Director, Career Development Center
Skidmore College - Saratoga Springs, NY

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Skidmore College, a private, selective liberal arts institution located in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students, is an active, vibrant campus with a diversity of academic and co-curricular offerings. The College, in the renewal of its strategic plan, Engaged Liberal Learning: The Plan for Skidmore College 2005 - 2015, has placed emphasis on college transitions and transformations that create opportunities - from first-year through graduation and beyond - that support intellectual, social, educational and career development, and assist students in better understanding how to translate a liberal arts education into future action. The Director of The Career Development Center will play a critical role in this strategic initiative.

The Office of the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs invites applications for the Director of The Career Development Center. Through the development and delivery of programs and services as well as individual career counseling, this critical position oversees the Career Development Center mission to help students and alumni develop self-knowledge, cultivate partnerships on and off-campus, prepare students for experiential opportunities, and manage their careers proactively. Those from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply, as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations.

The Director represents the Career Development Center at internal and external functions as needed, including the Alumni Board, Board of Trustees, Parents Council, New York Six, Eastern College Career Days (ECCD), and the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN). The Director identifies strategic partners to influence companies and alumni to participate in programs and recruit at Skidmore.

The Director supervises a staff of five professional career counselors who manage a wide scope of programs both on and off campus, including several large networking events and a graduate and professional school expo. Travel will be required to cultivate alumni/parent/employer participation in networking, job/internship posting and recruiting programs. The Director oversees and interprets employment trends and provides direct career counseling to students and alumni. The Director will suggest professional development and leadership opportunities to staff, and will assist with submissions to professional conferences and journals as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:
The successful candidate will possess:

Master's degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field.

Minimum of five years of direct experience in career development in post-secondary education, with career counseling supervisory experience. Additional experience in human resources is desirable.

Coursework in each of the six National Career Development Association (NCDA) competency areas, including: Career Development Theory, Individual/Group Counseling Skills, Ethical/Legal Issues, Individual/Group Assessment, Information/Resources, and Diverse Populations is highly desirable.

Demonstrated strengths in writing, assessment, strategic marketing, technology implementation/planning, event planning, and creativity. Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral, are expected, along with an established history of working well in a team environment where faculty and staff are both involved with projects. Experience in program assessment, development, and management required.

Experience at the undergraduate level with a wide variety of disciplines and majors.

Demonstrated ability to balance multiple demands on one's time and resources including manage departmental budget, and develop capital requests as needed.

Familiarity with self-assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator preferred. Familiarity with career management systems such as Symplicity is a plus.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Preferred Qualifications:

Physical Demands:

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
List of Three References

Optional Applicant Documents:
Additional Materials

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered for this position, please fill out an online application and attach the following documents: cover letter, resume and list of three references to include name, title, company, email address and telephone number.

This system can support attachments up to 1.9MB. If you encounter difficulty attaching any one of the required documents, please contact Clarissa Sawyer, Employment Coordinator in Human Resources at: or 518 580.5802

Pay Range:
$80,000 - $90,000 commensurate with experience

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Closing Date:
Open Until Filled

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