Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate
institutions in the United States. Today the University is a
highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately
2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative
and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers
of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and
creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry
reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and
change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to
society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and
international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity
and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact,
as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and
international development program. Clark has also been included in
the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was
first published in 1996.
Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse
city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England,
Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is
increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and
biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a
vibrant food hub.
Basic Function: Please provide a brief explanation of
the function and purpose of the position, along with an overview of
the job responsibilities.
Reporting to the Associate Provost of Student Success, Dean of
Students, the Executive Director (ED) of career development
provides leadership, strategic vision, and administrative oversight
of campus-wide programs, services, and operations within the career
readiness portfolio within the Division of Student Success. The ED
works within the division and across campus to provide leadership
and coordinate Clark University's career development work.
The incumbent will be an inclusive leader who promotes
accessible career development that meets the diverse needs of a
global student body and supports the cultivation of critical
literacies and relationships that allow students to obtain their
post-graduate goals. Continually expand the client/user base and
scope of services to ensure the provision of the broadest array of
services possible to the most inclusive mix of academic and
Specifically, the ED oversees the Career Connections Center and
the Office of Student Employment. The ED supervises and coordinates
all career development, planning, and readiness programs and
activities to ensure that students and alumni are given
opportunities to explore and select career options and acquire
work-related experiences to maximize career placement
The Executive Director assists all student, alumni, faculty, and
employer clients in developing career education, career
identification, search, and pursuit of employment opportunities
commensurate with formal academic pursuits.
The Executive Director is a member of the Division of Student
Success leadership team and will support and advance divisional
goals, represent DOS on Division and University committees, and
help shape the strategic mission of DOS and the Division of Student
Success in supporting student success and advancing institutional
goals for retention and persistence. This position will work
closely with the Associate Dean for Community Living, the Associate
Dean for Engagement & Belonging, the Associate Dean for Student
Success, and other DSS Leadership Team members.
As a Student Success Leadership Team member, the ED serves in
on-call rotation as an emergency responder, e.g., representing the
University in responding to student and University community
emergencies; response may involve working with off-campus agencies,
university police, and university departments.
Major Responsibilities: Describe in concise and clear
statements. List in order of importance and note the approximate
percent of time required for each task (annually).
- Provides leadership, strategic vision, and administrative
oversight of campus-wide programs, services, and operations within
the career readiness portfolio within the Division of Student
- Coordinates career development work within the division and
- Chair and facilitate the campus-wise career planning group of
all career development partners across campus.
- In collaboration with staff, determines annual and ongoing
priorities for the office, working diligently to bring these
priorities to fruition. Forms and actively participates in
committees that move the office forward on many fronts (e.g.,
diversity, equity, marketing, alumni, etc.).
- Establishes and implements departmental policies promoting
equitable student and staff success.
- Prepares the annual operating budget and monitors monthly
activity in all career service accounts.
- Supervises the Office of Student Employment Director and
Senior/Associate Directors within the Career Connections
- Drives weekly team meetings focused on collaboration and
discussing current goals and objectives regarding student
involvement and outcomes.
- Recruits, mentors, and encourages the growth of a diverse team
representative of our global student body.
- Oversees development and expansion of Career and Curriculum
initiatives and Design your experience.
- Maintains, posts, and/or distributes information concerning
full and part-time jobs for employees within the unit.
- Ensures that career information and resources are current and
made accessible to the Clark community, such as through the online
job locator, CRM, the career planning website, passive education,
and other electronic and hard-copy media.
- Remains abreast of trends in career education, employment, the
economy, and affiliated business and industry. Maintains membership
and active involvement in professional organizations.
- Writes and presents grant proposals to obtain funds to support
ongoing programs and develop new programs within the unit of Career
- Identifies student needs for information and advising on career
planning, employment, graduate schools, and scholarships.
Collaborating with staff creates programs, services, and
publications to meet those needs.
- Works with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to develop and
implement office diversity action plans.
- Maintains healthy and productive relationships with all college
and divisional departments, faculty, and staff. Regularly build and
develop strong relations with academic departments to increase
communication regarding industry trends, career development
opportunities, and the effectiveness of internship programs.
