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Assistant Director, Career & Industry Advising

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Number FAF110
Position Type Professional Faculty
Rank Instructor
Working Title Assistant Director, Career & Industry Advising
School/Unit Student Affairs
Department VCU Career Services
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

VCU Career Services, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, is one of 3 career centers focused on career services for a growing and diverse campus of over 32,000 students in a dynamic urban setting. We are seeking an individual that will bring energy, innovation, passion and a strategic approach to career development.
Vision: VCU Career Services educates and cultivates the diverse VCU communities advancing sustainable career and professional development in a competitive global economy.
Mission: Through individualized career and professional development, VCU Career Services bridges VCU with industry by delivering relevant services and providing success strategies. We build and maintain community relationships through strategic engagement including evaluation, intentional outreach and active collaboration.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

Provide career advising services to undergraduate and graduate students as well as limited alumni populations in designated departments, schools and industries/professions. Offer one-on-one advising with students/alumni and programs, developed and delivered in collaboration with faculty, staff, community organizations, employers, and students. Strategically engage campus partners who provide these services as well as educate students about the career development process and opportunities that exist (internships, experiential opportunities, jobs, graduate school).

Position Responsibilities

The main responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
Advise undergraduate and graduate/professional students and selected groups of alumni in individual appointments, drop-in advising and small groups about exploring career and education options, and in developing effective experiential learning, job search and graduate and professional school search strategies.

Assist students identifying sources of experiential education to further learn about their careers and industries of interests and to develop necessary skills/knowledge to achieve their career goals.
Educate students on how to research employers, network, and engage in the internship/job search process using current technology. Provide up-to-date information related to industry/market trends, through collaboration with employer & experiential development team and communications coordinator, to engage students with employers and alumni.
Administer and interpret assessment instruments to assist students and alumni with self-appraisal. Conduct periodic evaluations of career development tools and resources as necessary.
Develop, contribute, and update career exploration and development information on the web site; Utilize virtual technologies and resources in the delivery of service to students as appropriate (e.g., web sites, on-line surveys, biogs, podcasts, etc.)
Stay current on changing economic and labor conditions and industry trends/best practices.
Program Development & Delivery
Create and present workshops/programs/outreach on a variety of career topics to educate and prepare students for the world of work.
Develop content and conduct informational sessions on a variety of topics to include self-exploration, resume writing, interviewing, internship/job search strategies, networking tactics, and graduate/professional school preparation.
Research, develop and deliver industry-specific programming and invite relevant guest speakers based on assigned academic and industry areas.
Work with key stakeholders to create career/industry and employment specific events and workshops that facilitate student learning and skill development.
Prepare and deliver presentations for various campus stakeholders (faculty, staff, prospective students, alumni, prospects, etc.).
Participate in various campus events involving alumni and families to engage those stakeholders in office’s services and programs.
Relationship Management
Build and strengthen relationships with external and internal stakeholders, including faculty/staff, employers, and other campus units. Serve as liaison to designated academic departments and university departments (ie: Community Engagement, Multicultural Student Affairs, Residential Life, Transfer Student Center, Disability Student Services, etc.) to assess and meet the needs of academic stakeholders and to promote collaboration across departments and majors by focusing on population-specific programming.
Serve as office liaison to assigned industries. Devise and implement strategy in conjunction with Employer & Experiential Development team for assigned areas with the goal of preparing students to enter those fields.
Engage and involve alumni and industry professionals to participate in programs/events, as well as to learn industry content information relevant to student preparation.
Maintain relationships with employers, specifically alumni, to cultivate extern, intern, full-time and program opportunities. Through ongoing engagements, build rapport and market skills of VCU students. Advise employers on strategies for successful branding at VCU.
Serve on University and/or Division of Student Affairs committees as assigned.
Project Management/ Administrative Duties
Provide leadership for, coordination of, or assistance with various special programs and projects in line with strategic planning process (ie: supervising student staff, coordinating graduate assistants, orientation of new staff, etc.).
Play an active role in the collection of assessment data that serves as a driver for strategic decisions within the office.
Cross-Functional Teams and University Initiatives – serve on various cross-functional teams to promote the vision and direction; contribute to the strategic planning in order to evolve center services and programs.
Represent VCU and the center in local and national professional associations and conferences in order to stay current with industry standards and changes, revise programs to reflect trends, and increase the center’s visibility among professionals in the field.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications
Master’s degree with emphasis on counseling, student affairs, higher education or related field required
2-5 years’ experience in higher education, recruitment, or related field (can include graduate school graduate assistantship)
Experience advising students on career-related topics
Exceptional communication (written, oral, presentation). Demonstrated proficiency designing and delivering presentations. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Ability to embrace change and to organize and effectively manage multiple priorities, programs, and projects.
Demonstrated experience participating in teams and developing positive relationships, partnerships, and alliances.
Ability to collaborate cross-functionally in the office environment and to interface with employers, students, alumni, faculty, and university administrators.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
Ability to assess and report student-learning outcomes.
Project management experience.
Ability to use social media and database systems, e.g. CSO/GradLeaders, Symplicity, etc .

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 04/20/2017
Open Until Filled No
Application Deadline Date 05/20/2017
Proposed Hire Date 06/26/2017
Type of Search Internal
Application Process/Additional Information

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and (in the “Other Document” section) the names and contact information of three professional references to For any questions about the position, please contact the Director of VCU Career Services, Heidi McCormick, For additional information about Virginia Commonwealth University and the Division of Student Affairs, please visit Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Posted Salary 40,000-42,000

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you find out about this position?
    • Alumni association magazine
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Community event
    • Email notification
    • HERC (Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)
    • Higher education publication
    • Internal Recruiter
    • Job fair
    • Job site (e.g.
    • Listserv
    • Newspaper
    • Professional association/journal
    • Referred by person/employee
    • Search firm notification
    • VCU vacancy listing - eJobs
    • Other
  2. * If you selected "Other" for your referral source please indicate where you heard about this posting. (If you did not select "Other," please enter "n/a.")

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you a current VCU employee?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents