Director of Career Development
North Carolina Wesleyan University is seeking a dynamic leader to join a collaborative team that prioritizes career education, experiential learning, and imparting career readiness skills for students and alumni.
Job Description Summary
The Director of Career Development oversees the North Carolina Wesleyan University Office of Career Development and Leadership (OCDL) and programming on career and professional development of undergraduates, graduate students, and the University’s alumni. The Director of Career Development reports to the Associate Provost and oversees career education initiatives including, but not limited to: career inventories/diagnostics, career development workshops, internship/semester-in-industry placement opportunities, career development and placement software management, employer and alumni engagement for the purpose of cultivating internship and employment opportunities.
The Director works collaboratively with multiple university offices to create and oversee the implementation of initiatives for the OCDL in the areas budget management, office policy, and annual program development, reporting, and evaluation. The Director collaborates directly with campus-based recruiting personnel partners to assist students with professional development, mentoring, and career readiness skills. The Director also employs a student worker to assist with office tasks.
- Spearheads initiatives that require collaboration with the Offices of Academic Affairs, Advancement, Student Success, and internship hosts and employment recruiters.
- With the leadership in Academic Affairs, sets the strategic vision for the OCDL; monitors and reports progress toward strategic goals and objectives.
- Directs and continually improves processes for office-wide functions, including data tracking/usage and technology systems.
- Employs resources in accordance with departmental budgets and policies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Career Research and Reporting Outcomes
- Works closely with university administrators and Institutional Research to assist in the collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and use of office data for planning, assessment, and decision-making; support the maintenance, collect and synthesize First-Destination Survey data.
- Oversees all OCDL career research and data requests, including for accreditation and reporting purposes (e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges and other university programs and accreditors).
- Implements systems for assessing and reporting student outcomes for career education.
- Oversees OCDL program evaluations for continuous improvement.
- Enhances collaboration with Alumni Relations and alumni groups to improve access to data and alumni outcomes.
Career Education & Development Outcomes
- Ensures sustained, quality delivery and improvement of career development and student internship services.
- Works collaboratively across the university to ensure that career development services, programs, resources, and initiatives are effective, innovative, inclusive, and congruent with the university’s strategic plan.
- Advises students and alumni through individual appointments, small group sessions, and workshops providing in-depth guidance on career readiness topics and job search strategies.
- Creates content for departmental webpage and social media accounts to make students and alumni aware of career development resources, latest employment trends, and best practices in job searches.
- Teach a credit bearing class on career development.
- Facilitate student preparation for internship placements by conducting career development workshops (non-credit bearing).
- Maintain a repository of resources to assist students in seeking graduate education; work with university faculty to provide educational presentations on graduate education requirements for various professions.
Employer Relations and Internships
- Enhances and expands partnerships with employers and alumni in business and industry, government, non-profit, education, and other sectors to highlight the benefits of seeking NCWU students for internships and full-time career opportunities.
- Cultivates alumni involvement in the career development of North Carolina Wesleyan University students and alumni via recruiting, networking, and mentoring programs designed to meet the changing needs of a dynamic global marketplace.
- Maintains professional industry knowledge on workforce development, economic, and related trends in various nearby and regional geographical areas to inform OCDL’s work with employers and students, as well as federal and state employment law, regulations, and guidelines.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible, relevant experience, preferably in a university career services office leadership role.
- Understanding of career development theory and practice, student employment, and applicable state and federal regulations.
- Demonstrated skill, experience, and capability in managing multifaceted job responsibilities.
- Strong oral, written, and quantitative and culturally competent communication skills, including excellent use of grammar and proven ability to prepare, edit, and proofread documents.
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, positive presentation of the university at all times, and exercise diplomacy to build partnerships that benefit students.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
- Track record of creative approaches to accomplishing goals and a record of continually improving processes and service quality.
- Superior presentation and written/verbal communication skills and the ability to represent the university.
- Strong sense of cultural competency and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
- Ability to understand and consistently ensure compliance with university policies, state and federal rules and regulations, including FERPA and data privacy and security regulations.
- Some evening and weekend work may be required.
- Valid NC drivers license.
- Master’s degree in student services personnel, higher education, or related field.
- Experience partnering with alumni, faculty, and academic units to create developmental, networking, and recruiting opportunities for students.
North Carolina Wesleyan University is located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and serves approximately 1,700 students, including adult and professional students in the evening and online. The student body is diverse with regard to ethnicity, nationality, and age. In addition to teaching in the traditional day program, biology faculty serve adult and professional students and employ innovative teaching approaches and personal attention.
Rocky Mount is in the eastern coastal plain region of the state, convenient to the Raleigh-Durham area and beaches, including the Outer Banks. Washington, DC and the mountains of North Carolina are also within easy driving distance.
North Carolina Wesleyan College values a culture of respect, kindness, and understanding and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Initial applications should include letter of application, resume, and professional references that can address position qualifications. Please direct a complete set of application materials to Dr. Molly Wyatt, Associate Provost at email@example.com or via mail to: Molly A. Wyatt, Ph.D., Associate Provost, North Carolina Wesleyan College, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC 27804.