Assistant/Associate Director for Career Pathways
Basic Functions: Develop and execute strategies that ensure strong outcomes in both the career exploration process and the attainment of outstanding early-career opportunities (employment and/or graduate school) for low-income, first-generation and/or economically vulnerable students at Denison. Use proven strengths in relationship development to serve as a trusted resource and coach for students. Utilize skills in research and data analysis to determine impactful programming and then execute against these initiatives. Serve as an acknowledged expert and champion within the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration team and across campus for these student populations.
Essential Job Functions: Relationship Management Partner with Associate Director for Student Engagement, along with entire Knowlton Center team, to identify, develop, and execute high-impact coaching and programming for students. Continually engage students and young alumni to share their current/recent career exploration experiences at Denison and facilitate solution-focused discussions to address opportunity areas identified during these interactions. Build strong relationships with students and develop appropriate campus-wide messaging around critical success factors such as the importance of grades, mentors, and internships. Serve as a critical liaison to on-campus partners including: Dean of Students, Dean of First-Year Students, Director of Multi-Cultural Students Affairs, and Director of the Academic Resource Center. Develop/enhance relationships with key employers and/or graduate programs. Research Develop expertise quickly about practices and programs both at Denison and at Denison's peer institutions along with research related to career exploration-related issues experienced by these student populations. Conduct ongoing surveys, interviews and focus groups with students, alumni, faculty, and administrators to gather data and develop perspectives on strength and opportunity areas. Analyze and interpret data and present findings in a comprehensive and impactful manner to constituencies across campus. Research/maintain appropriate resources for students/young alumni regarding pre-professional and post-graduate opportunities Outcomes Develop and institutionalize programs and individualized mentoring programs specifically designed for these students throughout a student's four years on campus and five years post-graduation. Collect and review outcomes data and communicate (both internally and externally) individual and collective student outcomes, both at the six-month and five-year mark post-graduation. Identify, engage and utilize key campus and external supporters and determines appropriate ways to recognize these individuals. General Knowlton Center responsibilities Participate with all Knowlton Center staff in helping students effectively prepare for and effectively navigate all dimensions of the Center's career exploration model that help them secure and maximize their opportunities, experiences, and reflections. Assist in the overall planning of special programs, events and related workshops. Keep members of the Knowlton Center leadership team informed of relevant issues and/or event. Coach students who are in the early stage of their career exploration process. Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree. Minimum of three years of experience in higher education, non-profit, business administration, consulting and/or management. Exceptional interpersonal skills and experience working with both young adults, peers, and valued partners. Ability to successfully coach and advise a wide variety of students and young alumni as they make the transition from undergraduate experience to employment and/or graduate school. Strong project management skills (from concept to execution); able to use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, produce and present polished presentations; and possess a thorough understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts. Ability to conduct research using a variety of methods: primary and secondary sources, conduct interviews and lead focus groups of students, alumni, faculty, and administrators. Must be able to distill findings into a coherent and compelling message, articulate action steps and then produce results. Excellent administrative and organization skills with attention to detail; ability to work independently as well as be team-oriented; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; strong work ethic. Willing and available to work nights and weekends and occasional travel commitments, both locally and out of region.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in higher education, non-profit, business, or college access organization or a similar or related field/industry; direct or transferrable skills working with a diverse range of constituencies.