The University of South Carolina invites applications for the position of Career Center Director.
About the University
Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina serves the state from its flagship Columbia campus, three senior campuses, and four regional campuses. The University is committed to serving the citizens of South Carolina through its academic excellence and outreach. One of the fastest growing public flagship universities in the country, the University enrolls more than 50,000 students throughout the system, including nearly 35,000 on the Columbia campus.
The University serves a diverse population of students with widely varying backgrounds, career goals, and levels of aspiration. USC Columbia offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional program levels, affording students the most comprehensive array of educational programs in the state. Additional opportunities for personal and career development, including an associate degree program at Fort Jackson, are provided to the citizens of South Carolina through outreach and continuing education activities.
Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research and service institution, nationally ranked in start-up businesses, and conferring over 30% of all bachelor's and graduate degrees awarded at public institutions in South Carolina, the University has a profound relevance, reach, and impact on the people of the state. As the flagship institution of the state system, USC Columbia leads the way in providing all students with the highest-quality education, including the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success and responsible citizenship in a complex and changing world through engagement in nationally and internationally ranked research, scholarship, community outreach, and artistic creation.
USC is among the nation's best values for public higher education—delivering "the best B.A. for the buck"—according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, and is ranked by US News as one of the top 50 best national public universities.
About the Position
The University Career Center serves the university in career planning and preparation throughout all stages of the student lifecycle by providing a variety of highly effective programs and services designed to foster student engagement and success, and help students achieve their career goals. The Career Center serves as an integral consultant to students, employers, and campus partners in order to equip students to achieve employability and careers with purpose. By collaborating and building relationships with employers, students, and campus partners including academic advisors, student affairs professionals, faculty, and administration, the Career Center educates and empowers students in their development of lifelong career management skills and competencies, builds mutually-beneficial networks between job seekers and employers, and serves as a planning resource for university faculty.
The Director of the Career Center reports to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management under the Vice President for Student Affairs, and leads a team of 35 professional staff members in providing state of the art, complex, and comprehensive career services to University students, alumni, faculty, staff, employers, and other publics, including but not limited to career coaching and mentoring, experiential education initiatives, career assessments and inventories, interview and job-seeking skill development, job fairs and other employment events, and employer outreach and development.
The Director develops mission and goals for career services in support of Enrollment Management, Division of Student Affairs & Academic Support, and University of South Carolina mission and goals, implements and evaluates same, and provides strategic vision, direction, and leadership for career services. The Director generates, implements, evaluates and improves policies and procedures related to career services and the Career Center. The Director has responsibility for financial management; hiring, developing, and retaining a diverse and highly qualified staff; facilities; interpreting federal and state non-discrimination law; enforcing compliance with ethical hiring; media relations concerning placement trends; research and evaluation; state of the art technology solutions; consultation with system campuses and other colleges and universities; working with employers to meet human resource needs; and interpreting employer feedback about new hires to University Deans for curriculum revision. The director also has oversight responsibility for the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and the University Testing Center.
The University of South Carolina-Columbia seeks a dynamic, inspirational, innovative, seasoned, entrepreneurial, and highly collaborative leader who will provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction as the director of the Career Center. The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader and strategic thinker with excellent management skills, outstanding written and oral communication skills, and possess a strong commitment to diversity, empathy, and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population. Candidates with extensive and exceptional knowledge of best practices in career development, especially in supporting low-income, first-generation, and traditionally underrepresented students at large public research institutions are encouraged to apply. Also, the successful candidate should have exceptional networking, public speaking, and interpersonal skills; be able to build rapport and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders; and identify, attract, develop and retain talent. In addition, the successful candidate will have a Masters or Doctorate degree in appropriate area of education, public policy, administration or related field, at least 8 years of successful program administration, including budget management, and program development experience. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications with full state benefits package.
Application Process Candidates must apply via the University of South Carolina employment system at https://uscjobs.sc.edu. Search for requisition number 145349 (Program Manager III - Director of Career Center). Candidates will be reviewed by committee starting in November in order to fill the position with an anticipated start date in Spring 2019.
For more information, contact:
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.