Elon University is currently accepting applications for a Director of the Student Professional Development Center. The Director of the SPDC provides visionary and strategic leadership while overseeing the development and delivery of programs and resources. The Director drives the enhancement of the highly successful and nationally ranked career services at Elon. This position is SPDC’s chief ambassador and collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including academic affairs, student affairs, admissions, alumni relations, corporate relations, faculty, alumni, trustees, parents, and employers to foster effective relationships and partnerships. The Director maintains a student-centered, forward-thinking operation, oversees assessment functions and the articulation of outcomes to internal and external stakeholders, and serves as a spokesperson for Elon on career-related issues of students. Leading a talented team of 18 full-time career professionals in a collaborative style, the focus of this position is to ensure continued delivery of high-quality career services in support of the university’s mission. Additional responsibilities include: providing leadership for the expansion of employer outreach programs, developing creative ways to engage an active and dedicated alumni body, overseeing relevant assessment measures to ensure continuous improvement, and leading change to remain responsive to student career development needs and evolving market trends. The Director brings a contemporary, global view of career development to the role, and promotes Elon University as a preferred source of outstanding candidates for employers across all fields of endeavor, by strengthening existing employer relationships and developing new connections both from within the Elon networks and beyond, for internships, post-graduate employment, and admission into graduate and professional programs. For more information and to submit your application, go to https://elon.peopleadmin.com/postings/7657. Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.
Baccalaureate and advanced degree required (MHE, MBA, MA/MS, or other). Ten or more years of progressive leadership and supervision in career services positions or in a related management field in industry. Demonstrated expertise in current career development models, career assessments, career counseling/advising/coaching, employment trends, legal issues in employment, and employer cultivation is desirable. Demonstrated ability to think strategically, act collaboratively, and lead organizational change, coupled with a track record of experience developing and supervising professional staff are essential for success. Other Director attributes include a demonstrated commitment to best practices in career services as well as the competencies and ethical guidelines developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Desired experience includes managing resources, including budgets and technology; knowledge of effective assessment strategies to inform programs and practice; excellent communication, marketing, and public relations skills; demonstrated competency in working with the needs of diverse student populations; and evidence of innovative activities leading to organizational growth, and experience with program development and delivery models serving the needs of all students. The successful candidate will have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Role requires public-speaking and presentation capability in contexts including sales, education or training, and workshop development and facilitation. Ability to host and dialogue with senior C-level executives. High proficiency with Office suite, and Symplicity or other career management software. Knowledge of and interest in latest related technology including social networking platforms as part of the job search. Experience using virtual platforms to deliver career programming and events. Fast-paced, highly visible office.
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About Elon University
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered liberal arts university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon’s 6,800 students prepare to become the ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is known for academic excellence across the curriculum, and for experiential learning programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership, interfaith dialogue, civic engagement and community service. Elon is ranked the nation’s #1 master’s-level university for study abroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation for academic programs that “Focus on Student Success.” More than 425 full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top... 10 percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is 12-1, and the average class size is 20. The university’s 636-acre residential campus in the Town of Elon, N.C., is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s finest environments for learning. The Elon Phoenix NCAA Division I athletic program is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Special Instructions to Applicants Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, along with a list