Executive Director, Career Center

Georgia Tech

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Executive Director, Career Center

Georgia Tech



The Executive Director for the career center, currently named the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2), will serve as the Institute’s senior leader in overseeing and implementing the transformation of career services, cooperative education, and professional development activities, primarily focused on undergraduate students. The new leader’s vision will build upon the work completed by recent internal and external analyses and consulting reports, which have resulted in the opportunity to reimagine the strategy, plan, and alignment of the office staffing structure and operational priorities. This may also include the renaming and rebranding of the center to reflect the new vision. All of this will enable the career center to transform the career development experience on campus, with Georgia Tech becoming a national leader for innovation in career development.

The ED will champion the effort to scale and integrate career development into the fabric of the campus, with the main career center serving as an activator for a robust career ecosystem for all students from all colleges and majors. This will include integrating into existing campus-wide initiatives, developing new opportunities to forge strategic partnerships, and coordinate new relationships across academic colleges and with current and new employer partners. To accomplish this the new leader will build strong relationships with the six academic colleges at Georgia Tech, including deans, associate deans, staff and faculty focused on students’ professional development.

Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost of the Office of Undergraduate Education (AVPUE), the ED will serve on the OUE leadership team and directly supervise the career office staff. In addition, the ED will also work collaboratively with the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development (AVPGEFD) to ensure that there is appropriate coordination and support for graduate student career development programs and services, which are operationally embedded within the career center.


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

Strategy 35%

  • Oversee and direct the strategy, goals, and activities of the career center.

  • Establish a strategic implementation plan to oversee the transformation of the current office as well as the career development ecosystem across the campus, including entrepreneurship programs; develop and grow deep relationships with academic colleges, faculty, and staff to integrate and embed career and professional development.

  • Lead the effort in developing scalable and innovative career education solutions to reach all students, equip others on Georgia Tech’s campus, and create robust relationships with employers. 

  • Create innovative and scaled solutions which are embedded into the campus community, ensuring all students are engaged in their career development.


Staffing and Operations 25%

  • Recruit, hire, lead and mentor all career staff within the career center.

  • Oversee and manage the budget and fiscal needs of the office, including partnering to generate revenue for the office and the campus. 


Internal Partnerships 20%

  • Develop and foster strong networks across campus with all academic colleges, academic advising, retention and student success

  • Develop and foster strong networks with other administrative units, including: Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional advising, the office of Graduate Professional Development and Postdoctoral Services, Student Life, the Office of Development, International Education, and Alumni Affairs.


External Relations 20%

  • Create a compelling brand and narrative which results in a strong identity and vision for career staff, students, faculty, the Georgia Tech campus community, and external partners. 

  • Intentionally grow existing and new employer partnerships that provide opportunities for all students and majors; provide a vision and strategy to engage with regional, national, and global employer partners.

  • Leverage data to effectively draw insights, create strategies, and create visuals that tell the story of success to students, prospective families, alumni, employers, and other key stakeholders. 



  • Masters Degree 

  • Minimum of seven years of experience within career development, higher education, human resources, or other relevant corporate and community experience.

  • Minimum of five years of experience leading teams, which includes supervision of professional staff


  • PhD or terminal degree

  • Ten years of experience in college or university career services

  • Seven years of experience leading teams, which includes supervision of professional staff

  • Experience leading change and innovation, resulting in a high level of performance outcomes

  • Expertise and understanding of emerging trends and innovations within the field of higher education

  • Strong ability to collaborate with multiple and diverse constituents to accomplish goals

  • Analytical mind and problem solver with an ability to think systemically 

  • Leadership in using metrics to assess and evaluate work

  • Experience leveraging technology to streamline and increase the impact of programs and work

  • Previous experience leading a career services office in higher education

  • Demonstrated experience in generating revenue opportunities through external partnerships with corporations and donors


Commensurate with Experience



The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as Georgia Tech, is a top-ranked public college and one of the leading research universities in the USA. It is part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shenzhen, China; and Singapore. Georgia Tech provides a technologically focused education to more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students in fields ranging from engineering to liberal arts.

The school was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States. Initially, it offered only a degree in mechanical engineering. By 1901, its curriculum had expanded to include electrical, civil, and chemical engineering. In 1948, the school changed its name to reflect its evolution from a trade school to a larger and more capable technical institute and research university.

Georgia Tech's wide variety of technologically-focused majors and minors consistently earn strong national rankings. Georgia Tech has six colleges and 28 schools focusing on Business, Computing, Design, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Sciences. Georgia Tech is ranked tied for 5th among all public national universities in the United States, tied for 4th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools ranking, tied for 29th among all collegiate institutions in the "National Universities" category by U.S. News & World Report as of the 2020 rankings, and 69th among global universities in the world by Times Higher Education as of the 2019 rankings.

Student athletics, both organized and intramural, are a part of student and alumni life. The school's intercollegiate competitive sports teams, the four-time football national champion Yellow Jackets, and the nationally recognized fight song "Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech", have helped keep Georgia Tech in the national spotlight. Georgia Tech fields eight men's and seven women's teams that compete in the NCAA Division I athletics and the Football Bowl Subdivision. Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2018 population of 498,044, it is also the 37th most-populous city in the United States. The city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5 million people and the ninth largest metropolitan in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County, the most populous county in Georgia. Portions of the city extend eastward into neighboring DeKalb County.