- Develops and maintains partnerships and relationships with
businesses, industry, and non-profits to keep college programs
current and vital, as well as networking to ensure maximum
opportunities for Clark students and alumni.
- Serve in on-call rotation as an emergency responder, e.g.,
represent the University in responding to student and University
community emergencies; response may involve working with off-campus
agencies, university police, and university departments.
Career Advising & Programming
- Engages in holistic career advising, drawing from academic
advising, career counseling, and identity-conscious student
development theories; Clark University academic requirements; Clark
University resources and national best practices.
- Engages in equity-centered program design that centers
antiracist, intersectional approaches to career development to meet
the diverse needs of students across all majors, which includes
auditing current programs and the potential to develop targeted
programming for key populations (such as students in bridge
programs, cultural organizations or affinity spaces)
- Advises students on identifying appropriate academic and career
options, assessing and exploring those options, and developing
concrete academic and career goals.
- Advises students on negotiating offers, ethical/professional
conduct, resume/cover letter writing, informational interviewing,
interview preparation, time management, and interview
cancellations. Support students in identifying opportunities that
align with their financial, professional, and holistic well-being.
Handles student feedback on questionable employer behavior or
- Monitors student progress toward the individual and
institutional goal of student launch.
- Responds to e-mail, phone, and in-person inquiries from current
students. Advise or refer them appropriately.
- Maintains student files and records.
Participate in the growth and development of the Center,
Division, and Clark University.
- Supports students' onboarding and off-boarding process through
the Career Connection Center.
- Supports critical retention, internship, and career curriculum
- Regularly assesses, monitor data, and iterate approaches to
promote equitable support and outcomes across all student
- Supports key initiatives and experiences within the Division of
Student Success and the University, such as opening weekend,
orientation, commencement, family weekend, traditional events,
- Serves as a responsible committee representative as
- Attends necessary meetings and informs staff regarding relevant
- Promote efficiency and courtesy throughout the University
community and ensure consistency with the Division of Student
Success mission and values.
- Remains cognizant of the University's mission and identity,
constantly promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and student
voices' importance. Communicate effectively with your supervisor
concerning the pertinent unit and/or University matters.
- Other duties as assigned that are within the best interest of
- Thorough understanding of and commitment to the goals and
responsibilities of the centralized Career Connection Center,
including the Office of Student Employment.
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to infusing
diversity, equity, and inclusion into action through leadership,
team development, programming, and policies.
- Nationwide professional contacts in both the university and
- Strong written and verbal communication that resonates with
- Effective organizational and management skills.
- Demonstrated public relations/marketing abilities to be used
for the university and career services specifically, including
proactive outreach to populations with lower engagement in CCC
- The ability to effectively manage and supervise staff to
encourage inclusion, collaboration, and personal growth.
- Effectively work and collaborate with all units and departments
within the university to achieve the necessary goals of the career
center and the division.
- Master's degree in a discipline directly related to staffing,
employment, career development, planning, or other human resources
concern. This may include business, educational administration,
counseling, college student personnel, or a related field.
- Five to eight years or more experience in career planning and
employment work, preferably in a centralized operation.
- Experience in program development, supervision, evaluation,
budgeting, and computerization is necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to design or oversee programs that promote
equitable post-graduate outcomes, particularly for BIPOC,
first-generation, low-income, neurodiverse, and international
- The ability to interact effectively with people, possess
excellent communication skills and leadership and be dedicated to
the National Association of Colleges and Employer's (NACE)
principles and practices of career planning, employment, and
As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees
or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges
all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which
recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
including booster doses. This is important for your own personal
health as well as the health of our community.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we
believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes
diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our
employees and our community. This commitment applies to every
aspect of education, services, and employment policies and
practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts
in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share
in the responsibility for building a community that values
diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and
respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to
create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly
encourage members from historically underrepresented communities,
inclusive of all women, to apply.
Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and,
if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off,
generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life
insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United
States for any employer.
A successful background check is required upon acceptance.