Director, Career Development - Student Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (A170

Champaign, IL
Jun 28, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Career Development

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As part of the LAS Academic Affairs advising team, the Director of LAS Career Development provides leadership for programming and advising for LAS students' professional and career development. Teach courses and offer workshops that help students understand and map out the experiences that impact their career path, provides training programs for advising on career development and collaborates with units across campus in event planning and alumni networking.

  • Create materials and training programs focused on guiding students' career mapping and engagement throughout their Illinois experience;
  • Teach a sophomore- and a junior-experience course in which students map out plans for Illinois and beyond in light of their own interests, life-career goals, and available opportunities.
  • Create and co-create workshops and related experiences in which students advance their career readiness, including workshops on computer-based skills for today's workplace, etiquette dinners and other networking opportunities with alumni.
  • Create, implement and assess a strategic plan to support students' career development from their first term on campus to their first step post-graduation.
  • Provide leadership for the collaboration leading to the annual LAS Local Internship Fair.
  • Collaborate in development and implementation of LAS Life + Career Design initiative, particularly providing career development perspective.
  • Recruit and supervise a graduate assistant and LAS Interns in Academic Affairs Office, providing professional development as part of the internship experience.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with other campus entities, such as The Career Center, the Leadership Center, as well as off-campus organizations, to create and promote co-curricular career development opportunities for students.
  • Work with LAS Advancement and others to create alumni networking and collaboration opportunities for our students.
  • Participate in the shared responsibilities within LAS Student Academic Affairs, including walk-in advising, academic progress review, planning for and assessment of office impact, and LAS student recruitment-orientation.


  • Master's degree;
  • Minimum two years of work experience in a secondary or post-secondary educational environment;
  • Knowledge of career development field within higher education, specifically at the undergraduate level;
  • Effective collaboration skills as demonstrated by previous group-designed and/or led projects;
  • Excellent initiative and ability to work independently with a wide range of on-campus and off-campus constituencies;
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • A commitment to intercultural skills development and co-creating and an inclusive environment.

  • Master's degree, preferably in a field of study that enhances the individual's ability to assist Liberal Arts and Sciences students in designing and implementing a plan for career development;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in using design-thinking or other method for life and career mapping;
  • Experience teaching innovative courses that support students' life and career mapping, career exploration, and service/employment/internship opportunities or that otherwise help advance students' career readiness;
  • Experience in offering workshops for career development/readiness, especially if they are based on specific learning outcomes or otherwise designed as part of a larger set of learning experiences driven by specific learning and career development objectives;
  • Experience using e-portfolios for learning and professional online representation;
  • Experience setting up and supporting internship opportunities within a liberal arts education mindset;
  • Experience working with faculty and academic advisors to create experiences that advance students' career mapping and readiness;
  • Graduate studies or similar demonstrated interest in issues in undergraduate education;
  • Experience in effective academic advising at the post-secondary level, especially for students in transition to or from the educational institution;
  • Demonstrated ability to track and assess programming impact.


This is a full-time, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by July 11, 2017. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Allison Perry at

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Director, Career Development - Student Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (A1700393)
Open Date: 06/27/2017
Organization Name: Student Admissn Oth