The Associate Director will assist in managing the overall strategic direction of the Career Development Center (CDC). Helps ensure that the CDC provides preeminent career services support to students, graduates, and employers. Provides strategic leadership to career counseling, employer services initiatives, and oversees front office operations. Supervises the professional staff, provides individual career counseling to students and alumni at all stages of their career development, and plans/implements programs to facilitate student learning in the area of career education. As a member of the management team, engages in budget decision making, conceptualizes and implements office policies and procedures, and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the CDC, including determining long-term and short-term goals.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of counseling theory and job market trends across a wide variety of occupations as it applies to career development. Strong leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skill to oversee a large and complex department. Ability to explain policies and provide information to various stakeholders from a diverse background (i.e. multicultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, etc.). Ability to identify employment and educational trends to meet the changing needs of employers, students, and alumni. Ability to create and analyze assessments and evaluations, draw conclusions and provide meaningful observations. Ability to generate clear and concise reports. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships, communicate clearly and effectively with community members, students, staff, administrators, campus and University personnel. Ability to exercise sound time management skills and control of projects and work proactively to mitigate delays, address problems and any additional complication that may jeopardize operations of unit and or cases. Ability to manage, organize and demonstrate command of a complex and continuously changing array of information, dates, places and people in a systematic way in order to optimize efficiency and minimize duplication of effort in the process of completing projects. Skill in analyzing information, problems, situations and procedures, to define the problem, identify relevant issues, and generate reasonable and appropriate alternatives or solutions. Proficiency in using PC computers utilizing programs such as Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, etc.).
Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience
Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in a related field and a minimum of three to five years of related experience required. Master's degree in student personnel, higher education or business administration or related field highly preferred.
Three years of demonstrated successful experience developing collaboration in a higher education setting and developing, implementing, and maintaining effective systems for delivery of services and meeting the needs of students.
Three years of experience working with programs that serve a diverse student population, low-income first generation, international, veterans and other underrepresented or educationally disadvantage student groups.
Three years of experience in outreach and community relations with proven experience building and sustaining strategic partnerships.
Minimum of three years of full-time progressive supervisory experience.