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Associate Director of Career Development

Framingham State University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 3, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Career Services
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Full Time
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Company Description:

Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs. Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about 4,000 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate and professional students. FSU offers 35 bachelor's degrees with 55 specialized concentrations, 63 minors, and 26 master's degree programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our community takes pride in empowering student success by providing a superior education, leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience.

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence, encouraging a supportive, diverse and collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity and that we are the only public institution in Massachusetts recognized in 2018, 2019, and 2020. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and truth moral." Principal Bagnall found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.

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Job Description:


As a member of the Center for FSU Student Experience & Careers, the Associate Director of Career Development supervises all aspects of Career Services at Framingham State University. Responsibilities include the planning, implementation and administration of comprehensive career development programs for students and alumni. The Associate Director is responsible for oversight of developing, enhancing, and maintaining partnerships with major employers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and, specifically, in the MetroWest Region in order to facilitate internship and career opportunities for Framingham State University students and alumni. This is a forward-facing position working directly with students, while creating a strong community network of employers and community members to support the work.



  • Supervises and provides training and evaluation of one full-time professional staff and multiple part-time career specialists and student interns.
  • In collaboration with Executive Director, determines annual and ongoing priorities for office, working diligently to bring these priorities to fruition.
  • In collaboration with Executive Director, establishes and implements departmental policies and manages department budget.
  • Collaborates with the University Development Office to work with donors regarding career engagement events and sponsorship.
  • Identifies student needs for information and advising on career planning, employment, graduate school opportunities, and scholarships. In collaboration with staff, creates programs, services, and publications to meet those needs.
  • Coordinates assessment of departmental activities to promote a culture of continuous improvement.


  • Counsels students on an individual and group basis regarding career planning, graduate school, and employment issues.
  • Develops and delivers workshops and career-related programs.
  • Supports University and Division's strategic goals by developing complimentary programming and resources.
  • Works with academic departments to meet the career and internship needs of students in targeted majors.
  • Collaborates with staff in the Center for Student Experience in creating and enhancing the connection between out of the classroom skills and career readiness, in connection to the Student Development strategic plan and within the Campus Engagement work unit.
  • Creates and enhances virtual programming calendar to meet the needs of a remote learning environment.

Community Outreach/Networking

  • Addresses alumni groups, parents, faculty, student organizations, and other administrators on career-related issues. Makes concerted effort to develop new partnerships with families and faculty.
  • Supervise staff that build relationships and create awareness among corporate and community organizations with regard to the benefits of hiring university students and graduates and of the services of career center to increase job postings, recruitment, and hiring activity.
  • Works with members of the University community and local employers to develop and maintain mentoring relationships with students and innovative programs to meet strategic goals.
  • Serve on University-wide committees and community boards to represent department and division.
  • Collaborates with diversity, inclusion, and community engagement department and diversity council to develop and implement diversity initiatives and programs.
  • Works with partners in industry and commerce to develop knowledge of employment trends in the state.

General Responsibilities

  • Serve as department designee in office decisions and University committees in absence of Executive Director
  • Assist in the hiring of professional, classified and student employees within the Center for Student Experience and Careers.
  • Maintain records relating to the work of Career Services in order to constantly evaluate activities and to provide resource documents and data for year-end reports.
  • Serve on Student Development and University-wide standing committees.
  • Attend University functions of general importance to the student body (Orientation, Black & Gold Beginnings, Homecoming & Family Weekend, Commencement etc.)
  • Stay current on trends in higher education, student affairs, and career development through involvement in professional organizations, in-service training, and continued education.
  • Work some evenings and weekend events to support career-related events, as well as university wide events.
  • Designation as a Clery Campus Security Authority (CSA).
  • Accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions in areas of responsibility.


Supervises the coordinator of internships, career specialists, and student staff and interns.


Executive Director for Student Experience & Careers


  • Majority of work hours take place in an office environment requiring use of computer and telephone.
  • Working both indoors and outdoors for certain events and activities, includes standing for periods of time, bending, crouching and any other body movements associated with event support.
  • Some evening and weekend hours as events and campus presentations require.
  • Some travel with student groups on buses, other provided transportation or own transportation.
  • Remote work is allowed when not needed for certain events, activities, meetings and low student presence time periods on campus.



  • Master's degree in counseling, higher education, business, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a higher education environment.
  • Knowledge of career counseling, related career assessments, and job trends.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Supervisory experience.


  • Effective public relations and networking abilities.
  • Experience working in higher education career development office.
  • Experience using Handshake and Focus-2.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position in the Association of Professional Administrators (APA) bargaining unit with a title of Associate Director. The starting salary for this position is $65,000.

It is the policy of Framingham State University that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster if eligible, before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by FSU, to be verified after a verbal offer of employment has been accepted, and before employment begins. Prospective employees may submit a request for a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to Human Resources. Furthermore, FSU employees must wear a mask inside campus buildings.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement],
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

For best consideration, please submit application materials by November 24, 2022, however applications may continued to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or


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