Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 28, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Summary

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) is looking for an Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives to lead the LSA Opportunity Hub, reporting directly to the dean. The LSA Opportunity Hub supports liberal arts and sciences students as they develop their professional identities and aspirations and provides students with career coaching and exploration, access to internships, internship funding, and connections to jobs, employers and alums. Students are able to connect what they’re learning in classrooms to purposeful work and meaningful lives. The Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives focuses on three primary areas of responsibility: (1) leadership and operational oversight; (2) organizational vision and strategic planning; and (3) stewardship of stakeholder relationships. This work includes oversight of alumni engagement, employer engagement, student coaching and outreach, communications, as well as learning, data, and assessment.

LSA is the largest and one of the oldest of the university’s 19 schools and colleges, with a long tradition of distinction in teaching and research across the liberal arts. The college offers more than 100 degree programs in over 75 academic departments and programs. Every LSA program is among the best in the U.S. with more than 45 programs in the top 10 and 2 programs are the best in their fields. Learn more about LSA at

We believe in the power and relevance of a liberal arts education, and the LSA Opportunity Hub supports all LSA undergraduates, with a deep commitment to those who have been historically under-served. As a college, we are committed to anti-racism and to carrying this commitment through every aspect of our work. Learn more about LSA’s mission, vision, and values at

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


  • Oversee the portfolio of career programs, workshops, course curriculum, and information sessions that assist students with achieving their career goals
  • Further develop the Opportunity Hub’s strategic plan and short and long-term goals for career engagement for students across all LSA disciplines
  • Lead a high performing, collaborative team of 39 employees; supervise six direct reports
  • Meet and foster relationships with, as well as steward, LSA alumni and donors to the Hub
  • Track and utilize detailed metrics and data related to areas including student utilization, alumni engagement, and employer engagement
  • Initiate and maintain contact with LSA alumni to engage them in Hub activities and to provide opportunities for students
  • Develop and administer the Hub’s budget in a manner consistent with the College’s mission and objectives
  • Effectively use technology, innovation, and collaboration among team members, campus partners, and employers
  • As a representative of LSA, collaborate with other career services operations on campus to share effective practices and maximize partnership opportunities
  • The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this role and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduate degree, or equivalent education and experience
  • Ten years of directly relevant experience required; previous work experience in a higher education environment
  • Knowledge of trends in internships, employment, the economy, effective career interventions, technology, and industry networks
  • Demonstrated ability to create a positive culture characterized by collaboration and creativity, transparency, trust and credibility, and a focus on well-being
  • A strong, proven commitment to creating and maintaining an organization that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable; high competence collaborating with a variety of diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated history of successful supervisory experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly results-oriented
  • Strong analytical, data, and technology skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD in related field
  • Background in the liberal arts and/or a commitment to the value of a liberal arts education
  • Background or experience in career services or student services administration

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

How to Apply

A detailed cover letter is required for consideration when applying for this position and should be uploaded via the U-M Careers website as the first page(s) of a single, electronic document of application materials that also includes your CV or resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and experience that directly relate to the responsibilities described below. The salary range for this position is $120,000 to $140,000 with a higher salary possible for well-qualified applicants.

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Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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