The Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Career and Professional Development (AVP/ED) will serve as the College’s senior leader in designing and implementing a vision to integrate career and professional development more fully into the student experience. The College has already received a $15 million gift to support this endeavor and plans to raise additional resources in the future. Working in collaboration with leaders across the College as well as alumni, benefactors, and employers, the AVP/ED will create strategies for innovative career development for students from all backgrounds, majors, and disciplines, cultivate dynamic relationships with prospective and current employers, and oversee operation of a new, centralized, and world-class career center.
The AVP/ED will provide oversight of current and future career development activities and will work to integrate experiential learning opportunities such as internships, study abroad, service learning, undergraduate student research, leadership programs, and entrepreneurial experiences into the student experience. To accomplish this goal, the AVP/ED will work closely with many areas across campus such as Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and Enrollment Management, and will engage frequently and closely with diverse constituencies, including faculty, staff, and students. The AVP/ED will help ensure that Carthage graduates are well equipped to find success and meaning throughout their careers.
The AVP/ED reports directly to the President, directly supervises career center staff, and will serve on the President’s Executive Staff.
The AVP/ED will be a founder and a visionary committed to the development, initiation, and direction of programs that deliver exceptional services to students and prepare them for life after Carthage. The AVP/ED will:
Establish a compelling mission and vision for the career center that embraces Carthage’s tradition in the liberal arts and its commitment to vocational discernment.
Establish a strategic plan for the new center; incorporate experiential learning, career and professional development, entrepreneurship, and leadership development into one central and visible location; develop and cultivate deep relationships with faculty and staff to ensure integration with areas across campus.
Provide leadership and mentoring to the career center staff and deliver outstanding career and professional development programs that meet the evolving needs of 21st century communities; areas of responsibility include career development, employer development and recruiting services, internship development and placement, experiential education, marketing and communications, and web-based information management technologies.
Develop and implement signature programs that reach a large number of students and/or have a large impact on the College; increase participation in programming that focuses on career education, networking, corporate relations, alumni relations, and integration with academic programs.
Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and communication strategies that increase awareness of and engagement with the new career center.
Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses, government, and community organizations; leverage relationships for internship and engagement opportunities.
Develop protocols to manage the collection, assessment, and reporting of career center data; ensure the compilation, analysis, and distribution of annual first destination reports on recent graduates and communicate this information to internal and external audiences.
Evaluate the fiscal needs of the career center; prepare, manage, and administer the operational budget, as well as the special program budgets; identify needs and work across the College to fund important career-related initiatives.
Evaluate and fully implement technologies that provide state-of-the art software programs for students, employers, and alumni to increase employment opportunities.
Evidence of exceptional ability to lead and manage diverse teams, especially in terms of establishing and implementing a shared, innovative vision and strategies for achievement
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to establish and nurture relationships with external and internal constituents at the most senior level
Proven project management and change management skills with record of achieving results across a broad portfolio
A consummate collaborator, with a results orientation
Strong analytical and conceptual problem-solving skills, with experience in using analysis to develop strategies and drive change within an organization
Experience in hiring staff and creating effective teams
Well-developed fiscal and budget management skills
Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive climate for students, faculty, and staff
10+ years of progressive experience in career-related field both within and outside the academic realm
Experience in complex career services or related experience, with knowledge of and appreciation for NACE professional standards and career development theory
Excellent working knowledge of online career management systems or similar software
Experience in directing a unit within a higher education context (ideally in a liberal arts institution); good working knowledge of higher education administration and education policies.
Capacity to articulate the breadth and value of the liberal arts experience
Demonstrated ability to raise funds and work with donors
About Carthage College
Founded in 1847 by Lutheran pioneers in education, Carthage College is a private four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. The beautiful campus is an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, 35 minutes from Milwaukee and 55 minutes from Chicago. The vibrant Carthage community includes 2,600 full-time students, 400 part-time students, and more than 350 full-time faculty and staff.
Named a Best Midwestern College by Princeton Review (2017), Carthage has grown steadily in enrollment and financial strength in each of the past 25 years. More than 7,000 high school students applied for the 735 openings in the Fall 2017 freshman class. The College has had operating surpluses for more than 30 years.
Since 1999, Carthage has invested more than $200 million in campus facilities, including a new