Assistant Director, Career & Professional Development

Denver, USA, Colorado
Jun 28, 2017
University of
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Director of Student Career & Professional Development, the Assistant Director provides direct comprehensive career services for University of Denver students and recent graduates. S/he will serve as a liaison to Daniels College of Business Undergraduate Career Services, Economics majors and students with business minors. S/he will lead a new initiative to coordinate programs and opportunities to engage students in mentoring relationships. Additionally, the Assistant Director will be a liaison to the Learning Effectiveness Program and Disability Services. S/he will develop and support programming activities including: working with first year seminar classes, orientations, events for the Daniels Professional Development Program (DPDP), new initiatives related to growing the engagement of undergraduate students with career services and initiatives related to DU IMPACT 2025. S/he will take the lead to develop and market Dine & Dialogue events in partnership with the CPD team and Alumni Relations. The Assistant Director will partner with the Employer & Industry Relations team to communicate student interests and needs within their student populations. S/he will work with the Career & Professional Development team to set institutional career services goals. The Assistant Director will demonstrate advocacy of inclusive excellence values in student professional development and employer relationship management. S/he must be able to work one evening a week and additional evenings or weekends as necessary.

Essential Functions

  • Career Advising
    • Manage and provide comprehensive career services to individuals and groups for undergraduate students and recent graduates on topics including career assessment, self-marketing techniques, job/internship search, career-related technology (Pioneer Careers, LinkedIn, etc.) and career management strategies.
    • Become proficient in understanding the degrees and programs offered and practice a market-based approach in career planning and advising students.
  • Career Services Coordination and Collaboration
    • Provide outreach to student organizations to develop effective relationships as an avenue for marketing and support of client population.
    • Establish and maintain effective relationships and communication with client populations.
    • Work with the Employer and Industry Relations Team to identify potential employers for presentations and events.
  • Program Development and Promotion
    • Develop and promote programs and events (i.e. alumni panels, employer visits).
    • Design and present workshops on career-related and professional development topics; connect with students through classroom presentations and student groups; collaborate with University partners to cover a range of topics.
    • Work with the communications and marketing staff to create and disseminate marketing materials, including identifying content relevant to audiences from diverse backgrounds.
  • Partnerships & University Citizenship
    • Act as a liaison to Daniels College of Business, Disability Services and the Learning Effectiveness Program.
    • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based Advancement and Career Services functions and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative career and professional development practices.
    • Model One DU leadership.
  • Mentoring Coordination
    • Develop and lead campus-wide innovative programs that increase student participation in mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, alumni and community members.
    • Provide training and workshops to students, faculty and staff.
    • Create systems for tracking and assessing mentoring relationships and outcomes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of career development issues affecting students and recent alumni at all levels and the ability to identify and analyze employment trends affecting them.
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international job markets.
  • Knowledge of personal marketing and branding techniques.
  • Cultural competency; ability to understand and appreciate cultural differences that impact student experience and to communicate effectively across cultures.
  • Must have strong spelling and grammar skills to critique cover letters and resumes, and strategize and marketing and communications materials.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent experience in career advising and coaching.
  • Minimum 2- 4 years of experience in career advising; 1-2 years of business-related industry experience.
  • Experience teaching career courses and developing and planning career programs such as workshops and student/employer events for traditional and non-traditional students and recent alumni.
  • Experience assisting clients in using effective personal branding techniques for resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, etc.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter