Assistant Director of Career Development

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 18, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Career Development

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for an Assistant Director for Career Development. The Center for Career and Professional Development is an industry-centric operation. The Assistant Director will have student- and employer-facing roles and will specialize in an assigned industry as a Career Coach. Further, the Assistant Director will have the additional responsibility of overseeing, executing, and assessing the industry-centric model that includes the following industry areas: health, wellness, and human services; business, communication, and media; crime, justice, technology, and public service; and education, arts, and sciences. The incumbent will have staff supervisory responsibilities, will take an active leadership role in projects and programs, and will report to the Executive Director of The Center for Career and Professional Development.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background,  perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas.  At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Management
    • Assume a leadership role in all stakeholder development efforts (students/recent alumni, employers, faculty, staff, etc.), programs, and initiatives, closely collaborating with The Center’s Executive Director.
    • Oversee the industry-centric model and ensure coherence and consistency across each area.
    • Liaise with The Center’s other Assistant Director and with inter-department faculty and staff to communicate information and execute goals and objectives.
    • Ensure Career Coaches are knowledgeable in employer relations and career development best practices, including practices on serving the College’s growing online population.
    • Participate in the assessment process to measure and report on student learning and operational goals, making recommendations for continuous improvement.
    • Guide the growth of an on-campus and virtual recruitment program through collaboration with employers, faculty, staff, and student organizations.
    • Develop industry-specific information on a range of career development topics for the creation of guides and materials.
    • Coordinate, market, and facilitate in-person and virtual workshops, class presentations, and events including Networking Nights, career fairs, and site visits.
    • Represent The Center for Career and Professional Development during college-wide events, such as Orientation, Homecoming, and Office of Admissions open houses.
  2. Career Coaching
    • Connect students with employers’ external job, internship, and experiential learning opportunities that are consistent with students’ career goals and interests and prepare them for the application and onboarding process.
    • Actively develop and utilize knowledge of industry employers, opportunities, tools, resources, and trends.
    • Help students develop and refine skills in résumé, cover letter, and application essay writing; online and in-person networking; interviewing; professional etiquette; and job search skills through the coordination and delivery of individual coaching sessions, workshops, events, and other programs.
    • Administer and interpret career inventories and assessments (Focus, personality type software).
    • Follow up with students/recent alumni to understand session outcomes and identify areas for ongoing support.
    • Serve as a liaison and closely partner with other College staff, faculty, and student organizations to ensure the delivery of timely, targeted support to assist students with career exploration, planning, and successfully transitioning to next professional steps.
    • Promote Handshake for job and internship searching, event registration, etc.
    • Work with Campus Employment and other experiential learning staff to connect students with campus-based job and internship opportunities and ensure internship and experiential learning processes are followed.
    • Ensure services provided are consistent with The Center’s goals and institutional efforts, including those on retention, completion, and educational quality.
    • Track and report on student/alumni coaching sessions, workshops, events, and other programs for data collection and student learning and operational goal assessments.
  3. Employer Development
    • Proactively participate in the identification, recruitment, and relationship management of employers through meetings, site visits, online networking, event attendance, Handshake, LinkedIn, etc.
    • Coordinate and market events, programs, etc. featuring employers and their opportunities for students/recent alumni.
    • Promote Handshake to employers as a recruiting tool, providing education on Handshake as needed.
    • Collaborate with the Office of Advancement and The Division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Student Transitions as needed to identify alumni as possible employers.
    • Create marketing materials and strategies to promote opportunities to students/recent alumni.
    • Initiate communication with faculty, experiential learning staff, and other stakeholders about employer opportunities.
    • Document, track, and report employer development efforts; maintain current contact information in Handshake and other employer databases.
  4. Goal Setting/Additional Duties
    • Take an active role in the development of The Center’s strategic and operational plans.   Work closely with the supervisor to develop and implement student learning and operational goals that support The Center’s success. 
    • Participate in campus committees to represent The Center and advance its mission and goals.
    • Responsible for working with staff to achieve successful results on all established individual and Center goals and key performance indicators.
    • Participate and engage in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and programs at least once a semester.
    • Complete other duties as assigned.
    • Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license is required. License must meet insurance company rules and regulations for driving underwriting criteria. Must maintain a clean driving record as defined by College insurance carrier guidelines.
  • Regional travel will be required with some night and weekend work.
  • Supervise three Career Coaches and may supervise student employees.


  • Master’s degree required in higher education administration, college student development, counseling, business, or a related field.
    • Five years’ relevant experience with demonstrated success in career development, counseling, higher education, human resources, or a related field.
    • Experience supervising and mentoring professional staff.
    • Experience with leading and managing department, division, or organization-wide projects or programs.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation. 

Application Information:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, student centered statement, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link:

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link:

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus. 

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.