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Assistant Director of Career Development

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Posting Number S000329
Position Title Assistant Director of Career Development
Department Career Development
Division Student Affairs
Supervisor Title Director of Career Development
Status Full Time Regular
Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Career Development, the Assistant Director will lead efforts to develop a comprehensive College-wide program to provide all students internships and other pre-professional opportunities. He/she will oversee the College’s internship program supporting students in all aspects of the internship process and serving as the liaison between the College, area employers, academic programs and other campus constituencies for credit and non-credit internship opportunities. The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with faculty to prepare students for internship opportunities and to ensure the quality of the learning experience and the achievement of learning outcomes. In addition, the Assistant Director will collaborate with the Director, other Center staff, and appropriate parties across the campus on the development, delivery and evaluation of quality career services for all students, the communication and marketing of available services and opportunities, and the evaluation and implementation of policies and procedures. He/she will represent North Central College and Career Development at appropriate local, regional and national professional conferences and organizations.

Description of Key Responsibilities

1. Oversee a comprehensive College internship program staying current with best practices, federal policies, and the employment market. Implement policies and procedures associated with the administration of the College’s credit and non-credit internship program working closely with the registrar, academic programs, and other campus constituencies.
2. Work collaboratively with various academic programs and offices to, increase the number of students participating in quality internships and other pre-professional learning opportunities, in the process building strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships with academic deans, department chairs and individual faculty to achieve shared goals of supporting students in meaningful internship and job experiences.
3. Develop and manage a network to cultivate increased internship opportunities, including those that provide monetary compensation, by Traveling to internship sites and career events, and networking with new and established corporate and community partners.
4. Ensure that students are well-prepared for highly successful internships throughout each step of the process including the search process, preparation for interviewing, workplace etiquette, professional communication, and the integration of employer feedback.
5. Work collaboratively with faculty and other appropriate campus constituents to develop programs, curricula and appropriate materials for student guidance, workshops and seminars that include career exploration, job readiness, the search process, and other career development areas to ensure that students are exceptionally prepared to represent themselves and the College during the job and internship search process.
6. Develop a marketing and communication plan to promote the career and educational benefits of experiential learning, and distribute information to the campus community regarding credit and non-credit internships and career-related opportunities. Strategically utilize online mechanisms (website, social media, email, etc.) and print publications, as well as hosting in-person informational/educational sessions for both students and faculty.
7. Leverage existing and new technology platforms, both internal and external (such as Handshake and LinkedIn) to advance Career Development services for students, alumni, parents, faculty and employers.
8. Establish appropriate goals and outcomes, manage records and data from all sites and placements, and provide regular student and program achievement updates to ensure the quality of internship experiences, assess learning, and provide long-term trend analysis for majors and post-graduate outcomes.
9. Assist in supervising, training, and evaluating professional and student staff in the Career Development office.
10. Assist in maintaining high-quality functions of the Career Development office, including operations, policies, marketing, relationship-building, program development and assessment.
11. Represent the College and Career Development at appropriate professional meetings and conferences, and participate in local, regional and national professional associations.
12. Other related duties as assigned by the Director of Career Development.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Ability to consistently demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with persons both internal and external to the College, on the telephone, via the internet and in person.
2. Ability to deal with a large number of individuals and tasks, concurrently. This requires an individual who is self-directed, well organized, flexible and able to effectively prioritize activities.
3. Ability to communicate in the English language, both orally and in writing, in a manner consistent with professional standards.
4. Ability to use business-oriented computer systems, especially word-processing and database management.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Career development is an integral part of a liberal arts education. At North Central College, the Office of Career Development supports a diverse community of learners dedicated to preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical, and purposeful citizens and leaders in local, national and global contexts. We continuously seek to understand the working world, the labor market, changing employment opportunities, desirable skills, effective job search strategies, and professional behavior in the workplace.
To support the college’s mission, the Assistant Director of Career Development will facilitate the process of developing internship opportunities, supporting students in the experiential learning process, and manage policies and partnerships to achieve learning objectives and ensure quality experiences. The College believes in a holistic educational experience that enables a student to combine classroom learning with career related experience and that internships and similar pre-professional experiences strengthen skills that enhance a student’s marketability and value to a potential employer.
As a member of the Career Development team, this individual will assist the director in making decisions, supervising staff, and providing leadership for the department. This may include delegating assignments, facilitating presentations, developing programs, responding to employer, alumni or parent requests/inquiries and representing the director or department in administrative functions or meetings.
To execute these duties successfully, the Assistant Director must be able to work well with all constituents, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers. Communication skills, both verbally and in writing, are essential. Strong organizational, interpersonal and computer skills are needed to be successful in this position, as well as the energy to get people enthused about opportunities and resources available from Career Development.


A master’s degree is preferred. Bachelor’s degree required.


Experience in developing or administering an undergraduate college internship program strongly preferred.

In addition, experience with advising, career counseling, employer relations, program development, and program assessment is highly desirable.

Licenses or Certifications

A valid driver’s license is required.

Is This a Temporary Position? No
Employment Conditions

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the College’s background screening process.

Number of Vacancies 1

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EEO Statement

North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. NCC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Open Until Filled Yes
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