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Assistant Vice President and Executive Director for Career Design and Connections

Bowling Green State University



The founding Assistant Vice President and Executive Director for Career Design and Connections will lead the Michael and Sara Kuhlin Hub for Career Design and Connections. The newly endowed Hub brings together career services, internship and co-op support, student employment, pre-professional programming, and non-credit professional development programming that create interactions and connections between students, alumni, employers, and organizations to generate opportunities for students to pursue their academic, career and postgraduate objectives.

Essential Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities

Manage and oversee Career, Professional Development and Connections, which consist of a team responsible for building upon BGSU partnership and alumni connections to develop opportunities for employment for BGSU students. Hire and develop content expert "Connectors" to guide students in their career goals to achieve the jobs they want while also interacting with employers.

Provide leadership and set strategy for the Career Center that is responsible for career fairs and recruiting events, career programming and individualized career advising; develops and builds a Career Design plan and framework that allows students to align their academic and co-curricular experiences to reach their career goals; and provides oversight of technology tools and
platforms utilized by students in their career discernment and search.

Develop a robust plan to capture and share BGSU's first destination career outcomes (career, and graduate and professional school placement) broadly with campus stakeholders including Vice Presidents and Deans.


Increase the Career Design and Connections visibility and create strategies that increase inclusive participation by diverse populations and organizations to achieve individual and organizational success.

Manage and oversee Student Employment Services, for both work-study and non-work study student positions and all graduate assistantships across both academic and operational units; develop and implement strategies to ensure Student Employment Services supports students' on-campus employment in areas that align with a student's career interests.

Grow the employer portfolio to expand opportunities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally that are available for BGSU graduates.

Develop a strong partnership with the Center for College and Life Design (CCLD) to align with BGSU's strategic plan, Forward; develop strategies in collaboration with the executive director of CCLD to incorporate programming, activities and student engagement strategies into College and Life Design; collaborate with the CCLD executive director and academic leaders to analyze labor market demographics and career and occupational trends, as appropriate, to ensure educational programs remain relevant for today's society.

Leverage design thinking knowledge and strategies to institute appropriate tools and metrics to track student engagement, retention, and persistence for those students engaged in the Centers for College and Life Design and Career Design and Connections; responsible for increasing the university's post-graduation success outcomes in terms of first destination careers and graduate and professional school placements and career readiness competencies.

Collaborate with undergraduate and graduate admissions offices to support new student yield and facilitate matriculation to BGSU; collaborate with appropriate partners to support retention.


Work with the Vice President of University Advancement to leverage the nearly 195,000 alumni to connect, engage and support BGSU students.

Collaborate with college deans, other university administrators, faculty, and staff to provide strategies to improve career services for students in all majors and link these students to opportunities for employment and careers; work collaboratively with the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate and Professional Programs to increase graduate students' use of Career Design
and Connections and increase employment rates.

Launch a comprehensive professional development initiative and lead efforts to offer innovative, micro-credentials, certificates, and professional development for students, alumni, and working professionals to leverage degrees, experience and training to optimize career opportunities.


Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities

  • Skilled at change management and experience with leading change.

  • Proven ability to convene and empower key partners in order to accomplish a common purpose.

  • Understanding of data storytelling and the importance of narrating a vision to various internal and external stakeholders.

  • Well-honed philosophy of innovation in practice, and proven track record of leading new initiatives.

  • Understanding of concepts, or experience with, design thinking practices, example would be; (e.g., Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by B. Burnett and D. Evans, 2016, New York: Albert P. Knopf)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required (must be conferred at time of application)

  • 5 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education and/or corporate/external talent operations.

The following experience is preferred:

  • 7 years of progressive supervision experience

  • Experience with a framework and strategies involving career design, life design and innovation


  • Full-time, Administrative staff position available. Administrative Grade Level 362. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Full benefits package available.

Deadline to apply: October 17, 2022



Bowling Green State University provides a comprehensive benefits program as part of a total compensation package. This includes medical, prescription, dental, vision, health accounts (medical & dependent), life & disability insurance, retirement plans, employee assistance program and tuition fee waivers for employees and their eligible dependents as well as paid time off, holidays and parental leave. For more information, please visit Benefits at a Glance.




As one of the original public universities in Ohio, Bowling Green State University has been a public university for the public good for more than 111 years, always moving forward. Founded by the state as a teacher-training institution, the University’s history is defined by an educational pursuit for more. Today, BGSU is a high-research, nationally ranked, comprehensive university, always proud to be public.

As stewards of a public institution, it is our obligation to cultivate good through public education. BGSU is committed to redefining student success and elevating our commitment to relevant research, creative activities, partnerships and external engagement. To accomplish these objectives, we must be efficient and effective, and, above all, it is our people – our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, parents, families and community members – who power our University and help us achieve excellence.




BGSU values diversity as essential to improving the human condition. Diversity and inclusion immeasurably enriches all that we do to engage, understand, and respect individuals. Within our community, the diversity of identities and life experiences determines how we perceive and contribute to society.

We acknowledge that diversity has not always been understood or embraced in our society, yet, at BGSU, we will strive to understand and embrace diversity by breaking down barriers to meaningful participation to ensure that individuals are treated with dignity. As a community, we commit to advance this culture through a comprehensive strategy and diversity plan that focuses on the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration.


As a public university for the public good, our bedrock commitment to diversity and belonging requires mutual respect, understanding, and valuing individuals to facilitate a more diverse and inclusive environment so all can belong.


Reports to:

Rodney K. Rogers, BGSU President

Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D. '81, assumed the role as the 12th president of Bowling Green State University on Feb. 23, 2018, proceeding his interim appointment on Jan. 1, 2018. As president, Rogers continues to lead a transformation of Bowling Green State University. He has worked with faculty, staff and institutional stakeholders to launch two university-wide strategic plans, including Forward, a redefining approach launched in the midst of a global pandemic, to ensure BGSU embraces its role as a 21st-century public university for the public good. Full bio here.

Search Committee

Sue Houston, chair

Vice President for Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the President

Adrienne Ausdenmoore

Executive Director for College and Life Design

Brantley Blair

Director of Academic Advising

Natalie Jackson, Esq

General Counsel

Sarah Jurden

Director AIMS


Jared Tuberty

Assistant Dean, College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering 


For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit this link or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.

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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