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Director of Career & Personal Development

Benedictine University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Alumni Affairs, Student Affairs, Career Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Career & Personal Development

Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community, inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and Benedictine values. We seek employees who will contribute to the advancement of our mission by helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Job Title: Director of Career & Personal Development

Department: Student Life

Reports to: Chief Student Engagement Officer

Status: Full-Time, Benefit Eligible

Location: Lisle Campus

Position Summary: Reporting to the Chief Student Engagement Officer, the Director of Career & Personal Development is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive career and employment development program. The Director will focus much on developing deep and sustaining relationships with employer, academic, and student communities to maximize internship opportunities, develop essential job search skills, leverage connections and opportunities for Benedictine University students and ensures that Career Service resources are available to alumni.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

1. Develop and nurture mutually beneficial partnerships with employers to support the university’s students and alumni as a potential candidate pool for their internship, full and part-time hiring needs and connect employers for events to increase the likelihood of job attainment upon graduation.

2. Design an optimal organizational structure and staffing/training, revenue management (budget, grants, job fair registration fees, employer sponsorships, etc.) and outcome-based assessment plans. Oversee and administer budget related to their purview.

3. Create and coordinate career events and related programming, including: planning, marketing, venue set up/breakdown logistics, etc.

4. Work directly with students, department chairs, faculty, and alumni to expand internship/job opportunities for students, and more directly link internships and career pathways to student career plans.

5. Manage evaluation and assessment process: create and update survey instruments, compile data and initial analyses, and apply results to future career experience related events.

Other Functions:

1. Adherence to all Benedictine University and Division of Student Life policies and procedures. Work independently and creatively within established guidelines, while at the same time functioning as a member of a team.
2. Attend departmental and University related meetings and events.
3. Strong leadership, administrative, planning and presentation skills, including oral and written communications
4. Work in coordination with University offices and departments to coordinate and facilitate program needs, serve on University committees as needed.
5. Maintain high level of organization and ability to manage multiple tasks.
6. Ability to attain goals through knowledge of regulation and accreditation requirements, as well as incorporate best practices into initiatives.
7. Ability to create a culture of collaboration with all campus constituents.
8. Experience working in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and/or access
9. Employs sound project management practices, methodologies, and principles to accomplish work.
10. Proven ability to organize information; assess, utilize and navigate online platforms; and conduct detailed data analysis and develop reports based on data
11. Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations and matters with diplomacy and superior judgement.
12. Ability to complete high-level analysis of data.
13. Demonstrated analytical, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills.
14. Demonstrated ability to work with and lead educational workshops and training and experience creating and delivering training to employees and/or students.

Required Qualifications:

Education: Master's Degree Required, Doctorate Degee Preferred in a related field

Experience: 2-5 years’ experience working in academic settings with diverse communities; 1 year of career & personal development experience; project management work experience; experience leading collaborative teams and employee

Specific Skills: Strongly articulated support for the University’s Catholic and Benedictine mission. Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, communication (written and spoken), organizational skills. Computer and digital proficiency (desktop applications, web-based applications, and social media). Familiarity with CommonSpot CMS. Ability to manage multiple priorities including relating well to students, staff, and faculty of diverse intellectual, cultural, and national backgrounds. Strong planning and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks. Strong leadership skills. Ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations with diplomacy and excellent judgement and to act calmly and objectively.

Specific Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications: Database management, desktop publishing, web design, and cross-cultural communication experience are not required but would be desirable. Must have completed either separate 40 Hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Trainings or combined 60 Hour training through an Illinois certified victim services provider(s) or be willing to complete training within 6 months of hire. Expertise and understanding of trauma-informed approaches, including bystander intervention. Strong knowledge of principles, research, and best practices as they relate to primary prevention, specifically in a college setting. Broad acquaintance with Catholic social teaching on peace, justice, cultural diversity, sexuality, and interfaith dialogue.

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds. Use of computer screen, phone and customer service. May require bending, or sitting for long periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Travel (If applicable): No

Supervisory Responsibility (if applicable): Yes

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Nights and weekends sometimes required.

Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Per Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Order proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing is required.

Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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