Director, Center for Career & Professional Development
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania invites applicants for the position of Director, Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD). The Director will provide programming and services to complement the mission and goals of the university in order to enhance the professional development of students and alumni. This position reports to the Executive Director of Campus Life and Student Affairs and provides professional leadership and directs and administers the following functions within the unit: Career Planning, Development and Advisement, Corporate/Employer Relations, Career Resources and non-academic credit internship programs.
• Develop departmental vision, mission and philosophy that complements the mission and goals of the university and its assigned division.
• Assume overall responsibility for developing a strategic plan for delivery of programs and services in compliance with short term and long term goals and objectives.
• Create a strategic marketing plan to promote opportunity relationships between Cheyney University and employers with the intention of becoming a reliable source of talent locally, regionally and nationally.
• Plan for and incorporate technology into career/professional development programming to enhance student and employer access, with special attention paid to enhancements that support distance career planning programs.
• Design, develop and implement comprehensive assessments and evaluation plans.
• Collect and analyze data through survey instruments, assessments and evaluations and incorporate findings in CCPD operations. Provide survey results for the campus community.
• Actively participate in professional associations and organizations to enhance program content, delivery and employer relationships
• Handle administrative duties of the Center for Workforce and Human Capital Development (CWHCD), including report and data generation, conducting surveys, procurement, project research, event coordination, communication and logistics.
• Coordinate the details of structuring and maintaining the overall agenda of the CWHCD, based on priorities.
• Develop collaborations with campus constituencies, as well as regional and national educational and corporate institutions, to give voice to Cheyney University in national discussions about current workplace trends, issues and challenges.
• Coordinate center programming for students and staff related to the HBCU workforce contribution initiative.
• Develop and implement programs, as identified in the grant proposal, to encourage innovation, collaboration and a “Culture of Service” agenda among students.
• Create employee resource groups (ERGs) and year-long programs to engage students and community.
• Engage faculty and community through research and forums related to HBCU’s as a source of talent.
• Manage social media, web content, publications and community relations to promote the Center’s work to a diverse community.
• Research and secure resources to support the continued growth and footprint of the center.
• Complete other duties and projects as assigned.
• Attend Title III meetings and prepare and submit Title III reports as required.
• Oversee departmental budget accounts and follow university guidelines and processes for purchasing.
• Ensure the confidentiality of student documents including counseling notes and student records.
• Direct supervisory responsibility for professional and clerical staff.
• Provide programs and services that target the specific needs and expectations of clients keeping industry benchmarks and best practices top-of-mind at all times
• Assist students individually or in groups, with the career and professional development concerns including: Self-assessment and application; skills identification and application; labor market projections; job search strategy and salary expectations.
• Provide information to students on topics germane to career/job/experiential opportunities/graduate school search. This may include, but is not limited to: Preparation of job search documents including resumes and letters, interviewing skills, job search strategies, preparation for graduate or professional schools, general business etiquette, workplace management, impression management, volunteerism and other topics as needed or requested.
• Provide general leadership in the planning and coordination of CCPD’s career events.
• Ensure the department participates in University related recruitment and retention programs such as Open Houses, Orientation etc.
• Develop career/professional develop programs specific to student status
• Provide special programs for target populations based on campus needs, i.e., Undeclared students, Transfer, graduates, FYE and Student Chapters of Greek or Professional Associations.
• Serve on university committees as charged.
• Serve as a campus resource for the latest employment data, industry resources and trends related to the career and professional development of students.
• Represent Cheyney positively in Local, State, Regional and National professional association activities.
• Represent Cheyney University to employers at all levels and facilitate relationships with other campus departments including university Advancement and Faculty.
A Master’s Degree, three years of successful experience in career services, recruitment, or placement, and at least one year of supervisory experience is required. Must have an awareness of the role of the college-to-work pipeline initiatives. Nonprofit experience or higher education programming and grant writing are preferred. Occasional travel necessary.
Instructions for Applying:
Applicants must complete an online application and upload a resume and cover letter. All applications must be submitted through the online application system. Mailed, emailed or fax application materials will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.