Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education

Castine, Maine
Aug 04, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Reporting to the Provost, the Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education has overall responsibility for the Academy’s placement of students into required co-op and cadet shipping internships, and for providing guidance to students and alumni in developing, evaluating and implementing career goals and job placement opportunities. This position also coordinates visits to campus by company representatives including the annual career fair. The Director of Career Services is responsible for advising senior administrators on trends in the maritime industry, and working closely with Alumni Affairs and the Advancement offices to identify corporate philanthropic support, including serving as a major gifts officer.  The Director must be able to work collaboratively with industry partners as well as Academy faculty, staff, and students. This is a full-time, 12-month staff supervisory position with benefits.


  • Coordinate and administer the cadet shipping program and oversee all other MMA co-op programs and personnel.
  • Develop and maintain effective corporate relationships through company visits, job fairs, professional trade shows, etc.
  • Act as the liaison between students and potential employers.
  • Organize the annual job fair for on-campus recruiting and coordinate placement opportunities through corporate relationships, contacts, and alumni and faculty networks.
  • Provide industry feedback and strategic planning input to the Academic Dean, Department Heads and Administration on industry trends and changes in industry training needs.
  • Work closely with Alumni Affairs and the Advancement office to identify corporate philanthropic support, including serving as a major gifts officer.
  • Actively support the VP for Institutional Advancement by fostering corporate relations.
  • Provide guidance for students and alumni to assist in establishing academic and career goals and objectives.
  • Provide occupational information and career placement resources to students via department resource library and through career and Co-op services web pages.
  • Oversee the Career Services online job bulletin, web page and social media.
  • Supervise regular academy employees and students workers.
  • Serve as the Career Services representative on the training committee, academy council and other committees as necessary.
  • Oversee the hiring of all the faculty coordinators for the cadet shipping and co-op programs.
  • Provide training and guidance for students and alumni in resume strategies and writing, cover letters, thank you notes, professional attire and interviewing skills.
  • Protect the confidentiality of highly sensitive student information and prevent its unauthorized release.
  • Create and deliver effective presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Gather data and prepare budgets and reports.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs.  

This job description reflects the general duties of the job but is not a detailed description of all duties which may be inherent to the position. The Academy may assign reasonably related additional duties to individual employees consistent with policy and collective bargaining agreements.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer service.
  • Knowledge and experience with the maritime transportation industry including training requirements for limited and unlimited professional mariner’s licenses.
  • Knowledge and experience with summer undergraduate internship placements into the power engineering, logistics, and marine science industries.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Previous work experience as a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed mariner strongly preferred.
  • Previous work experience as a career counselor strongly preferred.
  • Work experience in any of the following areas preferred: marine/ocean science, engineering, marine transportation, or international business & logistics.


  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills including a professional, positive, and approachable demeanor.
  • Ability to embrace the school’s mission.
  • Highly professional and ethical standards for handling sensitive situations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff and to work closely and congenially with departments across campus.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and to handle multiple competing projects.


  • Contacts include faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and various external and internal constituencies;
  • Will work occasional nights and weekends to support department and related Academy events;
  • Occasional travel to recruit corporate sponsorship, attend trade shows, and conduct site visits in marine and industrial environments;
  • Frequent use of keyboard and computer screen;
  • Occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds.


Interested individuals should send a cover letter, résumé, completed MMA Application*, MMA Self-Identification Form**, copies of applicable professional certifications, transcripts and/or licenses, contact information for at least three professional references, and a completed MMA Application Checklist to or via fax to 207-326-2134.


In the subject line of your email, please write the full title of the position you are applying for and your name. For all faculty appointments, official college transcripts must be received prior to a formal offer being made for employment. All offers are made contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Individuals cruising onboard our ships are also required to undergo a pre-employment drug-screening.

*Pages 2 and 3 of the MMA Application must be signed and dated by hand or signed electronically using an electronic signature verification service. Electronic signatures, to include images of hand-written signature, will not be accepted unless so verified.

**Please do not include the MMA Self-Identification form in the same document as your application materials.  You may attach it to the same email as a separate document.

Tobacco-Free Notice

For the health and wellbeing of our community, the Maine Maritime Academy campus and vessels (ashore and afloat) are smoke- and tobacco-free as of August 1, 2016.

Equal Employment Opportunities

The Academy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, genetic information, or physical or mental disabilities. The Academy provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals upon request.

Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

MMA is unable at this time to sponsor visas. We welcome foreign nationals with valid U.S. work authorization to apply.