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Executive Director of Career and Professional Development

Augustana College
Rock Island, IL

September 18, 2017

Job Description

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a dynamic Executive Director of Career and Professional Development, a full-time administrative position to begin January 1, 2018. The successful candidate will provide collaborative leadership to achieve Augustana’s goal of distinguished career and graduate school successes for its students and alumni. A key responsibility is to orchestrate student-centered career initiatives across and beyond campus, developing students from their first year forward to make the most of their Augustana experience, and preparing them for fulfilling careers and/or further education. The successful candidate will also be adept at assessing outcomes for initiatives of the career development programs. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus. Rock Island, Illinois, is part of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents, located about three hours west of Chicago and 45 minutes east of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa. Reporting to the Provost & Dean of the College, the new executive director will lead Career Development, a significant part of Augustana’s innovative CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, Exploration) services, housed in a suite of offices in the Olin Center in the heart of campus. CORE connects students with opportunities in the college, community, and broader world to enrich and maximize their learning and prepare them for life after graduation. The executive director oversees a Career Development staff of 7 plus a large group of student paraprofessionals. Oversight of CORE is provided through collaborative leadership by the executive director and two associate deans of the college. (see: CORE and the Career Development initiatives within enjoy the strong support of the president, senior cabinet, Augustana College Board of Trustees and the faculty. The executive director will play an essential role in achieving the goals laid out in the Augustana 2020 strategic plan which focuses on enhancing student engagement and success before and after graduation.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Providing leadership across campus to integrate career preparation, academic goals and personal aspirations
  • Creating a developmental career community that engages students, faculty, alumni, parents, and the broader community
  • Expanding opportunities for internships and jobs for current students and alumni
  • Combining a high-tech, high-touch approach that engages students at all developmental levels
  • Strengthening diversity, inclusion and equity across campus and designing programs that advance our strategic goals


Job Requirements 


(*= requirement)

1. Demonstrated ability to build innovative, developmental career programs that result in the accomplishment of strategic goals tied to Augustana 2020, the college’s strategic plan*

2. Ability to design and implement initiatives, programs and services (employer and college-wide outreach, programming, events, etc.), from start to finish, that facilitate student entry into careers of choice

3. Proven ability to effectively engage with multiple constituencies—e.g., students, faculty, staff, trustees, employers and alumni—in individual meetings, small groups and large presentations, and in written communication*

4. Use of student development theory as a foundation to guide student interaction and inspire students, and an approachable and engaging personality*

5. Demonstrated skills in effective leadership and plan execution; this includes managerial experience with strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with others and actively participate in designing and executing the plan*

6. The ability to innovate and think creatively; collaborate; connect; seize opportunities for serving the needs of students; plan for resources and personnel; and build positive collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and other administrators

7. Knowledge and understanding of undergraduate higher education administration and education policies, and a deep understanding of how a residential liberal arts education and experience impacts a student’s personal and professional development

8. Demonstrated success in fostering inclusive excellence with diverse populations (both students and staff)*

9. Understanding of assessment and the ability to use data and trends in the field to make decisions*

10. Clear understanding of the job market into which students will enter and the criteria for success in gaining employment or admission to graduate school*

11. Ability to build, enhance and connect students to networks and relationships on campus and beyond; having an existing network of employers is a desired characteristic*

12. Ability to articulate and advocate for a liberal arts education, and connect the strengths of the liberal arts with the needs of the modern workforce*.



(*= requirement)

1. Minimum seven years of leadership experience preferred, including the development of major initiatives in an area relating to careers, employment or higher education*

2. Experience in position(s) with significant responsibility for achieving results

3. Experience in building programs/initiatives with people who may or may not be direct reports*

4. Demonstrated success in developing collaborative relationships and networks*

5. Experience in managing, developing, mentoring and leading professional team members*

6. Experience in effectively managing finances, systems and technology*

7. Experience in raising funds through the creation of results-oriented programs and initiatives

8. Familiarity with online and mobile career resources, and other tools associated with 21st-century career exploration and networking



Minimum of a master’s degree in an appropriate field.*

How To Apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately; for full consideration, apply by October 15, 2017.


To apply, please email application materials to using the subject line: Search #105-18 Ex. Dir. Of CPD, and directed to Gail Summer.


Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to:

Search #105-18 Ex. Dir. Of CPD

C/O Gail Summer, Provost and Dean of the College

Augustana College

639 – 38th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201


A complete application will include the following materials: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (including contact information). Questions may be directed to Gail Summer, Provost and Dean of the College at


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