The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operation of the Career Center and manages a staff of six full time and one part-timestaff, and oversees a budget of $35,000 with revenue potential of $60,000 to $70,000.
The new Executive Director has an important and exciting opportunity to create a vision for the future that maximizes the potential of the Career Center by designing state-of-the-art career development strategies and implementing programs and activities for SJU students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary responsibilities of this position include:
•Lead a high-performing Career Center as it successfully engages University stakeholders and members of the surrounding community in the career development and career transitions of SJU undergraduate and graduate students and alumni;
•Ensure productive and continuing goal-directed partnerships with academic deans and directors;
•Identify and develop local, regional, and national business partners who will look first to the University to fill their employment needs;
•Beginning with the first year student, ensure that students understand the importance of linking academic interests with career preparation through such activities as part-time employment, co-operative work experiences, and internships;
•Expand corporate relationships within the surrounding community for the purpose of increasing the numbers of available opportunities for internships and other experiential learning opportunities as well as for full-time employment.
Serve on division- and campus-wide committees addressing mission critical institutional initiatives.
Participate in professional association activities designed for benchmarking and new program/service development
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:
Evening and weekend hours and occasional travel
The successful candidate must possess a comprehensive understanding of today’s world of work and its relationship to a student’s academic preparation. Demonstrated ability to develop strong academic and corporate relationships is a must. He or she must have prior successful experience in a work setting that is characterized by: productive partnerships with the business community that provide a broad range of full time employment opportunities as well as experiential learning activities that translate effectively to a successful career; availability of a rich array of national and international employment opportunities and learning experiences; and a well-developed and comprehensive range of career-centered student employment opportunities both on and off campus. He or she must demonstrate the ability to establish a vision, goals and metrics for success. The ability to design programs, services and initiatives that meet stakeholder needs is a must, along with a record of success as a data-driven manager.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, success in managing projects and budgets, proficiency in use of data management and web-based career-management software, depth of experience in program assessment and development, and knowledge and background in recruiting and employer relations are all required. Candidates should have current knowledge of state-of-the-art programs and approaches in the areas of career development, placement, and the relationship of academic preparation to the world of work. Candidate will also have a record of working and collaborating effectively with deans, department chairs, senior corporate executives, recruiters, students, faculty and staff to accomplish common goals. Preference will be given to candidates with a history of success in creating a diverse network of contacts in the community and beyond.
Candidates must possess a master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education, Educational Administration or related field. Eight to ten years of full-time employment including at least four years of progressive leadership and supervision in University Career Development or related work experience which involves significant responsibility in budget development and management, strategic planning, and personnel management is also required.
Preference will be given to candidates whose years of progressive leadership and supervisory experience are in a college, university, or comparable setting related to career exploration and provision of career programs and services.
Number of direct reports to this position:
313000 - Career Development Center
$87,500 - 92,500
Date Open to Internal Applicants:
Date Open to External Applicants:
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled
Internal and External Applicants
Message to Applicants
Interested individuals should send information including a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information including email addresses for five references.
The information should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word attachments preferred) to Leadership@wspelman.com, and the subject line should read EDSJU . Documents that must be mailed should be sent to William Spelman Executive Search, Stony Point Landing, 667 Midship Circle, Webster, NY 14580.
Confidential inquiries will be received at 585-366-4329. Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate.
For full consideration, all materials should be received by January 14, 2013. The search process will continue until the position is filled.