Associate Director, Career Planning & Professional Development; Director, Quality Enhancement Plan

Primary Purpose

The Associate Director works closely with the Director of Career Planning & Professional Development (CPPD) to manage the daily operations of the office in addition to providing leadership to the Quality Enhancement Plan(QEP). The associate director manages a comprehensive array of student-centered services relating to choice of major, career decision-making, and calling. The associate director focuses on all aspects of the career development process, which include self-assessment, exploration, and professional development.

Essential Functions

  • Provides day to day management of CPPD office and QEP initiatives.
  • Supervises the CPPD Assistant Director of the Signature Series & Academic Integration and the Coordinator of Campus Integration.
  • Assists students in career development through group settings and in one-on-one meetings; will provide resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, assessment testing and interpretations to assist students in career development and calling.
  • Provide seminars for classes (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) regarding professional development as requested by faculty.
  • Supports the Director in maintaining data and publishing reports for Anderson University Administration as required and requested.
  • Coordinate and facilitate workshops/seminars for internal and external presentations.
  • Work with Director of Career Planning and Professional Development to manage internship sites through cultivation of relationships with internship providers and assisting students in their internship search.
  • Collaborate with Director of CPPD for the development of internship and employer events.
  • Provide proper documentation of explanation of confidentiality and student rights at the beginning of the first meeting with Career Services and students.
  • Will meet with the Director of CPPD on a regular basis.
  • Maintain a career library with information regarding self-assessment, careers, employers, graduate and professional schools.
  • Represents Anderson University in professional organizations and meetings.

Essential QEP Functions

  • Will serve as the leader of the QEP Committee and call meetings as needed.
  • Responsible for managing the start-up process of the QEP including development of attendance tracking process, development of AU PRO Canvas site, assessment process for artifacts, transcript notification, creation of initial Signature Series #1 curriculum module.
  • Responsible for the assessment and data management of the QEP; will develop QEP reports on behalf of the institution for SACSCOC; will monitor and revise assessment processes as needed during implementation of the QEP.
  • Work closely with Provost’s Office and Director of CPPD to name faculty liaisons.
  • Responsible for QEP budget management.
  • Responsible for AU PRO promotions and website updates.
  • Submit names of students that have met requirements of AU PRO certification to Registrar.

Marginal Functions

  • Participate, as requested, in special campus programs such as orientation, open houses, etc.
  • Meet periodically with Student Development staff and other campus offices.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Master’s degree preferred with at least two years professional experience in high quality program planning and execution; preference for previous career services experience
  • Trained in assessment testing and interpretation of results to assist students in career development and calling.
  • Exceptional working knowledge of word-processing and spreadsheet software is essential; Microsoft Office Suite programs and database software is preferred.  Knowledge of the use of social media such as Linked In for job search, networking, and career development is expected.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, professionalism as well as presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships externally and internally; must be capable of working with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Must develop the ability to network effectively with employers and others in the career services profession.
  • Organizational and time management skills are a must; individual must exercise excellent short and long term planning skills.
  • An understanding of best practices and current issues in career development as well as National Association of Colleges and Employers guidelines and best practices regarding relationships with employers and internship providers.
  • Knowledge and understanding of employer responsibilities in regards to internships according to federal and state laws.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive job-related information including student information.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team is essential.
  • Ability to create a warm and welcoming office atmosphere. 
  • A strong commitment to quality relationships, warmth, excellence, and Christ-like service is essential; must have a mature Christian faith.
  • Commitment to the academic and Christ-focused mission of Anderson University is essential.
  • Must be able to work with a diverse student population and demonstrate a commitment to the holistic development of students.

Working Relationships

  • Position reports to the Director of Career Planning and Professional Development and works closely with other Student Development department team members.
  • Interacts with students, faculty, staff, employers, guests, community organizations, businesses, full time/part time employers, internship site coordinators, and graduate school representatives.
  • Must develop strong relationships with faculty, academic liaisons, and academic departments.

Physical and Mental Effort

  • Majority of duties are sedentary in nature.  Position requires extended periods of sitting.
  • Occasional periods of light lifting (up to 20 lbs.) may be required when preparing materials and moving files and supplies.
  • Prolonged use of computer terminals requires visual acuity and finger dexterity.

Regular Work Hours/Travel Requirements

  • Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement.
  • This is a full-time, exempt, 12-month position. Standard work schedule requires the individual to work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday however there is an expectation of flexibility in hours to accommodate the needs of work related travel and office/department/university initiatives.
  • Irregular or extended hours may be necessary requiring the individual to work later afternoon, evening, or weekend hours.
  • Office of Career Planning & Professional Development hours are subject to change based on the demand of students and office initiatives.


To ensure full consideration, please send a letter of application, resume, contact information for three references and an Anderson University Staff Application to:

Rebecca Albert
Director, Career Planning & Professional Development
Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29621

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent by email to careerplanning@andersonuniversity.edu

 

Anderson University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity within its faculty, staff, and students.

Anderson University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or religion in its programs and activities.  Please direct inquiries to Dr. Beverly Rice McAdams, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion/Title IX Administrator, Merritt Administration Building, 3rd floor, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC, 29621, (864) 231-2126, bmcadams@andersonuniversity.edu or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education at ocr@ed.gov.