Director of Career Services

Adair Village, Benton County / Corvallis, Benton County
Apr 04, 2014

Appointment Type: Administrative/Professional Faculty

Department: Career Services 160220 MSA

Position Summary: Career Services is seeking a Director. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost.

The Director of Career Services provides leadership, coordination and fiscal management of the Center including: strategic planning, policy development and implementation, budget, programs, staff, services, technology and oversight of the facility and its resources.

Advances career initiatives related to student success and supports the full spectrum of students (undergraduate and graduate) in their career development. Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusivity as well as the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies with competence.

Identifies and leads new initiatives to cultivate relationships with corporate leaders and alumni to develop job and internship opportunities to promote student learning and professional development.

Ensures the implementation and integration of the latest technology into the programs and services offered to students and alumni as well as into the operations of the Center.

Collaborates and consults with satellite career programs as they are developed in various colleges. Performs long-range and short-range planning necessary to assure the ongoing development of Career Services programs and services.

Sets policy governing Career Services operations, programs, services, assessment and evaluation, and actively advocates for student and alumni career development needs. Promotes professional development of staff members to ensure quality service.

Provide strategic vision and transformative leadership for the continued development and enhancement of career services staff and programs through strategic planning and program evaluation, including preparation, administration, assessment and analysis of data related to the effectiveness of career development counseling and programs.

Supervise management team and oversee supervision of all staff involved in a broad scope of career services-related functions.

Establish and implement fiscal priorities utilizing existing monetary resources and identifying funding sources to supplement University support.

Oversee development, maintenance and upgrades of hardware and software that reflect best practice, support office operations, and improve student career development.

Use best practices, appropriate legal requirements and professional standards to promote career transition-ready students and services.

Pursue and arrange for professional development of all Center staff to ensure diversity and inclusivity and accomplish the full integration of service areas into a centralized, cohesive career center.

Utilize and administer assessment practices that include needs assessment, participation data, satisfaction information, and learning outcomes, to inform evidence-based practice and continuous improvement.

Engage current and prospective external employers of students and graduates through industry-inclusive councils, advisory boards, special programs, professional associations, site visits and campus visits.

Build and maintain dynamic partnerships with employer community and OSU alumni that provides students with opportunities to develop professional skills through internships and experiential learning, integrate academic learning with work and to find meaningful career positions.

Serve as a consultant, instructor and career expert within the career services field and among university stakeholders.

Develop and maintain external employer advisory board to ensure that employers are part of the planning and development processes for Career Services.

Advocate for effective communication among campus stakeholders and offer expertise to insure a coherent and service-conscious delivery of employer recruitment resources and support.

Position Duties (continued): 15% CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT:
Lead the Career Services team in establishing and cultivating strong relationships with Academic Deans, Department chairs, and faculty members to build successful collaborative programs and initiatives, identify new opportunities, and support student preparation for making informed career choices and acquiring relevant experiences for future success.

Cultivate and maintain partnerships with academic units, student affairs offices, residence halls, student organizations and other campus entities to support student professional development and career center programming.

Develop, promote and provide a range of services and programs that facilitate the developmental career readiness of students and promote the transition from students to professionals.

Develop the university post-graduate survey process through extensive collaboration with campus partners and university administration.

Serves on high-profile leadership committees, on-campus and within the community, promoting policies, programs, and advocating for changes that affect student life and support student well-being.

Participate in the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT).

Provide leadership for the commitment to diversity and inclusivity within career services and across the campus.

Practice ethical behavior by promoting the highest standards of the profession and help ensure that the University adheres to current national and state regulations relevant to career services-related activities.

Represent the Center to the Vice President of Student Affairs and follow-through with Student Affairs-related assignments

Counsel students individually through walk-in advising and pre-scheduled appointments to facilitate sound career decision-making and post-graduation success.

Empower students by conducting career and job search clinics, participating in student-based programs and engaging students through networking, office-based technology/resources, and social media.

Engage with external employers to promote recruitment success and university objectives.

Working Conditions/Work Schedule:

Minimum/Required Qualifications: Master's Degree in Student Services, Counseling, Business, or a related area.

5-10 years in professional leadership positions in higher education programs within a large, complex, decentralized university setting.

Record of success in developing strategic partnerships with industry, collaborating with academic units, and achieving high levels of accomplishment in meeting the professional needs of students.

Specific experience in student and career development theory and practice, including career assessments (e.g., Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI).

Strong knowledge of current practices in personal and professional (career) development, and demonstrated ability for innovative and strategic approaches to career services programming, technology and counseling.

Demonstrated leadership and management skills and the ability to work and lead teams of people, including budget and resource management.

Ability to engage faculty, academic administration, staff, employers, and alumni for the purpose of student professional development.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, as well as the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies (staff, students, faculty, parent, administrators, employers, alumni, etc.) with competence.

Experience with assessment processes and procedures that inform practice and demonstrate the effectiveness of career interventions.

Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication, and presentation skills.

Knowledge of professional best practices, national guidelines and standards, and of relevant laws and regulations affecting academic institutions.

Strong commitment and enthusiasm for the personal and professional development of students.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications: PhD

Industry experience

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only):

Posting Date: 03-10-2014

For Full Consideration Date:

Closing Date: 04-24-2014

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $79,100-$138,500

Special Instructions to Applicants: The closing date has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes four references that can speak to your professional work experiences related to the position responsibilities. Include: names, titles, addresses, email, and phone and your relationship to the reference (if not included with resume/vita, upload as Other Document 2)

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Provide a separate statement of your vision for a comprehensive career services center on a major university campus including the role of the director. (Upload as Other Document)

OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Finalists will be asked to provide graduate transcripts to the search committee.

For more information, please contact: Maureen Childers at 541.737.8965 or

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.

Posting Number: 0012073

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