Assistant Director, Career Services - 501905

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Assistant Director, Career Services - 501905


Provide career advising and programming for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS), MBA students, as well as alumni of SPCS, the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business and Leadership Studies to assist them in identifying and achieving their career goals. Develop relationships with various campus and external constituents including employers, alumni, faculty/staff to fulfill the goals and mission of the Alumni and Career Services department.


Career Advising

  • Advise students and alumni in individual appointments, drop-in advising and small groups about exploring career and education options and in developing effective experiential learning, job search and graduate and professional school search strategies.
  • Develop content and conduct class informational sessions on a variety of topics to include career change, self-exploration, résumé writing, interviewing, internship/job search strategies, networking tactics and ethics in the workplace.
  • Research and prepare topics to present including those that focus on the career needs of adult learners, career changers, and those interested in encore careers.
  • Administer and interpret assessment instruments to assist students and alumni with self-appraisal. Conduct periodic evaluations of career development tools as necessary.

Relationship Development

  • Serve as Alumni & Career Services liaison to the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Create and make presentations to faculty/staff/students/families in liaison areas. Suggest and coordinate program topics and participate in programs.
  • Maintain relationships with employers, alumni, and families to steward extern, intern, full-time, and programming opportunities in collaboration with employer relations team. Through ongoing in-person and phone meetings, build rapport and market skills of SPCS students. Work with supervisor and employer relations team to discuss strategy and creation of new relationships and expansion of existing relationships. Keep abreast of the regional employment outlook and apprise students of opportunities.
  • Collaborate with Communications Manager to effectively market opportunities to students and alumni.
  • Serve on University committees as assigned.


  • Lead and direct at least one major office-wide administrative function.
  • Regularly contact alumni and SPCS students to inform them of available resources and services.
  • Conduct regular assessment of programs, learning objectives, and Alumni & Career Services resources and
  • Contribute to university and department goals of student and alumni engagement.
  • Utilize technology platforms to track data relevant to career services as outlined in strategic plan.
  • Provide planning and day-of staffing support for a wide range of career development and SPCS programs and services.


Knowledge of career development and student development theories, research and practices, and recruiting trends. Prefer knowledge of relationship building with a variety of constituents, including but not limited to employer recruiters, alumni development prospects, parents, faculty & staff. Other skills and abilities that are integral to this position are as follows:

  • Ability to advise students, alumni and organizations
  • Extensive career management experience, including working with adult learners and those in career transition
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Extensive ability to collaborate and develop relationships with a wide range of constituents
  • Supervision and leadership skills
  • Outcomes assessment, learning outcomes and evaluation strategies
  • Outstanding teamwork abilities
  • Innovation and creativity in program development, processes, relationship development and other functions of the position
  • Development of metrics and methods for continuous improvement of processes, goals, and strategies
  • Proven presentation, group facilitation, and teaching skills
  • MBTI certification preferred


  • Masters in Education/Counseling/Higher Education Administration/Adult Learning/Business or related field or equivalent experience required.
  • 2-5 years experience in career services, higher education or human resources, adult education, or career management required.


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • Must be flexible to work some evenings and weekends

Pay Grade 6
To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure.

Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation's first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE




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Job No: req1517
Posted: 4/13/2018
Application Due: 5/2/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable