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Senior Manager of

Career Insights, Data and Research

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The Career Leadership Collective (The Collective), a prominent US college and university consultancy focusing on career education, and home of The National Alumni Career Mobility (NACM) Survey and strategic First Destination Survey (FDS) services, is seeking a key internal leadership role and external thought leader to oversee the growth and influence of our career insights, data, and research. 

The successful candidate will be an optimistic, thoughtful, and growth-oriented leader with a proven track record of team leadership, analysis and maximization of big data, understanding of higher education and career services, and savvy communication abilities to speak, teach, publish, and empower diverse higher education stakeholders. This is a leadership role (not a data analyst role) whereby research, analysis, and presentation skills and knowledge are used to empower our survey clients and the field of higher education with our big career data.  The candidate will possess a Ph.D or Ed.D. 

This position reports to the CEO, sits on The Collective’s Executive Leadership team, and supervises the Career Insights, Data, and Research Team. 

More about The Collective Team



  • Data Storytelling, Practical Analytics, and Research Oversight: Guide the direction and goals of our career research. Strong aptitude for driving narrative insights and guiding higher education, campuses, and our internal team through the storytelling process by leveraging data.

  • Insights, Data and Research Team Leadership: Lead our growing team of client relations consultants, project managers, data analysts, and data coders. 

  • Survey Services Management: Highly engaged, empowering, and hands-on management of all facets of our survey service processes to ensure quality research, effective processes, automation, scalability, and customer satisfaction.

  • Presenting and Publishing: Translate our career data, insights, and research into practical and critical insight for partner schools and the field of higher education through in-person and virtual presentations to career leaders, senior higher education cabinets, boards of trustees, main stage conference sessions, and more. Publish in various formats such as blogs, white papers, and journal articles.

  • Collaboration with Survey Partnerships Team: Ongoing communication with the partnerships team and sales process regarding topics that impact survey services, customer engagement, and product scalability. 

  • Support of Consulting and Training Mission: Advise the CEO on future initiatives, directions, and goals. Support the broad mission of The Collective to empower and equip higher education and career services leaders.

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  • Ph.D or Ed.D

  • Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience or team leadership

  • Evidence of multiple oral and written presentations/publications via conferences, annual reports, blogs, webinars, journals, self-publishing, or related media



  • Experience communicating practical uses of career data to higher education leaders

  • Natural confidence and comfortability on stage and in front of groups

  • Personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and knowledge of related practices and literature

  • Knowledge of statistical methods and interpretation, including hypothesis testing with the general linear model (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA, and regression) and basic knowledge of factor analysis. Familiarity with more advanced methods, such as multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling

  • Outstanding written and executive communication skills

  • Proven ability to engage in data storytelling and with a commitment to practical data visualization

  • Experience within higher education, career services, or adjacent industries

  • Experience with survey processes and tools


  • Full-time, salaried, exempt from overtime

  • Fully remote

  • Moderate travel for speaking and consulting

  • Annual Salary Range $100,000 - $125,000 + benefits

  • Start date: Negotiable


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The Career Leadership Collective is a thought partner and consulting group for colleges and universities globally. We assist upper administrators and career leaders to systemically weave career and future preparation into the fabric of the campus experience.


We Believe:

  • Higher education leaders have a moral imperative to intentionally and strategically influence the career development of every student. 

  • Diversity of thought, experiences, and people are crucial to career services innovation.

  • Thoughtful use of career data and trends can transform career outcomes, inclusion, recruitment, retention, and alumni affinity.

We Value: 

  • Being radically others centered

  • Empowering practicality

  • Practicing bold curiosity

  • Laughing together and enjoying our work

  • Identifying and solving problems

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Diversity of thought, experiences, and people are a top value of our company, embedded in all that we do. The Career Leadership Collective is committed to creating a positive, stimulating, thoughtful, and enjoyable working environment for all employees and appreciates unique contributions. The Career Leadership Collective is the leader in higher education career data and hires employees with stellar performance on all levels. The Collective values diverse individuals and applicants, and has a mission to provide equity data to clients and consulting solutions that empower equitable student success.

The Collective seeks individuals who exude:

  • HUMILITY: In both processes and relationship connections we are learners, flexible, collaborative, able to take feedback, and open to the best ways of achieving our goals. 

  • EXCELLENCE: we have and look for grit, drive, smarts, and a track record of superstar work on the specific work we are accomplishing. 

  • THOUGHTFULNESS: our team loves our clients, we are conscientious regarding great customer service, we are thoughtful about our diversity and equity philosophies and intercultural interactions, and we are all about our mission. 

  • SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE: we seek maturity, grace, and discernment in our daily business interactions, and are a team of regular advice seekers in order to provide outstanding services to higher education.


The Collective currently offers the following survey services for US colleges and universities: 

  • NACM 5/10: Comprehensive annual alumni survey of 5- and 10-year alumni for campuses. Includes an annual national report for the field of higher education. 

  • First Destination Survey Services: Comprehensive collection, cleaning, interactive dashboard visualization, and reports service, which comes with an alumni data refresh to increase knowledge rates and the ability to connect to the NACM New Grad core for increased results on career preparation and campus best practices.

  • NACM New Grad core: A set of questions from our NACM 5/10 survey that can be added to any campus FDS instrument in order to benchmark nationally against other schools and connect with the NACM 5/10 survey data.

  • Custom Alumni Career Survey Services: A fully customizable option for alumni career surveys. 

  • Quick Polls and Insights: The Collective regularly sends out quick polls and surveys on hot topics in the field of career services. 

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Jeremy Podany, Founder & CEO

Jeremy Podany is the Founder and CEO of The Career Leadership Collective, and the brains behind The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey and The New Forward, the first and only online news show for college career services.  Jeremy is an innovation, leadership, and organizational growth connoisseur with unique expertise on the confluence of university career services, systems-thinking, leadership, and organizational growth.  Jeremy enjoyed nearly 20 years working inside higher education in career services and corporate education, and has helped build six unique start-ups inside and outside of universities.  His inventions and consulting solutions have systemically helped thousands of university leaders and hundreds of thousands of college students with career education and social mobility.  Jeremy regularly writes, speaks, trains, and consults for universities, businesses, and tech start-ups.  His specialty involves helping university upper-administrators to weave career education into the fabric of the campus and maximize results. Jeremy’s reputation as a speaker and consultant is built on his engaging ability to communicate about complex and challenging leadership and organizational integration topics in higher education, business, and university career services with incredible authenticity, humility, and humor. He is a thought-leader, inventor, and a trusted advisor with the rare ability to both inspire organizations and audiences and provide them with practical takeaway strategies. Jeremy has a BA in English Education from Western Michigan University, and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University. Jeremy lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and four children. He loves college basketball and driving his jeep thru, hiking in, or gazing at the Rocky Mountains. 

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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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