Dean, Career Development Office

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

ID: 7065126
Posted: March 6, 2020
Application Deadline: April 6, 2020

Job Description

Kenyon College, one of the finest liberal arts institutions in the country and the oldest private institution of higher education in Ohio, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the Career Development Office (CDO).

Founded in 1824, Kenyon College offers a curriculum rooted in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, enriched by interdisciplinary programs. The College attracts an outstanding student body of 1,730 from 48 states throughout the U.S. and 49 other nations around the world. The small, residential, hilltop campus in Gambier, Ohio, engenders close interaction between students and Kenyon’s highly acclaimed faculty and staff. Some of the many distinctive assets of a Kenyon education include a distinguished literary tradition, a breadth of community partnerships providing internship, pre-professional, and volunteer service experiences, engaged alumni, and many opportunities for research in the sciences.

The dean of the Career Development Office (CDO) will join Kenyon College at an exciting time: construction of a new home for the department—part of an interdisciplinary hub providing library, academic support, and student services—is nearing its 2021 completion date. Reporting directly to the provost, the dean is a highly visible, engaged leader who advances Kenyon’s support for the post graduate success of its students. The dean provides visionary, strategic leadership, supporting and institutionalizing a broad spectrum of career preparation and success initiatives for current students and alumni, including: educational and skill-development programs; networking, internship, experiential, and employment opportunities; individual career coaching; and pre-professional and graduate-school advising. As the CDO’s chief ambassador, the dean actively cultivates relationships and expands networks with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community partners, and employers throughout the region and in key destination cities in order to support the CDO mission and enhance innovative programs, experiential experiences, and employment opportunities. Additional responsibilities include: enhancing student engagement with the CDO, beginning in their first year; designing and implementing a comprehensive four-year model of student career readiness and engagement; facilitating continuous improvement and ensuring that the CDO remains responsive to diverse student interests and evolving market trends; increasing internship opportunities and resources to support students’ career preparation and professional aspirations; optimizing available technology (Handshake, Wisr, e- newsletter, and social media) for communication and delivery of services and resources; and implementing effective data collection, analysis, and reporting systems that demonstrate outcomes and inform strategic resource allocation and direction. The dean works collaboratively with the Advancement Division in managing and stewarding alumni relationships that support the Kenyon Career Network. The dean is a hands-on leader, actively engaged in the strategic and tactical operations of the department while supervising and leveraging the talents of eight staff and managing a budget of approximately $940,000.

A track record of progressive responsibility demonstrating a broad understanding of career development and expectations of today’s students and employers including familiarity with current job search strategies, job market trends, and recruitment methodologies is expected. A master’s degree or comparable combination of academic preparation and demonstrated experience are required. Also important will be experience working creatively and effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers; commitment to customer service; strong public-speaking, writing, marketing, and public-relations skills; excellent organizational skills, with an attention to detail and the ability to multi-task; and prior management experience utilizing a team approach.

Review of applications will begin April 6, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff and administration.


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