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Director of Career Services
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY

October 17, 2014

Job Description:

St. Lawrence University seeks inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Director of Career Services. About the University Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University located in Canton, N.Y., is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution enrolling approximately 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. The University is located in the “North Country,” which is a region of New York that encompasses the state's extreme northern frontier, bordering Lake Ontario on the west, the Saint Lawrence River and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec on the north and northwest, and Lake Champlain and Vermont on the east. The North Country is understood to be that portion of northern Upstate New York, which lies outside the Adirondack Park. About the Position Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of Student Life, the Director of Career Services is responsible for the leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the department and supervises 5.5 full time staff members, one graduate intern and eight student employees serving as Peer Advisors. The new Director will be responsible for designing and implementing state-of-the-art career development strategies and implementing programs and assessment activities for St. Lawrence students. Essential responsibilities include: • Lead a high-performing Career Center as it successfully engages University stakeholders and members of the surrounding community in the career development and career transitions of St. Lawrence students and alumni; • Beginning with the first year student, ensure that students understand the importance of linking academic interests with career preparation through such activities as experiential education including research opportunities and internship experiences • To foster a student culture that is purposefully engaged and professionally-minded by helping students by developing professional skills critical in bridging the liberal arts to the workplace. To professionally prepare new graduates for the transition into the job market or graduate school setting • Ensure productive and continuing goal-directed partnerships with faculty and staff members, alumni, student organizations, parents, trustees and employers; • Identify and develop local, regional, national and international partner organizations who will look first to the University to fill their employment needs; • Expand corporate relationships for the purpose of increasing the numbers of available opportunities for internships and other experiential learning opportunities as well as for full-time employment. Career Services is committed to empowering students and graduates to discover their passion, explore their career options, develop their personal career plan, and attain their goals as part of their lifelong educational philosophy. The office has been focused on strengthening ties throughout the campus as well as reenergizing its programs. By strengthening these relationships the results have been dramatic. Within 6 months of graduating from St. Lawrence in 2013, 96.5 percent of students were either employed, accepted into graduate school, or pursuing other post-baccalaureate education. Further information about Career Services and the initiatives that have contributed to these results can be found at http://www.stlawu.edu/career-services.

 

Job Requirements:

The successful candidate must possess a comprehensive understanding of today’s world of work and its relationship to a student’s academic preparation. Demonstrated ability to develop strong academic and corporate relationships is a must. He or she must have prior successful experience in a work setting that is characterized by: productive partnerships with the business community that provide a broad range of full time employment. Excellent oral and written communication skills, depth of experience in obtaining external funding, success in managing projects and budgets, proficiency in use of data management and web-based career-management software, depth of experience in program assessment and development, and knowledge and background in recruiting and employer relations are all required. Candidates should have current knowledge of state-of-the-art programs and approaches in the areas of career development, placement, and the relationship of academic preparation to the world of work. Candidate will also have a record of collaborating and networking with deans, department chairs, senior corporate executives, recruiters, students, faculty and staff to accomplish common goals. Preference will be given to candidates with a history of success in creating a diverse network of contacts in the community and beyond. Candidates must possess a master’s degree. An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university is preferred. The requirements include seven years of full-time employment including at least four years of progressive leadership and supervision in positions in career services, which involve significant responsibility in budget management, strategic planning, and personnel management. Preference will be given to candidates whose years of progressive leadership and supervisory experience are in a college, university, or comparable setting related to career exploration and provision of career programs and services.

 

How To Apply:

Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the qualifications for the position, resume that includes notable achievements, and a philosophical statement of the role Career Services has within a liberal arts institution. The packet should be sent electronically to leadership@wspelman.com. The subject line in email should be DCSSLU. Confidential inquiries will be received at (585) 366-4329. Confidentiality will be maintained and references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials should be received by November 14, 2014. The search process will continue until the position is filled. The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

 

 

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