Career Services, Human Resource/Staffing, Recruiting/Talent Acquisition
Kalamazoo College is a selective, nationally known liberal arts college offering students a personalized, integrated undergraduate experience known as the K-Plan that interweaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with individualized research and experiential educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of 40 dynamic Colleges That Change Lives, a group of colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 335,000 that supports four college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.
Reporting directly to the provost, the director of the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) provides strategic and visionary leadership to advance career preparation and success of all undergraduate students and recent alumni. The director leads a team of five staff members focused on delivering scalable and equitable programs and services that leverage individual talents, technological solutions, innovative ideas, and collaboration with numerous campus partners in experiential education, academic affairs, advancement, alumni engagement, and admissions to expand students’ experience, and help all Kalamazoo students build the networks and confidence necessary to propel aspirations into tangible, post-graduate pursuits. As the department’s chief ambassador and spokesperson, the director is responsible for designing, expanding, and sustaining strategic relationships with employers, alumni, and other partners in the extended college community to support CCPD’s mission. The CCPD, a core unit contributing to Kalamazoo’s deeply-rooted institutional commitment to experiential education, works closely with faculty and colleagues in international programs, community engagement, student involvement, intercultural student life, and social justice leadership to provide and support student experiences that prepare graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world.
Additional responsibilities of the director include: devising and communicating a clear strategic plan for the department that delineates a comprehensive approach to career and professional development, that resonates with undergraduates, and that garners the support of internal and external partners; incorporating current and emergent best practices as well as assessment initiatives into CCPD programs and services; implementing an active outreach plan to engage and respond to the needs of minoritized students and recent alumni; sustaining the focus on innovative experiential opportunities as a distinctive quality of the K-Plan and as an integral part of career preparation; advocating for internship policy development that will assure broad access and engagement of students across all identities and academic and career interest areas; contributing thought leadership as a member of the provost’s management team; and ensuring effective stewardship of the department’s budget, including gifts and restricted accounts.
An advanced degree in higher education administration, counseling, business, or related discipline and a record of progressive professional experience in career services, experiential education, student affairs, corporate recruitment/talent management, business, or development are required. The successful candidate will possess proven supervisory experience with full-time professional staff, coupled with a demonstrated knowledge of career development best practices, contemporary job search strategies, market trends, workforce priorities across a broad spectrum of corporate and non-profit organizations, and familiarity with evolving recruitment processes including the use of technology. A strong belief in a liberal arts and science education coupled with the ability to communicate the value of a liberal arts-based skill set enhanced through intentional experiential opportunities and its relationship to career readiness and success are essential. A combination of experience that includes some professional employment in corporate, entrepreneurial, or non-profit management, as well as higher education administration is highly desired. Additional professional competencies that will be considered in the selection of the director of CCPD include: strong visioning, strategic planning, and data-informed decision-making ability; experience motivating, facilitating, and supporting collaboration across departmental boundaries and working effectively with both internal and external constituencies; experience leading change and cultivating innovation; commitment to inclusive excellence; and evidence of grant writing or fundraising experience.