Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, Diversity Initiatives Lead

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description:

Reporting to the Director of Advising, the Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, Diversity Initiatives Lead assists the Director and the Dean of Career and Professional Development in executing the Office’s strategic plan through advising students and alumni, facilitating recruitment opportunities, providing planning, logistical and marketing support for events, programs and career trips, and other projects and initiatives as assigned. Plays a large role in identifying strategies to advise our growing under-represented student population. In this capacity, he/she will be one of two liaisons for CPD and the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement. Additionally, works closely with internal partners (e.g., alumni affairs, development, faculty and staff) and external partners (e.g., recruiters, alumni) to create a culture of collaboration among a variety of stakeholders across the University. The Assistant Director will advise students and alumni in the areas of professional development, help develop and execute career-related programs designed to enhance their knowledge of career fields, and establish links between students and employers, alumni and professionals.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to contributing to an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.


 Essential Functions:

  • Serves as personal, academic and professional advisor to first-year through senior year students.

  • Counsels and provides career ad vice to assist students and alumni in developing and applying personal, academic and job-search competencies and decision-making skills.

  • Identifies strategies to engage and advise our growing under-represented student population.  Liaises with the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement.  Collaborates with Career Development staff in development of trainings and workshops targeted to underrepresented student populations. 

  • Supports the Director(s) and Associate Directors(s) in facilitating recruitment opportunities for students and alumni through regular review and approval of employers and job opportunities on the Handshake platform and posting and marketing incoming opportunities from the alumni network and other contacts.

  • Supports the Director(s) and Associate Directors(s) in developing, planning, marketing and executing professional development and industry-specific events, programs and career trips.

  • Develops relationships with faculty, staff, recruiters and alumni to ensure available experts/resources in desirable career fields.

  • Supports the Dean on First Year Engagement, including being CPD’s main contact for programs such as AIM and FYE 100

  • Supports the Director(s) in managing internal databases and maintaining data integrity.

  • Utilizes data and provides research on areas of interest.

  • Serves as representative to SLAC, LACN and other career related consortiums. 

  • Promotes and Practices NACE Principles of Professional Conduct.

  • Performs additional related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree required and master's degree preferred with 1-3 years of full-time experience in college/university career services. An opportunity for subsidized post-graduate education and completion of a master’s degree in a related field may be considered for the selected candidate. Experience and expertise including: working with students throughout career process from indecision/exploration through job acquisition, knowledge of career fields relevant to liberal arts graduates and alumni. In the absence of higher education experience, a combination of education and relevant experience providing a similar background and capabilities will be considered. This position requires the incumbent to portray a high energy level and be an active and successful team member. Must possess strong oral and written communication skills having a demonstrated ability to follow through. The independent nature of this role requires the incumbent to take initiative and possess a strong attention to detail.


The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.


 Application Instructions:

Resume, cover letter, and list of professional references are required. The online application form requires names and contact information for three professional references, such as a current or former supervisor. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

 Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Do not apply from the website. Log in to Workday. Click on the Career Application, search Find Jobs, and open Find Jobs or Tasks and Reports. Locate the position and click Apply. Update your Education and Job History, and provide three professional references in the appropriate boxes. Refer to this Job Aid for additional guidance.

 External Applicants: Complete the online application form.


 Physical Requirements:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.


Working Conditions: None


Types of Work: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with occasional nights and weekend hours required.


 Benefit Eligible


FLSA: Exempt


Weekly Hours: 35


Pay commensurate with experience.