Senior Director of Career and Community Education


The Senior Director of Career and Community Education will serve as a senior leader in Earlham’s efforts to embed career thoughtfulness into every step of the student journey. The new leader will build upon the success of the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum (EPIC), a transformative approach that brings together a student's course work, extracurriculars and community involvement, career-development experiences, global learning, and overall personal and social development, empowering graduates to launch into a lifetime of meaningful engagement in professional, civic, and personal pursuits. A key feature of EPIC is the EPIC Advantage, which guarantees one funded career-discerning experience for every Earlhamite. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build strong partnerships across campus, create innovative approaches to engaging students, and advance the College’s mission of providing the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the College’s distinctive perspectives and commitments.


The Senior Director reports directly to the Executive Director of Global and Career Education and will oversee staff engaged in career and community engagement.


The Senior Director of Career and Community Education (SD) will work directly with students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, donors, and community partners to oversee and continually improve the career education experience and the community engagement experience of Earlham students throughout the student cycle (from prospective students through alumni status). The SD will also oversee the Career Education (CEd) and Community Engagement (CEn) areas and supervise other employees in these units. The SD will also have other duties related to CEd and CEn involving some combination of: committee work, faculty/staff training or workshops, projects to improve campus climate for CEd and CEn through a campus-wide approach, implementing and/or managing technological solutions for the administration of CEd and CEn, and related tasks.

Programmatic areas include: Bonner Scholars Program (to be sunsetted in 2023-24), Career Coaching, Career Education, Community Engagement, Community Engagement Leadership Scholars Program, Constituent Relations, Internship Programs, Richmond Residencies, and Student Employment.

Unit Administration (30%):

1. Policy setting and management: Take the lead in setting, implementing, and maintaining student and staff policies related to CEd and CEn, including decision-making authority on creation and deployment of forms for student applications, application processes, and general workflows for assigned programmatic areas.

  • Work in collaboration with the ED on any matters that interact with other College policies.

  • Delegate substantial day-to-day portions of this authority to associate and assistant directors, as appropriate

2.  Departmental liaison work: Serve as primary CEd- and CEn-related liaison to Earlham academic departments and the Office of Institutional Advancement, working in collaboration with the ED and sometimes other EPIC personnel.

3. Enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with the College: Engage continuously through all activities as well as targeted activities to enhance the DEI environment of Earlham

  • Ensure access to opportunities and positive outcomes for students of all backgrounds and identities, including: first-generation students; international students; multilingual learners; nontraditional students; neurodiverse learners; Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); LGBTQ+ students; students with accessibility needs; and many other demographics.

  • Employ universal design in all programming areas to enhance access for all students.

  • Ensure DEI in the employment experiences of all team members in the CEd and CEn areas, as well as ongoing DEI-related professional development for all team members. 

4. Budgetary management: Assume primary responsibility (with support from the ED, Administrative Assistant, and other CEd and CEn team members) for managing CEd- and CEn-related budgets, including operating budgets and restricted funds from grants and other outside donors.

  • Work with the ED on any budgetary matters related to the central CGCE budget (e.g., travel/professional development, office supplies).

  • Delegate day-to-day management of sub-budgets to team members, as appropriate.

5. Program development: Create and implement strategic approaches to CEd and CEn programming. Take the lead in developing all new CEd and CEn programming, and work collaboratively with teaching faculty and other CGCE and EPIC personnel to develop both curricular and co-curricular touch points for these programs.

  • Work with other team members to ensure that major events such as the Grad School Fair, the Career Fair, and the EPIC Expo are successful and well attended.

6. Supervision: Supervise, mentor, and give continual feedback to direct reports and assist with supervision and mentorship of student workers.

7. Constituent relationship management: Work with CEd and CEn team members to coordinate relationships with employers of all types, admission offices of graduate and professional schools, and organizations that may partner with Earlham for CEn experiences.

  • Employ a strategic approach in cultivating and maintaining relationships that will benefit Earlham students in diverse academic and professional niche populations.

  • Work with the ED and other EPIC Center directors to develop and maintain relationships that provide graduate-school pathway programs for Earlham students and ensure the visibility of these opportunities among students.

8. Crisis response and risk management: Serve as a primary emergency/crisis contact person for students engaged in off-campus CEd and CEn activities (internships, career fairs, CEn placements, etc.).

  • Collaborate with other CGCE directors, the ED, and other College personnel on matters related to risk management. 

