Director of Career & Personal Development

Lakeside, Buena Vista County / Storm Lake, Buena Vista County
May 07, 2014
Buena Vista University, located in Storm Lake, Iowa, seeks a proven, visionary leader to fill an immediate opening as Director of Career & Personal Development. The Director reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and will lead a key strategic initiative to integrate personal and professional development with the traditional academic advising model. This initiative has been set forth by the President’s Council in the University’s Strategic Plan. In this role, the incumbent will be responsible for the vision, development, and implementation of an integrated, holistic career development and employer relations program focused on the successful transition of BVU students to life after college. The preferred candidate must demonstrate prior success in the areas of career development, employer relations, faculty engagement, marketing and current technology in the area of career services. The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, effective mentoring, coaching and career counseling skills, and a desire to work in a culture of collaboration and collegiality. Knowledge of and experience with best practices in the effective implementation of a university-wide, holistic career development plan in combination with expertise working with non-traditional students, graduate students, international students and online delivery are critical success factors. The University has elevated its focus on career development initiatives and will consider both experienced career center leaders, successful assistant (or associate) directors who have a demonstrated ability to implement career development initiatives and who possess the desire to learn and grow as a comprehensive career services leader. Additional important qualities and characteristics of the preferred candidates include effective past working relationships with faculty, students and employer partners, the ability to work as a member of a top performing team, strong program planning and implementation skills, and knowledge of how to develop new initiatives and recruit employers. A deep appreciation for a small town and small private college environment is required. A master’s degree or higher is preferred. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and ability. A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. Buena Vista University, founded in 1891, is an independent, regionally acclaimed, comprehensive teaching institution dedicated to education for service. Buena Vista is a remarkable educational community, focused on learning, challenging every student, faculty and staff member to set and meet the highest standards of academic achievement, character, conscience and compassion. The University develops students for lifelong success through innovative and imaginative academic and professional preparation. The University competes in NCAA Division III athletics. Total enrollment is approximately 2,555 students, with 941 undergraduate students attending the Storm Lake campus and 1,614 students enrolled in BVU’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program. Applications/Nominations Applications will be screened as received beginning May 7, 2014. Interested candidates should email a current resume and letter of application summarizing their qualifications and stating why they wish to be considered, along with contact information for three professional references, to Dr. Robert Shindell at You may also register and submit your application on our website by CLICKING HERE or visiting Applications may also be mailed to: Dr. Robert Shindell Williams & Company 11113 Persimmon Gap Drive Austin, TX 78717 (512) 784-3361 efax (303) 484-3236 Buena Vista University is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Smoke-Free Employer