Director for Career and Professional Development

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  • Career and Professional Development
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time
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    Director for Career and Professional Development

    Center and Professional Development - Student Success Center

    St. Edward's University of Austin, Texas invites applications for the position of Director for Career and Professional Development. The Director for Career and Professional Development will be responsible for providing the strategic direction, vision and leadership for the office in support of the University Strategic Plan for 2027. This position includes supervision of professional staff, identification and development of internship/employment opportunities and educational trends to meet the changing needs of students and employers, the development and promotion of career programs and services, and budget management. The Director leads and manages the delivery of career development and exploration services for all undergraduate and graduate students and alumni of the university. Working together with the Career and Professional Development team, academic school leadership and University campus partners, the Director will create plans to build and enhance resources, programs, external partnerships and support for students, with special attention for those who are from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds. 

    For consideration, Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree preferred. Minimum of 5 years in career planning and job and internship placement; seven year preferred. Management and supervisory experience required. Career planning experience or translatable skills required. Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation and public speaking skills required. Ability to work comfortably with high-level administrators, both internally and externally. Familiarity with web-based resources and design, and Internet manipulation. Experience using social media tools for outreach and marketing. Understanding of how to lead a team and succeed in a cross-functional work environment. Understanding of corporate hiring processes, college career centers and career development trends. Strong written and verbal communication skills in order to work with high profile employers, students, faculty, and university administrators. Experience with Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Google Suite. Ability to analyze and use data as decision-making tools. Experience or knowledge of best practice when working with international students and special populations. Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check required.

    Essential Responsibilities

      Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the Office for Career and Professional Development mission, vision, goals, objectives and annual strategic plan. Collaborate with the Student Engagement and Communications Coordinator and Career and Professional Development staff to manage employer relations, job development, and recruitment activities. Provide leadership, supervision, and budget administration for Career and Professional Development. Provide leadership in the development of programs and initiatives that assist in obtaining employment and internships. Present career development skill-building workshops on subjects such as resume writing, interviewing, graduate school applications, and utilizing social media in job and internship searches, etc. Oversee Career and Professional Development related programmatic/initiative development for all student and alumni populations: undergraduate and graduate. Oversee and manage key programs, such as Community Federal Work Study and Donor-funded internships and experiential learning opportunities.  Establish campus-wide collaborative relationships with Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and other internal stakeholders. Meet with academic leaders and faculty on a regular basis to determine needs, provide support, and develop programs, services, and opportunities. Monitor local and statewide workforce needs and identify opportunities for students and graduates to address these needs and gaps. Maintain and continue to grow mutually-beneficial relationships with business, governmental, and non-profit communities to enhance employment and dedicated internship opportunities. Lead efforts to engage and train community organizations in hiring, supervising and mentoring students and graduates. Manage coordination of internships and other career exploration experiential learning programs. Leverage social media to promote the mission of the Career and Professional Development Office and communicate job opportunities. Provide and encourage ongoing professional development for Staff. Develop and conduct annual assessment and evaluation of the department. Work with alumni to participate in programs and recruit at the university. Collaborate with the Student Engagement and Communications Coordinator to manage office marketing and web presence. Serve as the liaison to academic schools and campus partners for career education planning. Meet with academic advising staff, internship coordinators, employers, administrators, faculty, and student organization leaders to maintain communication and provide support.  Administer events designed to meet the needs of these students. Provide employment and student data to department chairs and administration on an annual basis. Administer the University Beyond the Hilltop Survey on semester basis in collaboration with Institutional Effectiveness and Planning. Manage University Handshake platform.  Manage departmental vendor contracts. Supervise Associate Director/Employer and Internship Relations and career coaches.  Perform other related duties as assigned.

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    The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package!

    Medical & Rx Coverage - UMR (HSA & FSA Available)

    Dental - Sunlife Dental

    Vision - Sunlife Vision Plan

    Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance

    Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

    Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    Pet Insurance

    Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave

    Retirement Plan - (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7%

    Tuition Benefits

    Paid Holidays

    Services & Discounts

    An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at;


    Interested applicants should submit an online application at; Please include resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please. Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items.

    In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward's University.


    St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


    Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students.



    We are not offering sponsorship at this time.

    Background Checks:

    A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

    Available: Immediately

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    St. Edward’s University: One of America’s Best Colleges

    St. Edward’s is a dynamic, nationally ranked, Catholic university where teaching, learning, leadership and service come together to contribute to a better world. For more than a decade, we’ve been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the thriving city of Austin, Texas, with partner universities in 16 countries, our impact extends across the globe.

    An Education for Today and a Lifetime

    St. Edward’s offers an extraordinary educational environment that challenges, inspires and empowers students to make a difference in their world. Our academic community is dedicated to providing undergraduate, graduate and adult-learner degree programs that meet the demands of our times, preparing students to lead and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

    Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, our liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, ethical reasoning and multicultural understanding. Students enjoy the advantages of small classes and personal attention coupled with innovative facilities and advanced technology. And they benefit from valuable real-world experience through research, internships, service and study abroad. Through the abundant learning opportunities a St. Edward’s education provides, our students gain the knowledge and skills they need to pursue fulfilling careers and purposeful lives.

    Quick Facts About St. Edward’s

    • 13:1 Student-faculty Ratio
    • 18 Average class size
    • 50+ Undergraduate areas of study
    • 7 Graduate degree programs
    • 10 Adult undergraduate programs
    • 4,620 Students enrolled
    • 4,023 Undergraduate students
    • 54 Countries represented

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    Our Achievements Draw National Recognition

    A commitment to students, faculty and a stellar academic environment that’s second to none has placed St. Edward’s in the national spotlight

    • Since 2003, St. Edward’s has consistently been recognized in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” Currently, we’re 13th among universities in the Western Region.
    • Forbes, Princeton Review and Washington Monthly include St. Edward’s on their lists of the best universities in the country.

    • We’ve recently been ranked one of the top 10 “Best Colleges in Texas” by two highly respected college assessment groups: College Factual (2015) and Niche (2016). 

    • St. Edward’s has been named the nation’s top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s-granting institutions in 2015–2016. For the last six years, St. Edward’s has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Students, with a record 13 finalists and 10 winners in 2015. Since 2004, our students have won 37 Fulbright grants.

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    From 1999 to 2015, St. Edward’s increased overall enrollment by 25%. And our donors contributed more than $152 million during that time. This record generosity helped grow our endowment to more than $95 million and provided important funding for new buildings and capital improvements. See how we’re continuing the momentum of that success in the years ahead. Read about our strategic priorities for 2018.

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