Hollins University is an independent, liberal arts university in Roanoke, Virginia offering undergraduate education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. Founded in 1842 as Virginia's oldest chartered women's college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities to every undergraduate student for research, study abroad, and leadership training, and guarantees access to real-world experience through internships around the globe supported by an extensive and active alumnae network.
New Strategic Plan
Recently approved by its Board of Trustees, Hollins University’s new student-centered strategic plan is committed to myriad forms of experiential learning and an exemplary four-year program of life skills and career development. The Center for Career Development and Life Design (the “Center”) will play a pivotal part in ensuring delivery of an exceptional program that is truly distinctive, compelling, and best-in-class.
The Director Role
Reporting to the Dean of Experiential Learning/Executive Director of Career Development in the Academic Affairs division, the Director will manage all planning, operational, budgetary, and educational aspects of the Center. Supervising three professional staff and ten student Career Connectors (peer mentors), the Director will help design and deliver pioneering career development that is well-integrated into the Hollins educational program.
The ideal candidate will be a creative, collaborative, and dynamic leader with proven educational and managerial experience who has the capacity to build and scale out new systems, work processes, and programs in a fast-paced, “start-up” office culture. Additionally, as the campus grows increasingly diverse, the Director must maintain a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and well-being, so that students of all backgrounds and aspirations are well-served and positioned for success at Hollins and beyond.
Manages all planning, operational, budgetary, and educational aspects of the Center to ensure efficient, relevant, and effective programs and services are provided to its constituencies
Develops short and long-range operating plans including budgets, programs and services, staffing, technology and other equipment, and office space
Provides guidance and leadership to staff including training, evaluation, and professional development for the Center’s Associate Director, Events and Promotions Manager, Coordinator, and student Career Connectors
Plans, coordinates, and manages all university events that prepare students for employment and provide networking or mentoring opportunities
Oversees the Hollins Signature Internship Program – collaborating closely with alumnae to generate high caliber internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, VA; and other geographic areas
Develops strong, ongoing relationships with employers, particularly those that hire recent college graduates
Participates in professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge needed to provide effective leadership and program development
Works with Dean/Executive Director on enhancing collaborative relationships with other campus departments and offices, Alumnae Board and regional alumnae chapters, and regional businesses and organizations
Assists Dean/Executive Director as needed with strategic planning initiatives and special projects
The ideal candidate will be:
able to articulate the value of a liberal arts education in the workplace
committed to women’s advancement and an educational environment where living and learning are integrated
an encouraging mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumnae/i
familiar with trends in the changing world of work, as well as in career development (e.g. the application of design thinking to career development life design)
able to design and deliver innovative programs that provide outstanding career preparation for diverse students on various paths
an emotionally intelligent leader who can bring out the best in a team while developing new organizational systems in a fast-paced, productive environment
capable of both seeing the big picture and paying close attention to detail
a keen researcher and analyst of data, as well as a creative problem-solver
an excellent writer who can generate instructional guides, reports, and marketing materials
a compelling public speaker for diverse audiences, ranging from prospective students and families to campus colleagues to employers and community partners
Minimum of five years of experience in career planning, human resources, or talent development, or a combination of these areas and experience in alumnae/i relations and development, student affairs, community organizing, and/or marketing and communications
Experience in program development, supervision and evaluation, budgeting, and relevant workplace technologies
Proven abilities to meet deadlines, make sound judgments, manage confidential and sensitive matters, and work effectively with multiple constituencies
Abilities to build systems and adapt to change
Demonstrated success working with diverse populations
Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Valid United States driver’s license with minimal violations
Final candidates will be subject to a motor vehicle background check
College career centers, employer relations, and internship management
Handshake or other career management platforms
Data analytics – tracking both student interactions with career centers and career outcomes for recent graduates and alumnae/i
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Review of applications will begin April 1, and will continue until the position is filled.
Hollins University is an equal opportunity employer. Hollins values diversity in its community, and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented populations.