Director – Career & Personal Development

Employer
Alma College
Location
Alma, MI

Job Details

FLSA EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Salaried; Exempt; Administrative; 12 months

DEPARTMENT: Student Affairs

POSITION SUMMARY:

The director supervises and coordinates all career development, planning and readiness programs and activities to ensure that students are given the opportunity to explore and select career options and acquire work-related experiences to maximize career placement. In addition, the director will work closely with Academic Affairs to discover ways to implement career development into the curriculum.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED:

This position reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and supervises the professional staff and student assistants.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

• Provide leadership, strategic vision and administrative oversight of campus wide programs, services and operations with the Career and Personal Development Office.
• Work with students, faculty, alumni and employers to coordinate the internship process for all Business programs and work to expand the number and range of opportunities for internships.
• Coordinate all career development work across the sector and campus.
• Develop and coordinate intentional alumni & current Alma student mentorship programs.
• Develop strategic relationships with key faculty, alumni and employers to help increase student engagement in career development opportunities on and off campus.
• Secure internship and employment opportunities.
• Work collaboratively with academic partners to develop pathways to infuse career into the Alma College curriculum.
• Supports critical retention efforts and internship cultivation.
• Support key initiatives within the Student Affairs sector and Alma College.
• Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Masters’ degree required.
• Previous experience in career planning, program development, supervision and evaluation.
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain professional relationships
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Good organizational and analytical skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Experience in a higher education setting or working with college students.
• Degree in a business related field or previous experience in the business field.
• Experience working in collaboration with faculty.
• Experience in career development, study abroad, or a related field.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Interested candidates must submit an Alma College application, a cover letter, current resume, and the names of three professional references via email to careers@alma.edu. Position is open until filled.

Alma College is classified as a selective Baccalaureate College: Diverse Fields by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders, Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. For more information about the College, visit www.alma.edu.

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Company

Alma College, a four-year residential liberal arts college located in the heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, offers a personalized education with multiple paths and experiences leading to success. A deep regard for students as individuals is fundamental to an Alma education, with small classes and many opportunities for one-on-one collaboration with dedicated faculty.

Alma College actively connects students with a world of ideas and opportunities. The Alma Commitment offers a four-year graduation promise and a pledge that each interested student can participate in an experiential learning opportunity, such as an internship, research fellowship, or study abroad, backed by $2,500 in Alma Venture funding from the college.

Alma’s attractive 128-acre campus is located in the city of Alma, approximately one hour north of Lansing. With an enrollment of about 1,400 students, Alma College employs a full-time teaching faculty of 96, of which 85 percent hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Alma College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Our Academic Mission

Alma College’s mission is to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully, and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations.

Focused exclusively on undergraduate education, Alma College boasts a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, 41 academic majors, self-designed programs of emphasis, pre-professional programs in law and medicine, and an intensive Spring Term that provides opportunities for innovative courses, travel classes, research and internships.

More than 90 percent of Alma’s graduates go on to graduate school or are employed within six months following their graduation.

Our Community

Located in a community of 10,000, Alma College features a walkable campus with historic and contemporary buildings. The campus is a block from downtown Alma and within two hours of Michigan beaches and ski areas. Gratiot and adjacent counties feature plentiful parks, outdoor recreation opportunities, golf courses and shops.

College facilities, including the Stone Recreation Center and Hogan Center pool, offer wellness education, swimming instruction and recreational opportunities to community members and local businesses. The campus is bordered by the 41-mile Fred Meijer Heartland Bike Trail. The Alma College library, housing more than 278,000 volumes, also is a resource.

Cultural and sports events are offered throughout the year, with free admission to Alma College students, faculty and staff for most college-sponsored events. In addition to the college’s excellent fine arts programs, an active community of local artists has formed music, theatre and art guilds with a loyal regional following. Alma’s Division III Athletics program offers intercollegiate competition in 22 varsity sports.

For more information

Employment: 

http://www.alma.edu/offices/human-resources/job-openings/

Social media links:

http://www.facebook.com/almacollege

http://www.youtube.com/user/almacollege

http://twitter.com/almacollege

Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce

http://www.gratiot.org/1/295/index.asp

City of Alma

http://www.ci.alma.mi.us/1/307/index.asp

Alma Public Schools

http://www.almaschools.net

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