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Director, Career Success Center
Sam Houston State University

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The Director for a newly established office of career education will serve as Sam Houston State University’s senior leadership in creating a campus ecosystem which will transform the career development experience of all students. The new leader will work closely with university administrators to launch and implement a new vision, strategy, and create a new office to foster the changes outlined in a recent landscape analysis and overall institutional priorities. This will include building a new brand and hiring a new team to effectively carry out the new vision. 

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Success, the Director will serve on the divisional leadership team and supervise career office staff. In addition, the Director will work closely with the academic advising team, divisional contacts, and academic affairs partners to build out a scaled and embedded model of career development through the student lifecycle.


The Director will be an innovator and transformational leader dedicated to transforming the lives of students and preparing them for a life of meaningful career success after graduation from Sam Houston State University (SHSU). The Director will:

  • Establish and oversee a newly created office committed to transforming the career development experience at Sam Houston State, including the development of strategic priorities, new initiatives, and metrics of success. 

  • Create and implement scaled career development solutions which are integrated throughout the curricular and co-curricular experiences of students at SHSU. 

  • Hire, lead, and mentor career staff to create meaningful impact for a diverse student population.

  • Empower a team to innovate and take strategic risks in increasing the reach and impact of office activities

  • Regularly measure and assess the effectiveness of career development efforts with a strong focus on continuous improvement and reaching all students.

  • Spearhead the development, collection, and synthesis of relevant career data to assess the impact of career efforts and tell the story of success to prospective students, campus constituents, employers, and external stakeholders including state officials. 

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive communication strategy to promote the vision, direction, and services for multiple audiences, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

  • Connect regularly with deans, faculty, staff, and other key stakeholders in efforts to foster a strong career ecosystem. 

  • Intentionally grow the number and diversity of connections with local, regional, and national employers and organizations. 

  • Manage and oversee the budget, including identifying new opportunities to generate revenue for the office and campus partners. 

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  • Directors are required to have a bachelors at minimum, but a masters is preferred.

  • Minimum of seven years of experience within the field of career development, higher education, recruitment, or other relevant fields. 

  • Minimum of three years of experience leading teams, which includes the supervision of staff


  • Masters degree in higher education, business, or relevant field.

  • Proven track record of creating initiatives which result in scalable and systemic change

  • Demonstrated success in leading complex networks towards desired outcomes and goals

  • Experience with building strong partnerships with external constituents

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, from students to university leadership

  • Aptitude for understanding data to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of work and initiatives

  • Previous experience leading a career development office within university

  • Evidence of thought leadership within the field of career development and higher education


Commensurate with Experience


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Sam Houston State University is the third oldest public university in Texas. Founded in 1879, SHSU was originally established as the Sam Houston Normal Institute and was the first teacher-training school in the southwestern United States. A series of name changes occurred over the next century before the name Sam Houston State University was officially settled in 1969. 


Sam Houston State University continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its 21,500+ students and echoes across eight colleges and beyond its Huntsville roots.

Sam Houston State University 8 colleges: College of Arts and Media, College of Business Administration, College of Criminal Justice, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Engineering Technology, and the newest College of Osteopathic Medicine, with its inaugural class entering Fall 2020. 

While embracing its legacy, SHSU strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 90 bachelor's degree programs, 55 master’s degree programs and 10 doctoral programs, including the nation’s first PhD in Forensic Science, SHSU offers an exceptional college experience. Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

An education from Sam Houston State University prepares graduates to be a vital part of the world. It gives them the theoretical and practical knowledge to understand and solve challenges. It equips them with the experience and confidence to become effective leaders and develops a heart for service to their communities.


Located just north of Houston, the City of Huntsville has seen a rich history of economic growth since its founding in 1835. As one of the oldest cities in Texas, Huntsville retains many natural and historic resources that offer the community a higher quality of life.

Capitalizing on the historical nature, natural resources, and growing art community has helped the City to earn designations as a “Texas Main Street City” and “State Cultural District.” It is with these assets and desire from community leaders to grow, that Huntsville will continue to experience a positive trend of development for years to come.

