Executive Director of The Career Center
Executive Director of The Career Center
The Career & Community Engagement Center at Beloit College is poised to be the nerve center for a robust career development ecosystem for all students from all majors. The founding Executive Director for the Career & Community Engagement Center will develop and implement an entrepreneurial vision that advances student career-readiness through development of their professional agility and collaborative, communication, and problem-solving skills. This leadership position will build an integrated, well-resourced student development operation with resources that delivers innovative, user-friendly programs and support to all constituents. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to grow innovative programs, bridge internal and external audiences, and advance the college’s strong commitment to the college’s vibrant, local and globally-connected community.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Provost and Dean of the College and will work closely with Senior Staff and the Office of Student Success, Equity, and Community to support campus-wide student engagement initiatives. This position supervises the Center staff and serves as a crucial component of the Beloit College Channels Program.
Develop and implement a strong vision for career-ready, community-engaged students in collaboration with campus and other stakeholders.
Successfully integrate career development and community engagement into the fabric of the campus by forging strong partnerships with faculty and staff.
Extend the reach of the Center to meet students—from their first year through their graduation and beyond—where they are and nudge them to imagine futures that they have not yet considered.
Lead efforts to engage alumni, regional, national, and international employers, community partners, and other friends of the college in developing robust career development programs, internships, volunteer and job opportunities, and professional and graduate school options that align with students’ career and personal aspirations.
Cultivate and develop relationships with local, regional, and national employers, internship and volunteer site sponsors, alumni, and other members of the Beloit community.
Develop, implement, and assess programming that advances students’ academic, professional, and career development and community engagement.
Advise individual students as they develop their academic, professional, and career plans.
Communicate student experiences, learning outcomes, and alumni activities internally and externally.
Lead and mentor professional and student staff within the Career and Community Engagement Center.
Oversee and manage the budget and fiscal needs of the Center, including partnering to generate revenue for the office and the campus.
Develop and support strong networks across campus with many units including academic departments, academic advising, Office of International Education, Office of Student, Success, Equity, and Community, Student Life, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and Office of Admissions.
The college invites applications from candidates with a variety of educational and experiential pathways. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of best practices in experiential learning, career and professional development, and knowledge of web-based software systems for connecting students, alumni, and employers.
Advanced degree; plus at least seven years of progressively responsible experience in career development, community engagement, volunteer management, or related field.
Understanding of and commitment to a liberal arts education and the role of experiential education, career development and preparation, and community engagement in the liberal arts environment.
Experience working with undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds; experience in liberal arts settings preferred.
Experience developing and implementing career development, community-engagement, or other student development programs.
Expertise and understanding of effective approaches, emerging trends, and innovations to academic, professional, and career development for undergraduate students.
Strong interpersonal communication, advising, and collaboration skills.
Commitment to developing and supporting relationships with a variety of community partners.
Ability to cultivate potential internship, volunteer, shadowing, and other opportunities for students.
Experience supporting student success, equity and community.
Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and others.
Experience hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating employees.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Excellent problem-solving and innovation skills.
Proficiency with technological tools used in career development.
Commensurate with Experience
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1846, Beloit College predates the State of Wisconsin
by two years. Since its beginning, Beloit College has been
recognized for its long-standing commitment to curricular
innovation in a residential setting.
A campus community of 1,200 students, Beloit is located in
Beloit, Wisconsin: a vibrant and diverse riverfront city of 37,000
people just over the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. The city has an
industrial past and an increasingly high-tech future; in 2017,
the New York Times reported that tech startups are popping up
in the revitalized downtown area.
Though the early curriculum was built on the classical tradition,
a central tenet of a Beloit education has always been to situate a
liberal arts education in the context of the world in which it will
be practiced. Throughout its history, Beloit College has
articulated that commitment through its dedication to
experiential learning in interdisciplinary and international
contexts. Evidence of this commitment can be seen in some of the
college’s distinctive programs – its Advising Practicum, a day-
long program that advises and inspires students to think deeply
about their path and program; an emphasis on the off-campus
and study abroad experience, CELEB, a center dedicated to the
intersection of the liberal arts and entrepreneurship, two annual
student research symposia; and multiple programs that support
underrepresented students in higher education, including TriO
In Fall 2020 Beloit College will roll out a reform that explicitly
connects a Beloit education to students’ successful careers and
lives through a set of institutional learning outcomes. A robust
advising component will orient students toward their post-Beloit
professional and personal lives from the time they arrive on
campus. One of the most notable innovations is called “Channels,”
which will build academic and co-curricular activities around
students’ paths and develop thematic professional groups
composed of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community
cohorts to support students’ plans. Organized channels that exist
so far are Business & Entrepreneurship, Health & Healing,
Justice & Rights, and Sustainability.
A 2015 Gallup-Purdue report found that graduates’ odds of
being engaged at work and having an overall sense of well-
being more than doubled if they had meaningful interactions
with professors and had applied classroom learning to real-world
problems. When Beloit’s class of 2016 was polled, 100% of seniors
agreed that a “professor and staff person made them excited
about learning” and 83% had a “mentor who encouraged them
to pursue their goals and dreams.”
The Beloit College community is diverse. More than 40 percent of
its students come from more than 500 miles away, representing
nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and more than 44
countries. Twenty percent of its students and approximately 20
percent of faculty and staff are domestic minorities. Fifteen
percent of its students and 5 percent of faculty and staff come
from countries other than the United States.
Provost Eric Boynton
Eric Boynton is the Provost and Dean of the College. In this position, he leads the college’s academic and student affairs activities. He holds a Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Rice University and a B.A. from the University of Redlands. He came to Beloit College in Summer 2019 from Allegheny College where he held the positions of Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of the Honors Program, and Chair of Black Studies.
The Office of the Provost and Dean of the College is responsible for academic and student life programs and for supporting the faculty and staff. The Provost oversees all college operations directly pertaining to the curriculum and co-curriculum including Academic Departments and Programs; Student Success, Equity, and Community; Residential Life; Career and Community Engagement; International Education; Museums; Athletics; Library; Information Technology Services; and Registrar.
In his first semester at Beloit College, Provost Boynton spearheaded passage of a program reform that connects students’ successful careers and lives to their Beloit education. The redesign of the Career & Community Engagement Center is central to the success of this program.
NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by midnight eastern time on June 8, 2020.
Contact with our search consultants from The Career Leadership Collective is encouraged for applicants. Nominations and applicant inquiries can be sent to Nick Cattin, Consulting and Search Lead: email@example.com.
All nominations, inquiries, and applications will be confidential. Once a limited number of finalists are identified for campus interviews, names and résumés of finalists only may become public (finalists will be notified prior). References will not be called until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission.
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.
Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college that attracts students from across the United States and the world. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty. It is recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives.
Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.