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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
Director, Career Planning & Professional Development
Anderson, SC 29621
Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org