Director for Career Services

Columbia Basin College
Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 22, 2023


Columbia Basin College ('CBC' or the 'College') seeks a Director for Career Services to be responsible for the overall leadership and management of student career services and retention programs provided through the campus Career Center. These services and programs support and maintain a student-centered, inclusive campus culture that contributes to the engagement, learning and retention of a diverse student population, in alignment with the College's mission, values and strategic plan. The Director for Career Services reports to the Associate Dean for Student Retention & Completion.

This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by October 12, 2023 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

If you have questions or need assistance during the application or search process, please contact the recruiter for this position, Ashley Jordan at or (509) 542-4567.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Develop and integrate a comprehensive career services program for students;
  • Serve as budget authority for the Career Services budget, including revenue generated from career fairs;
  • Direct the design and delivery of employment workshops offering information and career research, job search techniques, interview skills, etc.;
  • Develop learning opportunities for students to articulate their soft skills during the job search process;
  • Collect, analyze and report student job placement data annually;
  • Develop, oversee and train CBC staff to assist with resume-writing and review services, as well as mock interview opportunities for students;
  • Work with division faculty to offer internship opportunities;
  • Supervise and direct all employees reporting directly to this position, including training, task assignment, professional development, scheduling leave approvals and performance evaluations;
  • Develop and implement programs and services that are responsive to the changing needs of program participants;
  • Direct comprehensive and industry-specific career fairs and coordinate employer visits on campus throughout the academic year;
  • Ensure maintenance of the Career Services software platform, college job-posting board and promotion of job opportunities to instructors;
  • Maintain and update an inventory of career assessment tools to be used in career counseling;
  • Promote workforce readiness and career development by collaborating with faculty in the classroom setting;
  • Disseminate information regarding career-training programs offered by the College to the public including employers, students seeking work, faculty and staff;
  • Assist instructors, counselors, completion coaches and staff in promoting CBC graduates to employers;
  • Attend Career and Employment Services Council meetings across state hosted by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Three (3) years of progressively more responsible experience working in an institution of higher education; and
  • One (1) year of supervisory experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Budget management experience;
  • Experience with developing new programs; and
  • Previous professional college or university career services experience.

Departmental Management : Ability to effectively and efficiently manage a department including all related administrative and supervisory functions involving personnel and budget management;

Project Management : Manage projects by focusing attention on key priorities; evaluate approaches, determine feasibility, and adjust plan as needed; develop plans, coordinate projects and teams; communicate changes and progress; complete projects on time and on budget; perform well without direct supervision; do complex work independently; follow tasks through to completion;

Quality Management : Set clear quality requirements; measure key outcomes; improve processes, products, and services;

Leadership : Lead through influence, rather than authority, and take ownership and accountability for the area of responsibility and decisions made; demonstrate confidence within area of expertise – promote a cooperative work environment; ability to appropriately apply leadership techniques to motivate, develop and guide employees;

Conceptual Thinking : Have the ability to understand a situation or problem by identifying patterns or connections, and addressing key underlying issues; use past professional or technical training and experience, creativity, inductive reasoning, and intuitive processes to find potential solutions or valuable alternatives that may not be obviously related or easily identified; think “outside the box”;

Oral & Written Communication : Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; structure and convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents; review and edit written work constructively; ability to tailor to audience in mind;

Student Centered : Attention, interest, activities and efforts are centered upon the best interest of students; create and support an environment that enables learners to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals; provide courteous and helpful responses to all customers, whether they be students, general public or employees from another department;

Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion : Reflecting CBC’s mission, vision and values, support initiatives that expand the human qualities that differentiate our workplace and educational setting. Demonstrate and advocate an understanding of differences, open mindedness, compassion, sensitivity and interest in differing viewpoints given the diverse population and show a deep commitment to the involvement of colleagues, students and community members to student experience and success honoring freedom of expression as fundamental to personal, professional and organizational growth;

Accountability : Accountable for own actions, decisions, errors, mistakes and/or failures to act when appropriate; accept responsibility when given, understand what duties employee is responsible for and can be counted upon to carry out those responsibilities; and

Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to work with, and help others in completing job assignments, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and to cooperate with fellow employees and supervisors; demonstrate alignment with the 'Yes And' culture, (e.g., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity).


This is a full-time, overtime exempt, administrative position. The typical work hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, work hours may vary due to work demands and some evening and weekend work may be required.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Additionally, pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or are currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employer. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who refuses to declare the existence or non-existence of an investigation or findings subject to this statute.


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.


The working conditions listed below represent those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility including having the ability to move materials on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc. and travel between buildings on campus. Manual dexterity and coordination are required to operate equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment.

Work environment includes office and other settings as appropriate. It is a fast paced and sometimes stressful services environment. The noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. There is an occasional need for travel in this position.

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