Executive Director for the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career
January 23, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Hope College is seeking an executive director for the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career (BCCC), a new entity to help ensure that every Hope student is robustly prepared for career success and professional growth. The Boerigter Center for Calling and Career aims to transform the college's approach to career preparation with an innovative and integrated model that guides students from their first semester onward in identifying their strengths and interests and engaging them in career planning and experiential learning. The BCCC will integrate programs and staffing from Hope's career development center, academic advising and alumni and family engagement.
As the leader of a brand-new center, the executive director will strengthen and expand an existing team and cast a vision for the growth and activation of the "Hope Network," an extensive global community that includes alumni, supporters, families, donors and employers. With a passion for partnerships, s/he will create strong synergies between multiple departments and programs at the college, unifying partners in the goal to serve every student in their career discernment/preparation process. To that end, s/he will organize and direct staff, cultivate on- and off-campus relationships, and manage resources for maximum impact and efficiency. As the leader of the BCCC, s/he will create and support a workplace culture that recognizes excellence and promotes a positive atmosphere of mission-focused achievement.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Management and Assessment
Direct operations of the BCCC to ensure efficient, effective, innovative and collaborative practices are in place.
Collaborate with on-campus partners across all disciplines and departments to build robust, integrated and measurable student programming for calling and career discernment.
Lead and establish metrics for assessment efforts; work closely with Institutional Research to oversee collection of employment data, learning outcomes and other information.
Identify new and emerging professional development and training opportunities (for both staff and students) that align to market and employer needs.
Ensure the ongoing professional growth of BCCC staff.
Actively engage in the development and implementation of campus-wide strategy for increased student recruitment and retention.
Alumni, Community and Employer Engagement
Develop strong relationships with Hope College alumni and employers to increase mentoring and recruiting of Hope College students for short-term career exploration experiences, internships and full-time career opportunities; leverage existing relationships to market student talent and create new student opportunities.
Develop and implement strategy to strengthen Hope's visibility and reputation in local, national and international business and education communities.
Serve as a college representative at a wide variety of events and functions.
Work closely with Development staff to identify and cultivate relationships with individual donors and corporate partners to provide financial support for the BCCC.
Develop sponsorship strategy opportunities [or sponsorship programs] that advance the Center's objectives.
The ideal candidate will be an accomplished professional with the following:
A master's degree or higher
5+ years progressive administrative leadership experience
Proven track record in collaboration, effective communication and decision-making
Strong commitment to mentoring and developing a team
Commitment to building partnerships across multiple segments of stakeholders
Ability to foster creativity, innovation and continuous improvement in pursuit of demonstrable results
Additional preferred qualifications include:
Experience leading the creation of a new office or team
Understanding of the emerging needs of college students and graduates in career discernment and preparation
Experience with career preparation/advising inside or outside higher education
Familiarity with StrengthsQuest and other career-related assessments
About Hope College
Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to 3,200 undergraduate students from more than 40 states and 45 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings. Hope's beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan and less than seven miles from Lake Michigan.
Hope College is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship and for providing exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip our students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.
Hope College is financially sound, with more than 40 consecutive years of balanced budgets, an endowment of approximately $200 mi...llion and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. The college completed its newest buildings, the Kruizenga Art Museum and the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, in 2015 and will open the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center in 2017.
In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college's mission, "to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith."