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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Director of Career Development

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Student Academic Affairs Office

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As part of the LAS Academic Affairs team, the Director of Career Development provides leadership for programs and advising that advance students’ career readiness. The incumbent offers courses, trainings, and related activities to promote students’ intentional design and engagement for successful career development through their Illinois experience. The incumbent provides training programs for life-career design coaching and collaborates with others in offering employer, community partner and related career-shaping events. The incumbent shares in LAS Academic Affairs’ common mission to support a diverse student body in their academic, personal and professional success.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


  • Leads college-level initiatives to advance students’ career development and experience
  • Creates, implements and assesses a strategic plan to advance students’ career development from their transition to campus to their first step post-graduation
  • Leads collaboration of units’ career services staff across the college
  • Liaises and collaborates with career services across and off-campus, including The Career Center, LAS corporate engagement efforts, Illini Success, Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the Big10 Academic Alliance career initiative
  • Collaborates with partners like DPI and LAS units to create and implement curricula-integrated internship experiences
  • Collaborates in LAS Life + Career Design (LCD) initiative
  • Collaborates in ongoing development of LAS’ Life + Career Design initiative
  • Co-creates advisor-coach-intern training programs focused on empowering students for academic, personal and professional success, specifically leads the training to support students’ professional success within LCD
  • Teaches/supervises the teaching of a sophomore- (2-credit) and a junior-senior (1-credit) course in which students practice Human-Centered Design (HCD) to create their own, customized maps for life-long learning and career development
  • Offers/supervises the offering of career readiness workshops and courses that support an internship or similar community engagement experience to maximize professional development/career readiness during experience
  • Leads administration of LAS Life + Career Design scholarships that support career development experiences, such as internships, UG research, community service
  • Recruits and supervises 1-3 graduate assistants or academic hourlies and 5 undergraduate interns to assist in career development and related experiential activities, providing professional training as part of the internship experience.
  • Participates in the shared responsibilities within LAS Student Academic Affairs, including walk-in advising, academic progress review, planning for and assessment of office impact, and LAS student recruitment-orientation.


    Master’s Degree. Minimum three years' work experience in career development or services in higher education or in a professional organization; Effective initiative, leadership and collaboration skills as demonstrated through previous experiences.


    Master's degree in a relevant field of study that enhances the individual’s ability to assist Liberal Arts and Sciences students in designing and implementing a plan for career development. Five years’ work experience in career development, including creating materials and/or experiences that emphasize developmental pathways; Knowledge of and/or experience in using human-centered design for life and career mapping; Experience designing and teaching courses that are learning outcomes-driven and advance students’ career exploration and development; Experience offering courses or similar experiential education for students in service/employment/internship opportunities to help advance their career readiness; Experience setting up and supporting internship or professionalized community service opportunities within a liberal arts education mindset; Experience training/working with faculty, academic advisors and career services staff to create experiences that advance students’ career mapping, readiness and experience.

    Successful candidates will have the following: Demonstrated ability to track and assess programming impact; Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; A commitment to co-creating inclusive communities and other intercultural skills development as required to be effective in a diverse community and workforce; Graduate studies or similar demonstrated interest in issues in undergraduate education and development; Knowledge of career development field within higher education, specifically at the undergraduate level.


    This is a full-time academic professional position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


    To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at, directly apply to our position and upload your cover letter and resume by June 11, 2021. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.

    The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

    For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-6747. For further information on this specific position, please contact the search committee at [email protected].

    College Name or Administrative Unit:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:Director of Career Development, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Academic Affairs Office (144769) Open Date:05/13/2021 Organization Name:Student Admissn Oth


    Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


    A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

    Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

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    The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

    Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

    The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

    Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

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    A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

    Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

    Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

    Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

    As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

    Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

    Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

    How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

    Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

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    Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

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    The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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