Assistant Director, Student Life Experience #605426

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 17, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

NAU Career Development empowers students and alumni to confidently navigate their careers as citizens of an evolving and global world.  We are a dynamic team focused on preparing students for the 21st Century workforce and workplace, though career advising and education, connecting students to job and internship providers, and promoting consistent, compliant, and meaningful student employment and internship experiences. We are responsible for collaborating with other NAU career development offices, a variety of student affairs programs, faculty, and other university departments to ensure that students receive a clear, consistent message regarding career development. Our website provides more information on our department and our services:

We are looking for an individual to manage our Career Programming functions, including: overseeing career education and advising through individual appointments, group workshops, and self-paced resources. Our priority for the upcoming academic year will be working with stakeholders across the university to integrate career content into students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences. We seek a professional committed to growing with the team during an exciting time. This position directly manages two professional staff and a graduate assistant.

Specific responsibilities include:

Program Development and Management (30%)

  • Manage the Career Programming function and associated staff within NAU Career Development, prioritizing tasks and activities and allocating available resources to best achieve the department’s goals.
  • Articulate the NAU-wide career development philosophy designed to meet the needs of NAU’s student population and effectively prepare them for the realities of the 21st century workforce; develop or oversee the development of programs grounded in this philosophy.
  • Manage the design, development, implementation, and assessment of Career Development programming NAU-wide including individual appointments, group workshops, and self-paced resources (e.g., website, print materials), based on student needs and best practices.
  • Oversee Career Steps, NAU’s online Career Development lessons, fine-tuning content and working across the university to promote usage.
  • Manage the Student & Alumni, Faculty & Staff, and Parent & Family areas of the department’s website.
  • Implement department goals, strategies/tactics, and performance measures for the Career Programming function and evaluate the effectiveness of specific programs or initiatives based on completion of these goals.
  • Manage specific projects throughout the project lifecycle from conceptualization through development, implementation, and assessment.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on career development programming and resources, providing guidance to staff and faculty NAU-wide. 
  • Work with NAU Marketing and/or Division communications professionals to develop marketing collateral, promote events, and effectively maintain the NAU Career brand.

Team Management and Development (25%)

  • Directly supervise all staff within the Career Programing area, to include classified staff and graduate assistants. Set performance goals, provide coaching and feedback, and assess performance through annual appraisals.
  • Provide guidance and direction related to specific projects or ongoing initiatives to graduate assistants assigned to other areas within the department, graduate interns, and undergraduate student employees.
  • Assign staff to projects based on their strengths, interests, skills set, and professional/personal growth needs. Balance workload and assignments and identify professional development opportunities for skill building.
  • Set objectives for projects and assignments, provide coaching, guidance, and feedback through project/assignment lifecycle, and review and approve work products.
  • Recommend and/or initiate (in collaboration with the Director) actions involving discipline, promotion, transfer, and motivation of employees.
  • Work across the department with the other functional areas (Student Employment, Employer Engagement, and Internships) to co-create processes and resources.
  • Ensure that projects are executed within the established budget.
  • Represent Career Development at NAU, regionally, and beyond at conferences and other professional development events.

University Partnerships (25%)

  • Develop and nurture relationships across the university with departments/stakeholders who can be valuable partners to NAU Career Development.
  • Oversee the liaison program for the department’s 30+ partner organizations; coach direct reports on how to identify student career development needs, determine the best career development solutions to meet those needs, and partner to provide services to the assigned student population.
  • Serve as the liaison to one or more academic colleges. Develop and nurture relationships within the college(s) with faculty, academic advisors, career development offices where applicable, and other staff, building deep functional knowledge of the career development needs of that college's student population.
  • Serve as the liaison to one or more Student Affairs programs (e.g., Transfer and Commuter Connections, First Generation,) developing and nurturing relationships with staff and student leaders, building deep functional knowledge of the career development needs of that program's student population.
  • Serve as the liaison to one or more other NAU departments (e.g., Athletics, Center for International Education), developing and nurturing relationships with program staff and student leaders, building deep functional knowledge of the career development needs of that program's student population.
  • Work closely with NAU's Alumni Engagement function as it increases its career development focus, providing guidance on adapting existing career programming for an alumni audience.
  • Serve on university-wide committees.

Faculty Liaison (5%)

  • Serve as the primary Career Development point of contact for faculty campus-wide, advising on how to best integrate career into curriculum, developing or overseeing the development of career-related assignments as supplements to syllabi, and coordinating/delivering classroom presentations on career.
  • Partner with Faculty Development to determine the best strategies for faculty conversations around career and to co-sponsor faculty development events.

Career Advising and Education (15%)

  • Advise individual students on career exploration, resume/cover letter development, interview skills, job search strategies, and internship exploration.
  • Conduct workshops of varying sizes (up to 100 students) on a variety of topics including resumes/cover letters, interview skills, job search strategies, networking, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree,
  • 3-5 years of related experience such as teaching, counseling, or advising college students or young professionals on career development topics, AND
  • 2-4 years of management or supervisory experience (can include graduate assistants or student employees), OR
  • A combination of related education, experience, and training.

Please see for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.