Executive Director of the Career Center

Hempstead, NY
Jan 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About Hofstra University

Founded in 1935, Hofstra University is an internationally ranked and recognized institution with ten schools and colleges offering 145 undergraduate and 160 graduate program options. Located in Hempstead, N.Y., our leafy 240-acre campus is a certified arboretum just a quick train ride from New York City, and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, along with the resources, technology and facilities of a world-class university, including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the School of Education, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, the School of Health Professions and Human Services, as well as the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. Hofstra has hosted three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012, 2016), and is one of only three in the New York metropolitan area to have schools of medicine, law and engineering.  With more than 11,000 students and 128,000 alumni from around the world, Hofstra University is a dynamic community dedicated to academic excellence, civic engagement and global innovation.  The Career Center is fully integrated in Hofstra University’s Division of Student Affairs, which has been named the last two years in a row as one of 18 of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by The Center for Higher Education Enterprise.                                    


The Position

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, the Executive Director of the Career Center provides innovative and strategic leadership, program development, and administration of a comprehensive career center serving all undergraduate and graduate students (with the exception of graduate students enrolled in the Schools of Business, Law, and Medicine). The Executive Director will work closely with other areas under the Assistant Vice President’s purview (the Student Success Collaborative) which includes the Center for University Advising, Student Access Services, International Student Affairs, and the Center for Academic Excellence.  The Executive Director will be a integral member of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team that is committed to supporting student success and actively advancing innovative and best practices with regards to increasing student engagement, enhancing career preparation, assessing learning outcomes, and cultivating among students the self-confidence, competencies, and connections with others that will lead to personally and professionally satisfying futures upon graduation.

The Executive Director will lead a team of nine full-time staff members engaged in career counseling/coaching, educational programming, employer outreach, and substantive liaison partnerships with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Honors College, and Schools of Business, Communication, Education, Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Health Sciences & Human Services. Facilitating continuous improvement and leading change to ensure the Center remains responsive to student career development needs and evolving market trends; collaborating with campus partners—including faculty, student affairs, alumni relations, development, institutional research & assessment, and parent & family programs; implementing effective data collection, analysis, and reporting systems; increasing quality internship opportunities and employment outcomes; and enhancing the Career Center brand, visibility, and value to internal and external constituents are key responsibilities of the Executive Director. The Executive Director will develop and monitor the department’s long-range strategic plan, provide supervision and development of staff, manage a growing operational budget, and serve as a champion, advocate, role model, and mentor for Hofstra students.  


A master’s degree is required. A record of at least 7 years of progressively responsible experience focused on promoting career development and facilitating relationships to support and sustain the professional preparation and success of others—preferably within a higher education institution—is required. The successful candidate must: be forward-looking (embracing best practices and creating next practices), equipped to identify and implement solutions to address evolving employment and educational trends impacting employers, students, and alumni; possess strategic change management skills coupled with strong fiscal planning and budget management abilities; demonstrate leadership and supervisory capabilities; thrive in a learning environment that welcomes and celebrates human diversity and difference; and bring a goal-oriented, data-driven approach to generating measurable outcomes. Collaboration with internal and external constituents; utilization and competence of current technologies and social media; commitment to customer service; strong communication, marketing, and public relations skills; and ability to multi-task will also be important considerations in the selection of the Executive Director.




Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Interested individuals should send a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume and contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3 to 5 references.  Information should be sent electronically with the subject “Executive Director of the Career Center” (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments preferred – all in one document if at all possible) to: StudentAffairsJobs@hofstra.edu


Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff, and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.


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