Director of Career Advancement

Harvard University   •  

Boston, MA

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


8 - 10 years

Posted 50 days ago

Duties & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Services, the Director of Career Advancement provides leadership for the Office of Career Advancement -- which offers career guidance and professional development activities for more than 1,200 masters and doctoral students in all areas of public health. The Office of Career Advancement works with other areas of Harvard Chan to provide best-in-class services across the student lifecycle, from admissions to alumni affairs.

The Director oversees the Office of Career Advancement, which provides comprehensive group and individual career and professional development support to graduate students. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Provides strategic leadership and direction for the Office of Career Advancement, in partnership with the Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Services, Associate Dean of Student Services, and the Dean for Education;
  • Develops programs, resources, workshops and online tools to serve students in various degree programs;
  • Develops strategies with department chairs and academic department administrators to identify and address the unique career needs of students in different degree programs and with interests in particular public health fields;
  • Provides direct supervision to three staff members (two Assistant Directors/Career Coaches and a Senior Coordinator), including weekly case reviews and strategy review for frontline coaching staff;
  • Responsible for the operational supervision of the department, including developing staffing plans, hiring and supervising staff, and developing and managing the office budget;
  • Develops instruments to collect and analyze data relating to student satisfaction, needs and outcomes to drive programming.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with CEPH (accreditation) and FAFSA (federal financial aid) reporting requirements regarding 1st year student outcomes as well as unit adherence to University and School confidentiality requirements, and Title IX training and compliance for staff – particularly those who meet frequently with students. Also responsible for crafting and implementing mechanisms to comply with new CEPH requirements for annual assessments of how prepared graduates are for the current skills needed in the public health workforce.
  • Collaborates closely with the directors of the other Student Services and Office of Education teams and others as the lead responsible for crafting a comprehensive slate of career guidance and professional development activities including, but not limited to, individual career coaching, department-based programming, skills-building workshops, employer information sessions, career fairs, and on-campus hiring.
  • Develops the strategy for building robust relationships with organizations, agencies, and companies to serve as prospective practice placement sites, providers of internships and fellowships, and full- and part-time employment for graduates and supervises other team members in executing best in class stewardship of external stakeholders;
  • Develops a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy to build awareness and improve access to career advancement resources for current students;
  • Works with the Office for Alumni Affairs to develop and coordinate career guidance programming to alumni and to engage alumni volunteers in all aspects of the career guidance process for students;

Duties and responsibilities will be continued in the "Additional Information" section.

PLEASE NOTE: Early evening work is frequently required, as well as some weekends and overnight travel.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 8+ years of related experience required
  • Supervisory experience required

Additional Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred
  • Experience in public health, health care, or the life sciences sectors strongly preferred
  • Experience in all aspects of career services (i.e. - employer recruitment, job placement, training on job search skills, career coaching, etc.) strongly preferred
  • Experience with data collection analysis and tools, electronic career resources, the Symplicity platform, social media, and information delivery systems preferred
  • Experience working at the graduate level in a university or college setting preferred
  • Experience with strategic planning, management, budget development, and managing organizational change preferred
  • Experience communicating with and providing service to a diverse student body, and forging relationships with key stakeholders across a school, university, and with outside constituencies such as alumni and employers preferred
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills, experience meeting deadlines, and handling competing priorities preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, high degree of emotional intelligence, experience motivating staff and working collaboratively preferred

Additional Information

Duties and responsibilities continued:

  • Provides supplemental individual career coaching;
  • Serves as the primary representative for the School's career development function at the School, the University, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and at other professional organizations focusing on graduate level career development.