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Director of Career Development

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The School of Architecture at the University of Virginia seeks applications for a Director of Career Development. The Director oversees and implements all facets of the school’s career development activities to attract, enroll, and graduate an academically strong and diverse undergraduate and graduate student body. Reporting directly to Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Career Development is a key contributor to the positive student experience, provides recommendations to support the school’s JEDI strategic goals of increasing student representation from underrepresented and underserved populations, and supports equitable access to information and resources to ensure students’ success.

What you will do:

  • Using best practices in career development, develop, coordinate, and lead all career development functions for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and alumni that prepares students for optimal employment opportunities.

  • Create programming, secure resources, and execute activities to support prospective, current, and former students in making informed decisions about their post-graduation plans and future professional growth opportunities including but not limited to career exploration activities, professional development counseling, externships, internships, career fairs, research, mentoring, networking, and graduate school.

  • Coordinate and oversee Curricular Practical Training (CPT) courses for international students pursuing work in the U.S.

  • Collaborate with UVA’s Career Center, School of Architecture departments, and Director of Development + Alumni Engagement to track job trends, emerging career opportunities, and graduation outcomes.

  • Collect, evaluate, and make data-informed recommended changes to programming based on the efficacy of career development outcomes.

  • Prepare seasonal and annual reports to inform the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs on successes, opportunities, and challenges to career development activities for current and former students.

  • Supervise, lead, and manage the work of a part-time student employee.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in career development, placement, counseling in higher education,

  • Proven success in collecting and interpreting data, reporting on outcomes, and engaging in evidence-based practices.

  • Strong organization and planning skills with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple time-sensitive priorities and diverse constituents.

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Evidence of developing and implementing creative problem-solving solutions.

  • Highly detail oriented.

  • Effective budget management skills.

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 outcomes

Anticipated hiring range : $60,000 - $70,000

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


Complete an application online and attach:

1.Cover letter to include your interest in the position and your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences

2.Resume or CV

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0036188".

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board: and search for “R0036188”

***Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. ***

For questions about the application process, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter, or Hiring Manager, Cindy Kiefer,

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see and

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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