The Assistant Director of Career Services is responsible for creating and implementing the career education curriculum including: career counseling, internship, and job-search and preparation advising to students and alumni, develops and oversees workshops and career fairs, and creates positive relationships with students, employers, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The Assistant Director also serves as the primary contact for career services technology systems, and provides leadership and assistance in program management, data collection and supervision.
- Oversee the day to day operations of career services offerings and programming.
- Supervise career specialist(s) and/or student worker/graduate intern(s).
- Manage and implement career services initiatives including career exploration, resume/cover letter review, job search & interview preparation.
- In collaboration with the Director and department, dean and chairs, plan and implement 2-4 recruiting events per year based on business/industry needs.
- Develop and support Career Specialists in facilitation of 2-4 career engagement series events, in conjunction with career communities, based on exploratory and major needs.
- Create and oversee the implementation of all student programming and workshops.
- Conduct ongoing assessments for student appointments and student & employer events providing feedback as to the effectiveness and suggestions for improvement.
- Engage community partners and to provide specialized career education programming.
- Collect and assess data as it relates to job postings, experiential learning, and student services.
- Assist in managing the career services budget.
- In collaboration with the Director, as well as the Manager of advising and admissions team, create, plan and implement retention initiatives.
- Maintain and serve as the main point of contact for technology platforms including Handshake.
- Represent the Career Services Office at meetings, presentations and conferences.
- Serve as representative of Stark State on community advisory boards to enhance community connections and provide career education support.
- Serve as representative of the Career Services Office on divisional advisory boards.
- In collaboration with the Director of Career Services and Workforce, as well as the Workforce Assistant Specialist, act as point of contact and liaison for employer recruiting inquiries, providing options and connections to faculty, students and alumni.
- Shared responsibility to create and implement strategic employer outreach to assist in filling all hiring needs.
- In collaboration with the Marketing office, develop a communication and social media marketing plan for students, alumni, faculty and staff to raise awareness of events and services provided.
- Assist in the collection and compilation of the graduation status report.
- Create and maintain a student advisory committee comprised of current students.
- May lead/co-chair and serve on various campus wide committees.
- Along with the Director of career services, provide short-and-long range program planning and promotion of services.
- Support and deliver services, resources, and presentations to college administrators and faculty through start-up week sessions, new faculty orientation, divisional meetings and tailored events as requested.
- Develop, monitor and evaluate all career related programs, resources and services offered.
- Implement changes as necessary to improve effectiveness of career services office and programming.
- Develop, plan and train career services staff, as well as cross-departmental staff members, through workshops and unique trainings, on career advising best practices, exploration, and professional development.
- Maintain an ongoing relationship with all academic and administrative departments at SSC, so that lines of communication are maintained and provide the services offered.
Education, Experience and Licensure/Certification Requirements
- Master’s Degree required in higher education or related field.
- A minimum of four (4) years of higher education career advising experience required.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required
- Program development and management skills, the ability to develop, implement and evaluate programs that address the needs of students and employers.
- Demonstrated leaderships skills and ability to manage and lead multiple projects.
- Proficient use of technology, such as MS Office tools, Excel, Handshake, Career Coach, InterviewStream, Starfish and other software to provide optimal service to students and employers.
- Knowledge of student development theory and experience applying theory to practice.
- Demonstrated skill in collaborating with and achieving actionable results through direct reports and others who are not direct reports.
- Detail oriented with exceptional organizational skills.
- Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.