Dean of Career Services

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Job location: Smith College

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-25
Req: R-202100272
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Dean of Career Services

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose. A college of and for the world, Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, thereby developing engaged global citizens and leaders to address society’s challenges. Imagine working in a community dedicated to learning, teaching, scholarship, discovery, creativity and critical thought. It’s the diversity and inclusivity of our community, founded on the free and open exchange of ideas, that runs through everything we do. Join Smith and become part of a unique team bringing our mission to life.

The dean will join Smith College at an important strategic moment of advancing career services and will be instrumental in launching a new program for career development so every student can leave Smith best prepared to launch themselves into any career of their choice. The dean will be creating a structure and framework for career development and career advising for Smith that follows the four-year developmental arc of a student’s journey integrating the curricular and co-curricular resulting in every student’s effective articulation of the value of their liberal arts education in relation to opportunities of interest. The dean will lead the effort of making career services the best in class among liberal arts colleges. To this end, the dean will have to be a dynamic thought partner and collaborator who can build synergies with other offices including Liberal Arts Advising, Conway Center for Innovation, Wurtele Center for Leadership, Executive Education Program to develop and implement innovative programs that support Smith students.

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S): Reporting to the Assoc. Dean of the College for Advising and Mentoring, this position will manage the Career Services team in serving 2500+ students at Smith College. The dean will also supervise the Office of Fellowship. The dean will provide strategic planning for integrating career services in support of a liberal arts education and in meeting the larger strategic vision of the College. Working with the director of the Lazarus Center, the dean will cultivate new employer contacts and expand reach across industries; develop depth of knowledge that is industry specific; and support international career development opportunities. They will partner with the VP for Alumni Relationship and coordinate alumnae mentoring opportunities for current students early on in their Smith careers.

Additionally, the dean will actively participate in all key events of the Lazarus center. The dean will be responsible for implementing the pilot of the career connector program and its assessment. They will work closely to coordinate career related communication across campus to support our efforts to equalize the experience for all students. The dean will serve as a key partner to the director of Liberal Arts Advising to better support the work of academic advising across all four years. The dean will take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


Leadership, vision, creativity, good judgment, professionalism, and dedication to students are paramount among necessary characteristics for this position.

  • Create a strategic plan and facilitate innovative career development programming for all students at Smith College. Conduct strategic growth of outreach to cultivate and maintain relationships with private, non-profit, federal (US), multinational, non-governmental and humanitarian employers and organizations both domestically and internationally through marketing and leveraging personal, professional and college-wide contacts and sourcing alumnae and corporate volunteers.

  • Oversee the design, expansion, and implementation of employer and alumni events including career treks, employer information sessions, lunch and learns, and professional development forums.

  • Ensure a strategic process for targeted, quality job opportunities are available for students and graduates.

  • Initiate relationships with faculty and provide support to academic departments interested in increasing their students' awareness and competency in career readiness skills.

  • Collaborate with liberal arts advising, academic departments and concentrations on career and professional development programming.

  • Establish connections with relevant campus constituencies, alumni, parents, and employers to provide professional development networks for students in order to increase students’ leadership and decision-making competency around complex organizational challenges.

  • Support the College’s strategic work towards achieving racial justice in the realm of career services.

  • Enhance organizational and operational systems of the center including expanding digital databases and efficiencies and other duties as assigned.

  • Partner with Office of Alumni Relations to strengthen international connections and international mentoring opportunities between current students and alumnae.

  • Maintain membership and active involvement in professional organizations.

  • Supervise the annual review process of all career services publications including the career guide, career services brochure, credential file forms, praxis program and assessment process.

  • Engage with employers in diverse career fields for the purpose of strategic partnership development.

  • Design and create complex reports and employment surveys to support career services goals; analyze metrics to support strategic planning.

  • Lead Lazarus center and Fellowships office staff, 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 products.

  • 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).

  • Promote an inclusive and innovative work environment.

  • Collaborate with senior management in formulating career services procedures; make recommendations to improve registration processes.

  • Ensures compliance with college policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


Education/Experience: Master's degree in student personnel services, counseling and guidance, or a discipline whose preparation is suitable for this position and at least five years of professional experience in university/college setting or in a training and development function is required. Must have had a senior role in career advising with significant cross-team responsibilities (beyond own advising portfolio). Must have professional experience in career development and/or corporate recruiting; strong career development coaching, collaboration, and communication skills. Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications: MBA or Ph.D and prior experience in career services at a college/university preferred.

Desired Skills:

  • Proven strategic planning, organization and execution skills.

  • Ability to organize, analyze, prioritize, and problem-solve within a fast-paced office environment. Comfort presenting to both large and small groups, both in-person and online.

  • Ability to think strategically, manage projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines. Must be a team player with a focus on impact with both student and team success and a desire to innovate, continuously learn, and experiment.

  • Clear understanding of academic advising, career counseling, and/or student development theories and best practices.

  • 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 salesforce and other best in field technology- platforms and career networking tools (e.g. LinkedIn, customer relationship management type databases).

  • Commitment to equity - has developed or worked with initiatives that serve underrepresented groups. Able to provide support and guidance to international students in their job search process.

  • Proven personnel management experience and skills.

  • Self-starter and an appreciation for Smith’s mission of “developing engaged global citizens and leaders to address society’s challenges”.

  • Must be self-directed with the ability to work independently.

  • Must be available to work some nights and weekends.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

May 3, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade D

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 7/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time