The College of Mount St. Joseph is accepting applications for the full-time, professional staff, position of the Director of Career and Experiential Education Center. The College of Mount St. Joseph has developed a new strategic Vision 2020 plan to propel the institution even further towards preparing students for the world that awaits them when they finish their degrees. One theme of the vision is to be unsurpassed in having Graduates Recognized as Career Ready . The Director of the Career & Experiential Education Center will be charged with assisting in the execution of the plan; offering integrated and expanded experiential learning opportunities, talent development, career preparation programming, and outstanding coaching for undergraduate and graduate students. The Career Center has a history of providing quality career development and award-winning cooperative education and service learning programs. As part of the vision for the College, the Center will be launching a new Talent Opportunity Program (TOP), which will integrate academic preparation in career readiness and ethical leadership development to provide students with a more seamless transition to their career path.
The Career Center has a 30 year history of providing cooperative education experience for academic credit; it offers a unique service learning Plus One Credit option for students as well. The Career & Experiential Education Center has built several grant funded partnerships and other relationships to provide students with paid work experiences that will build their career portfolios. Among these partnerships are relationships with foundations, and the Education@ Work initiative. The vision for the center involves creating and offering new academic classes in career readiness for all students, and ramping up the use of technology to deliver career readiness centered information and communication.
The ideal candidate will have a background in career development and /or experiential education, management and supervisory experience, and the ability to build partnerships with employers, community partners, and campus constituents. A minimum of a Master’s degree and 5 years of management experience is required. Flexibility and creativity in responding to new and different opportunities is desired. The selected candidate will provide leadership to strategic initiatives, stay abreast of contemporary issues facing college career services, and incorporate innovative and effective techniques into programmatic offerings and business processes.
- Work collaboratively to provide leadership and vision in the establishment of policies and procedures to effectively deliver comprehensive programs. Determine short term, annual and long range planning initiatives in consultation with all department staff members.
- Maintain supervisory responsibilities including hiring, performance management, and job description review.
- Maintain regular and effective communication with all department staff.
- Conduct annual goal setting and performance evaluations for all CEEC staff members.
- Initiate and encourage staff growth and development.
- Assure financial viability of all programs. Develop and administer an annual budget for all programs. Write proposals supporting funding requests.
- Oversee and monitor CEEC grants to ensure goal attainment as well as accurate and timely reporting.
- Support the core curriculum requirement of experiential education as needed.
- Establish and assess student learning outcomes which flow from participation in the programs and services provided by the CEEC.
- Provide to administration and College community current information about employment trends, developing career opportunities, impact on curriculum planning and feedback concerning students’ professional achievement.
- Develop and nurture employer relationships via strategic marketing and relationship management efforts.
- Convene meetings of the Employer Engagement Board each semester; develop agendas, recruit members and solicit input and involvement.
- Establish an alumni network to enhance students’ career development opportunities.
- Conduct research, gather data and produce reports and share with administration and College community. (E.g. Graduate Employment Survey, Co-op employer updates and salary reports, Talent Opportunity Program participation, etc.)
- Establish the CED course schedule, hire instructors, and provide leadership to establish consistent learning outcomes and curriculum content.
- Teach and develop Career and Experiential Education courses as necessary.
- Oversee the planning, coordination and implementation of annual programming for all departments.
- Manage the effective and efficient use of technology in all Center operations and marketing efforts.
- Submit an Annual Report.
- Conduct ongoing assessment in order to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Submit assessment data as requested.
- Serve on College Committees as assigned.
- Contributes to team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to enhance the services of the division; helping others accomplish related job results as and where needed.
Primary Contacts: CEEC staff; Associate Academic Dean, employer community, College faculty and staff; students; registrar, vendors, student workers and other members of the College community.
Supervision Exercised: Leadership of a sizable body of staff (seven professional staff members, one administrative staff member, two co-op students and two student workers) responsible for a significant contribution to the goals of the College. You may delegate some responsibilities for leadership to subordinate(s).
Supervision Received: Works under general direction toward broadly defined objectives; refers specific problems to Associate Academic Dean, when clarification or interpretation of organizational polices are involved.
Education: Master’s degree in a related field.
Experience: Minimum of five years of related experience, at least two years of supervisory experience.
Specialized Training: Proficient in use of Microsoft Office, career center technology and computer assisted career guidance.
Work Environment/ Physical Work Demands: Multiple service hours; computer data input; multiple concurrent tasks with service interruptions; extensive customer contact; standing or sitting in one position for long periods; high level customer contact; strict confidentiality; detailed work; and travel to visit employers and prospective organizations.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references via e-mail to Human_Resources@mail.msj.edu. Please include Attn: Director of CEEC Search in your subject line. A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
To send requests for a complete job description to Human_Resources@mail.msj.edu