Associate Director for Career Development
Associate Director for Career Development
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Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Career Center - 40020
Student Affairs - 40000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Associate Director for Career Development you will responsible for the following:
- Responsible for the strategic planning, implementation,
coordination, and control of activities within comprehensive career
- Develops strategic vision and planning for career development,
including internal and external initiatives and programs. Strategic
direction will be based on career, economic and workforce
conditions, current trends and issues in today’s- and tomorrow’s-
work world, and benchmarking our programs and services with key
educational institutions. Goals and initiatives will be aligned
with overall department, division and campus strategic
- Manage multifaceted relationships with staff, faculty, alumni,
and students. Serve on divisional and institutional committees as
- Serve as active member of Career Center’s leadership team. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Career Center. In the absence of the Director, serve as the point person for overall Career Center matters.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Master’s degree from an accredited institution is required, with emphasis in career development, career counseling, or related fields.
- A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible
experience in career development or collegiate career services,
including administrative/supervisory responsibility, is
- Demonstrated success in relationship building with staff,
faculty, students, parents and colleagues. Proven leadership and
supervisory skills in a professional environment.
- Possess an “entrepreneurial vision” and ability to develop and
maintain productive relationships with a wide range of internal and
external constituents, including faculty, staff, students and
- Demonstrated skills in a focused educational and service
approach to productive career development, including the ability to
provide career coaching and programming to currently enrolled
students and alumni, individually and in groups.
- Knowledge of career theory and practice including career
exploration and assessment, informational interviewing, applied
learning/internships, resume and cover letter writing, job
interviewing, job search strategies, and preparing for graduate or
- Ability to infuse skill/competency development in programs and
services to increase the career readiness of our students and
- Strong collaboration/team, organizational, program development,
interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Ability to maintain the highest level of professionalism and
provide exceptional customer service.
- Innovative thinking and analytical abilities, and demonstrated
competency to assess, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks with
attention to detail.
- Knowledge of in-depth understanding and application of best
practices in collegiate career development, workplace trends,
impacts of technology and social media.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including
presentation skills appropriate for small and large audiences,
including one-on-one career coaching, student classrooms, campus
leaders, faculty groups, professional associations, community
organizations and the general public.
- Skilled in strategic planning and data analysis, supporting an
ability to make complex, independent decisions and programmatic
- Ability to leverage career data to support messages to external
and on-campus constituents.
- Capability to solicit and analyze student feedback and
evaluations, and strategize with other Career Center staff members,
student groups, and other campus staff and faculty to determine
program offerings and innovations.
- Ability to travel and work non-standards hours, including some
nights and weekends, is required.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Relevant credentials in career development and services (i.e. NCC, LPC, GCDF, etc.).
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNCW Career Center is a comprehensive career development and resource center dedicated to empowering students and alumni as active participants in their own career development. Compelling programs and services help students as they explore their academic and career options, gain experience, and evaluate their options, and engage with the worlds of work and graduate education.
The Career Center encourages students and alumni to:
Explore work values, interests, skills, and personality using Career Center resources in order to optimize academic and career planning
Develop skills and competencies sought by employers, as outlined in the Skill Seeker, through applied learning opportunities
Engage and network with faculty and other professionals as well as local, state, national, and global employers to learn how to meet the needs of an ever-changing modern society
Take responsibility for making informed career decisions and developing further education and employment plans over the lifespan
The Division of Student Affairs consists of thirteen functional departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs which are accessible to all members of the university community. The staff members are dedicated individuals known for their passion and commitment to implementing programs and services that affect student development over the course of a lifetime. Student Affairs provides excellent delivery of student services that are responsive to student needs and promotes the quality of life and education both inside and outside the classroom. We build institutional traditions and lifelong affiliations through creative programs, vibrant student organizations, and a living/learning environment built on core values and uncompromising principles. The Division is a leader and primary spokesperson for students.
“Creating Experiences For Life”
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.
A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.
The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
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