 Career Education (30%)

9. Campus-wide program coordination: Coordinate a campus-wide (“career everywhere”) approach to CEd that includes various components targeted to students in different stages of their personal and professional development.

  • Direct the overall program vision and direction of CEd at Earlham, including the funded internship programs (e.g. EPIC Advantage, Richmond Residencies, etc.).

  • Coordinate the work of the CEd team members.

  • Collaborate with academic departments and divisions and Institutional Advancement to build sector-based CEd resources and initiatives. Oversee the ongoing implementation of Career Communities, Affinity/Identity Communities, and the alumni/student mentorship platform.

  • Develop and implement a communication plan for key constituency groups including prospective students and families, parents of current students, alumni, and donors.

  • Assist faculty champions of CEd in promoting their programs and in implementing CEd more seamlessly into on-campus and online courses. Developing a strategic plan for enhancing the role of CEd in Earlham courses and helping to make courses with CEd components more visible to students.

  • Teach (as needed and in consultation with the ED) courses that augment the CEd mission, via in-person and/or online formats.

Community Engagement (20%)

10. Campus-wide program coordination: Coordinate a campus-wide approach to CEn that includes various components targeted to students in different stages of their personal and professional development.

  • Overall program vision and direction of CEn at Earlham, including the Community Engagement Leadership Scholars Program, other CEn programs and activities, and the Bonner Scholars Program (which will sunset after spring semester 2024, when the final cohort graduates).

  • Coordinate the work of other CEn team members.

  • Collaborate with academic departments and divisions and Institutional Advancement in building student-centered, career-discerning programming and opportunities in all areas of CEn.

  • Collaborate with the Director of Off-Campus Study, the Director of International Student and Scholar Services, and other team members in Team Global in developing, operating, and promoting off-campus study opportunities that include CEn components as well as on-campus and Richmond-based opportunities targeted to international students and intended to help that cohort in their intercultural learning experiences while enrolled at Earlham.

  • Develop and implement a communication plan for key constituency groups including prospective students and families, parents of current students, alumni, and donors.

  • Assist faculty champions of CEn in promoting their programs and in implementing CEn more seamlessly into on-campus and online courses. Develop a strategic plan for enhancing the role of CEn in Earlham courses and helping to make courses with CEn components more visible to students.

  • Teach (as needed and in consultation with the ED) courses that augment the CEn mission, via in-person and/or online formats. 

Contribute to Broader Institutional Mission (15%)

11. EPIC and CGCE mission: Contribute to the overall mission of the CGCE and the EPIC programming model of the College.

  • Participate in continuing development of liability, health and safety, and risk-management policies.

  • Advance the mission of EPIC and CGCE in daily work and via special, assigned projects.

  • Participate in campus-facing projects and programming that enhance CEd and CEn and a vocation- and avocation-discerning approach for all Earlham students; assist the ED in innovating in how CEd and CEn are delivered within the College.

  • Assist the other members of the CGCE leadership team as available.

12. Reporting: Take the lead in reporting on CEd and CEn activities and outcomes.

  • Compile sections of any EPIC or CGCE newsletters or annual reports (and ad hoc reports) related to CEd and CEn.

  • Develop, track, and promote graduate outcomes, working collaboratively with the Offices of Institutional Research and Institutional Advancement.

13. Assessment: Collaborate with the ED, the AVP for Academic Affairs, the EPIC Center Directors, and other colleagues in designing, implementing, and administering ongoing assessment of student learning and outcomes in the CEd and CEn areas.

  • Track and evaluate the effectiveness of all CEd- and CEn-related initiatives, programs, workshops, and events.

  • Ensure the success of the annual First Destinations Survey and the dissemination of information from this assessment.

Other Duties (5%)

14. Professional development: Participate regularly in regional, national, or international professional-development opportunities and networks.

15. Board/committee service: Serve on various boards and committees, as appropriate to the CEd, CEn, CGCE, and EPIC missions.

