Director of Graduate Career Development - Open Rank - Academic Professional

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
The salary for this position is expected to be in the range of $90,000 to $105,000 per year.

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

About Us

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the nation's leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation's top ten public universities by U.S. News and World Report. It offers degrees through the Colleges of Design, Computing, Engineering, and Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech over 26,000 graduate students, and 100 graduate degree programs that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to America's government, industry, and business. The Graduate Internship Program enrolls over 1500 students annually.

Job Summary


The Office of Vice Provost – Graduate Education and Faculty Development is seeking candidates for the appointment of Director of Graduate Career Development which provides leadership for the career development of Master’s and Ph.D. students. This position will develop and scale strategic opportunities and programs to empower graduate students to enhance their career and professional development, identify career paths, and secure internships, with the goal of finding career success upon graduation. This position also oversees the Graduate Internship Program. The position reports to the Director of Professional Development within the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education (GPE) and dotted-line reports to the Executive Director of the GT Career Center. This role is a member of the Career Center’s leadership team.

The Director of Graduate Career Development is a non-tenure track academic faculty position within the Academic Professional job category. Exact rank will depend on the education, experience, and specialization of the selected candidate. The ranks of the Academic Professional at Georgia Tech include Associate Academic Professional, Academic Professional, Senior Academic Professional, and Principal Academic Professional.

More information about Academic Professionals can be found at:


Lead efforts to create graduate career development resources, scale and integrate graduate career development into the fabric of the campus, and create and activate a robust career ecosystem serving students from all colleges and graduate degree programs.  Actively collaborate with the Career Center’s leadership on broader career education programming, initiatives, and trainings.

Supervise, lead and mentor the Graduate Career Development staff that provide programing, resources, and advising for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate student organizations; hire, train, and equip new staff as needed; provide leadership in training Career Center staff and the campus community about graduate student-related career topics and trends.

Oversee, champion, and be the subject matter expert on Georgia Tech’s Graduate Internship Program; collaborate with Career Center leaders to implement relevant technology, programs, policy, and administration of graduate student internship experiences.

Leverage data to inform and assess graduate career education activities, resulting in increased engagement and impact with underserved academic units and student populations.  Responsible for collecting, synthesizing, and reporting all graduate student career data.  This includes, but is not limited to, graduate students learning outcomes, engagement, satisfaction, and career outcomes.

Collaboratively develop a business strategy to attract employers interested in hiring graduate students.  Part of that strategy should include research-oriented positions, positions outside academia, and unique ways to serve our graduate population.  The plan should be developed in collaboration with the Career Center’s leadership and other key campus partners.  This role will also be an active participant in external meetings with employers and organizations.

Develop and build strong partnerships and collaborative working relationships with the Career Center and campus departments.  Serve as the primary liaison and chief strategist with units that serve graduate students and with graduate program leads.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

Rank of Associate Academic Professional

  • This is the entry-level rank and normally requires completion of the terminal degree. In exceptional cases, this rank may be used for individuals completing a terminal degree and for a period of two (2) years.

Rank of Academic Professional

  • Ph.D or Ed.D 
  • Significant related experience or promotion from the rank of Associate Academic Professional
  • Quality of performance and potential development must be recognized by peers

Rank of Senior Academic Professional

  • Ph.D or Ed.D 
  • Evidence of superior performance in the chosen field
  • Recognition by peers (whether national, regional, or local)
  • Successful and measurable related experience
  • Five (5) years or more as an Academic Professional

Rank of Principal Academic Professional

  • Ph.D or Ed.D 
  • Evidence of superior performance in the chosen field
  • Recognition by peers (whether national, regional, or local)
  • Successful and measurable related experience supervising others’ work
  • Successful and measurable related experience in a position of significant responsibility and authority within a program area
  • Demonstrated impact

This is an Open Rank solicitation. The exact rank will depend on the education, experience, and specialization of the selected candidate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred candidates will have a minimum of five years of relevant experience in higher education are required for this role. This should include professional experience in career services, graduate education, experiential education or internship programs, and/or business or workforce development. Experience supervising staff is strongly preferred. Experience in industry and government and other non-academic sectors and/or corporate recruiting would also be an asset, though is not required.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and creative leader with a proven ability to partner across institutional units, make inclusive and ethical practices a priority, launch major initiatives, and achieve results.  Skills required to be successful in this role include program management and administration; leadership; customer service; relationship-building; strong verbal and written communication skills; the ability to collaborate effectively; the organizational and event coordination skills to plan and execute programs; the ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with all stakeholders; and an understanding of a research university environment.

Proposed Salary:

The salary for this position is expected to be in the range of $90,000 to $105,000 per year. It is expected that this position will be able to telecommute a couple of days per week, however, the job will require a significant amount of time being present on the Atlanta campus. The exact start date is negotiable.

Required Documentation to Attach:

Initial screening of applicants will begin 04/15/2023 and continue until the position is filled. When submitting the application please include a:

  1. Cover Letter: that addresses your qualifications for this position
  2. Resume/CV
  3. References: names, titles and contact information (email, phone) for three to five professional references
  4. Please include in the order requested above in a single PDF file saved as your lastname_firstname.
  5. The selection process will include passing a pre-employment background check and submission of official transcripts.

Contact Information:
For additional information about this job opening, please contact Jaydale Poyotte, at [email protected]


Equal Opportunity Employer:

Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.




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