Director of the Career Design Center

Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of the Career Design Center

Requisition ID: 2021-3901
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Student Programs & Services
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Exempt
College: Provost
Department: Career Services
Advertised Salary: Minimum $70,000, Commensurate with experience plus a comprehensive benefits package worth approximately 45% of the annual salary including an employer retirement contribution of up to 14.2% of annual gross earnings.

The Director of the Career Design Center provides leadership and vision within the University and with employer partners. The Director will be an individual that is innovative, forward thinking, and can contribute positively to a unit going through a redesign process to create a newly reimagined center - integrating the center in to the academic and student life of the institution. The Director will coordinate with academic departments, faculty, and programs to align principles of career readiness and design with strategic academic program development and more effective student completion.

The Director performs complex tasks in the areas of: strategic planning, budgeting, supervision/management of exempt and non-exempt staff, grant writing, fundraising, program management, as well as fostering and growing relationships with the university, employers and other community constituents.

Review of applications will begin two weeks from posting date.

The Director reports to a Vice Provost as assigned by the Provost.
  1. Provide leadership and support over efforts in the four areas outlined in the mission including: major and career exploration, internships and experiential learning, launching careers, and pivoting career directions.
  2. Guide the unit towards meeting CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards for career services.
  3. Develop and manage budgets and center personnel to meet the goals of the center in all areas relating to major and career exploration, experiential learning opportunities including internships and federal work study, and launching careers to ensure timely and effective content/programming to its users.
  4. Review annual budget and assess overall departmental resources through annual reviews and strategic planning while meeting internal audit standards for accountability and appropriate allocation of resources.
  5. Lead the short-term and long-term goal setting and strategic planning to support the mission of the unit by collecting/analyzing data to drive data informed decision making and future direction.
  6. Using data informed decision making, constantly monitors, analyzes, and evaluates current scope of services offered through Career Design Center and plans, implements, and directs new programs.
  7. Closely coordinates communication with key constituents and academic units to ensure that the Career Design Center is meeting the needs and desires of the academic colleges and departments.
  8. Serves as a director in the Student Achievement Collaborative with the responsibility to operate a unit that enhances student success by providing innovative strategies designed to support institutional retention and completion goals.
  9. Recruit, train, supervise and motivate all Career Design Center staff including professional development to develop knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, active learning and growth mindset with a focus on leveraging individual/team strengths.
  10. Identifies resources through college and employer partners for specialized events, site visits, and speakers.
  11. Coaches and prepares students, alumni, and/or community members in finding suitable employment by developing job-search and effective presentation skill development and practice.
  12. Assists in resume writing, interviewing, networking, social media strategy, salary negotiation, career exploration, career planning, career search strategies, individual assessment, career advising and/or graduate school applications.
  13. Oversees the development and delivery of content to meet the employment and internship needs of all USU students including all statewide campuses.
  14. Maintain and cultivate relationships with key populations including employers, alumni association, alumni, students, student leaders, faculty, staff, administrators, regional associations, and the Utah System of Higher Education..
  15. Participate in professional development to stay current in industry and benchmark with colleagues through attending conferences, and active association memberships regarding current and effective employment and economic trends, strategies, and best practices.
  16. Provides vision and support for career development courses including possibly instructing sections of courses.
  17. Serves as an active University citizen by serving on committees, volunteering, etc.

Fundamental Abilities

Within the scope and complexity of each position’s responsibilities, each incumbent is expected to possess and demonstrate the following abilities:
  1. Communicating: Communicates effectively verbally, in writing, and in presentations.
  2. Problem solving: Analyzes information and evaluates results to select the best solution and solve problems.
  3. Monitoring: Measures performance of self; makes improvements and takes appropriate corrective action.
  4. Critical Thinking: Comes to well-reasoned conclusions, solutions, and approaches to problems.
  5. Team Building: Works to create a team-based environment.Consistently demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers.
  6. Active Listening: Gives full attention when others are speaking; listens to understand, asks questions as appropriate, and does not interrupt.
  7. Service Orientation: Actively seeks opportunities to serve as a University and National Association of College and Employers(NACE) citizen.
  8. Conflict Resolution: Acts professionally with empathy when encountering customers who, at times, may be frustrated.

Core Characteristics

As representatives of Utah State University and primary contributors to its mission, all employees are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics:
  1. Take initiative.
  2. Maintain confidentiality.
  3. Be accountable.
  4. Behave ethically.
  5. Be honest and trustworthy.
  6. Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
  7. Be inquisitive with a growth mindset.
  8. Be detail oriented.
  9. Be self-motivated.
  10. Efficiently manage multiple tasks.
  11. Be a team player.
  12. Be committed to improving USU.

DISCLAIMER: This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.

Minimum Education & Experience
  1. Master’s degree required in higher education administration, counseling, human development, business, or related field.
  2. 6+ years related experience to the duties outlined.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience in higher education leadership or industry with at least 2 years involvement in administration.
  2. Experience with job search/networking platforms such as Handshake.
  3. Experience with using design thinking in relation to a career planning approach.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  1. Understand and able to incorporate best practices and competencies outlined by National Association of College and Employers (NACE).
  2. Familiar with CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards for career services.
  3. Ability to develop departmental goals and support the mission of the USU Career Design Center using strategic thinking and leadership.
  4. Experience in program development, supervision and evaluation, and budgeting.
  5. Ability to use/interpret data, present data and make data informed decisions.
  6. Knowledge of career counseling, career assessments, resource/best practice utilization, on-campus/virtual recruiting, job postings, resume referrals and career fairs/events (both face-to-face and virtual).
  7. Knowledge of career search strategies, including career coaching, mentoring, social networking, interviewing, and salary negotiation for both traditional and non-traditional student populations.
  8. Knowledge of customer service standards expected in a robust high-tech, high-touch career center.
  9. Public speaking, presentation, teaching/training, and one-on-one communication skills.
  10. Skilled in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  11. Ability to build relationships and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  12. Ability to identify and develop employment opportunities at the internship, co-op and full-time levels.
  13. Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials, including reports and presentations.
  14. Ability to manage a team of professionals.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:
  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application
  3. Three (3) professional references completed in the Candidate Profile

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Minimum $70,000, Commensurate with experience plus a comprehensive benefits package worth approximately 45% of the annual salary including an employer retirement contribution of up to 14.2% of annual gross earnings.

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights
The Career Design Center assists students, alumni, and community members in exploring and pursuing meaningful careers over a lifetime. The Center provides a full range of innovative programs, resources, technology, and events. The staff is a dedicated group of professionals who work in a very collaborative environment, on-campus, with USU’s Statewide Campuses, in higher education, and in the employment community.

The Career Design Center is a reporting unit to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. For more information, please visit

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

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U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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