The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is a national consortium of 11 large public research universities working together to improve outcomes for all students regardless of their socioeconomic status. The UIA is designed, organized, and led by our member institutions' presidents and chancellors. Together, we draw from every region in the country and span the spectrum of U.S. public research universities, from emergent institutions to land grant universities and state flagships. The UIA's primary objective is to improve student outcomes by serving as the driving force that facilitates and tests new initiatives, sharing data, and scales best practices across the Alliance and beyond. Taking a new approach to meet the future needs of our nation by working together and sharing our research for serving those students who struggle in the lower percentile of graduation, higher financial need, and advising.
It is the commitment of each university to ensure that students are given every opportunity to achieve academic and career success. However, there is a stark misalignment in perception between higher education institutions and industry with regard to career readiness. According to a recent Gallup poll, 96% of chief academic officers at US universities believe that they are effectively preparing graduates for the workforce, while only 11% of business leaders agree. Similarly, many recent graduates--particularly those from underrepresented population groups--have difficulty directly correlating the knowledge they gained in college with their chosen career pathway.
Bridging the Gap from Education to Employment (BGEE) will leverage the expertise of UIA institutions and business leaders to 1) reimagine the means by which graduates communicate marketable job skills, 2) capture best practices for building and maintaining strategic University-employer partnerships, and 3) enhance campus career services to meet the unique needs of all students.
The University Innovation Alliance Fellowship is a full-time position funded through December 2020, to work on the objectives and outcomes of the BGEE project.
UIA Project Fellows would support campuses within their geographic scope to meet the requirements of the grant. Responsibilities include data collection, campus and BGEE session planning and activity development, and design thinking session support.
We seek people who have diverse professional and educational backgrounds. What they do have in common is a passion to education, to change, challenge and use their existing skills to solve the most pressing public higher education problem facing our nation today. Fellows are self-motivated, problem solvers, must be able to multitask, collaborate with organizations across their own campus and other UIA institutions, critical thinkers and have a positive attitude. Domestic travel (up to 25-40%) is required for this position and does require working on some nights and weekends.
Have completed a bachelor's degree, though a master or doctoral degree is preferred. Must have at least two years of full-time work experience such as in a business office, school, university, or a professional trade.
•Are authorized to work in the United States (Applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the Fellowship. International students eligible only if visa assistance is not required.)
Act as the regional lead for UIA institutional leadership and career services staff affiliated with their regional assignment. This includes project management, communications, session facilitation, and reporting affiliated with the grant. - 50%
Work with BGEE Project Lead to develop design-thinking and process mapping sessions/facilitation guidelines. Support the facilitation of design-thinking and process mapping sessions for campuses within their regional assignment. - 20%
Work with BGEE Project Lead to prepare all pre-mid-post project reports, evaluation and data summaries/filings throughout the duration of the grant. - 15%
ork with BGEE Project Lead to develop and implement a recruitment plan to launch a National Employer Working group; engaging 40-50 industry leaders as well as higher education leadership in robust working sessions related to college to career transitions - 15%
Additional Salary Information: start date August 1, 2018 - end date December 2020
Internal Number: 1800886
About Purdue University
At the Center for Career Opportunities, we’ve been widely recognized for offering transformative career services and innovative technologies. Ranked third nationally by Collegemagazine.com for offering best career services, Purdue’s CCO has also been lauded for our leadership in the field, web presence and specific initiatives such as our career closet and collaborative synergies with campus partners. In addition to our diverse staff of 25, we benefit from the help of many amazing student employees. Last year, there recorded 1,711 unique employers that physically visited campus to recruit Purdue students. Our team is passionate about helping students succeed in selecting ‘good fit’ majors, finding meaningful experiential learning opportunities, and marketing themselves for great jobs. We are a hardworking group, yet one of our values is to make our workplace fun. At the CCO, we are having a great time fulfilling our mission of Empowering Boilermakers for Lifelong Success.