Director, Career Center

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 300100 - Career Center
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
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Department Profile:

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Provides administrative direction and support to achieve Academic Affairs and University mission and goals.
  2. Administers, coordinates and supervises functions of the Career Center including the university’s Experiential Education Programs.
  3. Provides oversight of operations and maintains appropriate contact with personnel to ensure that response to the needs of students, faculty, staff and employers is effective, service-oriented, and reflects professional best practices.
  4. Ensures that the department continuously exhibits an exceptional quality of service.
  5. Develops policies and procedures, as necessary, with appropriate consultation and review, serves as or appoints liaisons with other university and community organizations to accomplish departmental goals and objectives, and fosters cooperation and a sense of community.
  6. Ensures that the department meets the professional standards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Planning & Evaluation:

  1. Maintains and regularly updates department mission statement including operational values, organizational models and processes, and key strategic directions.
  2. Working collaboratively with MSU leadership and the Provost and Executive Vice President staff, identifies, compiles, monitors, and regularly updates departmental critical functions.
  3. Continually maintains key data related to student and employer traffic on a semester and annual basis, and reports this information, in context, to various University and external constituents.
  4. Analyzes trends and patterns in student and employer data to make strategic decisions regarding resource deployment and service and program delivery.
  5. Systematically assesses levels of student and employer satisfaction with various programs and services, ideally optimizing overall resource effectiveness.
  6. Develops student learning outcomes and quality of service standards, assesses the degree to which they are being achieved, and continuously makes program and service improvements.
  7. Continually reviews and evaluates best practices at peer institutions, and when appropriate, introduces them to the Career Center, Academic Affairs, and/or University personnel.

Human Resources:

  1. Oversees recruitment, selection, orientation and training of qualified staff members, with particular emphasis and sensitivity to University goals of attaining a more culturally, racially, and experientially diverse workforce.
  2. Exercises authority to hire for any position subordinate to the position, and delegates to supervisors responsibilities related to performance appraisals, recommendations for merit raises, reclassifications, and other personnel changes.
  3. Conducts employee goal setting and annual performance evaluations for staff who are direct reports.
  4. In accordance with policies and procedures established by Human Resources, takes appropriate disciplinary action when necessary.

Financial Management:

  1. Works closely with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President to develop annual budget requests that are directly linked to departmental goals.
  2. Follows University fiscal procedures and monitors annual spending to stay within budget allocation.
  3. Annually reviews existing goals, conducts appropriate benchmarking, and establishes new goals and strategies consistent with university goals and objectives


  1. Reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President.
  2. Strives to develop stronger communications and nurture relationships with student organizations, university administrative units, and non-university organizations concerning department activities.
  3. Serves as a spokesperson for the University, when appropriate, regarding department issues.
  4. Serves on Academic Affairs Associate Dean’s Council and University committees and advisory boards as requested and/or appropriate.

Direct Service/Programming:

  1. Maintains leadership and strong oversight of the Experiential Education Program, optional as well as mandatory, to insure quality learning experiences for students.
  2. Conceives, designs and implements innovative career development programs appropriate for all levels of students seeking careers in all sectors of employment (business/industry, government, not-for-profit, etc.), as well as those seeking further education in graduate/professional school.
  3. Nurtures existing and helps establish new relationships with employers who support the recruitment and employment of MSU students by maintaining excellent employer relations; consulting with employers regarding college relations/recruiting issues; and overseeing and conducting outreach to new employers.
  4. Working independently or in collaboration with peer universities, oversees and directs research on college students (i.e., both those seeing employment and those continuing their education) related to a variety of career-related issues they are managing.
  5. Remains current on career issues, cooperative education programs, and services by maintaining strong professional affiliations through national, regional and state associations, and by participating in best practices and benchmarking groups that include peer institutions and key employers.


Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the position and experience as a seasoned professional manager with a minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience in a university career services setting or closely related field. 


Preferred Qualifications:

A Master's degree in a field related to the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrated leadership, organizational, research and analysis, and strategic planning experience.
  2. Outstanding ability to conceptualize, design and implement innovative career development programs appropriate for all levels of students and alumni seeking careers in all sectors of employment.
  3. Ability to plan, organize and implement projects with complex logistics involving multiple tasks and priorities.
  4. Demonstrated skills in supervising, instructing, and mentoring staff, graduate interns, and student volunteers.
  5. Extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art occupational, career and job information resources, technology and materials.
  6. Strong verbal and written communications skills; excellent presentation skills.
  7. Ability to develop and manage budgets, and proficient computer skills, especially web-based technologies.


Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  1. No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
  2. Frequent - Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; travel or irregular hours often anticipated; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis
  3. Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands
  4. Job requires standing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds
  5. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically


Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

The search committee will begin the screening process on May 31, 2017 and continue until a candidate is selected.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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