Luther College seeks a new Director of the Career Center. The Director of the Career Center reports to the Vice President and Dean for Student Life and visibly and collaboratively engages with the key departments and programs to ensure students are poised for success in their transition from Luther into life and career. In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Integrated Academic and Career Development, the Career Center staff, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, employers and friends of Luther College, the director is responsible for initiating, overseeing, and expanding opportunities and resources designed to support students' self-sufficiency in the career development process. The director champions students to develop the skills and habits needed for vocational discernment and professional readiness.
The Director provides overall leadership for the Career Center Office, including strategic planning, budget management, program development, and developing partnerships with external constituents including employers, alumni, parents, and graduate/professional schools. The Director advises students, alumni, faculty, and staff on all facets of the career development process (i.e. personal and career exploration, networking, and applied learning experiences). The Director provides information, resources, and direction concerning employer and job trends, graduate/professional school preparation, and post-graduate service programs.
Luther recently launched its new strategic plan, “Inspired. Empowered. Engaged” with goals focusing on being a national leader in reimagining the liberal arts education for a global society, empowering individuals to thrive and serve in an ever-changing world, championing inclusive excellence as a core value, and maximizing the reach and impact of the college's mission as a leader in financial sustainability and stewardship. The new director will have a direct role in several of the plan's objectives at an important time in the college's history. The successful candidate will develop authentic, supportive relationships with students, faculty, and staff and provide strategic leadership in support of the Center's goals. A record of commitment to collaborative, intersectional work with measurable results is essential. Strong oral and written communication skills are crucial.
Luther is located in the city of Decorah in the beautiful northeast Iowa Driftless Region. Ample opportunities exist for employees to meaningfully engage in the local and regional communities. With recreation, arts, and a strong local business sector, Decorah is a vibrant small city frequently voted as one of the best small towns in the country. Decorah is centrally located with larger cities such as Rochester, Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin just over an hour's drive and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Des Moines, Madison, and Chicago are reasonably accessible.
A Master's or PhD degree or equivalent in College Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education or a related field, with special knowledge of career development process and principles related to outreach and marketing is required. A Minimum of four years' experience in college career development services (required related academic, student life, or business experience may be considered); supervisory experience strongly preferred.
Review of resumes and letters of application will begin on September 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is January 6, 2019. This is a 12-month, exempt position.
Luther College offers an excellent benefit package including a generous retirement contribution, competitive health insurance premiums, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependents.
Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal.