The Director of Career Services provides innovative and strategic leadership to connect Medill students to careers in journalism, media and integrated marketing communications. The Director serves as the lead in establishing and cultivating relationships with employers, personally engaging key decision-makers and recruiters to determine the most effective service protocols to meet the needs of employers and students. The ideal candidate will have expertise on job markets and trends for Medill graduates in all programs and a track record of success networking and engaging with employers and industry leaders. The Director will effectively market the quality of Medill programs and graduates to a wide array of audiences and will represent both the department and Medill within the University and to external audiences. The Director also manages the overall planning, budget and operations of the Career Services Office including the selection, supervision, and development of professional staff.
Please Note: Job requires occasional evening and weekend work, as well as occasional domestic travel.
- Develop and maintain extensive network of cohesive relationships with employers to effectively advocate for hiring Medill students and alumni for both entry-level opportunities and experienced positions.
- Develop an annual strategic plan, program schedule and budget for serving all graduate students and alumni in preparing for career development, job search and employer interaction.
- Collaborate with Medill faculty and administrative units including academic programs, student life, marketing, and admissions to enhance the quality of student experiences, the delivery of professional skills training and employment opportunities.
- Develop a system of measuring departmental achievements including evaluating, tracking and reporting on student and alumni progress and job placement during and after their time at Medill. Establish a transparent reporting system to advise academic leaders and the Dean on progress toward goals.
- Supervise the use of technology for student counseling, job postings and coordination of employer activities. Collaborate with other offices on campus including Northwestern Career Advancement office to facilitate integration of job postings, software utilization and student experiences.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree.
- 7+ years of career counseling/advising in higher education or 7+ years of industry experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
- Superior communication skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to work well as part of a team and independently and work collaboratively with others.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities to deliver successful results on time and within budget.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
- Demonstrated experience managing a team, setting goals and standards for outstanding performance, and using data and reporting to measure results against concrete goals and metrics.
- A master's degree in communication, marketing, higher education or a related field.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
- Superior presentation skills, equally effective one-and-one and with large, diverse audiences.
- Confident, professional, positive attitude with a sense of humor.
- Ability to adapt to different people and situations and incorporate curiosity, honesty, respect and fairness in daily actions.
- Demonstrated success engaging employers for career placement.
- Prior successful leadership experience in a higher education workplace.