Director of Career Readiness
Position: Director of Career Readiness
Department: Career Readiness
Reports To: Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
Primary Function: The Director of Career Readiness supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the Career Readiness Center and University. The director will be responsible for continuous improvement and implementation of the University’s Career Readiness Program (CRP) in an effort to improve students’ skills in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) competencies including: critical thinking/problem solving, oral/written communication skills, digital technology, leadership, professionalism/work ethic, teamwork/collaboration, global/intercultural fluency, and career management. The director is responsible for overseeing the department’s career counseling, cooperative education and for-credit internship programs. She/he will source, establish, and cultivate effective working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, and employers. She/he will work with the Career Readiness staff to help connect students and alumni with employer partners for shadowing, internship, co-op and employment opportunities.
- Master’s Degree.
- Prior management experience (strong preference to candidates who have experience leading a Career Center).
- Skilled in Microsoft Office applications and Handshake software.
- Knowledge of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and higher education practices.
- Grant writing experience preferred.
- Self-starter with demonstrated experience in new program planning, implementation, and follow through.
- Track record building professional relationships with the corporate community.
- Must be a problem solver and have excellent customer service skills.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as organizational skills.
- Works well independently as well as in a team environment.
- Develop and implement a Career Readiness Program that highlights the NACE competency skills gained by students at Point Park.
- Lead a Career Readiness Committee (which will include internal and external partners).
- Work with foundations and contribute to grant writing.
- Create new partnerships with employers for shadowing, job, co-op and internship opportunities and cultivate existing employer relationships.
- Collaborate with academic departments in developing career preparation courses for all majors to enhance existing preparation of students for professional opportunities.
- Manage and provide guidance to career development staff and work-study students and conduct annual performance reviews.
- Conduct classroom presentations to educate and excite students about the Career Readiness Program.
- Participate and speak to parents and students about the Career Readiness Program at new student orientation programs as well as admission recruitment events.
- Respond to parent phone calls and emails while maintaining FERPA regulations.
- Participate in strategic planning and assessment meetings and create goals and assessments for the department that align with the University’s strategic plan.
- Work with external partners to help provide resources and employment opportunities for all students and alumni, including those with unique needs or career goals.
- Manage Handshake and create reports to track student usage, employer postings, recruitment, and attendance at career development events.
- Administer a yearly graduate outcomes survey to collect post-graduate statistics and report findings to the University community.
- Create an annual report and submit to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
- Update Career Guide publication for use in career preparation courses and career counseling appointments.
- Plan and implement career readiness events.
- Manage and update the Career Development webpages and other marketing materials.
- Assist in the development of a budget, supervise expenditures, and maintain fiscal responsibility.
- Attend all staff meetings, retreats and other meetings as requested by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
- Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to HROffice@pointpark.edu (preferred) or mail to:
Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at www.pointpark.edu for the status of the position and future opportunities.
Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.