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PROSPECTUS
Assistant Vice President of Career Services

Loyola University Chicago

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POSITION OVERVIEW

The Assistant Vice President is a newly elevated position from a director role given the level of responsibility for the strategic direction, mission, and oversight of Career Services. This position will oversee all aspects of career operations and advising, from direct student advising and coaching to alumni and employer relations.  This position is essential to foster student success through career development and employment opportunities for Loyola undergraduate and graduate students. The elevation of this role will have a direct impact on student, faculty, and employer engagement, and serves as an integral part of the institution’s student success priority.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

DESCRIPTION AND GOALS

Direct and manage university career services as it assists all student, alumni, faculty, and employer clients in the development of career education and discernment, career readiness and management, and pursuit of employment opportunities commensurate with formal academic pursuits. Continually expand the client/user base and scope of services to ensure provision of the widest array of services possible to the broadest mix of academic and corporate clients.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as the primary liaison between the university, its students and alumni, and potential employers on a state, regional, national, and international scale.

  • Serves as a member of the Student Success Leadership Team alongside the Assistant Vice President for Student Academic Services and the Associate Vice President for Student Success.

  • Responsible for fiscal planning and management for career services, including all operations and staffing matters.

  • In collaboration with the Employer Relations Team, develops new contacts with external organizations for the purpose of expanding employment opportunities for students and alumni.

  • Reviews and supervises the on-campus recruitment and interviewing processes along with the Employer relations Team

  • Coordinates and supervises staff professional development activities and training, to include travel for professional development workshops, seminars, and conferences.

  • Closely coordinates communication with deans, department chairs, and other faculty to synergize effort to promote career development.

  • Constantly monitors, analyzes, and evaluates current scope of services offered through career services and plans, implements, and directs new programs under the supervision of the Associate Vice President of Student Success.

  •  Serves in a leadership role in various professional organizations including, but not limited to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and those regional affiliates which provide broad opportunities for job development activities.

  • Supervises five member leadership team and administrative support staff.

  • Leads large portfolio of career professionals

  • Manages career advising, business career services, pre-health advising, and employer relations and communications.

  • Oversees day-to-day operations of the Career Services to ensure services focus effectively on current and recent students.

  • Provides leadership and articulates the vision and mission for Career Services. Fosters a positive team dynamic among staff in the unit, focused on student success.

  • Collaborates with colleagues in academic affairs;

  • Facilitates assessment, collects and disseminates outcomes data.

  • Fosters the use of technology as a professional differentiator.

  • Builds and expands partnerships with alumni and employers.

  • Responsible for fiscal planning and oversight of the annual operating budget.

  • Develops and implements annual strategic plans, policies, procedures and protocols.

  • Represents Career Services on University committees relevant to employment, academic support services and initiatives.

  • Expands post-graduation opportunities for students through partnering with potential employers, service organizations and graduate schools.

  • Advises and advocates for the development of university-wide policies, procedures, systems, and tools that support successful.
    preparation for employment and transition into post-graduation experiences.

  • Participates in all phases from idea generation to implementation, evaluation and result reporting.

  • Publishes an annual report with outcomes data on post-graduation outcomes.

  • Performs related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES

Technology Skills

  • Experience with career services, applications, information technologies and databases.

  • Microsoft Office 365

 

Reasoning Skills

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

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EDUCATION

  • Master’s degree or equivalent; or at least 10 + years related experience and/or training, with experience demonstrating success with career outcomes in a college setting.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work effectively with students in a holistic manner with an enthusiasm for providing student-centered services in the Ignatian tradition.

  • Ability to foster partnerships with employers and campus partners.

  • Ability to work with University leadership across units negotiating competing demands.

  • Strong track record of supporting career development for students who are historically under-represented in higher education.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with employers, faculty, staff, students and families.

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to hire, train, evaluate and supervise professional staff.

  • Experience developing and implementing student programming at the post-secondary level.

  • A commitment to academic excellence, social justice, service, values-based leadership, global awareness, and diversity.

  • Ability to embrace, promote and articulate the University’s Jesuit Catholic identity.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Resistance Capital – demonstrated ability and comfort in challenging conventional methods that may be problematic.

  • Linguistic Capital – demonstrated ability to bridge varied, competing goals and viewpoints.

  • Navigational Capital – demonstrated ability to transform barriers into bridges; help under-represented talent navigate workplace barriers.

  • Thorough understanding of and commitment to the goals and responsibilities of the centralized career services concept.

  • Nationwide professional contacts in both the university and employment sectors.

  • Demonstrated public relations/marketing abilities to be used on behalf of the university as a whole and career services specifically.

