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Assistant Director of Career Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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

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SA University Career Services-643001

Career Area :

Student Services

Posting Open Date:


Application Deadline:


Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

Working Title:

Assistant Director of Career Education

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Number:

01000695, 01003767, 01001656, 01004552, 01000699

Vacancy ID:


Full Time/Part Time:

Full-Time Permanent



Hours per week:


Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

$54,300 - $70,000

Proposed Start Date:


Be a Tar Heel!:

A global higher education leader in innovative teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities. Known for its beautiful campus, world-class medical care, commitment to the arts and top athletic programs, Carolina is an ideal place to teach, work and learn.One of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill has diverse social, cultural, recreation and professional opportunities that span the campus and community.University employees can choose from a wide range of professional training opportunities for career growth, skill development and lifelong learning and enjoy exclusive perks for numerous retail, restaurant and performing arts discounts, savings on local child care centers and special rates on select campus events. UNC-Chapel Hill offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package, paid leave, and a variety of health, life and retirement plans and additional programs that support a healthy work/life balance.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

University Career Services (UCS) provides personalized and innovative career education to empower student success and transformation. Our vision is for all UNC-Chapel Hill students to create lives of purpose and prosperity in alignment with their personal goals. Our services include individual career advising, internship and employment search assistance, workshops on career readiness, on-campus interviewing, graduate school preparation, internship and job listings, and occupational information.

Position Summary:

A Sign-On Bonus of $5,000 is available for the successful applicant to be paid in the first month on university payroll. This EHRA Sign-On Bonus (including eligibility criteria) is subject to pertinent university and UNC system policies:

This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that may include a partially remote work location, consistent with System Office policy. UNC Chapel Hill employees are generally required to reside within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned duty station.

Under the direction of the Director of Career Education, the Assistant Director of Career Education serves as a member of the Career Education team within University Career Services (UCS). The Assistant Director will cultivate a campus community that prepares all UNC students for career success and works with specific student populations to achieve their career aspirations. The primary goal will be to develop universal and tailored strategies to reach every UNC student with high quality career education initiatives and to embed career education into the fabric of the university. With an emphasis on presenting, programming, training champions, and group sessions, the Assistant Director will strategically develop and scale programs for students to engage in career programming – including, but not limited to self-assessment, major exploration, career exploration, job search preparation, job/internship search strategies, graduate/professional school planning, personal branding, networking, and other related professional development topics.

The Assistant Director will work with strategic partners across campus to develop collaborative interventions and programs. The role will also lead key career-related initiatives (ex. mentoring program, shadow program, career immersion, career treks), which deliver career education content that is relevant and deliverable in various settings. To achieve this work, the Assistant Director of Career Education will work with UCS leadership, distributed career staff across campus, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and employer representatives.

The Career Education team will serve as university-wide experts on career education and lead University Career Services strategic efforts to engage students in career development activities. This role will strive to empower all students to identify career paths, secure work-based learning opportunities, and ultimately find career success upon graduation.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent educational or instructional activities associated with the delivery and/or management of student support functions, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and at least 1 year of relevant experience in substitution.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

* Effective oral and written communication skills.
* Ability to establish rapport and relate well to students, faculty, employers, and staff.
* Ability to effectively create and deliver presentations and workshops to large audiences.
* Computer proficiency (specifically Microsoft Office Suite and industry standard career management systems, Handshake).
* Demonstration of adaptability and flexibility in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment; ability to utilize technology in the delivery of student programs and in managing projects.
* Willingness to learn and use new and emerging technologies including social media and online resources.
* Unwavering commitment to the highest of ethical standards and professional integrity.
* Understanding of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the delivery of programs and services.
* Ability to collaborate and foster a spirit of engagement.
* Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment.
* Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively across an organization and/or divisions.
* Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

* Master’s degree in business, higher education, marketing, human resources, or a related field
* Minimum three (3) years of experience within career development, higher education, human resources, academic advising, or other relevant corporate and community experience.
* Strong ability to collaborate with multiple and diverse constituents to accomplish goals.
* Analytical mind and problem solver with ability to think systemically.
* Demonstration of professional independence, industry knowledge, innovation, critical thinking/judgement skills, communication, presentation, teamwork, and strong time management.
* Knowledge of program evaluation and assessment techniques. Experience with survey design and data analysis is desired.
* Experience leading change and innovation, resulting in a high level of performance outcomes.
* Understanding of career education, career readiness, career exploration, and emerging trends within the career development field.
* Working knowledge of online recruiting systems (e.g., Handshake, Symplicity, etc.).
* Valid NC Driver’s License or eligibility to hold a valid NC Driver’s License.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions:

Application materials must include cover letter, resume, and 3-5 professional references.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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