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Director of Career Development
Company: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Urbana, IL
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/25/2021
Expire Date: 12/25/2021
Job Categories: Education
Job Description
Director of Career Development
Director of Career Development

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Academic Affairs Office

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As part of the LAS Academic Affairs team, the Director of Career Development provides leadership for programs and advising that advance students’ career readiness. The incumbent offers courses, trainings, and related activities to promote students’ intentional design and engagement for successful career development through their Illinois experience. The incumbent provides training programs for life-career design coaching and collaborates with others in offering employer, community partner and related career-shaping events. The incumbent shares in LAS Academic Affairs’ common mission to support a diverse student body in their academic, personal and professional success.

The LAS Life + Career Design Lab is a one-stop shop where students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences can explore their interests and questions on majors, career preparation, study abroad, undergraduate research and other life-designing and life-shaping activities. To explore LAS Life + Career Design please visit: https://las.illinois.edu/lifecareerdesign/...

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


Leads college-level initiatives to advance students’ career development and experience

Creates, implements and assesses a strategic plan to advance students’ career development from their transition to campus to their first step post-graduation
Leads collaboration of units’ career services staff across the college
Liaises and collaborates with career services across and off-campus, including The Career Center, LAS corporate engagement efforts, Illini Success, Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the Big10 Academic Alliance career initiative
Collaborates with partners like DPI and LAS units to create and implement curricula-integrated internship experiences

Collaborates in LAS Life + Career Design (LCD) initiative

Collaborates in ongoing development of LAS’ Life + Career Design initiative
Co-creates advisor-coach-intern training programs focused on empowering students for academic, personal and professional success, specifically leads the training to support students’ professional success within LCD
Teaches/supervises the teaching of a sophomore- (2-credit) and a junior-senior (1-credit) course in which students practice Human-Centered Design (HCD) to create their own, customized maps for life-long learning and career development
Offers/supervises the offering of career readiness workshops and courses that support an internship or similar community engagement experience to maximize professional development/career readiness during experience
Contributes to administration of LAS Life + Career Design scholarships that support career development experiences, such as internships, UG research, community service

Recruits and supervises staff working to support college career development efforts, including 1-3 graduate assistants or academic hourlies and 5 undergraduate interns and provides relevant training.

Participates in SAAO Leadership Team and the shared responsibilities within the office, including walk-in advising, academic progress review, planning for and assessment of office impact, and LAS student recruitment-orientation.
Qualifications & Requirements


Master’s Degree
Three years' work experience in career development or services in higher education or in a professional organization.
Effective initiative, leadership and collaboration skills as demonstrated through previous experiences.


Master's degree in a relevant field of study that enhances the individual’s ability to assist Liberal Arts and Sciences students in designing and implementing a plan for career development.
Five years’ work experience in career development, including creating materials and/or experiences that emphasize developmental pathways.
Knowledge of and/or experience in using human-centered design for life and career mapping.
Experience designing and teaching courses that are learning outcomes-driven and advance students’ career exploration and development.
Experience offering courses or similar experiential education for students in service/employment/internship opportunities to help advance their career readiness.
Experience setting up and supporting internship or professionalized community service opportunities within a liberal arts education mindset.
Experience training/working with faculty, academic advisors and career services staff to create experiences that advance students’ career mapping, readiness and experience

Successful candidates will have the following: Demonstrated ability to track and assess programming impact. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. A commitment to co-creating inclusive communities and other intercultural skills development as required to be effective in a diverse community and workforce. Graduate studies or similar demonstrated interest in issues in undergraduate education and development. Knowledge of career development field within higher education, specifically at the undergraduate level. Awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural and linguistic differences. Commitment to diversity and inclusion.


This is a full-time academic professional position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://go.illinois.edu/LASDirectorCareer, directly apply to our position and upload your cover letter and resume by November 12, 2021. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137. For further information on this specific position, please contact lascollegehiring@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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