Executive Director

Career & Professional Development

JOB DESCRIPTION

Executive Director

Career & Professional Development

Overview

The Executive Director of Career & Professional Development is the lead visionary and external facing executive for a robust and emerging coordinated career network at the University of Redlands. The Executive Director will collaborate to bring growth, organization, and implementation of scaled career education, career opportunities, and career development initiatives that touch all stakeholders. Reporting to the Provost, as the chief ambassador for Career and Professional Development, the Executive Director will work with external constituents, in collaboration with deans and other University leaders, academic departments/faculty, student services colleagues, enrollment, and advancement to create innovative partnerships, signature programs, alumni connections, and opportunities that will serve students from their first year to their post-graduate careers.

 

Key priorities for the Executive Director include collaboratively creating and communicating a unique and re-imagined vision for career education at Redlands; implementing scaled career education solutions, which are integrated into the academic fabric of the institution, and that reach the diverse population of Redlands students; gathering and strategically communicating big data associated with career engagement, career outcomes, and career readiness of Redlands students and alumni; assisting in the fundraising efforts associated with the new vision for career education; and ensuring the intentional growth of connections between Redlands and the employment community. 

 

Responsibilities

The essential duties for the Executive director come with considerable latitude for independent judgment and initiative inside the following:

  • Sets overall goals and priorities for career and professional development on campus, in concert with the Provost.

  • Directs the activities of the Office of Career & Professional Development, including strategic planning; staff hiring, development and training; and establishment of goals and objectives. Supervises and evaluates senior staff as they carry out their delegated tasks.

  • Serves as the primary representative for issues related to employment opportunities for students and alumni.

  • Consults and communicates with other divisions and department of the University in establishing career activities and in carrying them out. Meets regularly with deans and other key University faculty and staff for the purpose of planning career education and connection initiatives.

  • Oversees signature programs designed to increase career opportunities for students.

  • Participates in University development efforts to raise funds for these activities including presentations to potential donors and grant writing for foundation support.

  • Represents the University at professional meetings, alumni functions, employer gatherings, and student meetings including local and out-of-town travel for employer visits. Speaks for the University by making presentations, writing letters and articles and communicating information to the media, alumni, employers, graduate schools and community groups on career planning and work-related issues.

  • Oversees the preparation of career outcomes data, budget requests, related endowment accounts, and program reports.

  • Serves on University task forces and assists with special projects as requested by the Provost.

 

Characteristics of a Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be a savvy visionary leader, a systems thinker with a keen understanding of scaling key objectives, a gifted collaborator across divisions and departments, an adept gatherer of internal and external stakeholders, an inspiring communicator of data and success metrics, a trust-builder through results, a clear commitment to diverse and inclusive work environments, while possessing extensive knowledge of emerging trends and issues in higher education and university career services today. 

 

Requirements

  • Masters Degree in Higher Education, Business, Student Affairs, Leadership, or a related field;

  • Minimum Five years leading Career Initiatives inside Higher Education, or equivalent experience in Corporate HR, Community Workforce Center, or related settings.

  • Minimum Five years of experience supervising teams

  • Minimum Seven years of experience leading collaborative committees and working groups

  • Proven track record of successfully growing initiatives or organizations to achieve a goal

  • Clear understanding of the emerging trends and issues in higher education today

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience leading large-scale career services initiatives and supervising and growing teams.

  • Stellar references regarding the collaborative leadership track-record of the candidate

Salary 

Commensurate with Experience

Nominations and Applications

See instructions and deadlines in prospectus below. 

PROSPECTUS

Executive Director of

Career & Professional Development

THE UNIVERSITY

 

The University of Redlands, a liberal arts master’s university in Southern California, seeks a visionary and systems-thinking leader for the role of Executive Director of Career & Professional Development, to cultivate a re-imagined and integrated career ecosystem.

Recognized as one of the nation’s finest independent liberal arts and sciences universities, the University of Redlands is a private institution located in the inland region outside of Los Angeles. The University blends a liberal arts approach with professional programs in order to serve traditional and non-traditional students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees. First offering courses in 1909 with 9 faculty members and 59 students, the University has a long and proud tradition of educational excellence. Currently, Redlands enrolls approximately 5,000 students from diverse backgrounds and employs 218 full-time faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music, School of Education, and School of Business. Undergraduates make up approximately 60% of the overall University enrollment. In addition to its campus in Redlands, the University offers programs at convenient locations throughout Southern California.

 

The beautiful Redlands campus is within easy distance of snow skiing, hiking and climbing to the north, some of the world’s best beaches to the south and west, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree to the east, and the urban culture of Los Angeles to the west.

The Executive Director role will now report to the Provost and will work closely with faculty and leadership in all academic areas and at all of the seven Redlands campuses.

