Ursinus College is poised for exciting innovations in liberal education, and is searching for a leader eager to develop parallel innovations in the way we assist students in their transition from campus to a rewarding and satisfying professional, personal, and ethical life. A new general education curriculum, to be launched in Fall 2018, centered on self-reflection and confrontation of four questions
What should matter to me?
How should we live together?
How can we understand the world?
What will I do?
has cascaded into a re-examination of our work as a college, and provided new connections between curricular and co-curricular elements of the college. The Office of Career and Professional Development has been an early adopter of these questions as an organizing principle, developing close connections between career work and academics in a residential liberal arts setting.
Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director of Career and Professional Development (CPD) provides the strategic direction, vision and leadership for the comprehensive career program at Ursinus and the talented team of CPD professionals. The Director serves as the primary campus voice on career-related issues and collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment, alumni relations, college communications, faculty, alumni, parents and employers to foster effective relationships and partnerships.
Principal Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Supervise, lead and mentor a team of five outstanding professionals and several student workers in a collaborative and inclusive style, establishing appropriate performance evaluations and standards. This includes leadership by example through a limited number of individual career advising appointments.
Guide the development of creative and innovative campus outreach programs and activities to ensure student participation in CPD programs and services.
Work collaboratively with colleagues in Academic Affairs to develop strong connections between academic preparation, the new core curriculum and career readiness.
Work collaboratively with Institutional Research and Effectiveness and other campus assessment constituencies to document professional success (employment, graduate school, and other post-graduate accomplishments), identify highly effective efforts and improve or eliminate ineffective programs.
Work closely with Associate/Assistant Director of CPD in developing and nurturing relationships with external constituencies in order to generate internships, externships, shadowing and experiential education opportunities; provide enthusiastic leadership for the expansion of employer outreach programs.
Work collaboratively with colleagues in Advancement to cultivate alumni and parent partnerships and to develop creative ways to engage an active and dedicated alumni body.
Develop and manage the office budget and its efficient use of resources.
Stay current on changing economic conditions and industry trends at all levels—regional, state, national and global—and participate in professional development through associations and networking affiliations.
Serve on appropriate College committees, task forces and special project groups to contribute to the successful operation of the College and community.
Work some evenings and weekends as needed.
Education & Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration or a related field
At least 7-10 years of professional experience in career development
talent in progressive leadership and supervision
Demonstrated expertise in career assessments, employment trends, legal issues in employment and employer cultivation.
The ability to network, develop relationships, collaborate with industry leaders, key employers, and corporations to expand partnerships that grow career opportunities for Ursinus students and graduates.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically, act collaboratively, and advocate for the liberal arts as strong preparation for a dynamic economy and a changing world. Understanding of the liberal arts setting, the broad interests of liberal arts graduates, and the unique worth of a liberal arts degree.
Experience with budget planning and implementation, strong fiscal management, analytical skills and technology resourcing.
Knowledge of effective assessment plans and evidence of innovative marketing strategies
Competency in working with the needs of diverse student and alumni populations. Cultural sensitivity and a deep appreciation for diversity.
Ability to foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative work atmosphere and energetic collaborative leadership.