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Assistant Director of Career Development and Experiential Learning

Hood College
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 15, 2023

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Dean of the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education, the full-time Assistant Director of Career Development and Experiential Learning oversees the general management of the Career Center’s internship programs for students, faculty, and employers. The Assistant Director provides individual counsel to students, administers career assessments, provides résumé critiques, general career guidance, and is responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships with local, regional, and national internship sites to increase recruitment opportunities and student participants. As a component of the internship program, the Assistant Director assesses and reports outcomes of recruitment and engagement efforts. The Assistant Director develops and implements classroom and outreach programs designed to increase student participation in high-impact learning experiences. This role collaborates with academic advisors to pre- professional programs, the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of Community and Inclusivity, the Graduate School, and other academic and student service departments. The assistant director assists in administrative and support activity within the Center including oversight of student workers, maintaining the Career Center’s website, publications, and databases. This position provides direct support to students, alums, faculty, employers, and other visitors to the Career Center.

Essential Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Internship Counseling (40%)
  • Serves as the primary Hood contact for internship sites, student interns, and faculty supervisors and ensures that all parties have the requisite forms (e.g. mid-term and final student and employer evaluations) and are familiar with the policies regarding internships.
  • Markets internships and other high-impact learning experiences to students and provides information about opportunities and funding in support of these experiences, distributes paperwork, facilitates and tracks student participation.
  • Assesses and reports outcomes of employer recruitment and student engagement efforts supporting the college’s internship program.
  • Assists with the development of policies and procedures related to the internship program and the distribution of high impact experience funds.
  • Serves on committees related to applied learning experiences, high impact practices, and associated curriculum development.
  • Develops and updates related internship forms, paperwork, and web-based information
  • Develops a formal line of communication with the academic departments to promote internship opportunities and career guidance for the students.
  • Assists graduate students in locating and applying for internship and job opportunities.
Internship and Experiential Learning Development (30%)
  • Actively seeks and establishes new internship contacts and strengthens current internship relationships through outreach activities such as cold calls, networking activities, and individual internship site visits.
  • Engages in internal and external activities to represent the college and the Career Center including membership on committees and attendance at civic events to establish professional opportunities for students.
  • When appropriate accepts leadership positions on committees relevant to internships and high- impact learning experiences.
  • Actively seeks and promotes unique high-impact learning experiences in the Frederick, Baltimore, and Washington DC region and develops relationships with organizations, and promotes opportunities to students.
  • Assists the Dean and collaborates with the Assistant Director of Employer Relations in coordinating programs to connect students to internship opportunities in the community as well as with alumni partners.
  • Develops ties with the local and state business communities to promote College’s visibility and engagement with the community.
  • Participates in the design and delivery of internship/career-related workshops, programs, and panels
  • Collaborates with campus divisions in the promotion of opportunities for diverse student groups and first-generation college students.
Supervisory Responsibilities (15%)
  • In conjunction with the Dean, provides supervision and support of the Career Development Program Manager in career development, high-impact learning, and civic engagement programs.
  • Supervises administrative staff in coordinating with the registrar’s office to ensure that both offices have accurate information on current internships.
  • Collaborates with Career Center staff to recruit, hire and supervise student workers and graduate students, provide daily oversight and midterm and end of year evaluation.
  • Offers training allowing for peer counseling in use of the Career Center’s resources including internship, civic engagement, job, event, and appointment platform.
  • Trains student workers and graduate students in representing and implementing Career Center events and programs.
Career Center Administration (15%)
  • Documents and reports student use of career center resources, service usage, and outcomes
  • Updates web-based information for the Career Center including Handshake, social media outlets, Pergola Connect, and Career Center web page.
  • Serves as primary support for the Dean with special projects.
  • Supervises and maintains databases detailing site information and student internship experiences; ensures all parties have appropriate documents.
  • Provides an overview of career assessment resources (MBTI and Focus II).
  • Helps students develop and refine résumé writing, interviewing, mock interviewing, and job- search skills
  • Develops and delivers workshops on the internship process, résumé writing, and job search process, promoting the services of the Career Center.
  • Assists with the planning and promotion of career services office to students, alumni, faculty, and employers through a wide array of marketing efforts.
  • Assists with the updating of existing marketing materials and/or development of new materials.
  • Contributes to the Center’s weekly newsletter and social media presence with other Career Center team members.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

We seek a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do. Candidates must have strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively with partners across campus in support of Hood College’s mission as a student-centered, liberal arts institution.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical skills
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to accept responsibility and work independently with little supervision using initiative and sound judgment
  • Ability to function effectively in team and settings
  • Commitment to student development in a liberal arts setting
  • Student-centered orientation with knowledge or background in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion foundations and strategies
  • Pursues collaboration with other student support departments, faculty, and staff
  • Thorough knowledge and mastery of Microsoft Office, website, and database development software
Education and/or Experience Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience in a professional office setting required. Master’s degree in career development, counseling, or related field preferred. Three to five years of experience in a business or higher education realm, working with employers and/or student groups in a Career Center environment or similar setting preferred. Candidates must be strongly detail-oriented and possess exceptional organizational and time management skills. A background in outreach, event coordination, and proven customer service is required. Candidates must have a proven ability to write and edit posters, flyers, and other promotional literature. Public speaking skills and supervisory experience are required. Ability to create and manage databases and information systems and Web page development experience preferred.

Technology Skills

Proficient in MS Office tools (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet. Ability to learn new applications quickly including organization-wide information systems and department-specific software applications.

Language Skills

Ability to effectively present information and positively respond to questions from groups of faculty, staff, students, and the general public both in person and over the phone. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

Mathematical Skills

Proficient with statistical and financial concepts. Must have the ability to apply those concepts to tracking, projections, goal setting and interpreting reports. Must be able to draw conclusions from reports and make cost effective decisions regarding programs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a number of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently and as a member of a group in developing and executing project plans. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

To Apply

We invite qualified candidates to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a résumé, cover letter and three professional references.

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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