Position Title:Director of Career Development
Reports To:Associate Vice President, Student Access and Success
Purpose of Position
Responsible for supporting the goals of the University through the management of a quality, comprehensive career development program designed to meet the needs of the entire University community and its constituents through career counseling and advising, employer and alumni connections, marketing and event management, job fairs, employment opportunities development, and staff development. The primary emphasis is on meeting student and alumni career needs.
- Provides leadership, training, and guidance for office staff and student employees in the areas of career counseling tools and assessments, best practices in career counseling and job searches, event coordination employer relations, and professional development.
- Promotes utilization of job search services offered through the creation and distribution of publications, class and campus organization presentations, and personal and individualized correspondence.
- Provides individual and group career counseling.
- Administers and interprets career assessments.
- Establishes office policies and procedures, prepares regular reports, and sets and assesses annual departmental goals.
- Collects, analyzes, and distributes the annual graduate employment survey and compiles and distributes the results to appropriate offices.
- Provides leadership, acquisition, and oversight of current career search tools; including technology, on-line recruitment systems, databases, and other resources.
- Works closely with University webmaster to maintain and update the career development website.
- Builds a network of employer contacts through professional associations, job fairs, and personal communications.
- Develops and/or presents educational programs about the job-search process in general and on specific topics when appropriate.
- Builds and/or maintains a close working relationship with the academic departments and advising to understand and respect the connection between academic studies and career choice.
- Develops programs and services to meet the needs of the University’s growing population of students enrolled in on-line programs and/or at off-campus sites.
- Develops a collaborative working relationship with Alumni Relations to strengthen services offered to alumni and utilize the talents and resources of alumni to assist current students in career development.
- Develops new programs and services, as appropriate, to meet the needs of students and alumni when academic programs change.
- Conducts interviews with students and alumni, answers their questions, and explains how they can best use the services available.
- Assists students and alumni with resume preparation and revision and developing their interview skills.
- Plans, schedules, and supervises the implementation of job fairs as well as additional special programs as appropriate.
- Provides guidance, leadership and training for staff members while encouraging initiative and independent thinking.
- Develops budget needs or requests and plans allocations, assuming responsibility for all expense authorizations.
- Reviews and analyzes monthly activity reports, employer evaluations of programs, and student utilization of services data to assess the effectiveness of programs offered.
- Serves as a contributing member of the Division of Student Access and Success team.
- Serves on University committees and task forces and performs other duties as assigned.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Required Qualifications : MasterÔ??s degree in, Counseling, or a closely related field; a minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in career planning or employment services, or in a human resources training and development function; knowledge of employment and career planning materials with the ability to assist individuals with career decisions and development concerns; understanding student development principles, job search strategies, employment trends, and integration of career development technologies; strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of constituents in a diverse community; and knowledge of counseling and career development theories and techniques in working with individuals and groups. Preferred Qualifications: Doctoral degree in Counseling, or a closely related field; five (5) or more years of progressively responsible experience in career development services in a college or university setting; a background which includes administrative roles and significant budget experience; managing and motivating professional staff; strategic planning, organizational development, and collaborative skills; innovative use of technology and knowledge of best practices in career services; and the ability to manage and embrace both growth and change while providing visionary leadership.
Supervision of Personnel
Supervises Coordinator of Career Development, Graduate Assistant, and Student Worker.