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Executive Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development

St. Mary's College of Maryland
Maryland, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 23, 2021

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Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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St. Mary’s College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City is accepting résumés for the position of Executive Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) who provides strategic leadership for a comprehensive career development program spanning career advisement, job search skill acquisition, internship opportunities, employer engagement, recruiting activities, and more. The role requires active and innovative outreach to alumni, employers, and members of SMCM and external communities, and engagement of these constituents in the mission and work of the center. The executive director will deepen existing and create new relationships with internal stakeholders across campus to expand the impact of the office's efforts on behalf of students. This oversight will include, but not be limited to, professional skills development as part of the general education curriculum and a career services focus on areas such as employer relations, assisting students with internships and externships, and graduate placement into skill-based work. The executive director will serve an important external role as well by building creative and productive alliances with a wide range of external partners, including alumni, employers, foundations, and other organizations. Ultimately, the executive director will be charged with leading a staff of 8+ flexible, knowledgeable, and highly motivated career services professionals to develop and realize a shared vision for becoming the most nimble, innovative, and mission driven organization of its kind.


Qualifications include:  Advanced degree in Business, Marketing or a related field or equivalent training, education, or experience. The ideal candidate should have between 7-10 years of relevant experience in career services, employment/job placement, business development, employer relations or other talent development roles with administrative, budget and personnel leadership responsibilities. Experience in a higher education setting is preferred. Has a proven record in leading and developing cohesive teams, managing performance and productivity, strategic planning, and contributing to organizational leadership.  Must possess multicultural awareness and competence and have the ability to work in a diverse environment and serve constituents from a wide variety of backgrounds. Knowledge of current best practices in career development and employer relations, including National Association of Colleges and Employers ("NACE") standards. Strong knowledge of trends in internships, employment, the economy, effective interventions, technology, and industry networks. Strong organizational and effective communication abilities are essential.  Experience defining Return on Investment (ROI) and concrete measurements of success for both internal and external constituencies. Any combination of acceptable education and experience, which has provided the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements of this position, may be considered. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  See position description for more information.


Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution located in Historic St. Mary's City, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., has been designated as Maryland's public honors college.  Undergraduate and residential in nature, with a diverse coeducational student body numbering approximately 1600, St. Mary's emphasizes excellence in teaching.  The institution was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1997.  The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and close proximity to the amenities of Washington D.C., Baltimore and Richmond.


St. Mary’s College of Maryland ( embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission.  We create an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity.  Application materials should include a cover letter, résumé (including e-mail address), statement of how the applicant’s employment at the College will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity, three references and submitted online at: Questions may be directed to Anne Harvey-Diggs at


Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary's College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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