Director of The Center for Career and Professional Development
Dillard University - New Orleans, LA

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Dillard University, classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a balanced arts and sciences/professions institution, invites applications for the position of Director of The Center for Career and Professional Development. The University is located in the culturally rich and diverse city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Summary: Reporting to the Dean of Students/Director of Res Life of The Center for Career and Professional Development is responsible for providing Dillard University students and alumni with strong guidance as it relates to career planning/development initiatives. Responsibilities include providing long-range vision for the office, offering supervision and professional development for students and building collaborations with other divisions. Expectations include being an active leader in coordinating with faculty, parents, and alumni to assist students in coordinating well developed career planning skills and to apply them to a wide range of employment and post –graduate opportunities. The Director is also the University’s key liaison with corporate employers on a national level and a leading member of the team providing career planning and preparation to a diverse population of students and alumni. The Director is also responsible for developing and administering the university’s career programs and services, including managing recruitment, developing and maintaining employer relations, career planning and events. S/he will develop and administer career, job search and other workshops, develop and implement a recruitment program, including on and off campus recruiting, internships, career fair opportunities, and special events, as well as manage existing employer relationships. The Director and the The Center for Career and Professional Development also has full responsibility for the management of the Community Service Learning Program.

The Director for The Center for Career and Professional Development plays a critical role in helping students translate a high level of academic engagement into a life of innovative contributions to an increasingly diverse and complex society. The Director will help coordinate that enterprise by directing personnel engaged in providing educational and vocational guidance for students and graduates by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Collects, organizes, and analyzes information about individuals through records, test, interviews, and professional sources, to appraise their interests, aptitudes, abilities, and personality characteristics, for vocational and educational planning.

Maintains current company literature in resource library, and compiles and studies occupational, educational, and economic information to aid counselees in making and carrying out vocational and educational objectives.

Conduct and publish career services marketing plan for employers.

Identify and centralize divisional experiential learning opportunities, and serve as a resource to the University for experiential learning.
Act as liaison between The Center for Career and Professional Development, Alumni Affairs, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and the First Year Experience program.

Survey alumni for graduate school opportunities, experiential learning opportunities and full-time employment.

Recruit alumni to serve as role models and workshop facilitators.

Assist in the organization of Career Fairs and other special events.

Develop and coordinate experiential learning opportunities and refer students to various placement services.

Conduct employer and student evaluations, and engage in research and follow-up activities to evaluate counseling techniques.

Teaches classes, conduct workshops , and program activities related to internships.

Coordinate the Faculty Career Advisory Committee.

Addresses faculty members to interpret career counseling service.

Supervises maintenance of occupational library for use by The Center for Career and Professional Development staff.

Supervises in-service training programs in counseling, testing, or occupational information for students.

Participates in appraising qualifications of candidates for faculty positions and eligibility of students for admission to medical, nursing, and engineering schools.

Provides information and counseling career undecided students through scheduled appointments, group programs, outreach opportunities and special events.

Provides individualized career counseling to students and alumni regarding career planning, goal setting and search strategies.

Administers and interprets career assessments instruments.

Counsels students on development of resumes and cover letters.

Create and implement innovative career development workshops and career forums to assist students in their career development and job search process.

Develops and facilitates the Annual Career Fair and Annual Graduate and Professional School Fair, assists with other fairs and major events.
Develops relationship with a diverse group of potential employers, HR professionals and executive recruiters.

Develops and researches job/career opportunities for a wide range of majors and careers.
Partners with academic departments regarding retention efforts, providing programs and services that assist first and second year students in determining career direction.

Creates and executes marketing plans for Career Services Center programs, workshops and other events.

Competencies

To perform the job successfully, and individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical- Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.

Project Management- Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.

Technical Skills- Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Interpersonal Skills- Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication- Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication- Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork- Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Visionary Leadership- Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.

Delegation- Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.

Qualifications
Education: Master’s degree, doctorate preferred, in Student Counseling or related field.

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, résumé or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references.

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Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122

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