The Director of Career and Professional Development provides strategic leadership, creates a vision, plans, implements and manages the University’s programs related to career and professional development, internships and employer relations.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: • Plans, implements and manages programs and relationships which increase the number of opportunities for HPU students to work, intern, or attend graduate school at quality local, national, and international organizations; fosters relationships between High Point University and the corporate world • Plans, monitors and manages department budget • Sets and directs the overall mission, vision, and strategic direction of the Office of Career and Professional Development • Directly supervises all full-time employees of Career and Professional Development Office • Ensures continued high-quality interactions and delivery of programs and resources of Career and Professional Development Office to benefit students in their career and professional development (e.g., one-on-one appointments, classroom presentations, seminars/workshops, handouts and materials) • Works with the Senior Vice President for Graduate Enrollment, Career Development, and Executive Education to review and revise goals, policies, and resource needs for the Career and Professional Development Office • Work collaboratively with academic deans and faculty members to understand and identify areas of commonalities in the educational curriculum that will benefit students inside the classroom and in experiential learning outside the classroom • Manages the collection, organization, and display of a wide range of opportunities and resources from employers, educational institutions, business, industry, and graduate schools • Manages the Career and Professional Development pages of the High Point University website • Assists students in exploring major and career interests, critiques of brand documents (e.g., résumés, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles), mock interviews, and hones students’ job or graduate school search skills • Represents High Point University at key admissions, family, and university events, promoting career development programs to current students and families as well as prospective students and families • Attends regional and national professional development meetings and conferences; representing HPU in North Carolina and nationally • Plans and implements special events and programs related to the professional development of students and alumni • Oversees the employer relations function area, leveraging positive relationships with potential employers • In partnership with Institutional Research, spearheads collection of first destination data in accordance with NACE protocols • Compiles and analyzes statistical and evaluative data; providing monthly and annual reports to the Senior Vice President for Graduate Enrollment, Career and Professional Development, and Executive Education as needed • Develops and presents course material in accordance with the needs of High Point University students; may include teaching career courses • Maintains positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating effectively and professionally with students, students’ parents/families, faculty, staff, and co-workers • Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: • Master’s degree in career counseling, student personnel, or related field required
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
• Minimum five years working in career development or internships at a college or university or closely related field required; supervisory and leadership experience in career services or a related management field in industry is suggested • Proven successful experience in the following areas required: one-on-one career counseling, brand document development (e.g., résumé, LinkedIn, personal statements) workshop delivery, public speaking, employer relations • Training and experience administering and interpreting career assessment inventories preferred, including but not limited to the MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, StrengthsFinder, assessments concerning interests, values, personality, workplace preferences, and other career inventories associated with effective career decision making and transitions; applicants without such credentials must be willing to complete necessary training • National Certified Career Counselor or National Career Development Association Master Certified Counselor credentials preferred • Evidence of continuing education, professional presentations, or publications preferred Knowledge, Skills, Ability: • Knowledge of professional ethics and commitment to uphold standards of NACE and other professional standards • Knowledge of current hiring, employability, and career-path trends in career services and in industry, with the ability to use data to make more strategic decisions and choices in advising students • Ability to work effectively with all facets of the university including a diverse student population, faculty in all departments, staff, alumni relations, institutional advancement, and other administrators • Ability to interact, communicate, partner, listen to, and act on feedback from community members, employers (e.g., recruiters, employer and university relations, C-suite executives), alumni, and parents/families to foster effective long-lasting, collaborative relationships • Broad-based knowledge of various majors offered and commitment to the philosophy of a private, liberal arts institution • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a wide range of internal and external constituents • Computer skills, effective communication (written and oral), strong organizational skills, attention to detail • Highly motivated, team oriented, and committed to the enhancement and expansion of High Point University’s experiential learning opportunities (e.g., internships, job shadowing, informational interviewing, volunteering, networking)
About High Point University (High Point, NC)
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. Founded in 1924, HPU is a 96-year-old liberal arts institution located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
HPU is recognized in “The Best 386 Colleges: 2021 Edition” for its academic programming, as well as positive feedback from students, parents and higher education leaders across the country. HPU is also included in this year’s list of Best Southeastern Colleges as part of the “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The Princeton Review chooses colleges and universities that demonstrate outstanding academics for this list. In addition to including HPU in the “The Best 386 Colleges” and “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” the new Princeton Review rankings also named HPU as a Great school for Business/Finance and Communication Majors, in addition to Best College Dorms (No. 1), Most Beautiful Campus (No. 9), and Best Career Services (No. 19).