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Assistant Director, Career Services - 501098

University of Richmond
USA, Richmond, Virginia
$45000 - $59000 per year

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Assistant Director, Career Services - 501098


Provide career advising and programming to undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni of the University of Richmond's School of Arts and Sciences, Jepson School of Leadership and Robins School of Business to assist them in identifying and achieving their career goals. Develop relationships with various campus and external constituents including employers, alumni, faculty/staff and parents to fulfill the goals and mission of ACS.

***Applicants please submit a resume, cover letter and responses to the following questions. Please limit question responses to 350 words or less.

  1. What is your philosophy of career advising?
  2. The successful candidate may focus on students who are exploring majors and careers. Describe any previous experience working with students who are beginning the career exploration process. If you do not have experience with this group, please describe what you would do so you could effectively advise students who are unsure of their career path.
  3. Share your relationship-building approach in working with faculty, staff, alumni, and employers. What has been one of your greatest successes in this area?
  4. Briefly describe a successful program you created in your current or previous roles.


Career Advising

  • Advise students and alumni in individual appointments, walk-in advising and small groups about exploring career and education options and in developing effective experiential learning, job search and graduate and professional school search strategies.
  • Develop content and conduct class informational sessions on a variety of topics to include self-exploration, résumé writing, interviewing, internship/job search strategies, networking tactics and ethics in the workplace.
  • Research, develop and deliver industry-specific programming and invite relevant guest speakers based on assigned industry areas.
  • Research and prepare topics to present focusing on first and second year students and career exploration, juniors and seniors focused on internships, jobs and post-baccalaureate education options.
  • Administer and interpret assessment instruments to assist students and alumni with self-appraisal. Conduct periodic evaluations of career development tools as necessary.
  • Serve as academic advisor to up to 10 new undeclared students each year.

Relationship Development

  • Maintain relationships with employers, alumni, and families to steward extern, intern, full-time, and programming opportunities in collaboration with employer development team. Through ongoing in-person and phone meetings, build rapport and market skills of UR students. Work with supervisor and employer development team to discuss strategy and creation of new relationships and expansion of existing relationships.
  • Serve as ACS liaison to designated academic departments within one of three undergraduate schools (i.e.: School of Arts and Sciences, Jepson School of Leadership, Robins School of Business) and to designated university departments (i.e.: Office of International Education, Center for Civic Engagement, Multicultural Education, first year students, pre-health students, student athletes, Advancement or Student Development departments). Create and make presentations to faculty/staff/students/families in liaison areas. Suggest and coordinate program topics and participate in programs.
  • Serve as ACS liaison to assigned industries/professions (of priority industry/profession clusters developed by team). Devise and implement content strategy for assigned areas with the goal of diversifying and expanding total employment prospects for students in collaboration with employer development team.
  • Collaborate with Communications Manager to effectively market opportunities to students.
  • Serve on University committees as assigned.


  • Lead and direct at least one major office-wide administrative function. Examples of functions include:
  • Career resource management: Research current career resources and select print and online resources appropriate for UR student body; share new acquisitions with interested parties, including UR librarians.
  • Supervision of Peer Advisors or Student Staff: Hire, train, supervise and evaluate students; Define performance expectations and coach students.
  • ACS signature programming content: Independently research and deliver career content for major programs such as Evening of Etiquette (business etiquette), Spider Road Trips, Industry/Profession Expos.
  • Conduct regular assessment of programs, learning objectives and ACS services.
  • Utilize technology platforms to track data relevant to career services as outlined in strategic plan.
  • Provide planning and day-of staffing support for a wide range of career development programs and services.


Knowledge of career development and student development theories, research and practices, and recruiting trends. Prefer knowledge of relationship building with a variety of constituents, including but not limited to employer recruiters, alumni development prospects, parents, faculty & staff. Other skills and abilities that are integral to this position are as follows:

  • Ability to advise students, alumni and organizations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Extensive ability to collaborate and develop relationships with a wide range of constituents
  • Supervision and leadership skills
  • Outcomes assessment, learning outcomes and evaluation strategies
  • Outstanding teamwork abilities
  • Innovation and creativity in program development, processes, relationship development and other functions of the position
  • Development of metrics and methods for continuous improvement of processes, goals, and strategies
  • Proven presentation, group facilitation, and teaching skills
  • MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory certification preferred


  • Master's in Business, Education/Counseling/Higher Education Administration or related field or equivalent experience required.
  • 2-5 years' experience in career services, business, higher education or corporate human resources required.


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • Some nights and weekends may be required

Pay Grade 6 (Hiring Range $44,775.00 to $59,325.00 annually)

The University of Richmond requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. The University allows exemptions to this requirement for religious, medical and strong personal conviction reasons. All newly hired employees must report their status within the first two weeks of employment.


At the University of Richmond, we're creative, inclusive, and determined. We're Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There's only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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