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Associate Director, Career & Professional Development

Job description

Essential Functions

Career Advising

* Manage and provide comprehensive career services to individuals and groups for undergraduate students and recent graduates on topics including career assessment, self-marketing techniques, job/internship search, career-related technology (Pioneer Careers, LinkedIn, etc.) and career management strategies.

  • Become proficient in understanding the degrees and programs offered and practice a market-based approach in career planning and advising students.

Career Services Coordination and Collaboration

  • Provide outreach to student organizations to develop effective relationships as an avenue for marketing and supporting client population.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships and communication with client populations.
  • Work with the Employer and Industry Relations Team to identify potential employers for presentations and events.
  • Develop alumni relationships through various professional and social platforms and University events. This will include one-on-one relationship building and partnering with colleagues in order to engage University of Denver alumni with Career & Professional Development.

Program Development and Promotion

  • Develop and promote programs and events (i.e. alumni panels, employer visits).
  • Design presentations on career-related and professional development topics; connect with students through classroom presentations and student groups; collaborate with University partners to cover a range of topics.
  • May have the opportunity to teach the Careers & Leadership course offered to all undergraduate students.
  • Coordinate the Summer Internship Award Program-promotion, selection, award distribution, follow up and donor luncheon.
  • Develop virtual and online engagement opportunities such as education videos and webinars engaging students and alumni in conversation and networking.
  • Work with the communications and marketing staff to create and disseminate marketing materials, including identifying content relevant to audiences from diverse backgrounds.


  • Provide direct supervision and professional development support to 2 professional Career Advisors and 4-6 Peer Advisors.

Partnerships & University Citizenship

  • Serve as an active and collaborative liaison to the Ritchie School of Computer Science & Engineering.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative liaison to the student-athletes coordinating programming and events with Athletics staff.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based Advancement and Career & Professional Development functions and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative career and professional development practices.
  • Model "One DU" leadership.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of career development issues affecting students and recent alumni at all levels and the ability to identify and analyze employment trends affecting them.
  • Supervisory and management skills.
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international job markets.
  • Knowledge of personal marketing and branding techniques.
  • Cultural competency; ability to understand and appreciate cultural differences that impact student experience and to communicate effectively across cultures.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to speak effectively and credibly to a wide range of student/clients, employers, faculty and University administrators.
  • Must have strong spelling and grammar skills to critique cover letters and resumes, and all marketing and communication materials.
  • Familiarity with a range of career assessment instruments.
  • Strong ability to partner with faculty, staff alumni for the development of innovative career programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in student development, human resources or related field.
  • 5 years of experience in career development.
  • Supervisory experience (including students).
  • Experience assisting clients in using effective personal branding techniques for resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, etc.
  • Experience developing and planning innovative career programs such as workshops and student/employer events for students and recent alumni.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a higher education, or similar complex environment.
  • Degree or technical industry experience in an industry such as computer science and engineering.
  • Knowledge of and/or previous experience working with student-athletes.
  • Experience teaching career courses.
  • Knowledge of, or certification in, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and/or StrengthsFinder.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.




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Job No: 004145
Posted: 5/7/2018
Application Due: 7/6/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable