Job Purpose: The Director for Career Development is a key visionary leader that provides strategic direction for the Center for Career Development and ensures that their work contributes to the mission and strategic goals of the University. This leader cultivates a student-centered and coordinated network of career education that extends across the campus, advocates and advances the importance and value of career development and career ready graduates, and builds strategic partnerships across the campus and beyond the institution. The Director drives innovation and initiatives that are integral to a transformative educational experience for current and future Tennessee Tech students and strengthens recruitment, retention, persistence, and post-graduation success.
Essential Functions: Provide innovative, strategic leadership and comprehensive career development services to the Tennessee Tech community. Design programs to assist students with career exploration and education, career decision-making, career advising and planning, the development of job search skills and strategies, career readiness skill and competency development, and connection to internship/co-op, and full-time employment options. Develop and maintain excellent relationships with employers and community, expanding employer involvement in programs and events related to the recruitment of students for experiential learning, internships, co-ops, and full-time job opportunities. Develop relationships, create partnerships, and collaborate with university departments, faculty, and student groups with the goal of increasing participation of students and student groups in the services, events, career fairs, and programs. Collect and utilize pertinent data to evaluate and asses programs for effectiveness. Provide regular reports on programs, services, accomplishments, and challenges. Hire, train and supervise all department personnel to accomplish all functions of the department: student/customer service, career advising, industry relations, internship development, academic collaboration, and community/industry outreach. Create and manage program and department budgets.
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Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree from an accredited institution in business or educational administration, counseling, college student personnel, or related field. Five (5) years of experience in career planning and employment work. Ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment. Knowledge and/or experience training and supervising employees. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Tech students, staff, faculty, parents, and other constituency groups. Ability to analyze current data and latest trends within the scope of the position's responsibilities, in order to lead student career readiness initiatives and job outlook awareness for academic programs.
Preferred Qualifications: Doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Experience working in a higher education environment. Experience designing, delivering, and evaluating comprehensive career development, or related experience in human resources/workforce development. Ability to cultivate partnerships with new and existing employers. Demonstrated commitment to developing strong working relationships and interacting effectively with internal and external stakeholders. Demonstrated public relations, marketing, communication, and leadership abilities. Knowledge of theoretical foundations of career development and experience with practical application and delivery within a higher education environment.
Additional Salary Information: The University offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.