Indiana Institute of Technology
Director, Career Center
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Indiana Institute of Technology in its search for a Director, Career Center.
For best consideration, please apply by September 9th.
Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech), a success story in higher ed, is enjoying an 11% improvement in traditional graduation rates since 2010 as well as awarding record levels of degrees in 2021. For ten years, SAT and GPA’s have increased for each incoming class. Additionally, Indiana Tech has been recognized as one of America’s best online learning schools of 2022 by Newsweek and received a $9.8 million grant from Lilly Endowments to support initiatives to improve student retention. Moreover, Indiana Tech has been ranked among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs by U.S. News & World Report as well as recognized as a Gold Level and top 10 status as a Military Friendly School for 2022-23.
This is an exciting opportunity for a mission driven, outward facing leader to join Indiana Tech as the next Director for the Career Center. Unlike other higher ed institutions, Indiana Tech’s Career Center is firmly and visibly integrated into the overall mission and strategic plan of the College, making the scope of this role both highly visible and wholly integral through collaborative partnerships across campus and departments.
The Indiana Tech Career Center develops students to become career-ready through personal development and understanding, professional preparation programming, and experiences to practice job skills. The Director is responsible for the vision, management, and oversight of all facets of the Career Center, including Fort Wayne, regional CPS sites, and online programs. Additionally, the Director fosters employer connections with the university to connect students and faculty in support of internships, hiring, and academic program support.
The Career Center services include support for international students completing CPT/OPT, preparation of documents for the job search process, interviewing skills, researching prospective employers, recruiting employers to list with the Center, conducting an annual Job Fair, and developing and overseeing corporate connections for internships and job opportunities for students.
This position reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manage Career Center operations, budget, and staff Provide overall vision and direction for the Career Center programs in support of the university’s career-focused mission Foster relationships to collaborate with employer partners, faculty, and staff to support and enhance the services provided by the Career Center. Work closely with Enrollment Services, Academics, and Institutional Advancement staff/faculty, especially in remote locations, to develop and foster employer connections to the university to benefit students. Manage and oversee the university’s internship program – academic and non-academic Create and implement strategic initiatives in alignment with the University strategic plan Develop/coordinate/manage programs and services provided by the Career Center Manage the career-related events, including, but not limited to: Mock Interviews, Job Fair(s), internship recognition, etc. Instruct, present, and/or facilitate various Career Readiness Training Courses including, but not limited to, Pre-Internship Seminar, Get Equipped, Don’t Cancel Class, etc. Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) to update and maintain the SEVIS records of nonimmigrant students in F and M visa categories specific to OPT and CPT rules
- Master’s degree in human resources, education, career guidance, or related field required Knowledge in career development, internships, and job search strategies Working knowledge of human resources practices preferred Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Five or more years of Higher Education Career Center management experience, required Experience networking with employer partners Experience in creating and implementing marketing strategies Ability to effectively interact in group and one-on-one settings Ability to lead career-preparation and planning conversations and provide resources to campus constituents, i.e. academics, advancement, enrollment management
About the Institution
Indiana Tech is a comprehensive, private, not-for-profit, four-year university. Indiana Tech provides learners a professional education; prepares them for active participation, career advancement, and leadership in the global 21st century society; and motivates them toward a life of significance and worth.
Indiana Tech is a thriving, independent, teaching-oriented institution with a focus on career-oriented programs in business, engineering, information technology and computer science, criminal justice, life sciences, human services, and many other concentrations. Indiana Tech enrolls nearly 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate programs on its picturesque main campus and nearly 5,000 students in its College of Professional Studies programs online and onsite at 15 regional locations. Degrees are offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.
Over 41% of students are either globally or domestically diverse; this contributes to their unique vibrant and inclusive campus community. All academic programs are designed to provide students with relevant and practical experiences, including an emphasis on internships. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Indiana Institute of Technology embraces diversity and equal opportunity intentionally. They are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. They believe that diversity and inclusion among employees is critical to success with respect to educating students to become global citizens. Indiana Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Indiana Tech has big plans for its future. Learn more at Indiana Tech Strategic Plan. Visit the Indiana Tech Career Center at https://careercenter.indianatech.edu/
Indiana Tech recognizes and adheres to the following core values:
- RESPECT: Treating all stakeholders fairly and equitably
- COMMITMENT: Affirming an unceasing dedication to educating the whole learner
- HONESTY: Demonstrating truthful behavior in an open environment
- PASSION: Possessing a burning desire to fulfill our purpose, mission, and vision
- INTEGRITY: Behaving consistently with mission and core values
- BELONGING: Welcoming all to our community and encouraging all voices to be heard
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Indiana Tech intentionally embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to the recruitment, engagement and retention of students, faculty and staff who represent a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our entire campus community is critical to the education and advancement of our students in becoming global citizens.
Our 2021-22 Operational Imperatives
- To attain CPS session counts at or above 25,871 (excluding LAMPRO) To raise net traditional revenue of $16,099,550 To develop a budget for 2022/23 which supports the strategic plan To assess and work with the board of trustees on the university’s enterprise risk management To deploy the HEERF funding in a manner that supports students as well as the university To maintain the cohort default rate at 20% or lower To work together to help students successfully complete their courses, remaining adaptable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic To complete assessment plans, assurance arguments, and on-site reviews as required by HLC, ABET, and IACBE to maintain accreditation
Living in the Area
With its cost of living 21% below the national average, quiet neighborhoods and a population hovering at 260,000, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is an excellent place to buy a house, start a career, launch a business, and raise children. As a midsize metropolitan area in the heart of the Midwest, residents in Fort Wayne have access to the amenities one would expect to find in a large metropolis, like excellent entertainment options and a thriving restaurant and arts scene. Residents also encounter quirky special events, such as the yearly Busker Fest devoted to street performers and the annual bed race that takes place during the Three Rivers Festival.
Fort Wayne has numerous family-friendly attractions, including Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and Science Central. Additionally, kids can stretch their legs in the city's dozens of public parks. Running and cycling events are popular with residents of all fitness levels, with the largest being the Fort4Fitness running and cycling events. Meanwhile, Fort Wayne has a robust sports tradition. There are three championship-winning minor league teams: the Komets (hockey), the TinCaps (baseball), and the Mad Ants (basketball). Within driving distance to several large cities such as Indianapolis, Chicago, and Cincinnati, OH, the area offers a small community feel with big city life in reach.
For best consideration, please apply by September 9th.
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Institution’s EEO Statement
Indiana Institute of Technology embraces diversity and equal opportunity intentionally. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success with respect to educating our students to become global citizens.