Director of Career Development, School of Architecture

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-12-23
Req: R0029782

The School of Architecture at the University of Virginia invites applications for the Director of Career Development position and a new colleague to join us in this meaningful effort. As a community, the School of Architecture students, staff, faculty, and alumni are focused on the significance of our current time and the positive impact our disciplines can have on creating more just, sustainable, and healthy societies.

Part of a preeminent public institution, the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia includes top ranked departments in architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning, as well as interdisciplinary programs in historic preservation, real estate design and development, urban design and a PhD in the Constructed Environment. Internationally and nationally recognized faculty and highly accomplished students create a dynamic scholarly community dedicated to teaching, interdisciplinary research creative practice, and professional development. As a School we are committed to teaching and supporting our students as they

launch careers as professionals who will design and plan the next generation of resilient, equitable, and sustainable communities.

The Director of Career Development serves all current and former students in the School of Architecture with a focus on strategizing and planning for diverse and productive career trajectories across multiple disciplines, scholarly work, creative endeavors, and professional practices. Sustaining well-established partnerships and developing new relationships with academic, civic, cultural, and professional organizations and institutions across all disciplines of the School of Architecture is an essential characteristic of this position.

The Director of Career Development is expected to work collaboratively with the Dean’s Executive Leadership Team, the Admission Office, departmental leadership, alumni boards, and student organizations, while reporting directly to the Associate Dean of Academics. The Associate Director of Career Development will lead the implementation of strategic career development programming at the overlaps between student engagement and recruitment, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and professional development to effectively support prospective and current students as well as alumni of the School of Architecture.

Areas of responsibility include:

Student Career Development Programming

Develop, plan, and implement a robust program for student career development that takes into consideration all our disciplines, cohorts of various years/levels, and aligned and emerging career paths. Programming will be varied and diverse to offer opportunities for both introductory skills-building to more advanced knowledge related to professional growth. Programming may include workshops, tutorials, career panels, mock interviews, externship/internship programs, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) courses for international students pursuing work in the United States, student-led career conversations, and firm/organization visits. Programming will be developed in coordination with UVA’s Career Center, the School of Architecture’s faculty, student organizations, sponsors, and expansive alumni network.

Research and Strategy for Student Career Placement + Career Paths

Lead research efforts in tracking current job trends, emerging career opportunities and the successful placement of the School of Architecture alumni in the built environment professions. Identify current job search techniques, maintain extensive networking databases such as LinkedIn, and assist students with professional development approaches that best align with their interests. Maintain open communication with department faculty to gain insights into current disciplinary and research foci, while sustaining existing and developing new professional/alumni connections through organizations (such as AIA, ASLA, APA, SAH, NOMA, and others), conferences and events. Develop strategic initiatives, through assessment of research and data, that supports professional success for our current students and recently graduated alumni.

Student Recruitment and Professional Guidance, Outreach and Communications

Serve as a liaison to the Office of Admission for their recruitment efforts by sharing insight into student career and networking opportunities, job placement, and future professional growth with prospective students and their advocates. Offer one-on-one meetings with current students to provide professional development advice and guidance based on individual interests and needs. Provide regular and consistent communication to all School of Architecture students regarding career development programming (hosted by the School, the University, locally and beyond), employment and research opportunities, fellowships/grants opportunities, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field taught in the School of Architecture
  • Minimum of two years of career development experience, including evidence of developing and implementing a vision for student success
  • Proven success creating and sustaining an inclusive and student-centered focus on providing career development services and resources
  • Build and sustain partnerships with diverse advocates and stakeholder groups
  • Proven success in collecting and interpreting data, reporting on outcomes, and engaging in data-driven evidence-based practices
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills especially those in the areas of collaboration, conflict resolution, problem solving and decision making
  • Strong organization and planning skills with the ability to manage multiple time-sensitive priorities and constituents

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of national career outcomes for disciplines taught in the School of Architecture
  • Experience using Handshake, LinkedIn, or other digital platforms to increase exposure of career development services

Anticipated hiring range : $67,000 - $72,000

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment


Complete an application online and attach:

  • A current curriculum vita
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in this position and highlighting knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that support excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion (Inclusive Excellence)
  • statement of career development philosophy
  • overview of your career development leadership experience including a short description of past/current programs you developed

*****Please combine all required application materials in the order listed above into one document and upload in the resume / cv box ***

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0029782".

For questions about the position please contact the hiring official, Anselmo Canfora, Associate Dean of Academics at

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter at

COVID Vaccination Requirement

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