Title: Director of Careers Curriculum & Employer Relations
FLSA Status: Salaried, exempt
Department: Office of Career Programs and Employer Relations
Reports to: Executive Director of Career Programs and Employer Relations
Job Status: Full-time (at least 37.50 hours/week)
Location: River Forest, IL (Chicago Area), Hybrid
PRIMARY PURPOSE/ POSITION SUMMARY:
Dominican University is seeking a Director of Career Curriculums & Employer Relations to manage the university-wide career development curriculum and assist with employer relations management. Reporting to the Executive Director of Career Programs and Employer Relations, this individual will be responsible for managing the curriculum, including hiring and training adjunct instructors, and coordinating with employer recruitment events that are embedded into the career development curriculum.
Recently, a newly revised Core Curriculum was approved that will make it required for all undergraduate Dominican University students to enroll in a sequence of four unique one-credit hour career development courses and a required internship beginning in academic year 2024-2025. Currently, one of our four colleges, the Brennan School of Business, at Dominican has fully implemented this unique career development model and at least one major/program in each of our four colleges began piloting the model during the 2022-2023 academic year.
This is an exciting time for Dominican University and the Career Programs team. In 2023, the Career Development Program was the Cooperative Education and Internship Association Best Practices Award. The Career Programs team was also awarded the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2023 Career Services Excellence Award in the “Small School” category.
This is hybrid position requiring at least three-days per week on campus. Depending on events, meetings, and other priorities, more than three days for a given week may be required. Occasional nights and weekends may also be required. This position may also travel to meet with employers and/or present information about the career development program to external audiences.
Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls 3211 students, which includes 2136 undergraduates and 1075 graduate students. Sixty-six percent (66%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 74% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 41% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent receive some type of financial aid. About half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and more than half are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.
- In partnership with faculty and the Career Programs team, maintain and further develop the career development curricula in Canvas. Manage over 20+ courses each semester and update curriculum each summer, in conjunction with adjuncts and the Executive Director. Responsible for course evaluation and analysis.
- Hire, train, and manage DCDP Adjunct Instructors, including managing the onboarding process.
- Manage three full-time employees including the Assistant Director of Internships & Externships, STEM Career Programs & Internship Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Student Employment.
- Coordinate career development schedule each semester and communicate with the Registrar’s Office and other key stakeholders.
- Coordinate DCDP internship class schedule.
- In partnership with the Executive Director of Career Programs & Employer Relations, as well as career programs staff and instructors, coordinate the embedded employer events within the career development curriculum.
- Assist in the management of relationships with current employer partners.
- Manage a pipeline of employer relations prospects. Conduct research on potential partnership opportunities and make recommendations for future partnerships.
- Manage data collection and assist in presenting data to large audiences internally and externally.
- Manage relations with vendors (uconnect, Handshake, etc.)
- Coordinate student petitions and coordinate communication with university registrar. Act as primary contact to Registrar.
- Perform additional duties as needed and as assigned.
- Master’s degree
- 5+ years of experience in career development, workforce development, curricular development, employer relations or similar role.
- Demonstrated experience with curriculum management.
- Project management experience.
- Experience collaborating with senior leaders and a wide range of internal and external constituents at a complex organization.
- Experience delivering presentations to large audiences.
- Ability to adapt to changing job demands.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to act independently and within a team environment.
- Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and review work in order to meet schedules and timelines.
- Ability to recognize opportunities and prioritize competing interests.
- Experience establishing and managing budgets.
- Strong computer literacy skills, including Microsoft Office, CRMs, and other information systems.
Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
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