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Assistant Director of Student Professional Development

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, Virginia
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Chief Objective of Position:

The Assistant Director of Student Professional Development will be responsible for the implementation, management, oversight and success of Professional Development for all Luter Undergraduate and Graduate programs. The Assistant Director will be responsible for the oversight and administration of the Signature Scholar program (a voluntary co-curricular program for all undergraduate Luter/business students which enhances student’s academic experience with business and professional skill development). The Assistant Director will also oversee and administer the Professional Engagement program for all graduate students, which includes job placement as well as a robust series of professional development activities in conjunction with the Partners Council, and will serve as the School’s official liaison with CNU Career Services and with the Study Abroad office.


Work Tasks:

  • Works with Luter faculty and staff to define, approve, and implement the Luter Signature Scholar program, as well as the Professional Engagement program for graduate students.
  • Promotes the Luter Signature Scholars program to undergraduate students, encourages participation, tracks events and attendance, and reports progress to students each semester.
  • Plans and administers mentorship programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Promotes and seeks internship and job opportunities for Luter students, in concert with the CNU Career Services. Tracks completion and student success.
  • Oversees the Luter Scholarship Awards – including application, review, and distribution. Serves as a liaison with the Study Abroad office and Luter Exchange partners for Study Abroad opportunities.
  • Works closely with CNU’s Career Services organization to assure successful programming and services critical to Luter student’s professional success.
  • Counsels with students, the Luter Board of Advisors, and the Partners Council on professional development activities and opportunities.
  • Serves as the coordinator assisting faculty with Student Competitions and Student Clubs.
  • Supervises graduate student assistants in the administration of the MFinA program.
  • Supervises undergraduate student assistants in the administration of Luter activities.
  • Advises and counsels incoming transfer students, assisting with plans of study and orientation to ensure a seamless transition.
  • This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
  • Develops and maintains very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies including students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully supports the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
  • Reviews and communicates safety issues to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work-related absence.
  • Follow workplace safety regulations and adhere to applicable standards, processes, and programs established for your position.
    · Report unsafe work conditions to your supervisor.
    · Immediately report work-related incidents to your supervisor and participate in accident investigation requests.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean and the Assistant Dean of the Luter School of Business.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required:

Excellent communication skills – written, spoken, and presentation. Excellent understanding of how businesses work. Professional demeanor. Ability to lead, develop positive working relationships, mentor students, and execute projects on time and within budget. Computer/software and social media skills are necessary. Ability to develop business relationships and promote new ideas. Some evening and weekend work as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred:

The ability to build, administer, and analyze surveys. Working knowledge of advanced concepts in executive coaching, peer and professional mentoring, professional relationship building, or other core elements of professional development programming.

Required Education:

Master’s Degree; or a Bachelor’s Degree with work experience in the area of business that equates to an advanced degree, at time of start date.

Preferred Education:

Professional certification in a field related to professional development, executive coaching, talent development, career counseling, advising, student success, or other content-relevant fields.

Experience Required:

  • Experience in advising, mentoring, or coaching young adults, and establishing and maintaining strong relationships with the business community. Project management experience, e.g., meeting facilitation, time management, project oversight, etc.

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience with event planning and execution. Experience conducting professional development services or advising, designing and implementing professional development workshops or orientations. Program development experience (e.g., budgeting, fundraising, staff and volunteer supervision).

CNU Information:

S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide​ as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit


Position Detail Information

Working Title: Assistant Director of Student Professional Development

Position Number: FA429

FLSA: Exempt

Appointment Type; Full Time

Sensitive Position: No

Sensitive Position Statement: A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority: No

Campus Security Authority Statement: This position is NOT a designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel: No

Designated Personnel Statement: A “designated position” means this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing. This is NOT a “designated position.”

Statement of Economic Interest: No

Statement of Economic Interest Statement:  This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position: No

Restricted Position Statement: A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted position.


Posting Detail Information

Posting Number: AP252P

Number of Vacancies: 1

Posting Date: 08/30/2022

Application Deadline: 09/13/2022

Application Instructions:

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.

Review of applications will begin September 13, 2022.

Applications received after September 13, 2022, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

Link to Postings:

EEO Statement:

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.
Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:




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