I)Summary of Responsibilities: The Director of Career Development is responsible for the leadership and strategic vision of a comprehensive career development center that includes: employer relations, calling and career counseling, job search assistance, on-campus employment opportunities, graduate school counseling and information, and internship coordination. The director primarily serves undergraduate students, graduate students, and online students, while also working with external constituents such as employers and alumni. The director serves on the Student Development Leadership Team and works closely with other Student Development personnel, Enrollment personnel, Alumni Relations, and the faculty.
II)Essential Responsibilities: (These essential responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)
Establish strategic goals for the Career Development Center, including long-range planning and assessment, that develops the center into a recognized program known for its approach to Christian vocation and calling.
Recruit, hire, train, develop and evaluate a team of staff, graduate assistants, and student workers.
Represent Geneva College to visiting employers, prospective families, and alumni.
Provide visionary leadership to the Employer Advisory Board.
Contribute to Student Development, and the campus at large, via meetings, programs, committees, and events, and be an active leader within the Student Development Division.
B.Direct Calling & Career Development Programs, Resources and Services:
Develop and maintain communication and relationships with employers, with a focus on Beaver County and the greater Pittsburgh area.
Develop, present, and assess workshops and special events.
Actively participate in consortium job fairs.
Oversee employer recruitment.
Facilitate meaningful campus work experiences for traditional undergraduate students.
C.Calling & Career Counseling
Provide professional calling and career assessment, counseling, and advising for students.
Develop, produce, and evaluate resources, guides, articles, and website resources.
Exercise budgetary control and fiscal responsibility for the department’s budget.
Maintain resources, including: career information, written and computerized career assessment instruments, graduate school information, and employment opportunities.
Collaborate with Institutional Research to implement and execute the first-destination initiative, surveying, tracking and disseminating information on graduate placement information.
Market the services and programs of the Career Development Center on campus.
Coordinate internship experiences for students working with faculty, students, and sponsors providing necessary resources to develop successful experiential learning opportunities.
Conduct annual program assessment.
All other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Student Development.
1. Supervise regular and student employees to include interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning and directing work, coaching, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
2. Supervise department’s staff, train staff, evaluate staff, provide communication, support and ensure they are fulfilling their roles to benefit the Geneva College Community.
3. Must have a mindset of mentoring employees under supervision. Should be able to lead in a way that sets a good example, promotes teamwork, and encourages a positive, efficient work environment.
4. Must be committed to the hiring, training, development, and evaluation of graduate students.
III)Performance Development Areas:
A. Achieves Results – Achieves needed results; takes initiative and responsibility; seeks solutions to operational problems; listens and communicates adequately and effectively; keeps others informed; uses resources effectively (time, materials, finances); completes job responsibilities in a safe manner.
B. Personal Organization – Plans and organizes work; demonstrates dependability and good attendance; adapts to changes in the work environment; makes decisions and demonstrates good judgment; handles multiple tasks simultaneously.
C. Knowledge/Learning – Demonstrates and develops job knowledge and skills; possess and improves knowledge of all tools, equipment and resources; demonstrates creativity/innovation in work; increases understanding of how his/her work relates within the department and organization.
D. Interpersonal Skills – Shows respect and kindness towards others; actively builds trust; acts with integrity and fairness; maintains appropriate levels of confidentiality; routinely expresses positive feedback and gratitude; seeks to understand others’ perspectives.
E. Student & Organizational Success – Makes students’ needs a priority; treats students, families, faculty, employees, and vendors, etc. with respect and support; respects and supports diversity differences; clearly displays a mission-mindedness; shows support and respect for policies and procedures, management and the institution.
F. Teamwork/Conflict Resolution – Works in collaboration with others; supports the work and goals of others; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives credit to others when appropriate; accepts criticism and feedback; takes initiative and uses productive means for resolving interpersonal conflicts without unreasonable delays; shows loyalty to those not present by avoiding backbiting and gossip.
G. Supervisors Only-Supervision/Management Positions: Establishes clear goals and performance standards; provides direction; empowers others and delegates as appropriate; regularly monitors delegated activities; provides recognition and regularly engages in coaching and constructive feedback; identifies, utilizes and develops employee’s skills and encourages growth. Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires respect and trust; reacts well under pressure; shows courage to take action; fosters a culture of excellence.
Job Requirements - Administrative:
General: Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed or are able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations in order to safely perform the essential responsibilities of the job. Ability to make off-site visits for employer relations functions.
Physical: Must be able to perform the following: talking, hearing, and seeing. Must have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to: computers, fax machines, copy machines, modems, and telephones.
Confidentiality: Individuals must recognize that management of data, including personal information, grades, budgets, programs and policies is necessary to the operation of the College. Such information must be kept private and confidential for the protection of the College and to obey Federal and/or State laws. Should there be doubt as to whether a certain matter is to be protected, it should be discussed with your supervisor before making a disclosure.
Mental: Must be able to reason, analyze, prioritize, conceptualize, make judgments, and solve problems.
Education/Certification: Master’s Degree required: Higher Education, or related field.
Experience: 3-5 years minimum of industry related experience, prior experience working with college students preferred.
Skill/Abilities: Employer relation skills, Career Counseling and Assessment skills, Employment, Job Search, Graduate School, and Internship related skills, Leadership and Facilitation skills.
Christian Commitment: eligible candidates must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical Christian church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
Experience: At least five (5) years of experience in the role of an Assistant Director, Associate Director or Director position in a college or university Career Services Office.
Geneva College is a challenging Christian college that prepares students to challenge the world and succeed.
We provide an academically rigorous education comprised of distinctive and innovative courses. Geneva offers over 40 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, psychology, student min...istry and human services. And our liberal arts core fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, the social and natural sciences, biblical studies, and experiential learning. Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva helps students meet the challenge of becoming everything God means them to be.
Our 55-acre campus is located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Geneva College is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).