ASSISTANT DEAN, School of Management, Feld Career Center
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The School of Management (SMG) at Boston University has been a leader in innovative management education since its founding in 1913. Today, more than 2,200 undergraduates and 1,200 MBA, EMBA, MS/Mathematical Finance, and DBA candidates constitute its active, achievement-driven student body. In recent years, the profile of entering students has steadily risen as has overall satisfaction of graduates, moving the School up in the rankings of ―Top 50‖ business schools in the nation. Located along the banks of the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts, BU is the fourth largest private university in the United States and a vibrant hub of intellectual, scientific, and cultural activity enrolling a very diverse student body of more than 33,500 students.

The Position

Reporting directly to the Dean, the Assistant Dean for Career Services sets the vision and develops and implements the tactical strategy for the BU School of Management’s Feld Career Center serving graduate and undergraduate students, as well as School of Management (SMG) alumni. Working collaboratively with SMG undergraduate and graduate program directors, admissions officers, corporate relations/development and alumni relations representatives, key faculty, other deans, and staff, the Assistant Dean is responsible for expanding and nurturing productive relationships with corporate representatives and other hiring organizations to proactively market the School, promote the talents of SMG students, and generate appropriate internship and employment opportunities in accordance with the strong capabilities and high aspirations of degree candidates and alumni. The Assistant Dean will lead change by identifying national ―best practices and excellence‖ in the field of academic career centers, then developing appropriate implementation strategies, tactics, and metrics to ensure SMG’s Feld Center is among the elite career centers in the United States. The Assistant Dean must build cross-functional expertise among staff and create a synergistic team that is nimble and well-equipped to contribute to the dual employer relations and career counseling/coaching mission of the Center. Enhancing customer service, strengthening positive outcomes, and raising the visibility and overall reputation of the Center among students and recruiters are important responsibilities of the Assistant Dean. As a member of the SMG management team, the Assistant Dean supports broad strategic priorities, serves as a key ambassador for the School interacting with professional associations, external constituents, and the media; and is responsible for data collection, analysis , and outcomes reporting. The Assistant Dean supervises a staff of 20, including five direct reports, and manages a budget of approximately $1.5 million.

Required Skills


A master’s degree is required (MBA preferred). The successful candidate will have a track record of delivering outstanding results, progressive career management and/or corporate experience—including significant leadership and change management, supervisory, and team-building experience. A demonstrated ability to develop and manage client relationships; excellent public relations, marketing, and communication skills (written and oral); ability to work effectively with diverse internal and external constituents; and an enthusiasm for promoting the career development and success of students are all important in the selection of the Assistant Dean. Additional capabilities sought in an ideal candidate include a collaborative management style; commitment to continuous improvement; facility with current technology (recruitment and contact management systems) and social media; and familiarity with a wide range of career fields of interest to students pursuing BSBA, MBA, MS, and PhD degrees.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin March 7, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Open Positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie Szymkowicz at If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call SJG at 413-529-2895.

SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group

BU School of Management – Assistant Dean for Career Services

Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

Visit the BU School of Management website at

Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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