Assistant Director, Career Communities - 11598BR

Assistant Director, Career Communities

University Career Center
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Assistant Director, Career Communities, in the University Career Center will act as a campus connector to align resources and services, educational programming, and information about experiential learning and employment opportunities to KU students interested in specific career pathways. This position exercises a considerable amount of discretion and judgment in the provision of coordinated career services programming for assigned career pathways. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished collaborator who can demonstrate initiative, be proactive and use good judgement in energizing the campus community with delivering innovative programming, outreach and other efforts that support KU students.

This position will conduct one-on-one career coaching appointments; facilitate educational workshops, coordinate large career outreach programs and events; create content for newsletters, meet with faculty, student leaders, alumni and employers, supervise paraprofessional staff; and work on special projects that address the career development needs of KU students. This position reports to the Senior Associate Director of Career Education.

Departmental Description: The University Career Center recognizes the important role it plays in the recruitment, retention, and post-graduate success of the high quality students attending The University of Kansas. Toward that end, we offer a wide range of quality services designed to support and challenge students at all stages of the career development and implementation continuum.

Job Description

40% Career Education
  • Coach students about the career planning and employment search implementation process through individual and group appointments.
  • Develop specific knowledge about the unique skills and abilities of students involved with assigned Career Community
  • Design and present career-related workshops and classroom presentations, including career exploration outreach programs.
  • Use discretion and independent judgment while working with confidential and sensitive student information during the coaching process.
  • Instruct and guide students on how to reflect on previous experiences, make career-related decisions, and help increase students’ career-related self-efficacy.
40% Program Management
  • Coordinate a suite of services, programs and resources for assigned Career Community focused on specific career pathways
  • Develop and manage campus-wide networking and occupational exploration programs
  • Maintain a monthly newsletter that contains specific resources, job and internship listings of interest to students in specific career pathways
  • Develop strong partnerships with faculty, alumni, student leaders and employers in order to align resources and information for KU students involved with assigned Campus Community
  • Curate specific information of interest to KU students involved with assigned Campus Community
10% Supervision
  • Supervise and mentor one to two graduate students in their development of career coaching skills.
  • Other duties assigned by the Senior Associate Director or Executive Director

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree with minimum of three years of relevant experience OR Master's with minimum of one year of experience
  2. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials
  3. One year of teaching, training, or group facilitation experience

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Excellent communication skills and ability to forge new relationships
  2. Able to work collaboratively with multiple and diverse constituents and campus stakeholders, including faculty, student organization leaders, staff, alumni and employers
  3. Proven track record of being service-oriented and empathetic
  4. Demonstrated skills in program development and administration
  5. Experience that required utilizing independent judgment and tact
  6. Creative thinker/planner, innovative and idea-rich
  7. Understanding of career development process/theory
  8. Proficient in Microsoft Office computer applications and comfortable with web-based software programs

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:

A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline for applications is Sunday, April 22th, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ellen Lind,, 785-864-7672

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