16. Ad hoc assignments: Complete other duties as requested by the ED.


  • Master’s degree and significant (3-5 years) experience in college-level career education, community engagement, experiential education, or a related field

  • At least 3 years’ experience directly supervising professional staff

  • Experience in program creation, planning, implementation, and assessment

  • Experience managing a complex budget encompassing multiple projects and accounts, with funds held in both operating budgets and gift or endowed accounts

  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship-building skills and experience working with a wide range of constituents including employers, grad school reps, community partners, faculty, students, and alumni

  • Experience communicating with and supporting people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlham’s Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement and its Principles and Practices

  • Clear understanding of and affinity with the purposes and values of a private, residential liberal arts college and a demonstrated ability to work with teaching faculty

  • Experience with constituent relations (employers, grad school, CEn partners) and the ability to network and build strategic partnerships

  • Experience and comfort with digital tools and technology including social media

  • Commitment to high visibility on campus and in the community

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced office

  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills, particularly in translating the value of the liberal arts into graduate outcomes

  • Commitment to and experience fostering long-term, positive, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial relationships with external constituents


  • Professional experience beyond the minimum amounts cited above

  • Significant experience in work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Knowledge of current professional practices and challenges in CEd and CEn programming

  • Experience in alumni and/or donor relations

  • Knowledge of or experience in liberal-arts settings in higher education

  • Familiarity with best practices in risk management for individually arranged internships

  • Familiarity with as many of these platforms as possible: Handshake, uConnect, GoinGlobal, Terra Dotta, Big Interview, Give Pulse, PathwayU, Tallo, Trello, Slack, and People Grove

  • Familiarity with and certification to administer workshops based on Strengths Finder

  • Prior teaching experience and knowledge of current pedagogical approaches to experiential learning, career-discernment education, and/or community engagement


Competitive and Commensurate with Experience



Earlham is a national liberal arts college with a reputation for excellent teaching and preparing students to make a profound positive difference in the world. Approximately 1,000 undergraduate students attend Earlham College on its 800-acre tree-shaded campus. Earlham College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in 40 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, as well as permitting self-designed studies and a cooperative program in engineering. Rounding out the student experience is the The EPIC Advantage, a funded internship or research experience available to all students.


Founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Earlham College is an independent, four-year, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning. Among the nation's academically strongest liberal arts colleges, Earlham is organized around four academic divisions (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences). Additionally, 10 interdisciplinary majors and 12 interdisciplinary minors are offered, as well as an innovative offering of 16 applied minors that bring together academic study and experiential learning. Building upon the foundation of its Quaker heritage, Earlham is among the 40 select Colleges That Change Lives, and lives out a strong commitment to diversity, ranking 15th for diversity among all liberal arts colleges, according to BestColleges.com. In addition, sustainability is integrated across the campus, in operations, academics, and student life. 


The campus is located in Richmond, Indiana, a community of about 39,000 which was named an All-America City in 2009. The college and community have many robust partnerships, resulting in students' participation in service activities in the community, accounting for about 23,000 volunteer hours annually. The city of Richmond offers a low cost of living and is ideally located 45 minutes from Dayton, OH, 1 hour from Indianapolis, IN, and 1.5 hours from Cincinnati, OH. To learn more about the community, please visit the following:


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Roger Adkins, Executive Director of Global and Career Education at Earlham College

Roger Adkins is a scholar-administrator with a complex profile that includes extensive administrative work and expertise in global learning, ongoing interdisciplinary research and scholarship, and teaching in both domestic and international settings. They are a passionate interculturalist who strives to make global learning accessible for every student, both in on-campus and off-campus settings. They are also a strong proponent of a #CareerEverywhere approach in the collegiate experience and work to ensure that all students have access to resources and support for career-discernment experiences and activities throughout their academic, experiential, and professional experiences at Earlham. Roger is a scholar of queer studies, folklore, and literature, with a recent emphasis on the queer potential of narratives of the fantastic. They are also engaged in scholarship in the pedagogical fields of global learning, career development, and equity/access/inclusion.



Qualified applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest, statement on diversity, resume, and contact information for three references in a single PDF or MS Word file to:

Email: HR@earlham.edu


Human Resources Office
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095


Phone:  765-983-1393

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Priority date for consideration is March 21st by 5pm EST

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Search Committee

  • Convener: Roger Adkins, Executive Director of Global and Career Education: adkinro@earlham.edu 

  • Melissa Cox, Administrative Assistant: coxme@earlham.edu

  • Candice Marshall, Director of International Student and Scholar Services

  • Evan Saito, Student, Bonner Scholar, Peace and Global Studies major

  • Justice Vaughn, Student, undeclared

  • Jamey Pavey, Director of the Center for Environmental Leadership