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Assistant Vice President, Career & Community Partnerships


The AVP for Career and Community Partnerships position offers an exciting opportunity for an innovative and visionary leader to provide direction for the areas of Career Development, Community Engagement, and Strategic Partnerships.  We are seeking a highly collaborative and energetic team member who can ensure strategic alignment of the functional areas with the vision and mission of the university and with the needs of external partners.  The Career Development Center and Center for Community Engagement are comprised of dynamic professionals who integrate academic experiences and student engagement across programs and practices.  The AVP for Career and Community Partnerships leads the Career team (four full-time professionals) and Community Engagement Team (one full-time professional and two full-time Vista’s) to build strong talent pipelines for Bellarmine students via community engagement, experiential learning, part-time employment, and full-time jobs post-graduation all while developing and driving strategic priorities across the university


Career Development 

  1. Maintain and enhance strong relationships with internal campus stakeholders and expand collaboration and partnerships to integrate career development throughout academic programs, student leadership initiatives, student employment opportunities, and other programs that encourage purpose and belonging within the student experience.

  2. Develop and manage appropriate budgets, functional workflow, organizational structure, policies and procedures, decision-making and problem-solving practices, information resources and systems for Career Development using an equity lens.

  3. Oversee the development, delivery, assessment and continuous improvement of career services, including programs and resources to support the equitable career success of all Bellarmine students and alumni in five major functional areas: self-discovery and career purpose, career readiness and planning, experiential learning, mentoring and networking, and corporate and community engagement.

  4. Supervise and retain a dynamic team of Career Development Center employees (full-time and part-time, professional and paraprofessional), conducting annual performance reviews, and encouraging ongoing professional development opportunities.

  5. Facilitate student, faculty, staff and alumni communication and interaction with community partners, graduate schools, employers, recruiters and representatives of professional associations and other organizations.

  6. Serve as liaison for campus, constituent, community and media relations and communicate pertinent information about experiential learning programs, job opportunities, careers, employers, industries, graduate and professional schools, employment trends and forecasts, etc.

  7. Ensure compliance with legal requirements, professional standards and ethical responsibilities in the areas of information security, privacy rights, employment law, equal opportunity, access, affirmative action and diversity. 

  8. Oversee first destination survey and outcomes.

Community Engagement

  1. Implement and oversee university strategic initiatives related to Community Engagement, and Strategic Partnerships.  Move Bellarmine towards institutionalization of community engagement and attainment of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

  2. Supervise, retain, and grow a dynamic team of Community Engagement employees, conducting annual performance reviews, and encouraging ongoing professional development opportunities.

  3. Oversee the Community Engagement Taskforce comprised of faculty and staff stakeholders across campus to guide and bolster community engagement.

  4. Oversee the development, delivery, assessment, and growth of Community Engagement; providing curricular and co-curricular programming (Bonner Program, Butterfly Project, RISE), developing reciprocal partnerships, and collaborate with Liberal Education Taskforce to cultivate curricular community engagement (BU 250, Sophomore Serve, and Senior Capstone). 

  5. Implement and facilitate ongoing training and experiential opportunities for faculty and staff such as the Community Engagement Faculty Institute and Community service benefit for staff. 

Strategic Partnerships

  1. Work in collaboration with the Strategic Partnership team (Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs, Development, Student Affairs) to provide leadership and project management of partnership initiatives that advance university strategic priorities including: deliver a transformative student experience, become a model of academic innovation, grow enrollment pipelines, enhance diversity and inclusion efforts, develop strong and sustained community partnerships, and increase educational access for students.

  2. Cultivate relationships with external stakeholders including businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions and others to increase opportunities for community engagement, experiential learning, internships, part-time and full-time employment, and continuing education to advance the personal and professional development of students. 

  3. Represent the university in relevant/appropriate professional and community organizations and generate opportunities for partnership and revenue generation.

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  • Minimum of ten years experience in career services, community engagement, or relevant higher education or community experience.   

  • Master’s degree in higher education, business administration, counseling psychology or a related field required; terminal degree preferred.

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with direct experience in developing and managing strategic plans, budgets, projects and people

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with experience in counseling, interviewing, facilitating, training and public speaking.


  • Collaborate and engage as a member of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team.

  • Assist Enrollment Management, Alumni Relations, and other divisions with recruitment, retention, orientation, programming, communication, fundraising, etc.

  • Opportunity to teach courses focused on career, community engagement, and professional development.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.



  • Standard office environment and equipment. Frequent evening and weekend work to accommodate student and alumni schedules. Occasional travel for employer relations, site visits, career fairs, professional development, etc.


  • Commensurate with experience

  • Grade 8; FLSA: Exempt

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Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation's best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university's namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live in veritatis amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.



The Louisville network of nonprofits, organizing groups, and government agencies is as diverse and vibrant as our city. Known as the "Compassionate City," our community is not one without challenges, but is one full of people who generate innovative ideas and initiatives to address those challenges with great care. We believe our community partners who do this work every single day are the experts in promoting equity, justice, and systemic change in this city, so we share a deep commitment to seeking their guidance and supporting truly reciprocal partnerships in all of our community engagement initiatives. This year, we will also be establishing a Community Partner Advisory Board to enhance collaboration and community input in the diverse ways Bellarmine students, staff, and faculty engage in community.


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To empower career-ready students and alumni through self-discovery, experiential learning, mentoring, and networking to successfully live, work, lead, and serve in the global community. 



Helen Grace Ryan, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs 

Dr. Helen-Grace Ryan is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Bellarmine University. In her role as Vice President, Helen Grace provides leadership and oversight for the Division of Student Affairs:  Campus Ministry, Campus Recreation & Intramural Sports, Career Development, Counseling Center, Culinary Services (Sodexo), Dean of Students Office, Disability Services, International Student Services, Office of Identity & Inclusion, Parent Programs, Public Safety, Orientation, Service and Leadership, Student Health Services, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Student Conduct.


Prior to serving as Vice President, Helen Grace was Bellarmine’s Dean of Students for eight years.  Her other professional experiences include work at The Center for Postsecondary Research and Indiana University-Bloomington’s Office of Residential Programs. Helen Grace has also served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Bellarmine University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Eastern Kentucky University at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Dr. Ryan is very professionally engaged, serving as past Chair of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region III Board and as a member of the NASPA National Board.

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Patrick Englert, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
(Direct Supervisor of AVP for Career and Community Partners)

Patrick Englert currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  He values and works closely with a dynamic team in the functional areas of Campus Recreation and Wellness,  Campus Ministry, Career Development, Community Engagement, International Student and Scholar Support, Office of Identity and Inclusion, Student Activities.  Patrick has been a part of the Bellarmine community for 13 years and previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Engagement. Patrick  has also served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Bellarmine University at the graduate and undergraduate levels.



The Division of Student Affairs is also one of the nation’s 30 most promising places to work, according to research published by "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education."


Applications for this role will be accepted until the priority deadline of August 20, 2021. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references as well as complete the online application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This job description and prospectus has been designed to indicate the general nature, working conditions and level of work performed by employees within this job. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, working conditions and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. 

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