The Assistant Director of Professional Development will advance the Niblock Student Center mission through implementation of career and professional development programming and employer relations strategies in an effort to help undergraduate students best plan and prepare for a full-time career post graduation and connect them with employment resources.
The Niblock Student Center is a comprehensive student services office that provides advising, coaching, programming, and events to facilitate academic planning, career development, and professional growth for business students. The professional development (PD) team is one of two teams housed within the Center. The PD team facilitates employer connections and provides intentional experiential learning opportunities in order for students to develop in-demand professional skills that fit their diverse aspirations. The Niblock Student Center operates within the Belk College of Business. Accredited by AACSB International, the Belk College of Business at UNCCharlotte has nearly 4,000 undergraduate students and is one of the largest business programs in the Carolinas.
The Assistant Director of Professional Development will: • Create and execute quality career and professional development programming that results in the acquisition of professional competencies and engages students in the business profession, equip students to translate classroom knowledge into job ready skills and behaviors that are desired by employers, and promote experiential education, including internship for academic credit. • Provide classroom instruction and workshop presentations, administer and interpret career assessments, and perform other outreach related to the Center’s mission. • Coordinate a cohort of student leaders who help further the mission of the Belk College of Business, the Niblock Student Center and the Professional Development team. Facilitate personal and professional development training and activities and provide administrative oversight for the initiative. • Manage productive relationships with employers, alumni, and the campus community for the purpose of strengthening internship opportunities and pipelines for entry level work, as well as monitor hiring trends and employer needs. • Assist in assessing career education activities, report learning outcomes, and contribute to the timely and accurate collection of employment data. • Actively participate in unit activities and events and collaborate with Center staff to achieve goals supporting the PD team and the Center mission.
A Master’s degree in business, career counseling, student development, higher education, or related field is required.
The candidate should possess training and development experience. The candidate should demonstrate a professional demeanor that establishes credibility quickly, inspires confidence and builds positive relationships. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, including the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy and to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills that enable effective, influential communication with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and business community are vital to this position. Attention to detail, task orientation and the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently to achieve institutional goals and objectives is necessary for success. Proficiency with various computer applications, Microsoft Office, and web technology are essential skills.
One to three years’ experience working in an academic institution of higher education is preferred. Experience with career development programming, employer relations, college internships, job placement, and career readiness for undergraduate students is preferred. Direct knowledge of the business industry and understanding of desired competencies for business occupations is strongly preferred.