Colgate University, a highly selective, independent national liberal arts college with a strong tradition of interdisciplinary study, competitive Division I athletics, and fervent alumni loyalty, seeks a Director for its Center for Career Services. The Center supports the University's mission by advising students and alumni in all stages of their career development.
Chartered in 1819, Colgate pursued a distinct path following co-education in 1970, expanding its enrollment to support a richer variety of opportunities than possible within a smaller college. With 2,951 undergraduates and a faculty of 275, it is now among the largest of the top 25 national liberal arts colleges, combining the intimacy of a NESCAC institution (an average class size of 19 and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1) with the extra-curricular range and athletics of an Ivy League university. Colgate's location in the upstate New York town of Hamilton (population 2,500) provides a scenic, collegiate setting with ready access to skiing and other outdoor activities and proximity to Cooperstown, Rochester and Syracuse.
Colgate students are talented, hard working, community-minded and possessed of a friendly competitive spirit; typically, they are self-motivated and ambitious in their post-graduate aspirations. While a high percentage of seniors pursue professional school or executive training programs in finance, consulting, and other commercial enterprises in New York and Boston, there is growing interest in government, not-for-profit and public interest work, entrepreneurship, and in national and international destinations.
Reporting to the Dean of the College, Colgate's chief student-affairs officer, the Director supervises a staff of eleven (six FTEs), including three associate directors, two assistant directors and three support staff, as well as a cohort of undergraduate peer advisers and interns. Following an extensive self-study and a favorable external review of the Center, its new Director will have the opportunity to refine its mission and identity, to work with faculty to develop career-discernment programming; to partner with alumni affairs and parent relations staff to foster new internship and employment relationships; and to organize stakeholder advisory groups to interpret the correlations between the undergraduate Colgate experience and post-graduate outcomes.
Qualifications: A BA is required; an advanced degree in a pertinent field is preferred. A minimum of five years of progressive management experience is required, preferably involving liberal arts students or recent graduates. Familiarity with current practices in career development, and demonstrated skill in staff supervision, budget management, strategic planning, assessment and learning outcomes and career-services technology are essential. The ability to engage faculty, to counsel diligent and professionally ambitious students, and to steward a highly sophisticated alumni and parent population, is required. The successful candidate will be adept in collecting and analyzing performance metrics for external reporting purposes and to fine-tune the Center's operations. He or she will be a credible champion of the liberal arts curriculum and committed to further professional development and additional community responsibilities within a private residential college.
Review of candidate materials has begun and will continue until the appointment. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae or résumé and contact information for five professional referees who can speak about the candidate's qualifications for this position.
Applications should be posted at https://careers.colgate.edu . Expressions of interest,nominations and inquiries should be directed to Colgate's search consultant, Chuck O'Boyle of C. V. O'Boyle, LLC, at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will furnish a detailed specification upon request.