Director of Career & Internship Services 

University of Minnesota Duluth 

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The Career & Internship Services (C&IS) office at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is seeking a visionary and innovative leader to take a successful career office to the next level, by building a coordinated career network across campus. The next leader will seek to engage key constituents on campus, scale career education, and develop robust career initiatives for the UMD community. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Dean of Students, with a dotted line to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Director will be a facilitator of cross campus relationships, and serve as a leader not only on campus but in the University of Minnesota System.


The Director will be a connector and a visionary committed to delivering exceptional services to students and prepare them for life after UMD. The Director will:

Direct Career and Internship Services - 70%

  • Lead the development of a cohesive and integrated strategy for career education for the Duluth campus, ensuring all students are prepared for their future.


  • Oversee the design of inclusive programming, services, and environment for staff, students, and partners of the C&IS office.


  • Lead and empower the C&IS professional staff to serve students and employers, and increase the impact and reach of the office.


  • Develop and implement scaled career education solutions which are woven into the fabric of the curriculum and student experience at UMD.


  • Initiate and build career programs that support individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures as well as recruit and hire professional staff from diverse backgrounds.


  • Lead the process to develop, gather, and synthesize career related data to effectively tell the UMD story to students, constituents on campus, prospective families, employers, and external stakeholders.


  • Direct C&IS strategic planning, assessment, and program review.


Provide Career Education Leadership and Information to the UMD Campus Community - 15%

  • Meet regularly with deans, faculty, and key staff for the purpose of building a strong career ecosystem across campus.


  • Consult and communicate with other divisions and departments at UMD in connecting and building campus career initiatives.


Provide Leadership in the Development of Career Partnerships with External Stakeholders - 10%

  • Ensure intentional growth of partnerships and connections between UMD and the employment community locally, regionally, and nationally.


  • Represent the university at external events.


Participate in Professional Service and Development - 5%

  • Represent the university at professional associations, including serving as a leader within the University of Minnesota System.

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  • BA/BS with at least 10 years of experience years in higher education career services, workforce development, human resources, or related field.



  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Business, Leadership, or related field.

  • Minimum of 3 years supervising and leading teams.

  • Proven track record of building partnerships across departments and divisions.

  • Demonstrated success of creating initiatives to achieve scalable impact

  • Experience in growing partnerships with external constituents.

  • Minimum of 3 years working within an office of career development.

  • Previous experience leading complex networks, internal and external to an organization.

  • Demonstration of leading strategic and innovative change across communities.

  • The successful candidate will be a positive, collaborative, visionary leader who can empower a team and campus to scale career education.

  • The Director will be a convener of stakeholders who can build effective relationships and programs through thoughtful listening and dialogue .

  • The Director will understand how data informs strategy and be able to effectively transform data into a powerful narrative, while understanding key issues and emerging trends within the field of higher education and career services.


Competitive and Commensurate with Experience



The University of Minnesota Duluth campus grew from its founding as the Duluth Normal School in 1895, to becoming a University of Minnesota campus in 1947. Today, UMD is a medium-sized regional university that offers students a supportive atmosphere and access to the resources of the larger University of Minnesota system. UMD students can choose from more than 83 undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degrees, and from graduate programs in more than 25 different fields. Our stellar teaching and research have earned the University of Minnesota Duluth high rankings in U.S. News & World Report 's “America's Best Colleges” issue.


At a Glance:

  • 11,040 students

  • 1,397 stated they belonged to underrepresented groups

  • In fiscal year 2018, $2,852,178 was awarded to students through privately funded scholarships

  • 50 buildings on 244 acres

  • 2,012 employees including 511 full-time faculty


 Recently named #35 on's Top 100 Best Places to Live, Duluth is Minnesota's fourth-largest city. Living on the western shore of Lake Superior, Duluthians get all the benefits of city life, while enjoying endless access to the great outdoors. In Duluth, it’s just as easy to enjoy museums, restaurants and live music as it is to hike, ski or kayak. Duluth won Outside magazine's "Best Town 2014" tournament. Outside magazine editors asked readers to choose "the best place to live in America" from 64 cities that they had selected, and Duluth took first place. Duluth is the major regional center for health care, higher education, retail, and business services not only of its own immediate area but also of a larger area encompassing northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Duluth forms a metropolitan area with neighboring cities and towns including Superior, Wisconsin ; together they are called the Twin Ports . The cities share the Duluth–Superior harbor and together are the Great Lakes' largest port, transporting coal, iron ore (taconite), and a variety of industrial and agricultural goods.


At a Glance:

  • Population: 86,265 - City; 279,227 - Metro

  • Land area in square miles: 71.65

  • 6,800 acres of parkland in 129 parks

  • 150 miles of unpaved hiking trails

  • 85 miles of mountain bike and multi-use trails

Visit Duluth Guide: 

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The University of Minnesota Duluth integrates liberal education, research, creative activity, and public engagement and prepares students to thrive as lifelong learners and globally engaged citizens.


By 2022, UMD will have a focused identity that appropriately demonstrates the university’s distinctive strengths and makes clear the university’s high research achievements not common among our peers.


UMD will tell our story which will evolve beyond being a “regional comprehensive university” to establishing a purpose and framework for propelling the institution forward and enhancing its regional and even international reputation and presence.


UMD will be innovative in pursuing a dynamic future that allows the university to successfully confront evolving challenges and opportunities. UMD will develop an array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs that capitalize on our excellence and impact, as well as our scholarly strengths and external partnerships.


