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Director of Career Planning

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA

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Working Title:

Director of Career Planning

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Appointment Type:

Full Time

Sensitive Position:


Sensitive Position Statement:

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority:


Campus Security Authority Statement:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel:


Designated Personnel Statement:

This position is a “designated position” meaning this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing.

Statement of Economic Interest:


Statement of Economic Interest Statement:

This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position:


Restricted Position Statement:

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted position.

Chief Objective of Position:

The Director of Career Planning is the senior career development officer. Articulating the value of the academic mission and its relevance for careers is critical to student and university success. The Director must educate, motivate and empower constituencies including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, employers and others to contribute to this essential mission. These efforts contribute to retention of students to graduation and successful career outcomes at graduation.

Work Tasks:

•Create and promote a vision for career planning on campus that creates understanding, enthusiasm and participation in the mission.
•Lead and administer career planning efforts at CNU.
•Oversee functions of career counseling, employer recruitment, internship program coordination, and the student employment application process.
•Provide leadership to initiate programming and outreach to a wide variety of constituencies including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and recruiters about career planning, career exploration, graduate school application processes and job search.
•Communicate about the Center to students, recruiters, alumni, parents and faculty.
•Promote the liberal arts mission and its applicability to the work world.
•Partner with faculty and others to develop and implement initiatives for career readiness that highlight the value of the liberal arts curriculum.
•Engage faculty and staff, alumni, parents, in events that increase awareness and usage of the Center.
•Communicate regularly about the Center’s mission, initiatives and student outcomes to a variety of constituencies.
Staff Supervision
•Supervise direct reports (and their reporting staff) including motivating, coaching, mentoring, hiring, evaluating and initial training of Center for Career Planning staff.
•Lead strategic planning and staff development initiatives for the Center.

Reporting & Technology:
•Oversee technology applications, databases, web presence and user interfaces including Handshake, BigInterview, FocusII, and Elevate.
•Oversee reporting initiatives including usage data, recruiter reports, departmental assessment, and summer activities and outcomes surveys.
•Prepare and analyze data for annual reports.
Career Counseling:
•Counsel students and alumni and facilitate their career development across all stages including self-assessment, career research, decision-making, internship and job search, and graduate school planning.
•Demonstrate and guide students in use of CCP website, Handshake, LinkedIn and other career development websites.
Relationship Development and Networking:
•Develop relationships and network with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, employers, and graduate school recruiters to support students’ attainment of their career plans and to promote the value of the CNU liberal arts mission.
•Serve as liaison with the offices within the Division of Enrollment Services, Alumni Relations, Office of Advancement, Student Affairs, and academic deans’ offices.
Staff Professional Development and University Service:
•Participate in webinars, conferences, and site-visits with industry colleagues to remain current on trends in career planning, hiring, and higher education.
•Lead and administer individual and group training with CCP staff to maintain their knowledge.
•Serve on University committees and represent the CCP at various CNU functions.
•Maintain comprehensive knowledge of career services and best practices including student engagement methods, career coaching, internships, career readiness, employer relations and recruitment methodologies, and the application of technology in the delivery of services.

Student Programming:
•Develop and deliver standard career exploration and job/graduate school search workshops.
•Collaborate with CCP staff, other CNU staff, faculty, student groups, alumni, parents, and recruiters to develop and deliver requested programs such as career panels, major-specific workshops, interview days, and other special programs.

Support the CCP and CNU Community:
•Ensure all University rules, policies, regulations, and internal customer service expectations are followed.
•This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
•Develop and maintain very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrate a positive and professional attitude and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Fully support the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
•Review and communicate safety issues to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required:

1) Demonstrated ability to manage career development functions;
2) Familiarity with federal regulations and guidelines regarding interviewing, employment and student records
3) Strong demonstrated leadership ability;
4) Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and in implementing new strategies and procedures;
5) Excellent writing, analytical, planning, organizational, assessment and interpersonal skills;
6) Organizational skills necessary to manage tasks and delegate heavy workloads;
7) Ability to pursue multiple tasks simultaneously;
8) Effective presentation, interviewing and intake skills;
9) Strong counseling and coaching skills;
10) Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with interest inventory tools, career search tools, job search tools and inventory search tools such as Handshake; and
11) Knowledge of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines and principles.

Required Education:

Master’s degree in a related field or a Bachelor’s degree and experience that equates to an advanced degree is required.

Preferred Education:

Master’s degree or higher with a focus in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Services, Business or related area of specialization preferred.

Experience Required:

1) Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills;
2) Progressively responsible experience in higher education or in a closely related field;
3) Experience building relationships with a variety of constituencies, and
4) Supervisory experience.

Experience Preferred:

1) Significant progressively responsible experience in higher education or in a closely related field;
2) Ability to effectively communicate the mission, and vision of the department and build partnerships on campus;
3) Demonstrated supervisory experience;
4) Financial management experience;
5) Significant experience in the management and supervision of a career services program;
6) Demonstrated experience with on-campus recruitment and experiential learning programs;
7) Experience with assessments, e.g., SII and MBTI; and
8) Demonstrated success in planning strategically, and using a multifaceted approach for delivery of services and assessing effectiveness.

CNU Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review for The 386 Best Colleges: 2021 Edition, and highly ranked for its quality of life and innovative leadership, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience — great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. A “student-first, teaching-first” community, Christopher Newport is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The University is located between Williamsburg and the Virginia beaches in Newport News, and enrolls 5,100 students. Academic programs encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University has a new and technologically advanced campus, has generated over 7,300 applications for a freshmen class of 1,155 and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as fourth among public regional universities in the South and seventh among all regional universities in the South. In addition, Christopher Newport is ranked third among all public schools for having "the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.” Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We seek exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

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Application Instructions:

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application. Review of applications will begin July 5, 2021. Applications received after July 5, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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EEO Statement :

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.
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