Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable DischargeMUST be uploaded to this application to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
2. After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this position. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register.
3. Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from firstname.lastname@example.org and CivilServiceTesting@niu.edu. Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
4. Illinois residency required within 180 days of the hire date.
Credentials Assessment Examination:
The examination for this position is a Credentials Assessment and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. A Credential Assessment is a rating by the Human Resources Office of an applicant's/employee's education, experience, and special credentials/qualifications (licenses, etc.). Applicants are required to upload documentation to verify the minimum qualifications for this position has been met.
Required documentation noted in the posting, such as a driver's license, licensures, or certifications MUST be uploaded with your application materials.
After assessment of all qualified applicants has been completed for this position, the names with the top three (3) scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
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Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Applicants must be a current citizen or resident of the State of Illinois to move forward in the hiring process.
EEO Statement Summary:
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator Health Services 230 TitleIXCoordinator@niu.edu 815-753-5560
Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.