Assoc Vice President Career Development & Student Sucess

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Associate Vice President for Career Development and Student Success (AVP) reports to the Vice President for Student Success and Dean of the College (VPSS). The AVP leads the College’s Career Development Center (CDC) and works in collaboration with the VPSS to align, develop, and evaluate student success for students and alums. As the administrative lead for the College’s CDC, the AVP contributes and supports the ongoing mission to support students in the development and realization of career aspirations through support of leadership development, career exploration, reflection and self-assessment. The AVP also serves as a strategic thought partner to the VPSS and colleagues across the College, toward the institutional priorities of student success.

Interested candidates should send, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that relates skills, abilities, knowledge, and professional experiences to the stated qualifications for the position and notable achievements. The packet should be sent to: [email protected]  

Recruitment is underway and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries should be made to Megan Spelman at (585) 750-7091 or [email protected]


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provides executive leadership to the College’s Career Development Center and programs. In collaboration with members of the CDC team, determines annual and ongoing priorities, working diligently to bring these priorities to fruition. Forms and actively participates in committees charged with moving key priorities forward including, but not limited to: diversity, equity and inclusion, evidenced based and data informed practices, and new partnerships. Leads office in strategic planning retreats. Encourages and plans professional development activities. Establishes and implements departmental policies.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of the division of student success vision.
  • Prepares the annual operating budget and monitors monthly activity in all career services' accounts. Oversees several endowment and gift accounts and regularly updates donors. Chairs committee and helps select grant recipients. Creates and monitors multiple reserve funds.
  • Supervises five staff, including staff who lead on communications, metrics and assessment, external relations, career advising, and experience and exploration sub departments.
  • Uses data to make informed decisions at both strategic and operational levels.
  • Identifies student needs for information and advising on career planning, employment, graduate schools, and scholarships. In collaboration with staff, creates programs, services, and publications to meet those needs.
  • Develops innovative collaborations with academic departments in the assessment of student needs to strengthen curriculum to career initiatives and investments.
  • Collaborates with the Alumnae Association around opportunities for alum engagement in recruitment, mentoring and supporting students.
  • Engages in problem solving with staff, students, alums and occasional parents in response to challenging situations.
  • Represents college in various professional organizations and addresses a wide range of constituencies as chief spokesperson for college's undergraduate career planning. 


• Master's degree in counseling or education.
• Five or more years of experience in career development and/or employment counseling or the equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Supervisory, management, and relationship-building skills.
• Strategic planning/visioning aptitude.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Strong commitment to working with a diverse student population.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Understanding and appreciation of liberal arts.
• Budget management background/fundraising.
• Understanding and appreciation of growing role technology plays in delivery of career services.


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Working Conditions: 

• The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).  

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online; application materials must include:

Interested candidates should send, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that relates skills, abilities, knowledge, and professional experiences to the stated qualifications for the position and notable achievements. The packet should be sent to: [email protected]  

Recruitment is underway and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries should be made to Megan Spelman at (585) 750-7091 or [email protected]

  • A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

    Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

    Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

    mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

    • academic excellence in a global learning environment
    • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
    • a worldwide network of alumnae
    • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

    Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

    Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



    • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
    • Option to design your own major
    • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
    • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

    Class Size

    • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
    • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
    • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

    Student-to-Faculty Ratio
    9 to 1

    After College
    Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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