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Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development

Shenandoah University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Career Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Shenandoah University’s Office of Career and Professional Development is accepting applications for an Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development. This is a full-time benefited position located on our main campus in Winchester, Virginia.


A primary role for the assistant director of Career & Professional Development is the distribution of information to internal and external publics in a manner that increases the visibility, use, and relationships of the Career & Professional Development department. The assistant director is responsible for the data collection, reporting, and assessment that provides for continuous improvement in career-readiness programs and services to Shenandoah students and alumni. The assistant director supervises front-line response to students while ensuring a quality educational experience for student employees in the office.

These core responsibilities are foundational to departmental services, reputation, effectiveness, and commitment to excellence. In addition, this professional will coordinate specific projects as assigned by the director that are designed specifically to support the recruitment, persistence, and post-graduate success of Shenandoah University’s students.

Reporting to the director of Career and Professional Development, the assistant director must function independently and collaboratively; anticipating the post-graduation needs of SU students and assisting with meeting those needs.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

Enhanced Career Readiness Skills
  • Serve as the department administrator of the career management platforms and other employer related software.
  • Serve as Circle Coordinator for the Shenandoah University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa providing guidance and support for all the chapter programs.
Student Employment Educator
  • Provide direct supervision for student and part-time personnel including student employees, undergraduate interns, and graduate student employees. Hire, train, schedule, mentor, and evaluate performance of student employees on mission, goals, and action items for Career Services and Shenandoah University.
  • Coordinate university-wide awareness and support to maximize the benefits of student employment on campus. This includes student employee development-workshops, consultation, research, and information for student employees and supervisors.
  • Oversee an undergraduate learning experience for Career Services’ student employees; assess learning outcomes and use data to enhance the department’s program.
Data Management, Assessment & Reporting
  • Collect, manage, and coordinate the dissemination of graduate’s First-Destinations data/ information to key stakeholders.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of office activities, use statistics, employers, external vendors, and their relevance to service demands.
  • Perform regular assessments of processes, programs, and systems to ensure program effectiveness for the department.
  • Research, analyze, and manage new platforms for online career-related education.
Messaging & Reputation Management
  • Develop and manage content while maintaining the current, updated website for SU Career Services.
  • Employ electronic media to manage communication to interior and exterior stakeholders; this includes use of social media platforms, email, and campus-wide visual media displays.
  • Manage enrollment, registration, and communications for Career Services events and programs.
  • Maintain content currency of print materials.
  • Maintain responsibility for materials used in the office, at events, and for activities.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Career Services to other offices on campus and in the community.
Career Development Generalist
  • Provide direction, guidance, and oversight for day-to-day Career Services operations in the absence of the director.
  • Maintain expertise in the field through awareness of current trends; serve as university expert.
  • Provide students with advice and education on resumes and cover letters, career resources, career options, interview techniques, networking, and effective job/internship search strategies.
  • Provide individual career guidance to students, alumni, and potential students
  • Administer and interpret career development assessments.
  • Provide assistance for career fairs on and off campus, and for all departmental programs, as needed.
  • Participate fully in division and university wide programs and initiatives.
Required Skills

  • Master’s Degree required in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Adult Education, or related field.
  • Minimum of three years experience in college career counseling, college learning centers, or student engagement in a higher education environment.
  • Supervisory experience, especially overseeing undergraduate student employees.
  • Ability to articulate and consistently implement a student development philosophy in all aspects of the work.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and public speaking skills.
  • Experience with and competence to embrace working with diverse populations.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills in small groups and one-on-one.
  • Familiarity with computer software applications such as web design, mail merge, and Excel.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with campus partners in support of student success.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-faceted office environment with multiple interruptions requiring a diverse range of services.
  • Flexibility for working evenings and weekends.
How to Apply:

The complete application will include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

**Note: A pre-employment background check, fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or on a University approved medical or religious exemption, as well as a satisfactory driving record will be required as a condition of hire.

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or on any other basis protected under applicable law.

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