SALARY

  • Competitive and commensurate with experience.

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ABOUT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

 

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 17,500 students. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens), and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

 

The University features 15 schools, colleges, and institutes. Ranked as a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations including AmeriCorps and the Carnegie Foundation. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.

 

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Institutional Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

HR Nondiscrimination Policy
https://www.luc.edu/hr/policies/policy_equalopp.shtml

Loyola University Chicago recognizes that in order to excel as Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University and uphold our mission of being a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith, we must continue to hire the best talent and secure the full participation and commitment of all employees. 
 

In keeping with this conviction, we reaffirm our obligation and intent to hire and provide all employees with the opportunity to grow, develop, and contribute to our collective success without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law. 
 

This policy reflects Loyola University Chicago’s commitment to the attainment of equal opportunity for all members of its community through an ongoing affirmative action program. Further, Loyola University Chicago will continue to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. 
 

Loyola University Chicago is committed to equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promotions, transfers, demotions, layoffs or terminations, compensation, benefits, training, social and recreational programs or events, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. All employment decisions, including hiring and promotion decisions, are based on job-related criteria, such as skills, abilities, education, and experience. 
 

We are also committed to providing a work environment free from harassment. We will not tolerate harassment of any job seeker, faculty, staff, student or other individual present on our property based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other factor protected by law.
 

Anti-Racism Initiative Mission Statement
https://www.luc.edu/ari/about/mission/


The Anti-Racism Initiative (ARI) brings together the Loyola community to address the inherent systemic inequities in our society that impacts our community in an effort to create tangible and lasting transformation for a fully inclusive culture.

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Supervisory Position

Andy Wilson, Associate Vice President - Student Success

Andrew (Andy) Wilson, PhD, serves as Loyola University Chicago’s inaugural associate vice president for student success, effective May 2, 2022. In this role, Dr. Wilson provides an overarching vision and strategic leadership for Loyola’s Student Academic Services and Career Services in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success. 

He collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and departments across the University to enhance student success and career development. As such, he champions and advocates for these functions and teams to provide exemplary programs and services for all students. 

Dr. Wilson has more than 20 years of experience and a demonstrated track record of building meaningful relationships with students so that they realize their academic potential and career aspirations. He previously served as the Dean of Student Development at Johns Hopkins University. During his tenure, he led programs and services that provided undergraduate and graduate students with both foundational resources and contributed to students’ lifelong success, including coaching, civic engagement, and peer and faculty mentoring programs. Among his accomplishments at Johns Hopkins, he provided leadership for designing and implementing initiatives for first-generation and/or limited-income students funded by a $1.6 billion gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies. These initiatives included strategic growth in inclusive excellence, academic advising, scholars’ programs, and career services. Additionally, Dr. Wilson held faculty appointments teaching business and organizational psychology courses on leading change and crisis leadership as well as advising doctoral dissertations in education. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Wilson spent more than 12 years at Emory University as an administrator and faculty member. Prior to Emory, he worked at Washington University in St. Louis and Virginia Commonwealth University.
 
Dr. Wilson earned a PhD in counseling and human development from the University of Georgia and a master’s in higher education from Virginia Tech. He received his bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University (SC). Outside of his professional work, he serves as a mission ambassador for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a PAWS Chicago volunteer, and on Winthrop University’s Foundation Board of Directors.

 

Senior Level Position

 

Paul Roberts, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success 

 

Paul joined the University in 2002 and served initially as Loyola’s associate vice president of graduate and professional enrollment management, and in 2007, he was appointed associate provost for enrollment management. As associate provost, Paul has had responsibility for the past 10 years for freshman, transfer, and graduate recruitment and admission; financial aid; enrollment marketing; and enrollment research.

 

During his tenure, undergraduate applications to the University increased by 32 percent. In addition, total University enrollment increased by 10 percent, undergraduate enrollment increased by 14 percent, and the size of the freshman class has increased by 30 percent. While increasing the freshman classes to the largest in our history, Paul and his enrollment management team have also simultaneously increased the overall academic profile and diversity of the classes. 
 

Paul came to Loyola from DePaul University, where he served as executive director of university admission. Prior to that, he served as the director of MBA programs at The University of Illinois at Chicago. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College and an MBA from DePaul University. 

APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume saved as one document, either Word or a PDF. The file name should start with your first name and then last name, such as, “Jim Doe - Loyola University Chicago Application.” This should be emailed to search@careerleadershipcollective.com with the email subject of “Application for Loyola Chicago AVP of Career Services.”

To be considered, interested applicants should submit the requested materials no later than Sunday, September 18 by 11:59pm EST.

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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