Assistant Director for Experiential Learning
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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POSITION OBJECTIVE

To provide career-related services to students and alumni, assisting them in developing lifelong career management skills, obtaining relevant work experience, and integrating academic and career plans. Responsibilities include the development, implementation, and evaluation of a university-wide experiential learning program that complements the academic mission of CWRU; manage the Career Center marketing efforts, including both strategic and operational components.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Create a more integrated model of experiential learning by initiating collaborative relationships with other university departments offering experiential learning opportunities (e.g., Engineering Student Services (for co-op), SOURCE (for undergraduate research), Undergraduate Studies (for study abroad), and CCEL (for community service)).
  • Work closely with the director to develop and implement a strategic plan to enhance the current Practicum Program and formalize a CWRU-based internship program, elevating experiential learning as a salient feature of the undergraduate co-curricular experience.
  • Develop, manage and evaluate the undergraduate Practicum Program by initiating and maintaining extensive coordination with the associate deans, department chairs, and faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Weatherhead School of Management.
  • Initiate contact with regional, national, and international organizations in an effort to promote experiential learning and to facilitate contact between qualified students and prospective employers; coordinate and promote student and employer participation in new and established internship programs and resources (e.g., CWRU Practicum, Summer on the Cuyahoga, NEOintern, Third Frontier); respond to both strategic and on-demand hiring needs of current and prospective employers in a timely manner.
  • Oversee the maintenance of accurate records of student information; maintain up-to-date written guidelines outlining procedures to be used: application and qualification process, course/work schedules, date/calendar/deadlines, and standard forms (job descriptions and liability agreements); outline expectations and requirements for students, employers, faculty advisers and administrators.
  • Assist director in identifying sources for and writing grants in support of funded projects.
  • Manage, develop, and evaluate the Career Center Marketing Coordinator, supervising all aspects of the Career Center’s marketing plan and identity branding strategy, including supervising the Marketing Coordinator as he/she works with Career Center staff, internal and external marketing and design professionals, vendors, and area media outlets.
  • Manage the Marketing Coordinator as he/she develops Career Center print publications, including the Career Search Guide, and the Center’s website; oversee content, lay-out, production, and overall quality of marketing materials, and Career Center website.
  • Coordinate comprehensive marketing efforts and supervise the development of appropriate promotional and informational materials.
  • Collect Practicum Program evaluation data from participating students and employers and distribute to students, employers, faculty, and administration to build program participation and awareness and determine program effectiveness.
  • Assist in the design, administration and evaluation of annual Internship Survey; share results with key internal and external constituents.
  • Collect experiential learning benchmarking datafrom our “Ten Universities” peer institutions including Dartmouth, Rochester, Carnegie-Melon, Duke, Vanderbilt, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Washington University.
  • Serve as a member of CCEL and SOURCE advisory boards.
  • Provide the programmatic vision for and manage the annual “Get Experienced! Internship & Career Fair”; oversee employer registration, student marketing, event logistics, budget, workshop development, troubleshooting, volunteer recruitment, and day-of activities.
  • Work closely with the associate director to continue to build the employer relations functional priority of the Career Center.
  • Conduct site visits to include campus, local, and regional employers to maintain relations as well as further expand experiential learning opportunities, promoting out-of-classroom experiences and learning activities related to students' academic studies and career plans; participate in area business and non-profit associations and chambers of commerce activities with emphasis on new relationship development and current relationship maintenance.
  • Counsel students on internship and full-time job search strategies, applying to graduate school, and interviewing; conduct mock interviews.
  • Advise individual students and groups of students interested in experiential learning through individual appointments and the development and delivery of innovative workshops.
  • Serve as a liaison from the Career Center to one of four CWRU undergraduate colleges, initiating and maintaining student/faculty outreach, program development, and the integration of academic and career planning.


  • NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Perform other duties as assigned.

    CONTACTS

    Department: Daily or frequent with all members of the Career Center Staff.

    University: Frequent contact with Undergraduate Studies, co-op, SOURCE, CCEL, Registrar’s Office, the four undergraduate schools, Student Affairs, and daily contact with students and faculty.

    External: Frequent contact with employers and alumni; frequent contact with members of business and industry organizations.

    Students: Frequent contact with students in all disciplines and encompassing undergraduate, graduate, and alumni status.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

    Directly supervise the marketing coordinator.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Experience: 4 years of experience in an educational setting.

    Education/Licensing: Master’s degree preferred in higher education administration, student personnel administration, business administration, or equivalent required.

    REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Strong oral and written communication skills,
  • Organizational skills, self-motivation, and leadership skills needed.
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Create and facilitate programs
  • Understand corporate and academic environments
  • Manage events
  • Familiar with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to learn new software programs quickly required
  • Qualified to use standardized self-assessment instruments including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator


  • WORKING CONDITIONS

    General office environment.

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    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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