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Director of the Career Center 

The University Of Texas

Rio Grande Valley


The Director of the Career Center will serve as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) leader in overseeing and transforming the career and professional development activities of the university across it’s campuses throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The new leader will develop and execute a new vision which builds and capitalizes upon the foundation laid by the Student Academic Success division. They will have the opportunity to generate fresh ideas, mentor and lead young professionals, and set the direction of career development for the entire campus. This will enable the career center team to contribute to the transformation of the experience of students, families, and the Rio Grande Valley by creating an innovative and accessible career and educational environment. 

The Director will design and implement efforts to scale and operationalize career development across the UTRGV ecosystem, integrate into existing initiatives within Student Academic Success and other areas of the university, as well as develop new partnerships and relationships across academic colleges. In the work towards increasing impact and engagement, the new leader will also build strong relationships with current and new employers, external stakeholders, and the broader community, helping to integrate efforts into the regional economy. 

Reporting to the Associate Provost of Student Success, Dean of the University College, the Director will serve on the divisional leadership team and directly supervise the career center staff. 


  • Provides leadership in the development and articulation, with stakeholders, of the vision and mission of the university’s Career Center. 

  • Provides oversight for operations of the Career Center to ensure efficient, timely, and effective services and initiatives in line with leading edge practices in career education and workplace learning. 

  • Collaborates with faculty and other stakeholders to ensure all UTRGV students are provided access to resources which help them explore potential careers, engage in the right kinds of experiences which will help them prepare to enter the workforce or further education, and develop a personal brand so they can articulate the value of the marketable skills they have developed in their time at the university. 

  • Directs the hiring, professional development, and supervision of the departmental staff and administration of assigned departmental budget.

  • Develops short and long-range plans, conceptual designs, budget requirements and documentation for the department.

  • Oversees and participates in the hiring, training, and evaluation of staff.

  • Interacts regularly with and seeks feedback from university and college/school leadership, other faculty/staff, students, and employers to ensure the Career Center is meeting the needs of UTRGV students and alumni who are entering the workforce, within the scope of unit resources.

  • Oversees, develops and ensures timely and accurate data collection, analysis and reporting for assessment of Career Center initiatives and services, as well as tracking of career-related outcomes at the institutional level.

  • Closely monitors, analyzes, and evaluates current scope of services, programs, and initiatives overseen by the Career Center and makes recommendations about future directions based on a model of continuous improvement.  

  • Leads change to remain responsive to student career development needs and evolving market trends. 

  • Advises Career Center staff, faculty, and academic advisors on labor market trends, career pathways and employment opportunities, as well as ways to support the institution’s commitment to internships and experiential learning opportunities as part of the career development strategy. 

  • Develops and strengthens networks among UTRGV and various professional organizations, including, but not limited to, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), regional affiliates, and industry/community partners which provide broad opportunities for job development activities. 

  • Develops, reviews, and revises UTRGV policies and guidelines within area of expertise and responsibilities. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

  • Oversees and participates in the hiring, training, and evaluation of staff.



Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Office environment; some travel and weekend/evening work is required. UTRGV is a distributed institution, which requires presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment across the Rio Grande Valley.


Excellent supervisory and organizational abilities. Strong communication skills and ability to successfully collaborate with faculty, administrators within higher education and professional staff. Commitment to customer satisfaction. Experience in developing productive relationships with clients, both internal and external to the university community. Strong program development, implementation, and assessment skills. 


Required: Bachelor’s degree in related field

Preferred: Minimum 3 years of career services experience



Five (5) years of professional experience related to Student Success in an institution of higher education, including providing professional development and career-related support to students, or experience leading and/or playing a key role in student success projects with a professional development, and/or career-related component in a higher education setting. Use of standard office equipment.


Experience providing professional development and career-related support to students. Experience at the administrative level in career services or in a supervisory role of professional staff in a student support services area in a higher education setting. Preferred experience in the use of student information system software and statistical and report writing skills.


Commensurate with Experience.


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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions. One of the largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the nation, the UTRGV campuses seek to empower successful futures, enhance daily life, and let the region shine as a global innovator in higher education, bilingual education, health education, biomedical research, and emerging technology that inspires positive change.


UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.



The Rio Grande Valley is culturally rich in both its communities and environment. The region offers an abundance of cultural attractions and diverse communities which are vibrant and enriched by their bi-national heritage. Known for its mild winter weather, tropical breezes, brightly colored birds, and low cost of living, the region is one of the fastest growing areas in America, with the surrounding communities having a population of 780,000. The region is ideal for all outdoor activity seekers, from the beaches of the Gulf Coast and South Padre Island to the beauty of multiple National Wildlife Refuges which also make it an international destination for birding and other outdoor adventures. Economically, the region has built upon its agricultural heritage to look to the future, which includes investments such as SpaceX’s South Texas Launch Site, the world’s first commercial launch site designed for orbital missions. 







Jonikka Charlton, Associate Provost of Student Success, Dean of the University College. As the Associate Provost for Student Success & Dean of the University College at UTRGV, Dr. Jonikka Charlton's portfolio includes a wide range of units, including offices devoted to tutoring, advising, career services, experiential learning, graduation initiatives, and first year experience/transitional programming. With more than two decades of experience as a faculty member and administrator, she is particularly invested in cross-unit collaborations which help to foster a shared sense of responsibility for student success initiatives. 


At the heart of everything, what she and her colleagues develop is an assets-based philosophy which builds on the strengths UTRGV students bring to and share with the institution. Her commitment to a strategic, proactive, and scaffolded approach to student success has led to groundbreaking work in developing a differentiated advising model which is designed to meet the unique needs of a whole range of student subpopulations. As a natural outgrowth of that work, having the privilege of working at an HSI which serves a more than 89% student subpopulation for the past fifteen years, Dr. Charlton has spent the last couple of years contributing to an important national conversation about what equity work looks like in a majority minority institution. Her current preoccupations are with learning more about and strengthening our students' sense of academic belonging, applying design thinking to as many aspects of the institution and its functioning as possible, and studying the role of mid-level leadership in institutional transformation.   



Applications for this role will be accepted until February 14, 2021 at 5pm CST. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume via UTRGV’s application website at https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26760.

Interested candidates are encouraged to connect with search associates from The Collective should they wish to learn more about the opportunity. Email us at search@careerleadershipcollective.com


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. 

It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. 

Search Committee

  • Dr. Rey Ramos, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs-Student Affairs

  • Dr. Leslie Jones, Executive Director of Student Success

  • Maria Leonard, Lecturer in the College of Business and Internship Coordinator

  • Jaime Villanueva, Program Manager in the Career Center

  • Dr. Mark Noe, Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator in the Writing and Language Studies Department

  • Dr. Arturo Fuentes, Professor & Associate Chair in the Mechanical Engineering Department

  • Dr. Kurt Martinez, Chair of Council of Chairs, Director of the School of Music


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