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Executive Director of Career & Professional Development


University of Redlands
Redlands, California

April 13, 2018

Job Description:

For a detailed job description and prospectus, please visit The Career Leadership Collective website. The Executive Director of Career & Professional Development is the lead visionary and external facing executive for a robust and emerging coordinated career network at the University of Redlands. The Executive Director will collaborate to bring growth, organization, and implementation of scaled career education, career opportunities, and career development initiatives that touch all stakeholders. Reporting to the Provost, as the chief ambassador for Career and Professional Development, the Executive Director will work with external constituents, in collaboration with deans and other University leaders, academic departments/faculty, student services colleagues, enrollment, and advancement to create innovative partnerships, signature programs, alumni connections, and opportunities that will serve students from their first year to their post-graduate careers. Key priorities for the Executive Director include collaboratively creating and communicating a unique and re-imagined vision for career education at Redlands; implementing scaled career education solutions, which are integrated into the academic fabric of the institution, and that reach the diverse population of Redlands students; gathering and strategically communicating big data associated with career engagement, career outcomes, and career readiness of Redlands students and alumni; assisting in the fundraising efforts associated with the new vision for career education; and ensuring the intentional growth of connections between Redlands and the employment community. Responsibilities The essential duties for the Executive director come with considerable latitude for independent judgment and initiative inside the following: -Sets overall goals and priorities for career and professional development on campus, in concert with the Provost. -Directs the activities of the Office of Career & Professional Development, including strategic planning; staff hiring, development and training; and establishment of goals and objectives. -Supervises and evaluates senior staff as they carry out their delegated tasks. -Serves as the primary representative for issues related to employment opportunities for students and alumni. -Consults and communicates with other divisions and department of the University in establishing career activities and in carrying them out. -Meets regularly with deans and other key University faculty and staff for the purpose of planning career education and connection initiatives. -Oversees signature programs designed to increase career opportunities for students. -Participates in University development efforts to raise funds for these activities including presentations to potential donors and grant writing for foundation support. -Represents the University at professional meetings, alumni functions, employer gatherings, and student meetings including local and out-of-town travel for employer visits. -Speaks for the University by making presentations, writing letters and articles and communicating information to the media, alumni, employers, graduate schools and community groups on career planning and work-related issues. -Oversees the preparation of career outcomes data, budget requests, related endowment accounts, and program reports. -Serves on University task forces and assists with special projects as requested by the Provost. 


Job Requirements:


Characteristics of a Successful Candidate The successful candidate will be a savvy visionary leader, a systems thinker with a keen understanding of scaling key objectives, a gifted collaborator across divisions and departments, an adept gatherer of internal and external stakeholders, an inspiring communicator of data and success metrics, a trust-builder through results, a clear commitment to diverse and inclusive work environments, while possessing extensive knowledge of emerging trends and issues in higher education and university career services today. Requirements -Masters Degree in Higher Education, Business, Student Affairs, Leadership, or a related field; -Minimum Five years leading Career Initiatives inside Higher Education, or equivalent experience in Corporate HR, Community Workforce Center, or related settings. -Minimum Five years of experience supervising teams -Minimum Seven years of experience leading collaborative committees and working groups -Proven track record of successfully growing initiatives or organizations to achieve a goal -Clear understanding of the emerging trends and issues in higher education today Preferred Qualifications -Previous experience leading large-scale career services initiatives and supervising and growing teams. -Stellar references regarding the collaborative leadership track-record of the candidate.  


How To Apply:

Applications We encourage nominations. Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the leadership agenda outlined in this prospectus; résumé; and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. To apply, interested candidates should email applications to -Subject line: “Application for Redlands Executive Director of Career & Professional Development” -Cover Letter, Resume, and References should be in one document file. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by midnight pacific time on May 7, 2018. Contact with our search consultants, Nick Cattin and Jeremy Podany, is encouraged via All nominations, inquiries, and applications will be confidential until a limited number of finalists are identified for campus interviews, at which point the names and résumés of finalists only may become public. References will not be called until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Redlands is an equal opportunity employer. 


Additional Information:

If you need further assistance contact Jeremy Podany at or 

(812) 606-6973.


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