Work closely with the University Career Engagement leadership team to draw upon institutional, state and national data to lead campus assessment projects and the development and establishment of a variety of models, tools, and techniques to analyze the impact of career development programming, interventions and outcomes.
Lead the effort to develop a strategic campus-wide plan to assess and report on the impact of career development programming on student learning; career exploration, decision making, and management; student engagement; experiential learning; retention; progress towards graduation; degree completion; post-graduation success; and upward mobility. Explore career and education outcomes for recent graduates. Research topics of importance to career development and the advancement of student professional development for attainment of post-graduation goals and success.
Collaborate with career engagement and campus partners to define research questions and design studies to examine questions that address the career/professional development of students and alumni. Lead assessment and research projects by designing and implementing data collection, analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data, writing reports of findings, and guiding staff through interpretations of findings that advance career engagement. Manage project timelines and deliverables.
Work with IRRIS and multiple Enrollment Management and campus partners to collaborate on data collection and analysis, as well as use of assessment results. Build partnerships with academic departments across campus to encourage research on career development topics, including master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Build and maintain ongoing relationships with allied research and policy organizations and associations on state and national levels. Identify funding opportunities and write grant proposals. Provide campus-wide leadership in the area of data collection and outcome reporting related to student career experiences, post-graduation success and upward mobility. Lead discussions on innovation, trends and advancements in data strategies. Provide guidance to campus partners seeking career-related data support.
Produce assessment and research reports, fact sheets, and other written materials, including analyses based on timely, systematically derived data. Present research findings at local, national and international conferences. Publish assessment and research results, with a target of submitting at least two journal articles per year that highlight the assessment and research activities of University Career Engagement. Assist career engagement communications, marketing, and outreach teams, as well as academic colleges and other campus partners to use data more effectively to share success stories of University of Texas at Austin students and graduates. Respond to requests for information about career engagement assessments, research, and data to outside partners and stakeholders. Represent Career Engagement outside of the organization at a variety of conferences and speaking engagements.
Hire, train, supervise, support and mentor full-time and student staff. Maintain compliance with all related federal, state, institutional, UT System, and NACE regulations, guidelines, and best practices, and ensure staff do likewise.
Represent University Career Engagement at high-profile events, committee meetings and work-groups. Attend conferences and professional development meetings pertinent to advancing career engagement.
Other related duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in Social Science or related discipline. Eight years of experience in research and/or assessment. Experience using advanced statistical software and demonstrated knowledge of advanced research methods. Experience conducting research on and about college students. Demonstrated experience successfully writing and receiving grant funding for research. Experience managing staff and graduate and undergraduate students in data collection and analysis. Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently. Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally. Self-motivated, with a systematic and extremely prepared work style. Experience and discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive information. Demonstrated professional flexibility with ability and willingness to take on various and new responsibilities. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook).
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Ph.D. degree in Social Science or related discipline. The ideal candidate will exceed the required qualifications and have significant experience at a Director or Associate/Assistant Director level preferred. Publication of research and/or assessment results. Presentation of research and/or assessment results at regional, state, or national conferences. Experience overseeing data collection and management, and contributing to the creation and maintenance of online tools and databases. Desire to work collaboratively with career development practitioners.
Additional Salary Information: $112,000 + depending on qualifications
Internal Number: R_00005892
About The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Career Engagement — formerly known as University Career Engagement — focuses on helping undergraduate, graduate, and professional students connect with the many resources available at The University of Texas at Austin to discover career options, complement academics with experiential learning, develop professional skills, connect with employers for internships and employment, and prepare for advanced-degree programs. Texas Career Engagement’s mission is to advance equitable access to career education, experiences, opportunities, and success for all students, and to provide employers with equitable ac-cess to talent across the University.