Established in 1887 as a school for the education of American Indians, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke serves a distinctly diverse student body and encourages inclusion and appreciation of the values of all people. Located in the heart of Pembroke, N.C., UNCP boasts an enrollment of 7,500 in 41 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs and offers a personalized learning environment where faculty and staff are dedicated to engaged scholarship, high academic standards, creative activity, and public service. Spread over 281 acres, the campus offers a sense of community and belonging-–a place where faculty and staff feel supported, take pride in the university’s mission, and are devoted to excellence in teaching, learning and research, and to developing leaders who make a difference in their communities.
The Director of Career Services provides leadership and guidance for the Career Center with a mission to support student development and success by providing opportunities and resources for students to explore professional and career goals, participate in self-assessments, and develop skills that help prepare them for future careers. The Director of Career Services serves as the leader of the Career Center by managing the Center’s budget, four full-time professional staff, developing Center goals and assessment with their team, coordinating and planning career-related programs through the Center and on and off-campus partnerships, and maintaining policies and procedures.
The Director of Career Services is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing programs that teach and encourage self-analysis and realistic career planning. This position serves as a major resource for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the university community by building partnerships with stakeholders, employers, and faculty that promote experiential learning opportunities such as internships and student employment, to support student development, learning, and success. The Director will work with Career Center staff to enhance marketing strategies to encourage utilization of services. The Director will actively engage with campus and community stakeholders and employers to expand student opportunities for experiential learning and employment. In addition, the Director will maintain, enhance, and expand partnerships with Academic Affairs to identify opportunities for students to engage in internships and experiential learning opportunities that support student learning in their discipline. This will include developing a system to inventory and maintain information about internship opportunities. The Director will provide oversight for an on-campus student employment initiative. This will include maintaining Handshake, an online job search system to which on-campus positions are posted and developing and implementing an onboarding curriculum and training for student employees including but not limited to students working within the division of Student Affairs.
This position provides instructional leadership to the university’s effort to prepare students for diverse professions that meet the workforce needs of our area. The Director will develop and instruct a wide range of career development and planning educational opportunities in formal classes, group and individual counseling sessions, seminars/workshops, clubs/organizations, and local agencies. The Director will work with staff to provide individual and group career consulting and counseling to UNCP students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni and participate in and/or present at various campus events to promote career planning awareness among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests visiting the university.
In addition to these duties, the Director will serve as an active member of various university committees, provide instruction, direction, and performance appraisal for professional and student staff, maintain the Career Center website and ensure ongoing access to a variety of career-related online resources. The Director will assess Career Center programs and initiatives and be responsible for reporting these assessment results to university administrators and others as needed. Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Training and Experience Requirements: Earned Master’s degree required with three years of professional experience required in career services.
Three years of experience in career and employer services or related experience required.
Knowledge of career development theory, application, and current trends.
Must have excellent supervisory, budgeting, communication, writing, planning, problem-solving, technology, leadership, team building, partnership building, and organizational skills.
Ability to seek innovative solutions to problems is expected.
Must be student-oriented and have a commitment to working in a team-based, collaborative environment along with the ability to work with a culturally diverse student population.
Management Preferences: Preference for those with additional years of experience and demonstrating progressive leadership and responsibility in the career field within higher education. Preference for proven record of successfully implementing, enhancing, and developing partnerships to build career programs including strong internship pathways.
Knowledge of student development theory, application, and current trends. Familiarity and/or engagement with career related professional organizations at a national, regional, and/or state level.
Special Instructions to Applicants: This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable). 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 form upon hire. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 as a part of the online application process.
UNC Pembroke is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and national origin. UNC Pembroke is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.