 

Redlands’ commitment to intellectual and social diversity dates from its founding. Today, Redlands is strengthened by its appreciation for the differences—from learning styles, to socioeconomic class, to ethnicities, to gender identity—that make each of us unique, and the ability to find commonalities among the differences. The University supports access for first-generation students, veterans, students of color and, through a partnership with the San Manuel band of Mission Indians, Native students.

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The University of Redlands is a private, independent liberal arts university committed to providing a personalized education that frees students to make enlightened choices.

 

Redlands emphasizes academic rigor, curricular diversity and innovative teaching. Redlands fosters a community of scholars and encourages a pluralistic notion of values by challenging assumptions and stereotypes in both classes and activities. A Redlands education goes beyond training to embrace a reflective understanding of our world; it proceeds from information to insight, from knowledge to meaning.

 

Welcoming intellectually curious students of diverse religious, ethnic, national and socioeconomic backgrounds, the University seeks to develop responsible citizenship as part of a complete education. Redlands encourages a community atmosphere with exceptional opportunity for student leadership and interaction. For working adults, the University offers innovative academic programs at convenient locations and times.

 

Redlands blends liberal arts and professional programs, applied and theoretical study, traditional majors and self-designed contracts for graduation. Small classes enable each student to participate in class discussion, to work closely with professors, and to receive extensive individual attention. Redlands remains sensitive to contemporary trends in society and challenges students to commit themselves to a lifetime of learning.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROLE

 

This is an exciting time at the University of Redlands, and it brings an opportunity to reimagine career services. The newly elevated role of Executive Director now reports directly to the Provost and provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction to Career and Professional Development for the entire Redlands community.  The new Executive Director of Career & Professional Development will be charged to listen closely to the needs of the campus and collaboratively craft a fresh direction, acting as the lead external facing executive for a robust and emerging coordinated career network at the University of Redlands. The Executive Director will collaborate to bring growth, organization, and implementation of scaled career education, career opportunities, and career development initiatives that touch all stakeholders. The Executive Director will work with external constituents, in collaboration with deans and other University leaders, academic departments/faculty, student services colleagues, enrollment, and advancement to create innovative partnerships, signature programs, alumni connections, and opportunities that will serve students from their first year to their post-graduate careers. 

KEY CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

 

Redlands has a robust history of strong academic programs, traditions, and community engagement, which has primed the campus for a new career vision. The current Office of Professional Development has primarily served as counseling and coaching team, and is ready to for multiple scaled solutions.  Guided by the North Star Strategic Plan, “Pathways In, Pathways Through, and Pathways Beyond”, Redlands is poised for exciting growth. The campus community, including senior administration, believes that innovative leadership and a well-developed career ecosystem are key components of the holistic development of students and graduates.

 

The Redlands leadership is fully engaged with the new direction and will ensure that the new Executive Director can be successful in leading community wide transformation. The new leader will be presented with exciting opportunities and challenges:

  • Collaboratively creating and communicating a unique and re-imagined vision to all internal and external stakeholders at Redlands

  • Implementing scaled career education, connection, and outcome solutions, which are integrated into the academic fabric of the institution, and that reach the diverse population of Redlands students

  • Strategically using and communicating evidence-based planning to advance career engagement, career outcomes, and career readiness of Redlands students and alumni

  • Assisting in the fundraising efforts associated with the new vision for career education

  • Ensuring the intentional growth of connections between Redlands students, alumni, and the employment community

  • Crafting signature career event traditions to further reinforce the goals of the institution

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES

The new Executive Director of Career and Professional Development will bring a number of key attributes:

 

  • Savvy visionary leader, a systems thinker with a keen understanding of scaling key objectives

  • A change leader who can serve as a convener and connector on campus.

  • A genuine passion for serving and inspiring students at all levels of their academic and career development.

  • Proven track record of successfully growing initiatives or organizations to achieve a goal

  • Clear understanding of the emerging trends and issues in higher education today

  • Previous experience leading large-scale career services initiatives and supervising and growing teams.

  • Gifted collaborator across divisions and departments, an adept gatherer of internal and external stakeholders

  • Inspiring communicator of data and success metrics

 

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

 

We encourage nominations.  Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the leadership agenda outlined in this prospectus; résumé; and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references.

  • To apply, interested candidates should email applications to search@careerleadershipcollective.com

    • Subject line: “Application for Redlands Executive Director of Career & Professional Development”

    • Cover Letter, Resume, and References should be in one document file.  

  • To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by midnight pacific time on May 7, 2018.

 

Contact with our search consultants, Nick Cattin and Jeremy Podany, is encouraged via search@careerleadershipcollective.com. 

 

All nominations, inquiries, and applications will be confidential until a limited number of finalists are identified for campus interviews, at which point the 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. 

MEMBERS OF UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 

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