As a key component of our newly launched student success initiative and reporting to the Associate Provost of the College, the Director will provide thought leadership to re-envision the delivery of integrated career and academic advising services and position St. John Fisher College as a national exemplar of innovative, career-readiness programming. The Director manages all aspects of career services in the fully integrated Center for Career and Academic Planning, interacting directly with students, alumni, faculty, and employer clients in the development of career readiness programs, career identification and search, and pursuit of internship and employment opportunities in conjunction with the College’s academic programs. Appropriate to the mission and vision of the Center and the College, the Director will work collaboratively with the Director of Academic Student Support Services to expand the scope of career services to ensure enduring programs that serve all constituents at the College and client communities.
1. Create and implement career readiness initiatives (e.g., mentoring/networking, internships, skill development, employment opportunities, etc..) that facilitate connections between academic and experiential learning and promote both passion and purpose. Develop, coordinate and deliver programs directly with all Center constituents including 1:1 advising, workshops, seminars, and other outreach to students, faculty, employers and alumni.
2. Monitor, analyze and evaluate current scope of services offered through career services in the Center. Plan, implement and direct new programs in coordination with appropriate functional units and constituents.
3. Oversee Employer Relations and Internship Programs Coordinator and work collaboratively with Alumni Relations staff and school-embedded internship and career staff to develop new contacts with external groups and to certify and coordinate internship program opportunities for students and alumni.
4. Review and supervise the on-campus recruitment and interviewing processes as well as resume referral and job-listing services for current students and alumni.
5. Coordinate with the Associate Provost all budget, policy creation, student destination reporting, internal and external assessment statistics, assessment; oversee software selection/operation and marketing plans for career services, including all policy implementation, staffing roles and responsibilities.
6. Maintain communication with deans, department chairs, and other faculty to ensure that the Center is addressing the needs of the academic programs and different student populations.
7. Serve as advisor and interface with representatives of industrial, governmental, and educational employers to build relationships.
8. Be an active member in various professional organizations including, but not limited to, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and those regional affiliates which provide broad opportunities for job development activities.
9. Coordinate and supervise relevant professional development activities and training for Center staff.
Education / Experience
1. Master’s degree in a discipline directly related to staffing, employment, career development and planning, human resources or applicable field experience.
2. A minimum of 5-8 years of college career services experience.
3. Managerial experience and new program development in career services preferred.
Competencies / Skills
1. Commitment to the goals and responsibilities of an integrated career services operation within a small, private college such as St. John Fisher.
2. Strong written and verbal communications skills.
3. Effective organizational and management skills.
4. Demonstrable professional contacts in local, regional and national employment sectors.
Supervision of Employees
Yes (Employer Relations & Internship Programs Coordinator and Office Manager)
Physical and Mental Demands
Normal sitting, standing, and walking throughout the course of the day.
Periods of extended computer usage.
Requires dexterity and data entry skills.
Ability to think clearly amid changing priorities and circumstances.
Maintain professional attitude and demeanor in difficult situations.
Ability to multitask in an open, dynamic work environment.
Exercise sound judgement.
Maintain high level of confidentiality.
Dynamic, centrally-located work environment with outreach programming at different sites on campus, and off-campus meetings with employers in the community.
Equipment to be Used
MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Banner, uAchieve, Starfish, Handshake.