Director of Career Development

Posted: 01/20/17 | SHARE:


Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of the Center for Career Development (CCD) is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Center and its staff, ensuring that its programs and services contribute to effective student career development and outcomes. The Director oversees the development and administration of a comprehensive career development program and the efficient management of all services (including publications and websites, employer outreach, graduate school applications, etc.) The Director supervises the activities of the department, including the administration of the Student Employment Office, in accordance with appropriate career services standards and practices, departmental mission and planning, as well as the mission and planning of student affairs and the institution. 

Essential Functions:

Supervises five staff in the Center for Career Development and Student Employment Office including student workers and interns, establishing appropriate performance expectations and standards.

Guides the development of campus outreach activities to ensure student participation in Center for Career Development programs and services and to engage students in career development and decision-making activities. Activities and programs include a Targeted Career Awareness Program, a First-Year Career Awareness Program, workshops, career fairs, and other career-related initiatives.

Develops and oversees an appropriate yearly metrics/assessment plan for the office that promotes and measures student career development and outcomes as well as employer outreach.

Works closely with the Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives in providing experiential learning opportunities for students (job shadowing, internships, and research experiences).

Works collaboratively with the Offices of Advancement and Alumni Relations to cultivate positive donor and/or alumni partnerships that lead to career-related outcomes for students.

Ensures that Center for Career Development programs and services are attentive to and supportive of the unique needs of students with diverse backgrounds.

Establishes collaborative relationships with faculty and other staff engaged in the academic mission to develop targeted post-graduate career opportunities (work and further education).

Works closely with students, provides individual and group counseling, administers and interprets assessment instruments and designs/conducts outreach programming.

Directs the development of Center for Career Development and Office of Student Employment related procedures, policies, publications and practices in accordance with the needs of the College and nationally-accepted best practices.

When needed, participates with other campus departments and staff in responding to student crisis and/or student concerns.

Develops and manages the office’s budget and the efficient use of resources.

Creates and facilitates presentations and reports on the operations of the office and student career outcomes to internal and external constituencies including the Board of Visitors and Governors, faculty, President’s Leadership Council, Parent’s Council, prospective students and parents, and other groups as needed.

Serves on the Vice President/Dean of Students’ staff and other committees and groups as assigned.

Other duties as assigned.


Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of college career development as well as the current employment landscape and emerging trends related to career opportunities and paths for college students; demonstrated ability to communicate persuasively, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; exercise effective independent professional judgment; establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with students, staff, faculty and alumni where appropriate; and relate successfully in one-on-one and group situations with persons representing diverse backgrounds and interests; understanding of the cultural, social, and educational needs of the college community; understanding of the needs of employers; proficiency in planning and assessment of program and activities; and effective use of principles of employee training, supervision and evaluation.


Master’s degree in higher education administration, student personnel or related field, and 5-8 years’ professional experience in career development/services; management at a supervisory level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.

Return to job listings