Position Summary: Provide innovative leadership to enable Northwestern College to live into its vision to “be the leading Christian college focused on student success and meaningful work for the common good.” Rooted in a Reformed Christian understanding of vocation, the Director will:
Establish and champion an integrated calling and career education program that reflects Northwestern College’s mission and the best practices in career development
Direct a centralized career center with comprehensive services that enable students to discern their callings and to make a smooth transition from college to career and life after college.
Partner with faculty and staff to infuse vocational themes into the curriculum and into co-curricular programming.
Build relationships with community leaders, alumni, and regional and national employers, promote NW students and to develop and promote ongoing internships, job placements, and other professional development opportunities.
Oversee strategic planning, assessment, marketing, staff development and budget.
Education Required: Master’s Degree; educational background in higher education, college student personnel, or related fields preferred.
Administrative Experience Required: 2 years minimum, 5 years or more preferred
Skills, Characteristics Required for Position:
Leadership – ability to deliver and assess best practices in career and professional development within a higher education context; demonstrated expertise in student development and workplace trends; serve as spokesperson for calling- and career-related issues on and off campus
Biblical and theological literacy – ability to articulate a distinctively Christian understanding of faithful work.
Administration – ability to manage strategic planning, budget management, assessment, and program development
Coaching and Teaching – ability to educate and assist students with career and professional development within a faith-based, career coaching model; broad understanding of both the applied arts and sciences, the liberal arts, and their application in the world of work
Teamwork – ability to collaborate with academic departments, campus partners, and off-campus constituents to develop and deliver programs and services; support and contribute to center goals and learning outcomes
Program Management – ability to develop and market effective career education programs for a diverse student population
Communication – ability to model professionalism; effectively and concisely speak/present and write. Effectively market center services with students and other constituents.
Relationship Development – ability to develop rapport easily with students, faculty/staff, alumni and employers
Organization - ability to set and achieve clear goals; successfully manage multiple tasks and projects
Technical - ability to use a variety of career management software applications; ability to create professional and attractive presentations and reports.
About Northwestern College
Northwestern is a Christian college in the Reformed tradition, founded in 1882 and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. We are committed to providing a Christian liberal arts education in the context of community among learners on campus and online. We offer bachelor's degrees in traditional and professional programs, as well as graduate degrees and certificate programs.
Our mission is to be a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world. Our vision is to be the leading Christian college focused on student success and Christ-centered work for the common good.