Cornell University: Associate Director for Career Services/AAP Connect
August 27, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Full Time - Experienced
College Summary: The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) is home to almost 800 students, 100 visiting and full-time faculty dedicated to the study of the art and science of the built environment, and about 60 staff members. A small and vital college in one of the nation’s foremost research universities, Cornell AAP has educated many of the most influential theorists and practitioners in the country. We are committed to the belief that architecture, art, and planning are simultaneously intellectual and material practices, and that leadership in cultural production demands both expertise in a specific discipline and wide knowledge in the liberal arts.
Cornell’s Ithaca campus is the physical and academic center for Cornell AAP, but given the global nature of our interests, the college has extended its reach to include permanent programs in the historic center of Rome and in what was traditionally known as lower Manhattan's financial district area in New York City. The departments offer additional extensive opportunities for international study across the globe. In Ithaca, the college spans five buildings, including Milstein Hall, historic Sibley Hall, an 8,000-square-foot digital and analog shop facility and the Fine Arts Library in Rand Hall, Tjaden Hall, and the landmarked Foundry building.
Job Description: Reporting to the Director, Student Services, the Associate Director for Career Services/AAP Connect will over see the AAP Connect Program, developing strategic relationships with employers in the fields of architecture, art, and planning in order to secure internship and employment opportunities for AAP students. The Associate Director will work closely with the Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development to ensure collaborative efforts in cultivating and leveraging relationships with AAP alumni with the goal of developing career opportunities for students. This position will supervise the AAP Internship Program Coordinator. She or he will stay current with portfolio ‘best practices’ and coordinate contracts with external vendors to provide portfolio advisory services for students. The Associate Director serves as an advocate for the college with Cornell Career Services to ensure that outstanding career development programming is delivered to AAP students. She or he develops metrics to assess the quality and accomplishments of the AAP Connect program and reports regularly to the Director, Student Services, the academic department leadership and the Dean. This position will require some travel.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of related experience or equivalent. Excellent communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects; ability to function effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment; must be proactive, persistent, resourceful, innovative and both a team leader and a team player. Proven leadership skills. Strategic thinking and priority setting are essential. Confidence to lead under dynamic conditions. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships. Significant management experience, including the ability to maintain a collaborative virtual team environment that plays to strengths of individuals. Exhibit commitment and ability to foster professional growth and excellence among staff.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Prior experience in career services and/or experience working in alumni affairs and development, advising, or other student affairs field strongly preferred. Knowledge of architecture, art, and city and regional planning will be extremely helpful. Background in working with multiple disciplines and experience working in higher education. Experience working with high level individuals to advance relationships.