Director of Career Development

Job description

Director of Career Development

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Jan 18, 2021

Accountable for providing the primary vision and departmental leadership for the advising and career development components of Career Services.


  • Lead and manage the full team of career advisors.
  • Create a structure and framework for career development and advising that results in students’ effective articulation of the value of their Hamilton liberal arts education and co-curricular experiences in relation to opportunities of interest.
  • Along with the full career center team, develop and effectively deliver skill-based learning as it relates to student career development, job/internship searches and graduate school applications (e.g. composing targeted applications, interview preparation, and salary negotiation.)
  • Serve as the primary career advisor to an assigned cohort of students
  • Lead the development and ongoing maintenance of digital and print resources and guides to advance students’ career development.
  • Establish connections with relevant campus constituencies and Hamilton’s alumni, parent, and employers to provide professional development networks for students.
  • Responsible for the efficacy and management of the peer career advisor staff.
  • Supervise all direct and indirect reports, including job evaluation, development, and continued professional growth of the career development team.
  • Select and hire high quality employees; ensure appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality employee work product.
  • Ensure fair, accurate and timely performance assessment and feedback.  This includes identifying areas for professional development, document and conduct disciplinary measures, and determining employment status (hire, promotion, salary increases, termination).
  • Actively participate in building our diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Bachelor’s degree required, relevant advanced degree preferred. 

The preferred candidate will have at least ten or more years of work experience in a relevant field and also have had a senior role in career advising with significant cross-team responsibilities (beyond his/her own advising portfolio). 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Proven personnel management experience and skills. 
  • Clear understanding of academic advising, career counseling, and/or student development theories.  Proven career counseling experience.
  • Proven program planning, organization and execution skills.  Ability to organize, analyze, prioritize, and problem-solve within a fast-paced office environment.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, networking and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to build rapport with students, communicate effectively with a wide range of campus constituencies, and leverage relationships with alumni, parents, faculty, and staff.
  • Facility/comfort with technology-based search and networking tools (e.g. LinkedIn, customer relationship management type databases).
  • Vision, creativity imagination.
  • Commitment to equity - has developed or worked with initiatives that serve underrepresented groups.
  • Must be self-directed with the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff as well as members of the Hamilton community.
  • Available to work some nights and weekends.

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 




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Posted: 1/19/2021
Application Due: 4/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time