Director, Career Services, 28996

University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Volker Campus
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Job Title: Director, Career Services, 28996
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 36689
Hiring Department

Career Services

Job Description

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) invites applications and nominations for the appointment of Director of Career Services. The Director will be an innovative, dynamic, and strategic leader who will promote excellence and creative thinking within the department. This position offers the opportunity to play a defining role in shaping the future of career services at UMKC.

Position Overview

This position reports to the Senior Vice Provost of Student Success and provides campus leadership for the activities that support student and alumni career development and professional success through a comprehensive list of campus programming and career coaching options.

Job Responsibilities

• Lead and implement a comprehensive career development experience as per the strategic plan and timeline. Oversee all employer relations and applied/experiential learning activities with an increased focus on establishing a campus wide applied/experiential learning program. Working with other university leaders, build robust employer relationships with a wide range of Kansas City business and non-profit organizations. Leverage relationships to develop experiential/real world learning opportunities for UMKC students, including special projects, micro-internships, and traditional internships.

• Develop, implement and lead innovative strategies for assisting undergraduate and graduate/professional students and alumni in making career decisions and developing successful job search strategies that are consistent with individual student interests, aptitudes and goals.

• Monitor workplace/industry best practices and trends in order to guide strategic planning and programmatic initiatives.

• Develop strong, ongoing relationships with area employers that hire recent college graduates. Develop and promote career services' employment-related services to this constituency.

Engage with external, community constituents and resources to develop and grow partnerships beneficial to the student population. Serve on various external committees and task forces in the KC region, within the UM System, and on campus related to student affairs, and lead divisional special projects as assigned.

• Serve as a liaison with Roo Advising and the academic units coordinating career development activities and events, disseminating career information, training advisors and faculty mentors, conducting presentations and other career related services to meet the needs of their students and area recruiters.

• Supervise individual and group career development activities as well as help innovate new ways to engage students in the career development milestones that connect academic choices and career aspirations with job choices of decided and deciding students.

• Develop and deliver professionalism training to ensure students are prepared and sought after by employers.

• Provide direct supervision, including hiring, training, coaching, evaluating, and development of full-time professional staff and oversee supervision of part-time, student employees, creating a culture of care and accountability, as well as provide visionary leadership and role modeling.

• Develop and monitor the annual operating budget, including special grants and contracts, and prepare proposals for new career development and recruiting services programs, as well as prepare annual reports for the division.

Minimum Qualifications

A master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 7 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
    Candidates should have a graduate degree in human resources, management, higher education, psychology, counseling, or other social science field, as well as at least 10 years of higher education experience with an emphasis in career services, or comparable work in a related area.Experience delivering career planning, career counseling, building employer partnerships and career education programs in higher education with an emphasis on serving in a comprehensive career services center that connects students’ academic and life experiences with meaningful career outcomes.Familiarity with Handshake career platform, BurningGlass, Jobscan, and 12Twenty is a plus.
Full Time/Part Time

Full time, benefit-eligible


$71,900 - $130,000 commensurate with experience and education.


Some evenings and weekends may be required.

Application Deadline Position will remain open until filled. Application materials should be submitted by June 14, 2021 for fullest consideration.

Application Instructions

Apply online at Position will remain open until filled. Application materials should be submitted by June 14, 2021 for fullest consideration.

Applicants who wish to apply should combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification.

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (800) 488-5288.

Nominations and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultants:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal

Buffkin / Baker

[email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity

UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website:

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our students come from all 50 states and over 85 countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. With more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career. We are at the heart of a thriving urban area where the city’s life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City’s university and we can’t wait for you to join us! Find out more about UMKC in the About UMKC section of our website.

Details about UMKC’s community and the benefits of being an employee can be found on our careers page.

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