Executive Director- Career Services and Babb Center for Student Professional Development Program

Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number NC00143P Quick Link for Position https://jobs.uafs.edu/postings/1774 Working Title Executive Director- Career Services and Babb Center for Student Professional Development Program Position Number Department Babb Center for Student Professional Development About the University

For more than 6,000 students each semester, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a dynamic and diverse learning community with a student-centered approach focused on the success of the individual. Small class sizes combine with innovative, hands-on learning and research experiences alongside expert faculty to ensure students receive a future-focused education at the most affordable tuition rate in the state. The university has undergone significant changes since its founding in 1928 and now offers 51 bachelor’s and associate degrees, two master’s degrees, and 36 certificate programs, all aimed at preparing students for success in the global workforce. UAFS is one of 21 academic institutions and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System.

The second-largest city in the state, Fort Smith is located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley. Established in 1817 as a frontier military post, Fort Smith is now a vibrant and growing city featuring a variety of cultural activities and entertainment options, including a thriving downtown arts and entertainment district. Outdoors enthusiasts will appreciate the Natural State’s plentiful trails, mountains, forests, parks, and waterways, both within city limits and throughout the surrounding area. The city is also within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and Memphis.

The UAFS campus is comprised of 77 buildings and facilities located on 170 beautifully manicured acres and crowned with the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green. Students who choose to live on campus may do so in one of two residence hall complexes, complete with a full-service dining center, or the on-campus apartment complex for married students and upperclassmen. Campus involvement is encouraged by participation in more than 100 registered student organizations, which includes academic societies, a dynamic Greek life system, intramural sports, and cultural/special interest groups. The UAFS Lions compete in NCAA Division II Lonestar Conference in men’s baseball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball, golf, cross country, and tennis.

About the College / Department

The Career Services Office empowers students to develop the professional skills and personal attributes required to be successful in their careers through career preparation programs, experiential learning, and collaborations with community partners.

Position Summary

The Executive Director of Career Services provides leadership and direction for the Career Services department and the Babb Center for Student Professional Development Program, a non-credit certificate program, with a mission to support the college’s students in making informed decisions regarding undergraduate and post graduate plans by providing resources and opportunities to encourage self-assessment, career exploration, and workforce preparation. The position reports to Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Summary of Job Duties

• Manages the Career Services operation to ensure efficient, timely, and effective programs and services to its users.
• Develops short- and long-range operating plans, including budgets for the Career Services office and the Babb Center Program, programs and services, personnel, technology/other equipment, and space.
• Provides guidance and leadership to staff, including training (as needed), staff evaluation, professional development, and related personnel matters.
• Participates in professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge needed to provide effective leadership and program development.
• Plans, coordinates, and conducts all university events that prepare students for employment and provide employment opportunities.
• Develops and conducts workshops and activities for Career Services and the Babb Center Program as needed for students.
• Responsible for the development of a semester-based calendar of events open to all students and a calendar for the Babb Center Program.
• Provides career advising expertise to students regarding the job search process, interviewing, resume, and letter writing, and all other facets of career planning and development.
• Provides relevant employment information to students through Weekly Job Lists, job postings and online services.
• Manages and promotes the university internship program.
• Manages the web-based services and technology functions (CareerLink).
• Develops strong, ongoing relationships with area employers that hire recent college graduates. Promotes Career Services’ employment-related services to this constituency.
• Develops new contacts with external organizations and in the community for the purpose of expanding professional development opportunities for students.
• Responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies for the Career Services department and the Babb Center Program to students and employers.
• Coordinates communication with deans, department chairs, and other faculty to ensure that the Career Services office is meeting the needs and desires of the academic colleges and departments, within the limitations imposed by the size of the staff and financial support provided by the university.
• Serves in a leadership role in various professional organizations and in the community, which provide broad opportunities for professional development activities.
• Serves as liaison between students, alumni, and potential employers on a state, regional, national, and international scale.
• Assists, as needed, with maintaining an online presence through Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
• Maintains a database of Babb Center students.
• Assists, as needed, in maintaining student attendance records for the Distinction in Professional Development Certificate requirements.
• Hosts a Babb Center Awards Ceremony each semester.
• As needed, provides Certificate Progress Sheets to Babb Center students on a timely basis.
• Responsible for tracking graduate and student placements through surveys and student/employer contacts.
• Conducts assessment surveys with Babb Center students and employers.
• Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in career services/development, college relations, or related business experience. Experience in program development, supervision and evaluation, budgeting, and computerization.

Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

License(s)/Certifications Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree preferred in business, education administration, college student personnel, or related field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
• Knowledge of career counseling techniques.
• Knowledge of job trends.
• Knowledge of effective strategies to teach career development skills.
• Strong presentation skills.
• Effective public relations and networking abilities
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Understanding of the principles of college student development and the policies and structure of a typical four-year, public university.
• Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
• Knowledge of general office procedures.
• Ability to operate standard office equipment.
• Ability to provide information and assistance to office staff, visitors, and callers.

Special Job Dimensions

Work performed primarily in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds.

Work Schedule

Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm with occasional extended hours and travel required.

Salary Salary commensurate with education and experience Benefits

Competitive benefits package.

Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non- discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Does this position require a background check? Criminal Background Check, Financial History Background Check, and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check
Open Date 02/22/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 22, 2021.

Anticipated start date 07/05/2021 EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting and supporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. The University welcomes applications without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UA Fort Smith provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, or gender identify. The University abides by all applicable employment laws.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, the University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits and all other aspects of employment.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial College Transcripts
  4. Brief Philosophy on the Role of Career Services
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial College Transcripts - Additional 1
  2. Additional Document
  3. Proof of Veteran Status
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you understand that failure to complete the Employment History section of the application will result in automatic elimination?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Did you complete the Employment History section of the application?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you understand that failure to upload your unofficial transcript(s) may result in an incomplete application packet?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Did you upload your unofficial transcript(s)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Have you ever been fired or asked to resign from a job?
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    • No
  6. If yes, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * How did you learn of this employment opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)