Atlanta was originally founded as the terminus of a major state-sponsored railroad. With rapid expansion, however, it soon became the convergence point among multiple railroads, spurring its rapid growth. The city's name derives from that of the Western and Atlantic Railroad's local depot, signifying the town's growing reputation as a transportation hub. During the American Civil War, the city was almost entirely burned to the ground in General William T. Sherman's famous March to the Sea. However, the city rose from its ashes and quickly became a national center of commerce and the unofficial capital of the "New South". During the 1950s and 1960s,


Atlanta became a major organizing center of the civil rights movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and many other locals playing major roles in the movement's leadership. During the modern era, Atlanta has attained international prominence as a major air transportation hub, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998.

Atlanta is rated as a "beta+" world city that exerts a moderate impact on global commerce, finance, research, technology, education, media, art, and entertainment. It ranks in the top twenty among world cities and 10th in the nation with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $385 billion. Atlanta's economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include aerospace, transportation, logistics, professional and business services, media operations, medical services, and information technology. Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning it the nickname of "the city in a forest." Revitalization of Atlanta's neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Summer Olympics, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city's demographics, politics, aesthetics, and culture.






Georgia Tech will define the technological research university of the 21st century. As a
result, we will be leaders in influencing major technological, social, and policy decisions that address critical global challenges. “What does Georgia Tech think?” will be a common question in research, business, the media, and government.


Technological change is fundamental to the advancement of the human condition. The Georgia Tech community—students, staff, faculty, and alumni—will realize Tech’s motto of “Progress and Service” through effectiveness and innovation in teaching and learning, Georgia Tech’s research advances, and entrepreneurship in all sectors of society. Georgia Tech will be leaders in improving the human condition in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe.

Strategic Goals to Achieve Vision

To achieve Georgia Tech's vision and design the future they seek in 2035, Tech must attain five strategic goals:
•    Be Among the Most Highly Respected Technology-Focused Learning Institutions in the World
•    Sustain and Enhance Excellence in Scholarship and Research
•    Ensure That Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Public Service are Fundamental Characteristics of Our Graduates
•    Expand Our Global Footprint and Influence to Ensure That We Are Graduating Good Global Citizens
•    Relentlessly Pursue Institutional Effectiveness


Strategic Plan Objectives
•    Prepare our students for global leadership
•    Innovate to amplify social responsibility and economic impact 
•    Inspire creative and entrepreneurial thinking
•    Pursue globally significant grand challenges
•    Explore the role that technology could play as it relates to law
•    Understand and influence connections between technology and policy
•    Preserve educational quality while increasing accessibility
•    Cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships at international, national and local levels
•    Leverage technology to enhance knowledge transfer and learning
•    Establish best business and administrative practices




Dr. Colin Potts, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Dr. Colin Potts, the vice provost for undergraduate education oversees offices and programs affecting undergraduate education. He sits on the President’s Cabinet and represents Georgia Tech’s undergraduate academic affairs to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the Association of American Universities (AAU), among other constituencies. He also evaluates and approves academic policies affecting undergraduate students and proposals for all undergraduate courses and programs. After earning a Ph.D. from Sheffield University in psychology for performing research in text memory and comprehension, and then working as a software engineer and ergonomics consultant, Potts joined the Department of Computing at Imperial College. Later, he moved to the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation as a senior technical staff member. Potts joined the Georgia Tech College of Computing in 1992 as a faculty member in what is now the School of Interactive Computing. His research over the past 25 years has spanned the fields of requirements engineering, software design methods, human-computer interaction and information privacy. All his research has been interdisciplinary and has emphasized the human element in technology design and use. Potts is best known for design methods that start not from technology innovation but from user needs and envisaged scenarios of use.


Dr. Steven P. Girardot, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate education,

Dr. Girardot has over nineteen years of higher education experience and is a proud Tech alumnus, having earned both a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Tech. He completed his doctorate in Chemistry at Emory University, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In his role as associate vice provost, which he has held since 2012, Steven manages the operations and administration of the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE), including budget oversight, human resources, communication, strategic planning, assessment, accreditation, and related administrative policies and procedures. Dr. Girardot oversees the co-curricular programs and units within OUE, including the career center. He regularly presents on topics related to first-year programs and student success and participates on several advisory boards and national organizations.



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Search Committee

  • Ms. Caroline Wood, Executive Director-Corporate Relations, Office of Development (chair)

  • Dr. Michelle Rinehart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach, College of Design

  • Ms. Elizabeth Miller, Director of Ivan Allen College Student Initiatives, Ivan Allen College

  • Ms. Olga Kotlyar, Administrative Manager, Center for Career Discovery and Development

  • Ms. Marla Bruner, Director, Office of Graduate Studies, Office of the Provost

  • Mr. Haigh Angell, Undergraduate Vice President, Student Government Association

  • Dr. Stephen Ruffin, Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs, School of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering

  • Dr. Yakut Gazi, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Learning Systems, GT Professional Education

  • Ms. Leslie Dionne White, Assistant Director-Administrative Operations, Office of Undergraduate Education (ex officio)

  • Ms. Brandi Foley-Rogers, Director-Human Resources Office of the Provost (ex officio)