The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland and is ranked in the top 20 among public research universities in the country. With an enrollment of over 28,000 undergraduates and 10,500 graduate students, the University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor degrees to students from all over the United States and 118 countries. The University Career Center & The President's Promise, in partnership with faculty, employers, alumni and others, empowers students to learn life-long career development skills and make meaningful contributions to their communities. The Center is the lead unit on the campus providing career services to all students in all colleges, across all degree levels, and promotes a learning environment where students' academic and career goals are integrated to ensure success both at the University and in employment or graduate study upon degree completion. The focus of The President's Promise is to promote student engagement in learning experiences outside of the classroom that complement the academic curriculum. The Center adheres to and promotes the highest professional standards and ethics in all its programs, services and collaborations.
About the Position: The Program Director, in conjunction with University Career Center & The President's Promise (Center) staff, proactively assists students through a stage-focused career development model. The Program Director's responsibilities include: providing individual assistance to students, customizing second-stage (e.g., experiential learning) activities for assigned college, and working collaboratively with college faculty and staff and center-based staff.
The Program Director, Center supervisor and the assigned college counterpart will jointly develop a strategic integration and implementation plan for career development that will guide the Program Director's work. The Program Director will complement the work being done by any college-based career practitioners. Additionally, Center staff will support the Program Director's responsibilities, by providing basic career advising for students at the first stage of development (e.g., self-assessment and career exploration), planning and logistics for college-specific career events, and providing assessment data pertinent to strategic decision. Center located employer relations staff and alumni engagement staff will also work collaboratively with the Program Director.
The Program Director resides 4 days per week in a college-located office and spends 1 day per week in the Center. This position reports to the Senior Associate Director (Center) and may supervise a graduate assistant.
Responsibilities may include:
Student Contacts: • Meet individually with students to help them advance through the career development stages. • Provide students with career exposure opportunities and bring students into direct contact with the world of work. • Help students to identify and participate in co-curricular learning opportunities. • Assist students in building learning portfolios and articulating gained knowledge, skills and abilities. • Teach students how to develop their own professional networks.
Faculty and Staff Collaborations: •Prepare developmental activities for integration into curricula and co-curricular opportunities. •Develop multifaceted forms of career exposure activities. •Coordinate and present college-specific outreaches and customized programs. •Support Graduation Survey data collection and college reporting efforts.
Center-Based Staff Collaborations: •Work collaboratively with Center to enhance and diversify discipline-specific experiential learning opportunities and other career programming initiatives. •Leverage Center resources to connect students to professional networks, including alumni ones, and help to identify potential internship and job opportunities. •Support employer relations efforts by helping to identify potential employers, jobs and internship opportunities. •Maintain up-to-date knowledge and information about appropriate career fields.
Administrative: •Maintain service delivery records pertaining to career advising, programming and other career-related activities. •Evaluate, monitor, and report on the utilization of services. •Support Center work by assisting with programs and services, contributing to discussions, and serving on various committees. •Other duties as assigned.
Education: Master’s degree in counseling, student personnel, education, or related area.
Experience: At least three (3) years’ experience in career services or a related field required, including student guidance, educational programming, work with faculty and employers and administrative responsibilities.
Computer literacy required, including computer assisted guidance systems, Internet job search tools and database management systems. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Excellent written communication and presentation skills. Ability to work with diverse student populations.
Additional Salary Information: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including annual leave, sick leave, and tuition remission. This position is an exempt staff, full-time, 12 month appointment.
To Apply: Review of applications will begin on June 26, 2018. For best consideration, apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/60546 and submit a resume with cover letter and the names and contact information of three professional references by June 25, 2018.