Associate Director of Career Development
Department – Career Development / Academic Affairs
Supervisor – Dean of Career and Academic Resources
Benefits – Yes
Status – Full-time
Projected start date: October 1, 2021
Bushnell University is a Christian, private, liberal-arts, comprehensive university closely affiliated with churches of the Stone-Campbell/Restoration Movement. From this unique heritage Bushnell University embraces the ideal that we are “Christians only” – but not the “only Christians” – and offers its resources to students and congregations of many church traditions. These students are affiliated with denominational and non-denominational groups, such as Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Foursquare, Lutheran, Nazarene, Episcopal, Assembly of God, Catholic, and Community Churches. The University was founded in 1895 and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The primary role of the Associate Director is to coordinate and manage the undergraduate internship program, including developing strategic partnerships with local businesses/organizations to enhance the internship program and employment opportunities for all student populations. The Associate Director also serves students in individual coaching appointments and group presentations/workshops to empower and equip them with the skills to achieve their professional goals. The Associate Director collaborates with the Dean to coordinate events and deliver services. This position is a part of a fast-paced, collaborative team the Center for Career and Academic Resources that provides services to support academic success and career development.
Position Duties & Responsibilities Career Development & Employer Relations
- Coordinate the undergraduate internship program: provide pre-internship coaching, serve as the instructor of record, manage the approval process, monitor student engagement and participation, communicate with interns and supervisors, and review and grade assignments.
- Recruit, cultivate, and nurture partnerships with local internship sites and potential employers.
- Coach students on major selection, internship preparation, job search strategies, interviewing/networking skills, and graduate school admission.
- Provide strengths coaching using CliftonStrengths results.
- Deliver relevant and engaging presentations and workshops on career development, specifically job search skills (e.g., resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing skills, etc.).
- Review and critique resumes and cover letters for all student populations.
- Provide instruction in courses, as requested (e.g., first-year seminar, CM 240, internship, etc.).
- Conduct trainings and workshops for employers in developing internship opportunities.
- Coordinate and execute events and programs that facilitate connections between students and employers (e.g., networking events, Mock Interview Day, etc.).
- Oversee employer and job approvals in Handshake.
- Participate in professional associations and adhere to ethical guidelines (e.g., NACE, NCDA, MPACE, and OCDA).
General Office Management
- Promote career and academic resources through collaborative relationships and partnerships, both internally and externally, with faculty/staff, students, employers, alumni, etc.
- Recognize special needs of various groups and adapt services to meet their needs.
- Correspond with students, faculty/staff, parents, and employers via phone/email and in-person.
- Track and record student contact in designated databases; maintain confidentiality.
- Operate a computer, copier, fax and other office equipment as assigned.
- Participate in departmental meetings and other committees as assigned.
- Confer and consult with supervisor on special cases to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures, as well regional and national ethical guidelines.
- Supervise student workers, as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned by Dean.
Experience and Qualification Requirements
Master’s degree with 3-5 years of higher education experience required; strong preference given to those with training and/or experience in career development facilitation.
- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
- Effective communicator, both written and verbal, in interpersonal and public speaking settings
- Positive and enthusiastic, builds rapport with a wide range of constituents
- Collaborative team player with ability to work independently
- Creative, resourceful, and flexible
- Quick learner; committed to efficiency and accuracy
- Self-motivated, dependable and reliable
- Demonstrates a high level of professionalism
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook
- Familiarity with databases is a must (Handshake preferred)
Working Conditions/Special Requirements
- Bushnell University employees must have a maturing Christian Faith and live in compliance with the duties and expectations as detailed in the Employee Handbook.
- The position requires a strong commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
- The position requires working in a non-smoking, drug free environment.
- The employee must adhere to FERPA guidelines and student confidentiality at all times.
- All employees of Bushnell University are “mandatory reporters” under Oregon law. See http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/pages/mandatory_report.aspx for specific information.
- The employee must have knowledge of strong office management techniques; operations, procedures, specific rules and precedents of the office; research methods and report writing techniques; record-keeping techniques; operation of office machines including computer equipment and specified software; principles of training and providing work direction.
- Listening skills and the ability to speak and write clearly are essential to this position. Must possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
- The employee must have high personal motivation, with great attention to detail and accuracy.
- This person must project a positive, vibrant and professional attitude in assisting people.
- This person must have high ethics of honesty and confidentiality, with a genuine and gracious presence pertaining to the students, faculty, staff and business of the department and the University.
- This position may require lifting up to 25 lbs, as well as bending, stooping, kneeling.
- This position may require evening and weekend hours on special occasions.
- This position description is subject to change at any time.