The Director of Experiential and Career Education is a full-time professional staff member in the Division of Campus Life and Student Success and reports to the Executive Director of CaPD. This position provides strong operational and thought leadership for experiential and career education at the University.
CaPD provides education and services for approximately 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music, as well as alumni from each of these programs. Career and Professional Development is a team of six full-time staff including an executive director, a director, two assistant directors, one coordinator, and an administrative specialist. Part-time staff includes a graduate assistant, two student employees, and five Career Peers.
Stetson University is committed to equity and inclusion for all staff and faculty (see equity and inclusion statement section below). For CaPD’s departmental commitment, read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Statement (https://www.stetson.edu/administration/career/diversity-equity-inclusion-action-statement.php).
CaPD’s vision, mission, and goals closely align with and are visibly supported by the CLaSS strategic plan (https://www.stetson.edu/administration/campus-life/home/media/CLaSS_Strategic_Plan.pdf) and Stetson University’s strategic plan (https://www.stetson.edu/other/strategic-planning/media/Roll%20Ahead%20Graphic%208-2019.pdf).
The Director provides strong operational and thought leadership for the development and implementation of mission-driven, experiential and career education, programs, services, and resources aimed at promoting the professional success of students and alumni; supervises one full-time professional staff member (Assistant Director of Internships); actively demonstrates a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; works with faculty and staff to integrate career readiness into the curriculum and co-curriculum strategically focusing on internships, project-based learning/micro-internships, and student employment. The Director’s work will emphasize facilitating social mobility through equitable access to connections and experiences for all students regardless of background or social capital (Evolution of Career Services in Higher Education 1900 – 2030; Dey & Cruzvergara, 2019).
In concert with the Executive Director, provide leadership and strategic direction for experiential and career education tied to University, Division, and Office mission and vision statements
Provide leadership regarding the delivery of experiential education and career exploration services, resources, and programming for students
Supervise, mentor, and guide the professional development of the Assistant Director of Experiential and Career Education including integrating continuing work on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Maintain and enhance internal office operations focused on communication channels, quality and efficiency, a student-centered ethos, and collaborative work with campus partners
Provide one-on-one and group advising to students when needed to support the Assistant Director of Experiential and Career Education; support career exploration and experiential education to align with student academic and professional goals. Present on a wide variety of experiential and career education topics
Outreach to new and existing employers to provide increasing numbers of experiential educational opportunities for students; conduct site visits to current and potential internship/project-based learning sites to evaluate learning/work environments, and provide support to employers in developing high-quality internship/micro-internship programs
Collect and maintain data on students to gain a more thorough understanding of those completing academic and non-academic internships and to make connections among experiential and career education, student learning, and career readiness and success
Develop and sustain fundraising channels to support Internship Impact Fund; provide annual reports on internship funding to donors and campus stakeholders
Establish and promote new opportunities for experiential education, particularly micro-internships and short-term project-based work; improve student access to local, out-of-state, and international experiential education opportunities through employer development activities, collaboration with faculty, and knowledge of international internship providers
Co-lead the Discovery Program in conjunction with Academic Advising
Provide oversight and leadership for the administration of experiential and career education, particularly as related to internship registration and faculty professional development
Provide support to academic departments interested in increasing their students’ participation in internships and project-based learning
Collaborate with department chairs and faculty internship instructors to serve as a resource for best practices in the supervision of students participating in academic internship courses
Manage the process for undergraduate academic internship registration in conjunction with the Registrar, IT, CLaSS Director or Assessment & Operational Effectiveness, academic leaders, and departments
Integrate career and professional development, focusing on the Professional and Career Readiness Competencies, into the curriculum and co-curriculum through collaboration with campus partners including faculty, academic deans, Alumni and Parent Engagement, and CLaSS
Serve as liaison to Center for Community Engagement, Office of Student Employment, WORLD Center for International Learning, and School of Business Administration Office for Experiential Learning Requirement
Provide career advising to students and alumni; specialize in providing major and career guidance to first-year and sophomore students when needed to support Assistant Director of Experiential and Career Education
Responsible for staying up-to-date on research and current trends in experiential and career education and related resources
Represent CaPD and/or the Campus Life and Student Success division on appropriate committees and teams
Perform other duties as assigned related to the University’s, Division’s, and CaPD’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities
Requires some physical effort (i.e. standing and walking); occasional light lifting; manual dexterity in the operation of office equipment; extended period of time at a keyboard; perceptual demands for color, sound, form, and depth; and at times, hours outside the normal university schedule. The employee will be required to perform other job-related duties requested by the supervisor.
This position will closely collaborate with many divisions/departments on campus, including Campus Life and Student Success. Campus Life and Student Success is a dynamic, evolving division driven by transformational leadership and continuous improvement. We seek team members who are highly motivated, strategic thinkers and relationship builders who thrive on shared governance. Our high expectations are matched by a robust professional development curriculum that promotes achievement and significance through self-assessment, reflection, and holistic goal setting. We actualize a philosophy of challenge and support grounded in liberal learning and development as it relates to student persistence and success. We are committed to facilitating student discovery and exploration consistent with the aims of a broad liberal arts education; offering impactful learning opportunities based on current research and empirical data; cultivating the unique strengths and perspectives of individual students; fostering global awareness, social justice values, and civic engagement; and providing a healthy and vibrant educational environment conducive to holistic well-being.
Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research, and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.
The candidate must possess a master’s degree and at least five years’ experience in an area related to business, education, and/or experiential education. The position requires a dynamic individual with strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and employers in a comprehensive university environment.
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