Director, Career Services/Pre-Career Planning

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Job Title
Director, Career Services/Pre-Career Planning

FLSA Status

Posted Salary Range
Commensurate with experience.

Employment Status
Full Time

Student Affairs Department

Job Summary

Provide effective leadership in developing and implementing career planning strategies for students and alumni in seeking employment and graduate opportunities; assist in obtaining employment in a position, for which they qualify, in various industries including business, government, education and other professional areas; career and graduate school preparedness; building partnerships with business, government, and education sectors; and strengthen campus partnerships, particularly with the Academic Division in developing market ready skills needed to succeed in a technological and global society.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledgeable in managing the development of all office procedures, handbooks and brochures
  • Ability to maintain the student resume database and schedule on-campus interviews
  • Ability to organize career fairs, company visits, informational sessions and career oriented workshops
  • Ability to serve as Campus Liaison for the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program
  • Ability to aggressively market the university to external agencies and public industries
  • Ability to make effective presentations
  • Ability to counsel/teach students the skills needed for a successful job search
  • Ability to interact with a variety of constituencies
  • Ability to create effective marketing materials and collateral pieces
  • Ability to maintain positive approach under pressure
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to write and speak persuasively
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and other related career development software
Essential Job Functions
  • Establish standard operating procedures and make necessary modifications based on analysis of operations, demographics, and other research information
  • Plan, administer, and control budgets, maintain financial records, and produce financial reports
  • Recruit, hire, train, and terminate departmental personnel
  • Advise students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions
  • Formulate strategic plans for the institution
  • Perform career development and job search counseling for students and alumni
  • Develop and maintain career services databases
  • Develop and revise Career Services publications and policies
  • Strategic and budgetary planning development. Oversee involvement in off-campus job fairs
  • Prepare statistical and other reports for internal and external constituencies
  • Protect the confidentiality of information with areas of position responsibilities by preventing unauthorized release, both verbally and/or written
  • Create vision and provide leadership for program development and implementation; supervise professional and support direct reports; support staff to develop necessary skills
  • Create and promote student, faculty, and administration interaction in the formative process for students with respect to career development
  • Oversee the technology needs and development of Career Services
  • Create, enhance, and increase placement activities for students and alumni
  • Assist with special projects, committees, and other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Travel and after 5 work hours
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
  • Progressive responsibility with a minimum of three (3) years of experience in a supervisory capacity;
  • The director should have excellent interpersonal, administrative and supervisory skills, as well as strong skills in written and oral expression.
  • Prior experience in Career Services field preferred
  • The position also requires computer literacy, an understanding and appreciation of career services database software and online resources, and the willingness to respond to the needs of students and employers in an increasingly technologically oriented society.
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Physical Requirements

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas

Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds

Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds

Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds

Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds


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Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

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Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Letter of Recommendation (Professional)
  5. Letter of Recommendation (Personal)
  6. Letter of Recommendation (Professional or Personal)
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