Westminster College seeks student-oriented candidates to direct
the Professional Development Center (PDC). The director provides
leadership, vision, and oversight to the PDC and brings strategic
thinking to students’ career planning, internships, and placements.
A successful candidate will be poised to work with staff across the
College to implement creative programs and services that enhance
students’ readiness for careers and graduate school. This full-time
11-month administrative position reports to the Vice President for
Excellent candidates for the position will:
- Hold a Master’s degree or higher in career services,
counseling, human resources, or related fields. Relevant
certifications or credentials will be considered favorably.
- Have three or more years of experience helping students discern
their professional strengths and vocational goals, preferably in a
higher education setting.
- Work effectively and proactively with colleagues in achieving
the institution’s strategic planning goals, along with the goals of
the PDC’s strategic plan. The ability to implement effective
assessment practices to inform planning and program revisions is
critical to the role.
- Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, with
an ability to communicate effectively to promote PDC programs and
services to prospective and current students, alumni, College
stakeholders (e.g., Board of Trustees and Board of Distinguished
Visitors), and employers and other external constituents.
- Proactively collaborate with faculty and the PDC assistant
director to design creative programs that help students across the
liberal arts curriculum assess their core strengths and develop
skills and abilities that enhance their readiness for their “first
destination” after graduation. Such programs include, but are not
limited to career and internship searches, resume and cover letter
review, mock interviews, business etiquette, and networking.
- Remain current in employment trends, laws, and industry
standards through membership in professional associations,
participation in conferences and trainings, and leadership in local
or regional groups that connect students with employers.
- Supervise and evaluate PDC staff and student workers along PDC
goals and metrics, overseeing staff development.
- Effectively steward PDC resources, including its budget, the
Handshake career platform, and other career-related software.
- Work with offices across campus to organize and evaluate the
annual Professional Networking Symposium.
- Demonstrate strong collaborative and interpersonal skills that
enhance internal and external networks, generating internship and
career pipelines for students.
- Proactively pursue data-driven strategies and opportunities
that promote the College’s mission and the success of Westminster
students and alumni.
Applications will be accepted until an appointment is made.
Please email cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, statement of
student support philosophy, and a list of at least three
professional references to Dr. Jamie McMinn, Vice President for
Academic Affairs, email@example.com
Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by Westminster
College of satisfactory references, verification of employment and
education, and Commonwealth background clearances.
Westminster College is an Equal Opportunity Employer,
enhancing learning through diversity and inclusion. The College is
a nationally recognized liberal arts college, known for its
collaborative environment, outstanding experiential learning
programs, and focus on student success. Related to the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.), Westminster was founded in 1852 as one of the
first colleges in the country to offer the same degrees to all
people, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Westminster has
been ranked among the nation’s top schools for “Top Colleges Doing
the Most for the American Dream” (N.Y. Times), “best value for the
money” (College Factual), employment success (Educate to Career
Index), graduation rate performance (U.S. News), social mobility
(Washington Monthly), women in STEM disciplines (Forbes),
service-learning (President’s Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll), and other categories. Around 1,200 undergraduate and
graduate students benefit from close personal attention from
dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors, 10
pre-professional programs and 80 organizations. Westminster’s
historic campus is located in New Wilmington, PA, a beautiful rural
setting near Pittsburgh and Cleveland.