Huntsville is positioned in a prime area of the Interstate 45 corridor. The anticipated growth from the Houston and Dallas metropolises offers many opportunities for businesses and industries. Huntsville sits within the Texas Triangle, the area of Texas outlined by the metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. Huntsville is located just 1 hour north of Houston and 2.5 hours south of Dallas. Huntsville’s cost of living is 12.9% lower than the U.S. average and jobs in Huntsville have seen a positive increase year-over-year. This location provides convenient access to the largest cities in the state all while maintaining a charming sense of community for citizens.

Huntsville offers visitors an array of discoveries - history, nature, prominent state institutions, antiques - all mixed with hometown hospitality. The small-town, historic flair of Huntsville brings new meaning to 'Texas Charm'. There is truly something for everyone in Huntsville!


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Provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to qualified students for the benefit of regional, state, national, and international constituencies.

“One Campus, Many Voices”
diversity is not only described as differences in individual backgrounds, personal identities, political affiliations, intellectual approaches, and demographics. It is rooted also in the removal of barriers for marginalized groups and in the creation of spaces and opportunities that allow individuals to engage in the full life of the University.
Sam Houston State University is committed to promoting a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. This is accomplished through proactive assessment of policies and operational strategies, as well as program implementation that strives to remove institutional barriers to recruit and retain a diverse university community with intersectional perspectives. Furthermore, the University acknowledges and values our responsibility to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and community recognize the benefits of collaboration and mutual respect through diverse identities and experiences.


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Ann Theodori 
Vice President of Enrollment Success 

Dr. Ann Theodori has served Sam Houston State University since 2007 and currently serves as the Vice President of Enrollment Success. During her time at SHSU, she has served as an instructor in English and education, as well as the Director of the Sam Houston Writing Center, Executive Director of the Academic Success Center, Executive Director of the Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, and Vice President of Enrollment Success. Dr. Theodori leads a team of 200+ and oversees the operations of sixteen departments and areas within the Division of Enrollment Success.


Dr. Theodori holds an M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska and an Ed.D. in Literacy Studies from SHSU. Her research interests include educational aspirations of rural students, rural literacies, and community and place attachment. She pairs her background in teaching, community outreach, developmental education, academic advising, and learning spaces with a commitment to equitable, inclusive opportunities for students.


Heather Thielemann
Senior Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Innovation

Dr. Heather Thielemann currently serves Sam Houston State University as the senior vice president for strategic enrollment and innovation. Thielemann leads a team of 300+ in two divisions: Enrollment Management and Information Technology.
Dr.Thielemann’s career in higher education began in 1997 at Blinn College where she served as the Coordinator of Recruitment and Admission. She was promoted several times to becoming the Director (2001) and later Dean of Enrollment Management (2003).  While serving at Blinn College, Thielemann earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University and as she completed her degree, SHSU established the new position of vice president for enrollment management. In September 2004, Thielemann became the first vice president for enrollment management and in June 2021, senior vice president of strategic enrollment and innovation at Sam Houston State University. 
Dr. Thielemann strongly advocates for the university to accept and enroll a highly qualified student population. This requires all divisions working together in executing a cohesive plan for overall student success and matriculation. Dr. Thielemann’s team focuses on populating Texas with a qualified workforce of SHSU graduates to lead Texas into a prosperous future.


President Alisa White
Sam Houston State University

Dr. Alisa White became the 14th president of Sam Houston State University on August 1, 2020. President White comes to SHSU from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where she served as president since 2014. President White previously served as senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler and provost at Midwestern State University.
President White earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and an M.S.L.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a B.A. in Business from Lee College (now Lee University) in Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition to her experience in Tennessee and Texas, she has held faculty and leadership positions in Alaska, Louisiana, and Georgia.




To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume here via Sam Houston State’s Applicant Tracking System.​ Applications should be received by Sunday, Sept. 19 at 11:59pm CST.

Contact with our search consultants from The Career Leadership Collective is encouraged for applicants. Nominations and applicant inquiries can be sent to John Durkin, Consultant:

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. 

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.


Search Committee

  • Dr. Ann Theodori, Vice President of Enrollment Success

  • Charlie Vienne, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations

  • Dr. Daphne Fulton, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

  • Dr. Stanley Kelley, Professor, School of Agricultural Sciences

  • Dr. Jannah Nerren, Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment, College of Education

  • Megan St. Vigne, Director of Advising, SAM Center

  • Fernando Chavez, Director of Veterans Resource Center

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