Senior Director of Student Professional Development

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Engineering
Functional Areas: College of Engineering & Applied Science
Department: College of Engineering and Applied Science
Requisition Number: 13456
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 18-Oct-2018

Job Summary

The College of Engineering and Applied Science now welcomes applications for a Senior Director of Student Professional Development. The position is responsible for the integration and leadership of all of the career and professional development-related programs supporting undergraduate and graduate students and charged with leading professional development programs and services to students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The position is responsible for the integration and oversight of career and professional activities for all CEAS students, and serves as the central point of contact for external organizations seeking a relationship with students in the College. This position will work closely with departmental and program staff to develop external relationships that support the College with respect to providing internships, project sponsors, capstone project sponsors, mentoring opportunities, etc. This position will oversee the annual Engineering Design Expo, and work with departmental and program faculty on the delivery of professional development coursework. The Senior Director of Student Professional Development supervises staff and formally reports to the Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement.

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Strategic Direction, Leadership and Collaboration of External Relations

  • Lead the design and delivery of comprehensive career planning and professional development services for the College's undergraduate and graduate students by setting strategic goals and direction.
  • Oversee the integration of program operations, infrastructure, and programs.
  • Work closely with the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Associate Dean of Education, and Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement to develop a comprehensive vision and implementation plan to improve student professionalism and placement, addressing student and industry needs and setting expectations from pre-admission through graduation.
  • In partnership with the CEAS Advancement team, steward external relations for the College related to support for programs pertaining to internships, capstone project sponsors, and mentoring opportunities. These duties will include scheduling and leading meetings, presenting to groups and companies and general communication concerning student development.
  • Collaborate closely with departments and campus offices and organizations within CEAS and across campus that provide resources and programming for professional development and career placement, including CU's Career Services Office, Athletics, student professional organizations, and CEAS Advancement Office.
  • Develop goals and metrics for the departments and individual units in consultation with CEAS senior leadership and track progress against those goals.
  • Work closely with departmental and program staff to grow external relationships.
  • Work with campus constituents and industry to create student awareness of the importance of, access to training and resources, and excellence in critical professional skills and competencies.
  • Attend alumni and other CEAS and CU functions in key markets to raise awareness of College initiatives related to professional development and engage students in internships, mentoring, recruitment and other external programs.

Student Development

  • Work closely with the Director of Engineering Marketing and Communication to develop college-wide outreach and communication strategies. The goal of this communication is to improve student performance, engagement, enhance employer and alumni participation and visibility; and increase positive responses from students and employers.
  • Work with faculty on the creation of professional development content, and where appropriate present to students in the college related to internships, job placement and expectations for them in the workplace.
  • Present information on ethics, professional codes of conduct and other professional development placement information.
  • Work with departments to ensure content is delivered and consistent among various units throughout the college.

Engineering Expo Operations and Event

  • Coordinate, plan, and organize the annual Engineering Capstone Projects Design Expo. This coordination will include liaison with the Capstone course faculty across the college, and various other campus stakeholders including Advancement and Alumni Relations.
  • Represent the College at major campus-wide events.
  • Ensure that the event meets College expectations for quality, consistency, student and faculty attendance and satisfaction.


  • Supervision of direct reports and providing oversight for the realization of the College's strategic priorities such as annual program assessments, strategic work plans and establishing funding priorities.
  • Evaluate annual performance and on a continuous basis for coaching and performance feedback, setting goals, cultural leadership, and any disciplinary action as needed.
  • Ensure code of conduct compliance with University and College policies. Approves leave requests and monthly timesheets.
  • Provide day-to-day management of professional development and feedback.

  • Duties as assigned by the college related to liaison with other colleges on campus, Advancement, Athletics and other campus stakeholders engaged in external relations.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Master's degree. Five years experience in program administration, communications, professional development program support, or strategic leadership. Supervisory experience with strong ability to lead teams toward a common goal.
  • Alternatively, a bachelor’s degree in the aforementioned fields and seven years of aforementioned experience may substitute for a master’s degree and five years of experience.
  • Supervisory experience with strong ability to lead teams toward a common goal.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of employer expectations with respect to critical professional skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact and achieve positive results in teams.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving capabilities, collaborative and participate team building skills, effective and respectful interpersonal communication and a commitment to quality and service.
  • Proven ability to work with all members of a broad and diverse community.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and trusting working relationships with faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff and students from around the world.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree in communications, business, or a related field, preferable in engineering or a technical field.
  • Seven years of experience in program administration, communications, professional development program support, and/or strategic planning.
  • Significant professional experience in government or industry.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment, particularly in engineering.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

This posting will close on October 18, 2018.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer





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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 10/14/2018
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