Director of Career Services

Olympia, Washington State
$60,000 - $65,000/year; Depends on Qualifications
Sep 13, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Career Services
Institution Type
Community College

Position type:  Exempt

Salary:  $60,000-$65,000 DOQ

Opens:  September 13, 2017

Closes:  October 13, 2017

Location:  Main Campus; Olympia, WA

South Puget Sound Community College seeks a creative, dynamic, and collaborative individual to fill the position of Director of Career Services in the Student Services Division.

The Director of Career Services is responsible for managing the daily operations in the Career Services Center.  This includes supervision of all Career Services staff and program operations for the State and Federal Work Study programs along with the institutional student employment.

The Director interprets federal and state aid policies and develops procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations in operating the work study and student employment programs. The Director also works with the local business community to create partnerships that provide work experience and internships for South Puget Sound Community College students.

The responsibilities and duties of the Director of Career Services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Directly supervises all Career Services staff, conducts evaluations, employment interviews, makes hiring recommendations and provides staff training.
  • Disseminates information regarding all employment programs offered by the college to the public including employers, students seeking work, faculty, and staff.  This includes work study opportunities, part and full time job opportunities, internships, cooperative work experience and other work opportunities.
  • Oversees the development and delivery of career placement services, employment assistance, employer outreach activities, classroom presentations and job search workshops.
  • Responsible for coordinating events such as SPSCC Annual Career Day, Veterans Career Fair, and the SPSCC Fall Hiring Event.
  • Maintains employer database systems which includes an employer/student skill matching system for student employment opportunities.
  • Works with students and employers both on and off campus to resolve personnel issues in a professional manner.
  • Works collaboratively with other divisions of the college and faculty to develop and implement career assessment opportunities for students within the guided pathways framework.
  • Conducts site visits with employers and potential employers to promote the visibility and viability of our students and their skills, which results in increased job opportunities for students.
  • Administers mandatory supervisor training for on and off campus supervisors to ensure compliance with all regulations pertaining to the work programs.
  • Oversees the processing of all student time sheets for student employment and all work study programs on a monthly basis and reconciliation with the payroll office to ensure accuracy.
  • Responsible for developing and updating the Job Search Handbook which is in high demand on campus, as well as from local area high schools and inmate training programs.
  • Provides technical assistance to all staff, faculty and employers regarding the work programs, tutoring and career services.
  • Assumes responsibility for State Work Study reporting to the Higher Education Coordinating Board including submitting all Cash Requests and required reports electronically.
  • Works with the local business community to create partnerships resulting in career explorations, training and employment.

MINIMUM Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Leadership, Education or a related field AND two (2) years of professional experience in the field OR equivalent education/experience.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with an ability to establish strong relationships and partnerships.
  • Decisiveness, flexibility and ability to work in a fast paced environment of growth and change.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, prioritize multiple tasks, and manage competing priorities and demands.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to present in front of groups, work well with others and function as a team member.
  • Advanced knowledge of computers and software applications, specifically MS Office suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Commitment to a working environment that values a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

Supplemental Questions

Your responses to the following questions are required as part of your application for this position; not to exceed three (3) pages total.

  1. What interests you in this position and how do you think your prior experiences and interests prepare you for it?
  1. How do you see the work of this position supporting student learning, success, & completion?
  1. Please describe how you will contribute to the diversity of this campus.


Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following required items:

  • Complete SPSCC Employment Application
  • Letter of formal application that specifically addresses your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in this announcement
  • Resume of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications
  • Responses to the 4 Supplemental Questions above
  • Copies of or unofficial transcripts.

Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below- email is preferred:


Fax:  (360) 596-5706


Human Resource Office

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Road SW

Olympia, WA 98512