Executive Director, Career Engagement & Professional Development
Wittenberg University is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director, Career Engagement & Professional Development. The Executive Director will strategically lead and manage Wittenberg's approach to enhancing the professional development, career advancement, vocational exploration, life design, experiential learning, and mentoring opportunities for students. This individual will design and manage the process of helping students gain the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to complement their liberal arts education, ensuring every student has resources that will equip them to be competitive and fulfilled in post-college life. This individual will also strategically lead and manage an integrated approach to external relations to establish greater professional development, leadership, graduate school, post-graduate, and career opportunities for Wittenberg students. This is a full-time, exempt-level position reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Senior Associate Dean of Students.
Essential functions include but are not limited to:
1. Lead a team that readies students for post-graduate opportunities and builds relationships with students, alumni, parents and family members, employers and graduate schools to provide those opportunities. Establish strategies, goals, and metrics that will ensure success in these efforts.
2. Lead identification and development of programs that help accelerate current students' preparation for internships and job interviews, graduate school preparation and application processes, as well as help build their technical skills in areas for which they are pursuing.
3. Support the career, professional, graduate school, and leadership development of students through coaching and career counseling.
4. Lead and establish metrics for assessment efforts; work closely with Institutional Research to oversee collection of employment data, learning outcomes and other information.
5. Engage and develop strong relationships with Wittenberg alumni, parents and family members, graduate schools, foundations, and employers to increase mentoring and recruiting of Wittenberg students for short-term career exploration experiences, internships and full-time career or graduate school opportunities while marketing the talent of Wittenberg students.
6. Create, launch, and oversee a strategic approach to managing the infrastructure of career exploration that further professionalizes and effectively supports programs, services, and the success of University strategic initiatives while connecting students and recent graduates with the extended Wittenberg network for career and vocational exploration activities, events, and referrals.
7. Oversee and leverage Wittenberg's leadership development programs to aid in students' growth and professional development including: Emerging Leaders, Sophomore Surge, and the Student Leader Fellows Program.
8. Work closely with Advancement staff to identify and cultivate relationships with individual donors and corporate partners to provide financial support for the Center and greater opportunities for students.
9. Participate in Student Development and institutional committees supporting the work of campus and the division in achieving its mission.
10. Perform other relevant duties as assigned such as special projects, programs, developmental activities, etc.
A master's degree in higher education/student affairs, business/organizational management, or related field is required.
Five to seven years’ experience with employer relationship management and establishing professional development opportunities for college students or young professionals.
Experience as supervisor/manager.
Excellent customer service, time management, and communication skills.
Ability to work with a variety of constituents, solve problems quickly and professionally, anticipate needs, and communicate proactively.
Candidates should be committed to student success and have a commitment to and understanding of a liberal arts education and diversity at a church-related college.
Competency and experience using Microsoft Office software, specifically proficient in the use of Excel, Publisher, Outlook, and PowerPoint with the ability and desire to learn additional software applications as necessary.
Night and weekend work will be required depending on campus events and needs.
Remain stationary in upright position for more than 50% of the workday.
Routinely move equipment weighing up to 40 pounds for event/activity needs.
Founded in 1845, Wittenberg University is a Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts college in the heart of Southwest Ohio, that enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Wittenberg is home to 1,500 full-time students from 37 states and 15 countries. With more than 80 majors in total including those in the humanities, arts and sciences, Wittenberg also offers distinct academic programming in pre-professional disciplines, including business and teacher education certification. Key partnerships with other universities provide cooperative programs in engineering, forestry, environmental management, and nursing, among others.
Student success and results are an important focus at Wittenberg. Ninety-eight percent of Wittenberg students walk across the graduation stage with jobs or acceptances to some of the nation’s top graduate programs. Generous alumni give back and continue the cycle of success, contributing to support current students to experience the highest quality of education from world-class faculty, receive a superior value for their education dollars, and enjoy a campus life that is robust and inclusive.
With a rich athletic tradition, Wittenberg is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and fields 25 intercollegiate Division III teams (#TigerUp). Students thrive in Wittenberg’s active university community, participating in over 100 student organizations, 10 Fraternity and Sororities, vibrant campus programs, and benefit from a commitment to a holistic living environment.
Springfield, Ohio is an all-American city with a population of 61,000 located outside both Columbus and Dayton, Ohio. Springfield and Wittenberg have a reciprocal relationship, each benefitting because of the other. Site Selection magazine has ranked the Springfield Metro Area second in the nation when it comes to new or expanded economic development projects for metros of its size and, in Spring 2021, the Wall Street Journal named Springfield as one of the hottest housing markets in the country. Short commutes, community advocacy and a variety of school choices in the city and county add to the quality of life in this Midwestern city. With a vibrant and growing Downtown district and robust parks and recreation amenities Springfield is a town that is revitalizing and growing with energy. Those who love the outdoors will thrive on the National Trail Parks and Recreation District whether biking, hiking hundreds of miles of trails or kayaking through downtown Springfield. Dayton is located 25 miles to the west; Columbus is 45 miles to the east; and Cincinnati is 75 miles to the southwest.
Wittenberg University provides a liberal arts education dedicated to intellectual inquiry and wholeness of person within a diverse residential community. Reflecting its Lutheran heritage, Wittenberg challenges students to become responsible global citizens, to discover their callings, and to lead personal, professional, and civic lives of creativity, service, compassion, and integrity.
Casey L. Gill, Ph.D.
Casey works as the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Wittenberg University. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Wittenberg as well as the Assistant Director of Civic Engagement at the University of Tampa. Casey received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University, Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. Casey is married to her partner, Patrick, and has three children, Emerson, Owen and Auden.
Casey enjoys reading, running, anything outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Jon Duraj (Direct Supervisor)
Jon serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Senior Associate Dean of Students. He has been at Wittenberg for 10 years, serving previously as the Director of Student Activities and Associate Dean for Student Success & Retention. Jon manages the areas of Career Engagement, COMPASS: Sweet Success Center, and Student Involvement. Data-driven and student-centered, Jon partners across the institution to help reduce barriers and increase outcomes for students. Jon received his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University, Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton, and is completing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Ohio University. An avid traveler, Jon spends time exploring cultures and engaging in non-profit work. He also spends time with family, friends, and enjoys being outdoors.
APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES
Applications for this role will be accepted until the priority review deadline of August 13, 2021.
To apply, please set-up an account in the Wittenberg online recruiting system and upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format.
2. Cover letter
3. Name, address, and phone number of three professional references.
If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at 937.327.7517.
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.
Jon Duraj, Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Senior Associate Dean of Students (co-chair)
Dr. Sheryl Cunningham, Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media (co-chair)
Rebecca Kocher, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement
Brian May ’99, Alumni Representative, Campaign Steering Committee & previous Alumni Board president
Braeden Meier ’22, Student Representative
Jay Owen, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach
Heath Queen ‘16, Internship Coordinator
Dr. John Thitlethwaite, Associate Professor, Health and Sport Studies
Dr. Rachel Wilson, Chair and Associate Professor, Business