Director of Center for Career & Professional Development #499346

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Position Title:

Director of Center for Career & Professional Development #499346



Position Type:



Career and Testing Center

Job Summary/Basic Function:

About This Role:

The Director is responsible for providing leadership, oversight and management for the programs and services supporting career connected learning, employer outreach, alumni engagement, and donor development. The Director coordinates, manages and directs a staff of career and testing personnel to provide career consultations, personal assessment, in-person and virtual employers, networking, and career search techniques to enable students to access and interview for professional positions. As a leader in the Student Engagement Division, the Career & Professional Center Director is expected to maintain and encourage a professional, collaborative and solutions-orientated approach to student career development.
What You’ll Do – Position Duties

As a member of our team, you will have an impact on our clients through accomplishment of the following responsibilities:

  • Actualize a contemporary knowledge of career services, including: career advising and development; current world of work and employment, internships, and similar experiential programs; employer relations and cultivation; and professional and graduate school advising.
  • Identify and lead new initiatives to cultivate relationships with corporate leaders, elected officials, and alumni to develop internship opportunities to promote student learning both in and outside the classroom and job opportunities.
  • Expertise and a proven track record in capacity to cultivate and sustain relationships with businesses non-profit and civic organizations, and other potential employers.
  • Supervise, hire, train, evaluate career and testing staff.
  • Develop and implement career development programs for special populations that include first generation college, students with disabilities and veterans.
  • Promote and market career services and resources to internal and external constituents via outreach and workshop programs, campus publications, classroom visits and new student orientation presentations.
  • Oversee strategic delivery of Center programming, events, communication, and partnerships.
  • Evaluate and implement technologies that provide state-of-the art software programs for students and employers to increase career readiness and employer engagement.
  • Provide a testing program that is complying and monitors participants for a clear testing process. Offers a full range of testing services for aptitude and achievement and coordinate testing required by the university and national testing institutions.
  • Publish favorable outcomes and student success information to donors, prospects and university departments.
  • Maintain accurate alumni and graduate placement data.
  • Maintain best practices and standards set by professional organizations such as the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE).
  • This position is classified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act and a responsible employee under Title IX.
  • Other duties may be assigned to this position on a regular or occasional basis to respond to the university’s needs.

Who We Are:

Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.

Benefits – Job Perks:

At Lamar University one of the ways we show value to our team members is by offering the following perks:

Our Comprehensive Benefits Package

  • Health, dental & vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • State of Texas Retirement plans
  • Tuition reimbursement for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent
  • Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications:

What You’ll Need to Succeed – Minimum Qualifications

To be successful in this role and a great addition to our team we need you to come with the following:

  • Masters degree in, Higher Education Administration, or Student Affairs, Masters of Business Administration/Human Resource Management, or closely related field is required.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience related to career services, career planning, and development, recruitment, employment services is required. Supervisory skills of professional staff in a higher education context or equivalent.

Key Competencies

  • Ability to work collaboratively and build strategic relations with colleagues, employers and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop and manage a budget within fiscal allocations.
  • Ability to take the initiative to plan, organize, coordinate and perform work in various situations when numerous and diverse demands are involved.
  • Ability to utilize data and information to make decisions and projections.
  • Ability to effectively plan and delegate the work of others.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and procedures consistently.
  • Understanding of the world of work, career trends and opportunities for experiential learning.
  • Professional demeanor and excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, group presentation skills, and proven ability to work with diverse constituencies, and a clear customer service orientation.
  • Well-developed public relationship skills in order to maintain effective and professional working relationships with students, parents, alumni, donors, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the general public.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to publicly present to student and student groups, employers and alumni regarding career development and/or job search processes.
  • Willingness to work a schedule with occasional weekend for student recruitment or orientation events when needed.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.



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Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

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