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Senior Assistant Director - Employer Development/Services and Professional Connections
The Career Center, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

February 22, 2013

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY The Senior Assistant Director is a full-time (100%) 12-month appointment in The Career Center, a unit of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 1867, the Illinois campus is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions. It is one of the top comprehensive research public universities in the nation. The successful candidate will be working on a campus with academically talented and diverse student population, including 19 percent international students, 12 percent Asian American students, 5 percent African American students, and 6 percent Hispanic/Latino students from a total enrollment of over 42,000 students. It is a traditional residential campus with nearly 10,500 students living in campus housing. The Senior Assistant Director provides leadership for employer development/services and professional connections as a part of the Career Connections team which educates and empowers students to actively plan their futures. The position specifically oversees on-campus recruiting services and resources for employers; experiential education/internship programs; job/internship search services and resources; and partnerships with employers, alumni and others that provide career opportunities and professional connections for students. The position responds to student needs, facilitates appropriate and timely services in fluid and multiple delivery modes, and coordinates services/resources for students, campus partners, professional staff, and outside constituencies related to career connections, experiential education programs and post-graduation opportunities. The Senior Assistant Director contributes to the vision and strategic planning of The Career Center, serves as a team leader, conducts individual career and pre-professional counseling, assesses learning and service outcomes, interprets assessment instruments/admission tests, plans and presents programs and workshops, coordinates events and activities, utilizes career technologies, communicates electronically, develops print and virtual resources, and has direct contact with students on a daily basis in a variety of settings.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Common to all Career Center Professionals

1. Counsel students one-on-one and in groups regarding career and pre-professional (health professions and graduate school) planning, academic choices, employment/internship search, and graduate or professional school admission/opportunities

2. Outreach to diverse student populations and multi-cultural constituencies

3. Assess services/ programs to determine student needs/learning outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement

4. Serve as a liaison to designated departments and offices

5. Prepare and deliver presentations for various campus audiences

6. Utilize virtual technologies and resources (i.e. web sites, on-line surveys, blogs, podcasts, etc) in the delivery of service to students

7. Administer and interpret career assessments and pre-professional admission results with students

8. Develop and update career and pre-professional development (e.g. graduate school, career counseling) information (print/web/virtual, etc.)

9. Participate in professional development activities and associations

10. Serve on The Career Center, Student Affairs and/or campus committees, task forces, work groups, and advisory committees, and participate in staff development activities.

11. Perform other duties as assigned by the Leadership team, Associate Director, or Director

Specific to this Position

1. Lead and coordinate the Employer Development/Services and Professional Connections Team and manage personnel and budgets of that functional area

2. Serve as a member of The Career Center Leadership team to frame vision, goals, and coordinated services

3. Serve as representative and contact for external constituents of the Center related to career connections for students

4. Lead employer relations and experiential education/internship services and programs, including oversight of I-Link, on-campus recruiting, and employment preparation services and resources

5. Assist in managing the fluid delivery of career and pre-professional counseling and services (physically and virtually)that effectively uses Center resources and staff

6. Coordinate outreach services and programs of the center related to employer and professional connections.

7. Direct diversity initiatives, outreach and partnerships related to employer and professional connections for the Center

8. Work with academic departments and faculty to encourage and facilitate academically-supported experiential education programs and internships

9. Develop relationships with companies, non-profit organizations, and alumni to encourage and assist in developing internship/experiential education opportunities for students; seek ways to serve employer needs through referral and coordination with various career offices at the University

10. Develop programs and services that engage alumni and enhance professional opportunities for students, i.e. job shadowing and mentoring

11. Supervise and perform timely performance evaluations for staff reporting to the positio

Job Requirements:


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Master’s degree required by start date. Preferred in counseling related field, educational administration/leadership, human resources, communication, or similar. 3-5 years of relevant professional experience is required by start date, including career advising/counseling experience, leadership of components of career development programs, outreach to campus constituents/partners, coordination of on-campus recruiting and employer/internship programs, and experiences related to career and student development needs of college students.


  • Proven leadership and supervisory experience
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience developing, administering and presenting career programs, seminars and workshops
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to relate effectively with a diverse student population
  • Ability to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate programs/events and projects as well as handle multiple work priorities
  • Possess excellent customer service and public relations skills, and proven ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Effective collaboration and communication with students, faculty, administrators and external constituents
  • Experience with information technology including use of the Internet as an advising tool, and familiarity with various word-processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation programs is highly desirable

How To Apply:

A detailed job description is available at: To apply, please go to: For full consideration, create a candidate profile and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of the names and contact information for three professional references. For full consideration, all application materials must be received by March 10. Please contact Victoria Spring at or call 217-333-7493 with questions. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Starting Date: April 15, 2013, or mutually agreed upon date.

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