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Director, Career Development

Job Details

Welcome to Career Opportunities at Lindenwood University. PLEASE READ: For all applications, please include your resume and cover letter. You may skip the “Quick Apply” page by simply clicking “Next” at the bottom of the page. When you arrive at the “Experience” page, you may upload all desired documents using the upload box labeled “Resume/CV.” This is the appropriate box to upload all documents.

Benefits of Being a Lindenwood Employee:
  • Upon hire, employer-paid tuition benefits for bachelor’s (employee, spouse, and dependent) and master’s degree programs (employee and spouse only).
  • Tuition discounts for doctoral programs (employee only).
  • Comprehensive benefits plan: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement options.
  • Paid holidays: MLK Jr. day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving break (Wednesday – Friday), and winter break (Dec. 23 – Jan. 1).
  • Free lunch Fridays: LU employees are eligible for a free meal on Fridays at the Evans Commons Dining Hall or Spellman Dining Hall; Chick-fil-A and Qdoba included.
  • Professional development opportunities through the Lindenwood Learning Academy .

Job Title: Director, Career Development

Division: Academic Affairs

Evaluation Group: Staff Administrator

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports To: Associate Provost, Engaged Learning

Positions Supervised: Career Strategist I; Career Strategist II: Strategist, Internships and Experiential Learning

Job Summary

The director, career development provides leadership and strategic direction for the Career Development department, which offers comprehensive career planning services to undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. This position leads the Career Development department, including program development and implementation, staff development, budget management, and continuous improvement – all based on assessment data and the mission of the Center for Engaged Learning.

Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Job Responsibilities and Execution
  • Oversees the design and delivery of career planning workshops, career fairs, networking events, and mock interviews
  • Monitors, analyzes, and evaluates current scope of services offered through Career Development department; plans and directs implementation of new services
  • Consults with employers, industry representatives, and government and educational contacts regarding development of effective recruiting programs/services
  • Oversees and manages data migration and system customization for new and existing technologies
  • Oversees the collection and interpretation of First Destination Survey Data
  • Supports the development of candidate resumes, cover letters, and other employment search correspondence
  • Manages the content and design for Career Services web pages
Leadership and Strategic Thinking
  • Provides oversight regarding ongoing career coaching programs for students needing assistance with developing and implementing an individualized job search
  • Aligns division/department purpose and actions with relevant University initiatives and higher education trends, especially integration of high impact educational practices in academic and professional development
  • Establishes long- and short-term strategic goals based on assessment data, ensuring standards for the department and its field are met or exceeded
  • Adapts leadership based on new information and/or data, utilizing effective strategies to build collaboration
Employee Management and Development
  • Models, supports, and holds others accountable to the University’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and teamwork
  • Oversees recruitment, interviewing, welcoming, observation of, and professional development for Career Services employees
  • Sets clear performance expectations and holds employees accountable
  • Conducts thorough and timely performance evaluations based on evidence, observation, and feedback
  • Mentors student employees
  • Oversees all departmental operations, services, and resources
Job may require other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience coaching job candidates with varied cultural backgrounds and learning styles
  • Master’s degree in counseling, human resources, or related field preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform this job competently
  • Knowledge of NACE policies and best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Proven ability to develop and implement career-relevant workshops, presentations, and special events
  • Knowledge of global and regional job market trends, resources, and strategies
  • Knowledge of state and federal policies regarding recruitment, hiring, and employment
  • Broad knowledge of academic courses and programs
  • Broad knowledge of functions of Student Support Services
  • Strong collaborative and customer service skills
  • Confident spokesperson
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with faculty, students, alumni, and staff
  • Strong leadership and creative skills
  • Ability and desire to take initiative
  • Highly developed analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
  • General office setting
  • On-Gound (Non-Standard Flex)
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Ability to work effectively at a computer for extended time daily
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer

Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.


Lindenwood University

Founded in 1832, Lindenwood is a dynamic four-year institution dedicated to excellence in higher education. Our historic campus is situated in the heart of Saint Charles, Mo., a growing community of more than 65,000 just west of St. Louis.

Lindenwood University is known nationally and internationally for innovation, entrepreneurship, and extraordinary dedication to students. We believe that education is the way to personal freedom and responsibility, which are the keystones of any democracy. We have a heritage that dates back nearly 200 years. In that time, we have learned how to educate in a way that helps each student become an enlightened, principled citizen of a global community.

Lindenwood is an independent institution firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. Those values include belief in an ordered, purposeful universe, the dignity of work, the worth and integrity of the individual, the obligations and privileges of citizenship, and the primacy of truth.

Lindenwood is a great place to work, and we would love for you to join us as we strive daily to accomplish our University mission: REAL EXPERIENCE. REAL SUCCESS. Enhancing lives through quality education and professional preparatory experiences.

Lindenwood University is home to over 800 full- and part-time faculty and over 400 staff members that work together to provide more than 100 degree programs to students from every state and over 70 countries through values-centered education that lead to development of the whole person.

Our faculty, staff, and administration are committed to an integrative curriculum that focuses on the talents, interests, and future of our students. 

Lindenwood values its employees and provides MANY employee perks including great tuition benefits!

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