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Senior Director, Marketing & General Management Careers

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business, one of the world's leading business schools, seeks a Senior Director, Marketing & General Management Careers to join its Career Center team. With strong momentum in the residential MBA and professional MBA formats and recent innovations and industry-leading results, the Senior Director joins Darden at an exciting time. Darden is ranked the #1 Faculty (The Princeton Review, 2017-2021), #1 MBA education experience in the United States (The Economist, 2011-2019), and #1 US Public MBA Program (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2022). Darden’s Career Center provides over 1,000 graduate business students (Full Time MBA, Part Time MBA, Executive MBA, and Specialty Masters) with one-on-one professional career advising, lifelong career management skills, and exceptional internship and post-degree job search support. The team empowers students on their job search journey, and its commitment to student success has no bounds. The department thrives on helping students maximize their employment opportunities.

The Center engages over 150 companies on-Grounds annually that recruit and hire students for careers in consulting, investment banking, marketing, general management, high tech, private equity/venture capital, and others. Each year, several hundred employers make MBA positions available to Darden talent – often using off-Grounds recruiting technologies and platforms. In recent years, the center managed 1,600 job postings and hosted 400 recruiting events. Over 450 unique companies employ graduates from our degree programs. Our employer engagement model helps our corporate partners achieve their full-time and internship hiring goals, including accessing alumni from Darden’s exceptional global network.

This Senior Director has the unique ability to build deep and meaningful relationships with both Darden MBA students pursuing marketing and general management careers and the top employers, including those in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Retail, Media/Entertainment, Manufacturing, and Transportation sectors. Thus, expanding his/her network and keeping industry knowledge and insights is critical. A successful Senior Director will interact with students to understand their skills and needs and efficiently guide employers to best fit with Darden’s talent. Career areas related to this role include brand management, leadership development programs (LDPs) and rotational programs, corporate strategy, business development and strategic planning.

This Senior Director joins a team of 7 coaches in consulting careers, investment banking careers, technology careers, financial services/PE/VC careers, healthcare/social/non-profit careers, specialized search careers, and international careers. The role offers an opportunity to closely collaborate with the Senior Director, Technology Careers as many popular MBA careers and employers overlap between marketing, general management and technology (for example, Amazon’s businesses span multiple areas – technology, retail, entertainment, and operations). This Senior Director will have a close partnership with the Senior Director, Technology Careers, to prepare students for roles in these sectors where they interlink and in cultivating employer relationships in these domains, aware that student demand may shift over time between the intersection of these sectors and functions.

The Senior Director, Marketing & General Management Careers will work to develop and execute the vision for a deeper engagement between students and employers in these wide-ranging and immensely popular career sectors. A desired profile for the position may include:

  • A seasoned brand or product manager with multi-functional experience at a Fortune 500 company who has a passion for helping Darden students pursue career paths in marketing, general management, or operations

  • An experienced talent acquisition professional who has had progressive career responsibility over MBA LDPs or other rotational programming or

  • A senior leader who looks to bring his/her time and talents to UVA Darden.

  • In short, we are looking for an experienced professional who has a strong interest in sharing his/her experiences with the Darden community and placing the next generation of business leaders with leading companies, simultaneously helping businesses meet their talent needs.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Work as part of a high-impact team of coaches within the Career Center to share industry insights, connect on best practices in advising and engagement, and holistically engage with students, employers and stakeholders. Partner with employer r relations team for sector engagement and to build opportunities.

  • Build and keep a network with alumni and corporate hiring executives and recruiters to gain insight into talent needs, increase the number of jobs sourced at Darden and to build brand for the school

  • Provide employment and industry insights to guide firms looking to optimize hiring strategies of MBA talent

  • Leverage network and relationships to lead, manage and organize individual coaching sessions and small group meetings with students

  • Improve quality of career outcomes as measured by timely employment and compensation realized by candidates

  • Introduce and connect students to opportunities through the design and delivery of career offerings (e.g., workshops, resources, online content)

  • Engage and advise student organizations or clubs as assigned

  • Collaborate, partner, and build productive relationships with Career Center and other student services team members and individuals across the Darden enterprise

Education and Professional Experience:

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or terminal degree required, MBA from a leading business school strongly preferred (candidates holding PhD, JD or other terminal degree with required work experience are encouraged to apply).

  • At least nine years of relevant experience required. Post-MBA work experience in business (general management – including P/L leadership, human resource management, strategy consulting, and/or executive search) preferred.

  • Seasoned business professional familiar with global business trends and issues.

  • Proven ability to develop productive long-term relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Strong communicator, both written and verbal.

  • High level of emotional intelligence, empathy, integrity, and collaborative ability.

  • Willing to travel and work flexibly according to student and employer schedules.

  • History of talent development and coaching in business/industry.

  • Leadership presence to build credibility and strong relationships with internal and external constituencies; appreciates shared governance and is a team player.

  • Impact and results orientation; gets things done both individually and through others. Believes in and is motivated by the mission and values of UVA and Darden. Attention to detail and ability to follow through on commitments.

To Apply:

Apply online at search for requisition R0041977. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application, and upload the following Required materials:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position

***Please note that you MUST upload ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS into the CV/Resume box, into which multiple documents can be uploaded. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

For this position, the selected candidate will need to complete the required background checks prior to the start date of the position.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter, at

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