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Director of Career Services
Date Posted 06/17/2021
Hiring Status Accepting Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is seeking a Director of Career Services to promote student success and retention through effective career development, career readiness, and career search strategies. The Director assists Saint Mary’s students (undergraduate, graduate, on ground, and online) and alumni in their professional development and ongoing achievement of educational and professional goals, provides students with career related knowledge and skills, as well as manages the College’s internship and field exploration programs.  Additionally, this position communicates with faculty, employers, alumni, and professional schools in relation to Career Services.  The Director represents the university in recruitment efforts and stays informed of best practices in employment trends and other labor related issues. In all job responsibilities, this role must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.

  • Provide overall administration and oversight of the Career Services office, including advocating for a comprehensive, university-wide vision and strategy for career development and career readiness services and support for students in the undergraduate college, the programs in the SGPP and online students while maintaining budget.
  • Supervise, train and develop staff in the Career Services office. 
  • Develop and deliver a comprehensive career readiness curriculum (including courses for credit, workshops, seminars, print and online resources) through a variety of modalities and methodologies.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Student Affairs and with academic and all other dimensions of the university to establish career readiness curriculum.
  • Support internship related initiatives, including on-campus recruiting, internship search strategies, on-site visits, employer outreach, on-campus interviews, employer appreciation events, and employer scholarships.
  • Build and maintain an active and mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Essential Skills and Abilities

The selected candidate will have the following skills and abilities:

  • Problem solving— knows tools, techniques, and approaches for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving operational or process problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills—maintains confidentiality, contributes to productive working relationships, respects conflicting points of view, resolves harmful differences and influences key individuals inside and outside of own group. 
  • Emotional Intelligence – Understands own strengths, limitations, and interests. Able to modulate own emotions in complex, difficult, and or emotional issues. Demonstrates good judgement in deciding which conflicts to resolve.  
  • Verbal Communication—speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, able to modulate content, tone, style and structure to specific audiences. 
  • Written Communication— produces a variety of business documents that demonstrate command of language, clarity of thought, and logical analysis. 
  • Planning/Organizing—prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.  Makes recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with the University mission, standards, practices, policies, procedures, and in compliance with government regulations. Ability to multitask and prioritize, managing a heavy workload in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Quality Control—demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality. Proactive approach towards improving processes and systems.
  • Adaptability—adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events, comfortable with ambiguity and incomplete information.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree in the field of career development, counselor education, counseling psychology, student personnel, or related and relevant fields
  • Minimum of three years related experience is required with five years preferred
  • Experience with web-based career management systems programs and student database management
  • Ability to effectively interact with and build good rapport with diverse populations to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with other departments, students, university-wide administration, faculty and employers

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references
Application Review Date
Starting Date
Contact Timothy Gossen, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
Contact Email tgossen@smumn.edu
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.
EEO M/W/D/V
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