Director of Career Development

May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: POSITION SUMMARY Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, the Director of Career Development and External Partnerships will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Career Development office, providing sustained leadership and direction, and ensuring continued progress and momentum in the department. Play a lead role in strengthening career advising, programs, employer relations, and outcomes for students. As a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Leadership team, the Director will manage and grow a portfolio of existing strategic partners and identify new partnership opportunities to benefit Harris students. The Director will be responsible for developing strong collaborative relationships with on-campus and off-campus partners. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Serve as a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Leadership Team - Provide input and feedback on student experience strategies - Serve as the lead expert in and representative of Career Development activities and services - Serve as the lead for all existing and new strategic partnerships in ASA Oversee employer relations and recruiting activities - Develop and implement a strategic plan for employer relations and development - Recommend strategies for marketing graduates to potential employers - Develop a communications strategy to positively impact post-graduation outcomes for students and recent alumni - Analyze and synthesize information about potentially successful models of employer marketing - Actively research employment trends within public policy in the non-profit, corporate, and public sectors along with individuals assigned to work with students interested in each of those areas - Analyze available student and employer data to inform strategic decisions - Design and develop innovative services and programming that aids Harris School students and alumni in advancing their career plans and searches Oversee Student Career Advisory Services - Create and implement innovative services and programming to support Harris School students and alumni in advancing their career plans, searches, and outcomes - Oversee counseling and employer relations operations Manage the Career Development and Employer Relations Team - Directly manages the career counseling and employer relations staff which provides career advising and programs to graduate students in all phases of career development - Establish appropriate measurements to set goals and assess career development team and staff performance - Educate the team on industry trends, qualities employers seek in candidates, employer culture, and the selection process - Monitor financial performance relative to team budget throughout the year

Unit Job Summary: Lead external partnerships efforts for ASA - Design and implement development strategy for new partnerships, including employers, on-campus partners, community organizations and institutions. - Serve as the ASA lead for coordinating cross-functional resources to support partnership development, and provide executive summaries to senior leadership - Develop knowledge of potential partners through research and engagement with broader Harris constituencies, including students, alumni, employers, University departments, and friends of the school.

Unit Education: - Bachelor's degree is required - Master's degree in public policy, business, counseling, or related fields strongly preferred.

Unit Experience: - Minimum five years of experience in placement, career development, or partnership development is required along with a proven track record of developing career programs, and partnership agreements. - Familiarity with career paths, opportunities and employers in the private, public and non-profit job markets as well as current economic and labor market trends - Familiarity with higher education environment and knowledge of the University of Chicago's unique culture preferred; strong preference given to knowledge of Harris Public Policy

Unit Job Function Competencies: - Ability to quickly garner credibility with students and faculty - Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies - Demonstrated success in informal and formal mentorship of students and the ability to follow through on details to ensure positive communication and relationships - Ability to successfully manage a workload and balance long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing a team - Willingness and ability to travel, work some evenings and weekends required - Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer-service oriented approach to the job required. - Demonstrate ability to review and prioritize work to take appropriate actions without advance approval, set priorities, and meet deadlines ensuring close attention to detail - Excellent project management and written/verbal communication skills

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