The University of Tulsa’s (TU) Executive Director of the Center for Career Development and Professional Engagement provides comprehensive leadership and strategic vision for career development and professional mentorship across campus in support of the goals articulated in the TU Commitment and strategic plan, as well as the university’s mission. This inaugural Executive Director will be an innovative, collaborative and transformational leader who will make professional development and the process of finding and securing a meaningful and rewarding career a central component of the TU student experience. The Executive Director also will cultivate and sustain meaningful relationships with employers from across all sectors, as well as with individual TU alumni/ae across all colleges.
As a key administrator in the university’s newly centralized Student Success Center, the Executive Director will work closely with other senior administrators in the Center, as well as supervise career development professionals across campus, to ensure that TU aligns its on- and off-campus resources to meet the professional development needs of our students, both now and into the future. Using a proactive and holistic approach that favors early, sustained, and systematic engagement, the Center will offer a student-centered approach with readily available professional development resources that meet the needs of students from all socio-economic backgrounds at every stage of their TU student experience. In doing so, the Center will provide pathways for students to explore professional opportunities in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, as well as help students to establish relationships with mentors who will provide professional advice and career guidance
The Executive Director manages career development staff across campus, including professional administrators, career coaches, and student mentors, who provide vital student success services that advance students’ personal, academic, and career goals. The Executive Director reports to the Senior Vice Provost for Operations and Student Success.
Hires and supervises a team of career development professionals, including career coaches and peer mentors
Provides leadership for the career development and professional engagement team, including training, professional development, and evaluation of staff and peer mentors
Leads the strategic development of partnerships with employers and alumni, including the identification, pursuit, cultivation, and maintenance of these partnerships
Oversees, assists, and participates in on- and off-campus career development events, career and internship fairs, and related Center events
Develops and delivers a full range of career and professional development programming appropriate for students at any stage of their enrollment at TU
Works closely with senior administrators and student success professionals across campus to ensure the proper sequencing of Center programming and events and to ensure insights from faculty, staff, and students are incorporated into the Center’s activities
Engages actively with the Alumni Association leadership, the Professional Development Advisory Board, and individual alumni/ae to recruit and retain mentors and involve alumni in the creation and execution of career and professional development programing
Works collaboratively to establish, implement, and assess the strategic priorities of the Center and utilizes data and continuous improvement best practices to ensure that the Center’s activities and programs are achieving their intended goals
Provides individualized and small group career guidance to students, including participation in summer bridge programs and first year experience (FYE) courses as an instructional resource
Performs other related duties as assigned
Master’s degree in a relevant field of study from a regionally accredited institution; minimum of five years of administrative experience in a career services/professional development office, with at least three years of staff supervisory experience; proven experience in staff selection, training, and professional development; documented experience in career services-related event and program development and execution for a variety of student populations; documented experience in cultivating and sustaining relationships with employers across all sectors; experience working with alumni in a career services/professional development context; ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff on program development and implementation; strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present information to a variety of audiences in both formal and informal settings; strong computer skills, including a working knowledge of relevant social media channels, career service software and databases, as well as a basic understanding of data collection and analysis.
Experience working as part of a centralized student success team; experience developing and operationalizing professional coaching, peer coaching, and/or alumni mentorship programs; an entrepreneurial orientation, with a proven track record of innovation and delivering results through a high-performing team