Reporting to the Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS), the Director of Graduate Career Development (DGCD) will establish a new office within the Graduate School to support the professional and career development of PhD and MA students. The Director will coordinate with and leverage current professional development initiatives of the Graduate School, and will identify tools and create events and services to further PhD and MA student career exploration and development. The Director will manage a staff of 3 career development officers and train and supervise graduate students to support the work of the office.
The successful Director will build strong partnerships with the GSAS offices (Student Affairs, Academic Diversity and Inclusion, Alumni Relations, and the Writing Studio); the GSAS Alumni Board; the Center for Teaching and Learning; the Center for Career Education and embedded career development offices within graduate programs; and all graduate programs in the Arts and Sciences.
Programming and Advising
Establish a Graduate Career Development Office with an infrastructure that supports graduate students in MA and PhD programs through career exploration events, skill-building and self-assessment workshops, connections to employers and alumni, internships and experiential education, interviewing resources, and online materials.
● Offer limited one-on-one advising; hire and train part-time graduate student counselors for peer advising.
● Leverage career planning tools and assessments (e.g. ImaginePhD, myIDP, Versatile PhD, Strong Interest Inventory, CliftonStrengths), critical campus partnerships, and existing databases of internship and job opportunities (e.g. Handshake, Symplicity, AdviseStream).
● Create and maintain relationships with businesses and organizations that lead to opportunities for experiential learning, internship, and employment; represent GSAS to numerous constituencies, including current and prospective employers, other career development professionals, and professional organizations.
● Work closely with GSAS Alumni Relations professional and the Alumni Board committees that focus on professional development, and recent alumni and students to create events and programs that cultivate alumni engagement and networking with and mentorship of students.
Operations and Management
● Hire, train, and supervise 3 career development officers [Career Advisors; Experiential Learning/Employer Relations];
● Provide effective management of departmental staff; staff training and development, workflow, and performance evaluations;
● Oversee all departmental activities and programs (including but not limited to skill-building and self-assessment workshops, networking activities, internships, and experiential education);
● With GSAS Communications, develop web and print resources;
● Create reports to support career services goals and analyze metrics to support strategic planning;
● With Associate Dean of Finance and Operations, manage departmental budget;
● With GSAS senior leadership, implement operational policies and procedures for departmental staff; ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations.
● Perform other related work as needed.
Bachelor's degree required. Supervisory experience required. A minimum of 5-7 years of related experience.
Advanced degree (MA or PhD) strongly preferred. The successful candidate will be imaginative, creative, analytical, and flexible, with strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills and excellent organizational, presentation, and project management skills; computer proficiency and knowledge of career planning and preparation tools and platforms; knowledge of and experience with digital platforms for advising and consulting; strong relationship management and client-development skills; familiarity with graduate education and training in academic fields, and associated career outcomes is essential; knowledge of employment markets, hiring practices, processes and trends; ability to manage multiple projects effectively; demonstrated passion for collaborating and working with graduate students; and prior supervisory experience as well as experience with developing and managing an office budget. Minimum of 5-7 years in graduate or professional career development.
Interested individuals must supply a résumé and cover letter to be considered. Finalists may be asked to provide additional written materials and complete a job simulation exercise.
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