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Manager of Academic Engagement

The University of Kansas
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Position OverviewThe Manager of Academic Engagement within the University Career Center is a dynamic and innovative role focused on advancing students' career success through collaborations with academic units, faculty, and staff. The incumbent will have a commitment to designing and delivering excellent career education and development to students through partnerships with faculty and staff. This position ensures scalable, and consistent delivery of career services to all students by cultivating strong partnerships with campus partners, playing a critical role in integrating career development into the academic enterprise. As part of the Student Pathways program, this position elevates campus career development programs to ensure broad participation for all KU students in interdisciplinary career engagement experiences. Reporting to the Program Director of the University Career Center, the job will need strategic thinking, adaptivity, and positivity to engage faculty and staff in the development of career development resources and programs.

The ideal candidate will have entrepreneurial acumen to create innovative programs to solve a business problem and an understanding of career development concepts and familiarity with career readiness competencies by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). They will have outstanding interpersonal skills with a demonstrated track record of cultivating and sustaining robust relationships with stakeholders.

Unit Overview: The University Career Center (UCC) offers a wide range of quality services designed to support and challenge students at all points of their career development path. The University Career Center serves all KU students with a primary focus on students studying liberal arts and sciences, education, social welfare, music, architecture, and design.

Academic Success Overview: Academic Success advocates for and strategically advances education at the University of Kansas. We support students from orientation to graduation, providing them with high-quality, data-driven academic and career advising, targeted academic support systems and networks, and empowering and engaging experiential learning. We serve the university, coordinating with faculty, staff, and students throughout KU to further educational initiatives and strategic goals. Our units include Success Initiatives, Orientation, Academic Advising and Career Advising, and University Academic Support Centers.

If you are looking for a rewarding and dynamic career, look no farther than the University of Kansas. In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, 10 paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a great retirement program, medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and state of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work!Job DescriptionAcademic Engagement (70%)
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships with faculty, staff, and academic units to implement career development initiatives, in alignment with UCC and Academic Success priorities and goals
  • Apply research-based knowledge about career development to create career education materials and instructional toolkits in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, and deliver training sessions and workshops to faculty and staff to enhance impact and scalability.
  • Collaborates with faculty, staff, and academic units to integrate new and ongoing interdisciplinary career development programs and experiences into the Student Pathways program
  • Manage a program for incentivizing student engagement in career development-related co-curricular activities for use by faculty and academic staff
  • Scan the KU environment for career development-related campus programming and offer UCC support and outreach to extend the reach of this programming to more students across the University.
  • Curate an ongoing list of career development-related services, resources, programs, and events to support faculty and academic staff seeking to embed career content in their initiatives.
  • Ensure faculty are informed about UCC events, programs, resources, and services through monthly newsletters and curated emails as requested by faculty and academic staff partners.
  • Manage the Career Partners Program, a new training program designed to increase confidence for faculty for making better referrals to the UCC through better career conversations outside the classroom.
  • Manage a recognition program to recognize and elevate the career work of faculty and staff in both small-scale (emails) and large-scale formats (awards luncheons, etc.)
  • Activity participate in events such as orientations, receptions, and department meetings.
Program Management and Assessment (20%)
  • Work closely with the Director of the University Career Center to build and implement the academic and campus partnership strategy to advance KU students’ career development in alignment with their academic endeavors.
  • Maintain, track, and leverage relevant data to monitor progress, identify engagement opportunities with faculty and staff, and make informed strategic decisions
  • Review and assess career-related events and programs created in partnership with academic units and faculty to determine how they are adhering to intended targets and outcomes.
  • Provide data, reports, and recommendations to UCC leadership about future events and program planning.
  • Collaborate closely with UCC colleagues from the other three key functions of the center – career advising, employer engagement, and operations – to leverage these resources and ensure smooth collaboration with campus partnerships on career development and engagement initiatives.
  • Recommend changes to the departmental webpage devoted to faculty development
Other Duties (10%)
  • Represent and promote the UCC and its services, programs, and resources at career events throughout the academic year.
  • Attend relevant unit meetings.
  • Understand and adhere to FERPA guidelines, KU policies, and other institutional compliance expectations.
  • Participate in department and campus meetings and trainings.
  • Participate in relevant professional development annually.
Position Requirements
  • This position is an on-campus position due to the campus-facing nature of the position. A hybrid work arrangements of up to 2 days a week of remote work are available for this position.
Required Qualifications
  1. Master's degree OR Bachelor's Degree and five (5) years of related experience in career services, human resources, higher education, or other related fields.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Doctoral degree (EdD or PhD), in education, humanities, social sciences, or STEM
  2. Experience working with faculty or academic staff in a higher education setting.
  3. Experience with career coaching and advising.
  4. Experience applying project management and organizational skills.
  5. Experience developing, managing, and facilitating training programs and events.
  6. Experience using metrics to analyze data for program improvements.
  7. Experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools and systems to track relationships and engagements.
Additional Candidate InstructionsIn addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Application review begins Monday, May 27, 2024 and will continue until a qualified pool of candidates has been identified.
    #LI-HR1Contact Information to ApplicantsWendy Shoemaker, Ed.D
    wshoe@ku.eduAdvertised Salary Range$58,000 - $62,000Work ScheduleWork schedule is 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday with some evening or weekend work required for student events or outreach efforts. Advance notice will be givenApplication Review BeginsMonday May 27, 2024Anticipated Start DateMonday July 15, 2024Apply to Job


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