Director of Career Services

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

ID: 7062634
Posted: December 6, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description
This position is responsible for leading, managing, and evaluating the administrative and operational activities of a comprehensive, measurable career services department for the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). The marketing scope for this position is local, regional, and national communities in order to develop and provide internship, co-op, and full-time employment opportunities for ECS students.

This position is held directly accountable for continually advancing relations with industry partners and growing internship, co-op, and full-time placement rates year over year (as compared with national trends). This position is held directly accountable for career programs and services that lead to timely and helpful student interactions. This position is responsible for managing a staff of three to five full-time Career Advisors who are assigned to advise all undergraduate students in ECS. This position stays aware of national engineering employment, internship, hiring, and placement trends and formulates and implements strategies to take best advantage of these trends. This position is also responsible for strategically managing the Career Services budget.

• Master’s degree with an emphasis in student affairs, human resources or related field preferred

• Bachelor’s degree considered with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a role within higher education or corporate college relations, recruitment, and/or professional staffing.

• Ability to understand relevant engineering employment trends and to develop and implement strategic plans.

Job Specific Qualifications
• Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and strong attention to detail.

• Ability to work effectively with students, staff, alumni, faculty, administrators, corporate representatives, and foundation representatives.

• Ability to effectively influence c-suite executives may be necessary.

• Demonstrate an ability to work with a diverse population.

• Leadership, supervisory, and fiscal management experience required.

• Must be proficient with Microsoft Office.

• Must have working knowledge of database management and how to develop management reports.

• Experience with relevant Career Services and enterprise systems is desirable.

Career Services : Leadership

• Develops goals and objectives for the College’s Career Services that align with the overall goals and objectives of the College.

• Develops and implements strategic plans relevant to the development of relationships with employers and potential employers of LCS students and graduates.

• Provides the overall strategic direction for all career services in LCS including: internships and co-ops, career fairs, career counseling, workshops, internal and external marketing, etc., that link students to jobs.

• Recommends, develops, and advances new programming to continuously improve student placement and satisfaction.

Establishes, Develops and Maintains Local, Regional and National Employer Relations

• Cultivates long-term, strategic relationships with new and existing employers and industry partners that align with the College¿s disciplines (i.e., Mechanical, Civil, Bio-Medical engineering, etc.). Actively deepens these relationships and partnerships in order to expand internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities for LCS students.

• Establishes employment connections between employers and student organizations (e.g., speakers, student site visits, training opportunities, etc.).

• Attends relevant conferences to make connections with potential employers.

• Develops a strategic plan to keep existing employers and industry partners engaged with the College (e.g., create a newsletter, employer advisory board, etc.).

• Reports employer relations progress regularly (at least quarterly) to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

• Informs LCS faculty of progress by developing annual reports each August that detail career services trends, intern job placement data, full-time job placement data, etc.

• Annually attends at least one faculty meeting for each department to report on LCS student placement progress.

Program Planning and Evaluation

• Develops and implements a tracking/measurement system for all career development activities. Utilizes data to report progress.

• Annually analyzes student populations by major and other relevant attributes, and develops associated outreach strategies to engage LCS students in internships, co-ops, and full-time employment.

• Utilizes senior class data and summer employment/internship data to improve services.

• With the Career Services Coordinator, develops a detailed event checklist and/or project plan with an associated timeline for each career services event (e.g., Fall Career Fair). Responsible for ensuring that all event checklists and/or project plans are kept current.

• Using all data collected, creates an annual report.

Managerial Duties

• Provides direct supervision of the Career Services Coordinator. Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training; workflow (planning, assigning, and directing work), appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

• Coaches, motivates, and energizes staff member(s). Evaluates staff against high performance management standards to achieve maximum potential, both individually and as a team.

• Recruits and retains staff member(s) with the right skills, knowledge, and attitude that will help develop a high performance team.

• Ensures all operational activities are completed accurately, efficiently, and effectively.

• Completes all supervisory responsibilities in compliance with the University’s policies and procedures.

Direct Student Support

• Advises students on a wide variety of career development issues and topics, ultimately linking them to successful employment opportunities.

• Directs the planning and implementation of Engineering Career Fairs (typically two per academic year: Fall and Spring) that successfully provide career placement opportunities for students from all departments within LCS. Support and/or attend other university career fairs as appropriate.

• Represents the college and markets career services to prospective students and parents.


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