Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Career Communities

Grinnell, IA - Posted: 12/13/16 | SHARE:


Position Information

Date New Hire Needed 02/13/2017
Job Title Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Career Communities
Department Center for Careers, Life, and Service

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

Grinnell College seeks applications and nominations for an Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Career Communities. The individual filling this new position in the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) will oversee a new dimension of the CLS’s 2020 Strategic Vision, advancing its mission of empowering students and alumni to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose. This individual will shape and execute the CLS’s distinctive “Career Community” model, which provides students and recent graduates with access to industry-focused advising; tailored programming; robust experiential, service, and networking opportunities; and other activities that bridge the Grinnell experience with their future goals. Working in close collaboration with colleagues in the CLS and across the broader campus community, the Assistant Dean and Executive Director will work to crystalize the notion that a career encompasses one’s professional, civic, and personal aspirations.

Drawing from his or her entrepreneurial, leadership, and team-building expertise, this individual will train, develop, and lead an eventual team of eight professionals guiding students and recent graduates who find support or direction in any of the seven envisioned Career Communities: art and communication, business and finance, education professions, government and social service, health professions, law, science and technology. This individual will lead the comprehensive program-planning efforts and ensure coordination across all career communities. In addition, as the College’s designated pre-law adviser and head of the Law Community, this individual will work directly with students, alumni, faculty, and law school representatives. As needed, this individual will provide general career advising for internships, job searching, graduate/professional school, and more.

Reporting directly to the Daniel and Patricia Jipp Finkelman Dean, the Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Career Communities will join and work in close partnership with the CLS’s senior leadership team to realize the center’s comprehensive and holistic approach of preparing students for their post-graduate lives.

Competitive candidates will present a record of progressive accomplishments within higher education and will have demonstrated experience serving as an adviser and mentor to diverse undergraduate students and recent graduates. Applicants should possess exceptional problem-solving, communication (written and verbal), project-management, learning goal–assessment, and coaching skills, particularly as they relate to mentoring and developing a team of professional advisers. Applicants should also have a strong command of student- and career-development theory. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working collaboratively with an array of higher education stakeholders, including alumni, faculty, administrators, and parents. Experience stewarding and communicating with donors is strongly preferred.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must possess a master’s degree along with at least 5 years of relevant experience in career development or a related area within higher education. Preference will be given to candidates who have records of accomplishment within a liberal arts environment.

Preferred Qualifications
Link to Job Description Assistant Dean & Executive Director of Career Communities
Link to Organizational Chart
FLSA Category Exempt
Staff/Faculty Staff
Employment Status Full-Time
Employment Category Regular
Posting Date 12/07/2016
Closing Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin Friday, January 6, 2017. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Open Until Filled Yes
Posting Number S00381
Diversity Statement

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.

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