UMD will balance its investment in facilities, programs, and people with a need to keep higher education accessible and affordable. In this way UMD will serve as a platform for success and achievement beyond graduation for students from all walks of life. By accomplishing this vision UMD assures that Minnesota has the best talent to meet our future economic, environmental, and social challenges.

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Dr. Lendley C. Black, Chancellor

Dr. Lendley C. (Lynn) Black began his tenure as Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth in August 2010. In addition to serving as Chancellor, he is a proud UMD theatre professor, where he is able to interact with students, lecture to theatre classes, and contribute to creative projects. Chancellor Black led the creation of UMD’s comprehensive strategic plan including dedicated focus to fostering a more inclusive campus climate. In 2011, the University of Minnesota presented UMD with the Unit Award for Equity and Diversity. Because he values a wide range of opinions, he routinely engages in open dialogue with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members about issues facing higher education, UMD, and the Northland. Chancellor Black has strengthened relationships with neighborhood groups adjacent to the UMD campus and increased UMD’s active engagement with Duluth community organizations, city, county, and state governments, businesses, industry, and alumni. Under his administration, private yearly contributions to UMD increased from $5 million in fiscal year 2011 to a yearly average of $9.9 million. As a tenacious supporter of Bulldog Athletics, he can often be found in the stands or on the sidelines watching UMD students compete. He has chaired the Board of Directors for both the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He is a strong advocate for multicultural students, American Indian students, and LGBTQ students, and regularly attends events sponsored by numerous student groups. He has presented at the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education annual meeting, and he was a featured speaker at the first University of Tennessee Diversity Summit. He is also a regular speaker at various meetings, events, and celebrations in Duluth. Chancellor Black is an active member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team and the System Council of the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the search committee for a new University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the search committee for a new University of Minnesota General Council. He co-chaired the search committee for the new Vice President for Equity and Diversity. He has served on the President’s Campaign Council and several other system-wide committees. Chancellor Black serves on the Committee on Policies and Purposes of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). He is a member of the Council of Presidents and Chancellors for AASCU and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and he has served on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement. He has chaired the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and has received the department’s Alumni Honor Citation. Chancellor Black was a tenured professor and administrator at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2002 until he was promoted in 2006 to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position held until he came to UMD in 2010. In addition to serving as KSU Chief Academic Officer, he held several leadership roles in the civic and business communities of metropolitan Atlanta. He led the academic transition of KSU as a doctoral granting university, significantly increasing the number of faculty members, and enhancing KSU achievements in diversity and internationalization. Before his appointment as Vice President at Kennesaw State University, Chancellor Black was a tenured professor and held several senior administrative positions at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, including service as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1993–2002. He earned his B.A. degree in English from the University of Tennessee Martin, his M.A. in theatre from the University of Connecticut, and his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Kansas. Chancellor Black's research interests are in Russian theatre and drama, and he authored a book titled, Michael Chekhov as Actor, Director, and Teacher. He has continued to direct and perform in university theatre productions throughout his administrative career. Despite his love of theatre, his favorite role is devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He and his wife, Connie, have three adult children - Liz, Nick, and Chris - and four grandchildren: Sarah, Max, Henry, and Emma.


Dr. Lisa Erwin, Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students

Dr. Lisa Erwin became UMD's Vice Chancellor for Student Life in August of 2011. Many years before, she started her long career working with college students as a Resident Assistant during her undergraduate days at Indiana University. Over the years in between, Dr. Erwin has held positions in many areas of student affairs, most recently before UMD as the Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management at Bemidji State University. Dr. Erwin studied Economics as an undergraduate at Indiana University. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Fort Hays State University (Kansas). She earned a Certificate in Student Affairs Law and Policy from the Stetson University College of Law and NASPA. Active in professional organizations, Dr. Erwin was recognized in 2016 as a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She is currently a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Student Affairs Executive Committee. Dr. Erwin is passionate about working with college students and fiercely proud to be a UMD Bulldog! She is deeply committed to students and their academic and personal success. Her time at work is spent in supporting students and her staff around the student engagement themes identified in the Student Life mission statement: learning, wellbeing, and cultural competence.

Fernando Delgado, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Fernando Delgado holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in communication studies from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from San Jose State University. Dr. Delgado’s previous experience includes administrative positions at Hamline University and Minnesota State University Mankato. Most recently, he served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and provost at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Dr. Delgado began his role as UMD’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in July 2016. He serves as the chief academic officer for the UMD campus and oversees all academic functions of the campus. 


Applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, and diversity philosophy statement. The diversity philosophy statement will detail the candidate's personal philosophy on affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity. Finalists will be asked to provide up to five professional references (not to be contacted without applicant consent).

  • To apply, or nominate, interested candidates should email applications or nominations to

    • Subject line: “Application for UMN Duluth Director”

    • Cover Letter, Resume, and Diversity Statement should be in one document file as a pdf.  

  • To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by midnight pacific time on May 8, 2019.


Contact with our search consultants, Nick Cattin and Jeremy Podany, is encouraged. Initial contact should be made via:


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. 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. 


University of Minnesota Duluth’s Equal Opportunity Statement

The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The university is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the university, go to .

Smoking is prohibited on all UMD property. The smoking ban includes indoor facilities and the campus grounds, as well as all university vehicles. As of July 1, 2014, UMD extended its no smoking policy to include a ban on the use of commercial tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on all university property.