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Executive Director - The Career Center


The Career & Community Engagement Center at Beloit College is poised to be the nerve center for a robust career development ecosystem for all students from all majors. The founding Executive Director for the Career & Community Engagement Center will develop and implement an entrepreneurial vision that advances student career-readiness through development of their professional agility and collaborative, communication, and problem-solving skills. This leadership position will build an integrated, well-resourced student development operation with resources that delivers innovative, user-friendly programs and support to all constituents. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to grow innovative programs, bridge internal and external audiences, and advance the college’s strong commitment to the college’s vibrant, local and globally-connected community.

 

The Executive Director reports directly to the Provost and Dean of the College and will work closely with Senior Staff and the Office of Student Success, Equity, and Community to support campus-wide student engagement initiatives. This position supervises the Center staff and serves as a crucial component of the Beloit College Channels Program.

 

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Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Develop and implement a strong vision for career-ready, community-engaged students in collaboration with campus and other stakeholders.
  • Successfully integrate career development and community engagement into the fabric of the campus by forging strong partnerships with faculty and staff.
  • Extend the reach of the Center to meet students—from their first year through their graduation and beyond—where they are and nudge them to imagine futures that they have not yet considered.
  • Lead efforts to engage alumni, regional, national, and international employers, community partners, and other friends of the college in developing robust career development programs, internships, volunteer and job opportunities, and professional and graduate school options that align with students’ career and personal aspirations.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with local, regional, and national employers, internship and volunteer site sponsors, alumni, and other members of the Beloit community.
  • Develop, implement, and assess programming that advances students’ academic, professional, and career development and community engagement.
  • Advise individual students as they develop their academic, professional, and career plans.
  • Communicate student experiences, learning outcomes, and alumni activities internally and externally.
  • Lead and mentor professional and student staff within the Career and Community Engagement Center.
  • Oversee and manage the budget and fiscal needs of the Center, including partnering to generate revenue for the office and the campus.
  • Develop and support strong networks across campus with many units including academic departments, academic advising, Office of International Education, Office of Student, Success, Equity, and Community, Student Life, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and Office of Admissions.

Requirements

The college invites applications from candidates with a variety of educational and experiential pathways. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of best practices in experiential learning, career and professional development, and knowledge of web-based software systems for connecting students, alumni, and employers.

  • Advanced degree; plus at least seven years of progressively responsible experience in career development, community engagement, volunteer management, or related field.
  • Understanding of and commitment to a liberal arts education and the role of experiential education, career development and preparation, and community engagement in the liberal arts environment.
  • Experience working with undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds; experience in liberal arts settings preferred.
  • Experience developing and implementing career development, community-engagement, or other student development programs.
  • Expertise and understanding of effective approaches, emerging trends, and innovations to academic, professional, and career development for undergraduate students.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, advising, and collaboration skills.
  • Commitment to developing and supporting relationships with a variety of community partners.
  • Ability to cultivate potential internship, volunteer, shadowing, and other opportunities for students.
  • Experience supporting student success, equity and community
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and others.
  • Experience hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating employees.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving and innovation skills.
  • Proficiency with technological tools used in career development.

Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college that attracts students from across the United States and the world. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty. It is recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives.

 

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.

 

 

 

Posting Date

03/11/2020

Closing Date

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by midnight eastern time on April 5, 2020.

Office

Career and Community Engagment Center

How to Apply

​To apply, applications should submit a cover letter and resume to the search@careerleadershipcollective.com

 

Contact with our search consultants from The Career Leadership Collective is encourage for applicants. Nominations and applicant inquiries can be sent to Nick Cattin, Consulting and Search Lead: nick@careerleadershipcollective.com.

 

All nomination inquiries, and applications will be confidential.  Once a limited number of finalist are identified for campus interviews, names and resumes of finalist only may become public (finalists will be notified prior). References will not be called until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission.

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