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Executive Director of Career Development

Corvallis, OR - Posted on: Thursday 09/15/16


Oregon State University (OSU) is Oregon’s land-grant and premier research university and the state’s only institution to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. Founded in 1868, OSU is one of only two universities in the United States to hold Land, Sea, Space, and Sun Grant designations. With 11 colleges, 15 agricultural experiment stations, 35 county extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of more than $2.2 billion. OSU enrolls approximately 30,500 students drawn from all 50 states and more than 90 countries. The University’s main campus is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 55,000 in the heart of the Willamette Valley, about 90 miles south of Portland and one hour from the Cascade Range and the Pacific Coast. Corvallis consistently ranks among the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation.

In anticipation of the University’s sesquicentennial in 2018, OSU is more committed than ever to the principles of access and excellence. Realizing that its graduates are the most significant contribution to the future, and in keeping with its strategic plan and vision to be one of the top 10 land-grant institutions in America, OSU will be sharply focused on increased student success from recruitment through the graduation and career development of all students. OSU seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking, and seasoned Executive Director of Career Development to play a pivotal role in creating and sustaining a comprehensive career and professional development program addressing students’ career preparation needs, linking students and alumni with opportunities leading to employment, and expanding external relations to increase alumni and employer engagement.

The Position
Reporting to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (VPSA), the Executive Director of Career Development partners with academic deans and senior officers, faculty, staff, student leaders, and the alumni association—as well as employers and professional organizations—to provide strategies, initiatives, and best practices to strengthen career services for students across OSU’s academic and co-curricular learning landscape. The Executive Director leads collaborative campus-wide initiatives to ensure that students create purposeful career journeys and leave OSU as work-ready professionals prepared to engage current and future employment opportunities and challenges. Areas of particular importance for innovation and development at OSU include: student employment as a core professional learning and development activity; equitable, inclusive design of programs and services to meet the needs and goals of increasingly diverse student populations; experiential learning and internships; alumni mentoring networks; employer engagement and recruitment; and novel uses of technology and online learning to engage students, alumni, and employers. In addition to campus-wide leadership, the Executive Director oversees the Career Development Center (CDC), which serves student/alumni clients and employer customers and offers programs, services, and engagement opportunities that create a robust career learning system for all OSU students across the full arc of student careers from entry to post-graduate career outcomes. The position is responsible for budgets totaling $1 million; supervises 16 staff, including three senior staff and the CDC administrative manager; and oversees all CDC facilities, resources, and technology/software architecture and their integration with campus data systems. The Executive Director is a member of the VPSA’s leadership team and contributes to innovation, strategic planning, and leadership for the entirety of co-curricular student engagement and learning at OSU.


Minimum qualifications include master’s degree in higher education, business, human resources, or a related field; progressive leadership experience in the field of career development, talent acquisition, and/or university relations and recruiting; expert knowledge of career and professional development; demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity; demonstrated expertise in forging relations with a variety of employer and industry partners; passion for working with students; proven ability to build alliances and partner with stakeholders; the highest degree of personal integrity; and outstanding written and oral communication skills. Preferred qualifications include experience with fundraising and development; a strong record of accomplishment in fostering student success and engagement; deep knowledge of best practices in student affairs; sophisticated understanding of the integral relationship between academic and co-curricular life; knowledge of information and learning technologies in higher education; contributions to scholarship in career development in higher education; affinity for the mission of land-grant universities; and capacity to strengthen connections between a college or university, alumni, and employers.

To Apply:

Please visit http://www.spelmanandjohnson.com/position/executive-director-career-development/

Application and Nomination
Oregon State University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin October 7, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to James M. Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Oregon State University – Executive Director of Career Development
James M. Norfleet, Search Associate

Visit the Oregon State University website at www.oregonstate.edu

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.