Director of Career Development

Salem, Oregon
Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
Jan 30, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Career Services
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Willamette University invites applications for a full-time exempt Director of Career Development.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the new Director will have the opportunity to re-envision and develop the Office of Career Development. Important early responsibilities will include staff hiring and space planning; on a programmatic level, our Director will help determine the direction of our current comprehensive advising program designed to support academic success, campus and civic engagement, vocational discernment, and career readiness.

The Director will provide visionary leadership for career advising and preparation as part of a comprehensive, team-based advising program for undergraduates, the Knowledge into Action project, within the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Responsibilities include adapting knowledge of best practices to the development and delivery of a four-year program that fosters capacities in students for self-knowledge, integration of their curricular and co-curricular experiences, and thoughtful planning for their futures.

The Director is also responsible for organizing a small and dedicated staff to address vocational discernment and to identify, generate, and coordinate internship and employment opportunities, from campus employment to nationally competitive internships and career searches. Requires successful collaboration with stakeholders from across the university community, including the Student Success Hub, the Office of Alumni Relations, administrators and career services professionals in Willamette’s graduate programs, the faculty, Campus Life staff, alumni, and parents.

The work of the Director of Career Development involves a variety of complex duties and responsibilities, requiring excellent communication skills with a variety of constituents, including undergraduate students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers. The work may have a significant impact upon the reputation and operations of the College of Liberal Arts and the University. Some travel is required to complete the essential functions.

Ideal candidates for this position will bring innovative thinking, a collaborative working style, a knowledge of best practices, and engagement with the emerging and changing needs of employers and students. They will embrace the values of a residential liberal arts education, and the Willamette University mission statement specifically. They should be skilled at articulating the value of a liberal arts education in the workplace, and in helping students develop meaningful connections between their college experiences and their future careers. Candidates must have a Master’s degree and significant experience in college or university career development, or a record of achievements and experiences that otherwise prepares them for this key position.

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This is a full-time, year round position. This position is eligible for the University’s generous benefits package that includes: medical/dental insurance, sick and vacation accruals, retirement contribution, tuition remission, and holidays.

Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Application Deadline: Open until finalists are selected with screening to begin February 20, 2017.

Willamette is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in sustainability and civic engagement. Our beautiful, historic campus—located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and co-located with Tokyo International University of America—features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts (1800 students) and two professional graduate schools: the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. The College of Liberal Arts is recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.