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Director, Career Management

Company:
University of Chicago
Job Location:
Chicago
Category:
Career Development and Services
Type:
Full-Time

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Director, Career Management, Full-Time MBA Program is a critical member of the global Booth Career Services team. This individual functions as leader of a team of coach practitioners and educators for students in the Fulltime MBA Program, a two-year MBA program which enrolls ~1,400 Booth MBA students as well as students enrolled in Booth / UChicago joint degree programs. The director plays an essential role in driving student engagement, delivering educational programming, helping students secure their first post-MBA position, and ensuring students build skills that will serve them well as they progress in their careers. Additionally, he or she will participate as a member of the Career Services leadership team and play a role in cultivating talent and mentoring Career Services staff.

This role is for a strategic thinker who is also able to provide day-to-day leadership to a group of professional career coaches. The Director will collaborate with internal groups in operations and employer relations, as well as other departments within the School and University to provide a suite of career support, including individual coaching, educational programming and online learning. This role requires a combination of expertise in strategic partnering as well an ability to maintain the role of a trusted coach.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Leads and manages day-to-day activities for 5-6 career coaches serving a core population of approximately 1,400 full-time MBA students.
  • Crafts and executes career management strategy, in partnership with the Career Services leadership team, with an eye toward the needs of full-time students and dual-degree MBA students.
  • Guides career management program development and delivery, for small to large audiences of students, ranging from 5 to 300.
  • Coaches domestic and international students on appropriate career management and job search skills in one-on-one, small, and large group settings.
  • Serves as a member of the Career Services leadership team, and as requested, as a delegate of the Associate Dean of Career Services in internal and external forums.
  • Collaborates with peers in Career Services functions including Career Management for Evening and Weekend MBA and Specialized Masters programs, Employer Relations, and Operations to align efforts, ensure knowledge sharing, and manage execution of programs.
  • Partners with peers in Admissions, Leadership Development, Student Life, Alumni Relations and others as required to deliver integrated support for target populations.
  • Supports collection and analysis of employment data in compliance with industry standards.
  • Understands population needs and trends. Evaluates existing models for career coaching, programming and access to employment opportunities, e.g., campus recruiting, specialized / network-based search.
  • Solicits and analyzes student feedback and evaluations and strategizes with Career Management team, student organizations, or other Booth staff, to determine program offerings and innovations.
  • Keeps abreast of market trends as they relate to the job search processes around key sectors of interest to constituents.
  • Manages managers and professional staff within Career Services. Establishes performance goals, allocates resources and assesses policies for direct subordinates.
  • Develops new and current programs, such as on-campus recruiting events and career management programs, to support students and alumni in post-graduate planning and career pursuits.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.
  • History of successfully managing teams of experienced professionals and working within matrixed organizations.
  • Strong track record of developing people, building a collaborative team environment and engaging and inspiring staff members to reach or exceed individual and team goals.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the needs and concerns of a diverse MBA student body.
  • Deep commitment to customer service, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with students and colleagues.
  • Strong written, verbal, presentation and analytical skills.
  • Work, in-person, at the Harper Center in Hyde Park, Chicago, and on occasion from the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.
  • Standard working hours for this role are 8:30 am – 5pm, although evening or weekend work may be required based on student needs and recruiting activities.
  • Some travel.
  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
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