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The Center for Career and Life Calling fosters students’ personal development and prepares them for success in career and vocation. The Dean/Associate Dean of Career and Life Calling is responsible for leading the university in providing life calling education to undergraduate students and facilitating the placement of those students into meaningful professional opportunities &/or graduate school upon graduation from Cornerstone. The Dean/Associate Dean will be a creative, innovative, relational and visionary leader who understands the changing professional landscape and can prepare students to understand their Christian calling and embark on productive careers in their areas of strength and giftedness. She or he will also work closely with university faculty to create educational programs and activities that will develop students’ potential in life calling and virtue formation. The Dean/Associate Dean will be responsible to develop productive relationships with alumni, external organizations, and internal stakeholders. The position is a direct report to the Senior Vice President for Traditional Undergraduate Academics.
Execute the mission of the Center of Career and Life Calling and implement strategies to enhance student outcomes related to job and graduate school placement.
Responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Center for Career and Life Calling including supervision of Career and Life Calling staff, budget management, and ensuring implementation of services and structures that meet the vocational needs of traditional undergraduate students at Cornerstone University.
As a member of the Traditional Undergraduate (TUG) Academic Leadership Team, the Dean/Associate Dean will play an integral role in establishing and executing the Traditional Undergraduate Academics Strategic Plan, collaborating on TUG activities, and participating in decision making for the academic unit.
Lead and serve on key university committees in an effort to further the mission of the Center for Career and Life Calling.
Serve as primary campus spokesperson in regard to the work of the Center for Career and Life Calling, virtue and vocation, and the LifePath initiative.
Work through the university’s academic structures to enhance the LifePath program and to create new programs in an effort to prepare students as 21st Century professionals and develop their understanding of life calling.
Oversee the development of accurate and up-to-date metrics regarding internship placement and graduate professional outcomes.
Provide oversight for the university’s Handshake system.
Responsible for the recruitment, selection, training and oversight student peer advisors.
Collaborate with the Director of Student Success to implement programming to improve student success (including retention) and satisfaction at Cornerstone University.
Serve as the university contact for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and work to ensure a positive relationship with the organization in an effort to secure scholarship and grant opportunities.
Serve as an advocate for Career and Life Calling and pursue strategic partnerships and opportunities for additional external resources to support the activities of the office.
Collaborate with faculty to embed mentoring and vocational focus into the academic advising process.
Provide direction and oversight to the following:
career development services to students such as self-assessments, workshops, resume preparation, and career counseling.
the development and dissemination of information to the campus community regarding careers, internships, and graduate school opportunities.
cooperate with administration and faculty to facilitate internship enrollments and manage the performance evaluation process for internships.
enhancing career opportunities for Cornerstone graduates by developing and expanding the university’s relationships/partnerships with businesses and organizations in West Michigan and beyond.
service learning component of the CU Foundations course.
Other duties as assigned.
1. Agreement with and support of Cornerstone University’s doctrinal statement, mission, and values.
3. Minimum of three years of experience in the field of career development.
4. Demonstrated skill in collaboration, staff supervision, and academic administration.
5. Demonstrated strengths in communication and public relations.
6. Excellent oral, written, and digital communication skills.
11-month position, Academic Staff
Salary and Deadlines
Salary is competitive with similar positions at other Christian academic institutions and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Job title (Associate Dean/Dean) will be determined by academic experience, educational level and experience. Review of applications begins October 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Each candidate must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an active Christian commitment and a theology that supports the values and mission of Cornerstone University evidenced by affirming the university’s doctrinal statement, “The Cornerstone Confession”.