Associate Director - Career Development

Wilmington, North Carolina
Sep 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Title: Associate Director - Career Development
Department: Career Center - 40020
Vacancy Number: E194
Position Number: 1823
Location of Workplace: Main UNCW Campus

Summary of Position:
Responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, coordination, and control of activities within comprehensive career development functions.
Develops strategic vision and planning for career development, including internal and external initiatives and programs. Strategic direction will be based on career, economic and workforce conditions, current trends and issues in today’s- and tomorrow’s- work world, and benchmarking our programs and services with key educational institutions. Goals and initiatives will be aligned with overall department, division and campus strategic goals.
Manage multifaceted relationships with staff, faculty, alumni, and students.
Serve as active member of Career Center’s leadership team. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Career Center. In the absence of the Director, serve as the point person for overall Career Center matters.

Education Required:
Master’s degree from an accredited institution is required, with emphasis in career development, career counseling, or related fields

Experience Required:
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in career development or collegiate career services, including administrative/supervisory responsibility, is required. Demonstrated success in relationship building with staff, faculty, students, parents and colleagues. Proven leadership and supervisory skills in a professional environment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:
Possess an “entrepreneurial vision” and ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituents, including faculty, staff, students and alumni. Demonstrated skills in a focused educational and service approach to productive career development, including the ability to provide career coaching and programming to currently enrolled students and alumni, individually and in groups. Knowledge of career theory and practice including: career exploration and assessment, informational interviewing, applied learning/internships, resume and cover letter writing, job interviewing, job search strategies, and preparing for graduate or professional school. Ability to infuse skill/competency development in programs and services to increase the career readiness of our students and alumni.
Strong collaboration/team, organizational, program development, interpersonal and presentation skills.
Ability to maintain the highest level of professionalism, and provide exceptional customer service.
Ability to demonstrate innovative thinking and analytical abilities and to assess, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail.
Ability to demonstrate In-depth understanding and application of best practices in collegiate career development, workplace trends, impacts of technology and social media.
Strong technical skills including experience with career management systems such as CSO/GradLeaders, Handshake or Simplicity, as well as Microsoft Office suite, internet research, and career interest assessment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills appropriate for small and large audiences, including one-on-one career coaching, student classrooms, faculty groups, professional associations, community organizations and the general public.
Skills in strategic planning and data analysis, supporting an ability to make complex, independent decisions and programmatic recommendations. Ability to leverage career data to support messages to external and on-campus constituents. Capability to solicit and analyze student feedback and evaluations, and strategize with other Career Center staff members, student groups, and other campus staff and faculty to determine program offerings and innovations. May also partner with employer groups to assist in planning and delivering career-management related programming.
Ability to travel and work non-standard hours, including some nights and weekends, is required.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Screening requirements include a criminal background check.

Managerial and Operational Experience:
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Career Center. In the absence of the Director, serve as the point person for overall Career Center matters.
Educate, develop, supervise and evaluate three Career Development Counselors. Provide professional support for two Assistant Directors.
Collaborate with University College, appropriate academic units, faculty and staff to design appropriate programs and services which meet students’ career development needs.
Provide leadership and management for the planning and implementation of career events, resources, programs and services.
Develop and implement additional career activities as identified and prioritized through departmental planning.
Recommend appropriate policies and procedures for career development programs and services.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The UNCW Career Center is a comprehensive career development and resource center dedicated to empowering students and alumni as active participants in their own career development. Compelling programs and services help students as they explore their academic and career options, gain experience and evaluate their options, and engage with the worlds of work and graduate education.
This position is Associate Director for Career Development within the UNCW Career Center. The ideal candidate will possess an innovative and strategic vision in relation to the work of the Center. This person will lead the enhancement and implementation of a career development plan aimed at increasing the career readiness of our students and alumni.
This person will provide leadership for developing, implementing and refining career programs and events such as the Career Expo exploration event, classroom presentations, career panels, site visits, networking events, career assessments, individual career counseling sessions, and online resources that will expose students to the wide range of career options and help them attain their educational and professional goals.

The Career Center encourages students and alumni to:
Explore work values, interests, skills, and personality using Career Center resources in order to optimize academic and career planning
Develop skills and competencies sought by employers, as outlined in the Skill Seeker, through applied learning opportunities
Engage and network with faculty and other professionals as well as local, state, national, and global employers to learn how to meet the needs of an ever-changing modern society
Take responsibility for making informed career decisions and developing further education and employment plans over the lifespan
The Division of Student Affairs consists of thirteen functional departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs which are accessible to all members of the university community. The staff members are dedicated individuals known for their passion and commitment to implementing programs and services that affect student development over the course of a lifetime. Student Affairs provides excellent delivery of student services that are responsive to student needs and promotes the quality of life and education both inside and outside the classroom. We build institutional traditions and lifelong affiliations through creative programs, vibrant student organizations, and a living/learning environment built on core values and uncompromising principles. The Division is a leader and primary spokesperson for students.
“Creating Experiences For Life”

University Information:
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement:
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Months Per Year: 12 Months
Position Type: Permanent
Job Posting Date: 09/11/2017
Priority Consideration Date: 10/09/2017
Priority Consideration Information:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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