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Associate Vice Provost, Career & Professional Development

Loyola Marymount University
90045, Los Angeles
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Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a top-ranked university in Los Angeles, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next Associate Vice Provost, Career & Professional Development.  Career and Professional Development  is positioned within the Academic Affairs division; the position reports to the Vice Provost, Enrollment Management.

Founded in 1911, LMU is embedded in the intellectual and cultural fabric of Los Angeles, the world's creative capital, where the arts, entertainment, technology, business, and entrepreneurship flourish and where diverse religions, races, and languages interconnect. “Creating the World We Want to Live In” is LMU’s strategic plan for the 2021-26 period and can be viewed at

The Associate Vice Provost (AVP) will lead LMU’s nationally recognized Career and Professional Development office and sustain and build upon the success of integrating career services throughout the LMU student experience. The AVP will strategically lead the office into the future by building and growing career services to meet the needs of tomorrow’s world. Together with strategic partners at LMU, the Associate Vice Provost will bolster post-graduate success for LMU students and build the networks and relationships that will make such success the reality for all students, regardless of their course of study. The Associate Vice Provost is responsible for providing comprehensive career services to about 7,000 undergraduates and over 2000 graduate students on three separate campuses. They will also collaborate with Alumni Relations in support of the evolving needs of LMU’s robust alumni network.

LMU seeks in its next Associate Vice Provost, Career & Professional Development:


Cultivate the vision, mission, and goals for the Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD) that align with LMU institutional priorities.

Partner with deans of all the schools and colleges to design career pathways that are tailored to the needs of their students, determining the personnel, organizational structure and financial resources required to achieve optimal results.

Articulate and advance a comprehensive program of advising, experiential education, and employment services that integrate with educational and co-curricular experiences in each of the schools and colleges.

    Promote the vision and value proposition of CPD to students, LMU’s senior leadership, and LMU’s Board of Trustees.

    Oversee the design and implementation of strategies to address the career-related needs of all students, regardless of major, background, or areas of interest; effectively assist students in transitioning from LMU to post-graduate opportunities (work, volunteering, graduate school, fellowships). Pay particular attention to assuring all members of LMU’s student body have access to these services.

    Create assessment tools that will measure the success of CPD’s outreach and counseling in support of the University mission to ensure a quality outcome for all students, with special focus and consideration of students from underrepresented backgrounds. 

    Leverage on- and off-campus relationships to enhance career advising, connections, internships, and work opportunities.

    Educate LMU audiences on national trends relating to careers and professional development and the implications for Jesuit-educated liberal arts and pre-professional students.

    Create opportunities for external funding through the development of career initiatives that achieve quantifiable results.

    Engage key stakeholders (including faculty, students, alumni, parents and employers) in shaping the direction and initiatives of CPD.

    Represent LMU and CPD as an external advocate at national and regional conferences, speaking engagements, and professional associations.


    Recruit, hire, and allocate resources to support CPD’s mission and goals.

    Play a key role in the training, motivation, and evaluation of CPD staff.

Oversee the design and implementation of a strategic employer development and internship plan, traveling as necessary to build important relationships.

    Determine the appropriate balance between high-tech and high-touch services, supporting technological approaches that align with the way students approach careers in the 21st century.

    Oversee the development and analysis of metrics that track progress towards CPD and institutional goals and make adjustments to programs and staffing in response to data.

    Promote the use of student paraprofessionals in providing certain career services (e.g., resume and cover letter preparation) and in expanding the reach of CPD beyond and outside of regular work hours.

    Oversee and support efforts to engage faculty, administrators, alumni, parents, and friends in facilitating the career success of students through development of a Career Community; participate in key events on and off campus.

    Create an environment of continual assessment, creativity, and innovation in meeting CPD goals.

    Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

Loyola Marymount University Expectations

    Exhibit behavior that supports the mission, vision, and values of the university.

    Promote an environment that fosters diversity and inclusiveness.

    Communicate and employ interpersonal actions that model high standards of professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical conduct.

    Demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service.

Leadership Expectations

    Exhibit collaborative leadership working with both campus and external stakeholders to extend the reach of CPD.

    Partner with faculty and staff in creating a campus culture that supports CPD by reaching students through the classroom and campus community.

    Develop innovative collaborations with academic centers to integrate career development and experiential learning to ensure that students graduate well prepared to articulate the professional abilities and skills they have acquired through their curricular and co-curricular experiences.

    Collaborate with the alumni in support of opportunities for alum engagement in recruitment, mentoring and student support.

The successful candidate will possess many of the following experiences, knowledge, skills, and attributes deemed desirable by members of the LMU community:

    Typically a Master’s degree or equivalent experience. The Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.

    Minimum seven years of leadership/management experience, including change management, in an area relating to careers, human resources, or higher education.

    Substantial experience in leading efforts that have promoted access, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and education and employment equity including fluency with the current scholarship in these areas.

    Demonstrated experience in achieving goals with and through people who may, or may not, be direct reports.

    Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships and networks for mutual benefit.

    Experience in effectively managing people, finances, and technology in a budget-constrained environment.

    Experience in building support and financial resources through the creation of results-oriented programs and initiatives.

    Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing comprehensive reports and executive summaries incorporating complex, highly technical information.

    Highly developed organizational and leadership skills.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with experience

For full consideration please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Loyola Marymount University, an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state, and local law. See our Statement of Non-Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment and Complaint Process for more information. 

COVID Vaccination Requirement 

To ensure the safety and well-being of our community Loyola Marymount University requires that all students, faculty and staff are vaccinated or have been approved for a qualifying medical or religious exemption.


Loyola Marymount University, founded in 1911, is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast. LMU offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and programs. The Graduate Division offers 29 master’s degrees, one doctoral degree and 15 credential programs.

LMU generates more than $250 million annually in direct economic activity in Southern California and employs more than 2,240 people. Students volunteer more than 175,000 service hours a year with 350 community organizations. LMU was named a 2007 “Treasure of Los Angeles.” Many programs, including the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, the Bioethics Institute, the School of Education and the Dept. of Natural Science, make L.A.’s politics, healthcare, education and environment part of the curriculum. Loyola Law School is the first ABA-accredited law school in California with a mandatory pro bono requirement.

At Loyola Marymount University, diversity is fundamental to our mission and identity. But, a diverse campus takes time to develop and flourish. It is a work in progress that involves each and every one of us: student, faculty, and staff.

LMU must be a place where people feel free to say what they think and where they also listen with respect to what others say -- not simply in the classroom but also in residence halls and dining rooms, in staff and faculty meetings, and whenever two people talk on the bluff. Through speaking and listening, we probe diversity, work though the challenges it poses, and reveal the richness of its promise.

With sweeping vistas of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, Loyola Marymount University is situated in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, with an estimated population of 4 million. Residential development is booming, cultural institutions are multiplying, and retail and entertainment options are thriving on an unprecedented scale. LMU students and faculty take all that Los Angeles has to offer, and use it as a laboratory for understanding the complexity of cultures, industries, images, and opportunities that Southern California embraces.


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