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11 Mar 2021

Full-Time DIRECTOR OF EXPERIENTIAL AND CAREER EDUCATION

Stetson University – Posted by Stetsoncareer DeLand, Florida, United States

Job Description

OVERVIEW:

The Director of Experiential and Career Education is a full-time professional staff member in the Division of Campus Life and Student Success and reports to the Executive Director of CaPD.  This position provides strong operational and thought leadership for experiential and career education at the University.

CaPD provides education and services for approximately 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music, as well as alumni from each of these programs.  Career and Professional Development is a team of six full-time staff including an executive director, a director, two assistant directors, one coordinator, and an administrative specialist.  Part-time staff includes a graduate assistant, two student employees, and five Career Peers.

Stetson University is committed to equity and inclusion for all staff and faculty (see equity and inclusion statement section below).  For CaPD’s departmental commitment, read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Statement (https://www.stetson.edu/administration/career/diversity-equity-inclusion-action-statement.php).

CaPD’s vision, mission and goals closely align with and are visibly supported by the CLaSS strategic plan (https://www.stetson.edu/administration/campus-life/home/media/CLaSS_Strategic_Plan.pdf) and Stetson University’s strategic plan (https://www.stetson.edu/other/strategic-planning/media/Roll%20Ahead%20Graphic%208-2019.pdf).

QUALIFICATIONS:

The candidate must possess a master’s degree and at least five years’ experience in an area related to business, education, and/or experiential education.  The position requires a dynamic individual with strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and employers in a comprehensive university environment.

DESCRIPTION:

The Director provides strong operational and thought leadership for the development and implementation of mission-driven, experiential and career education, programs, services, and resources aimed at promoting the professional success of students and alumni; supervises one full-time professional staff member (Assistant Director of Internships); actively demonstrates commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; works with faculty and staff to integrate career readiness into the curriculum and co-curriculum strategically focusing on internships, project-based learning/micro-internships, and student employment.  The Director’s work will emphasize facilitating social mobility through equitable access to connections and experiences for all students regardless of background or social capital (Evolution of Career Services in Higher Education 1900 – 2030; Dey & Cruzvergara, 2019).

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • In concert with the Executive Director, provide leadership and strategic direction for experiential and career education tied to University, Division, and Office mission and vision statements
  • Provide leadership regarding the delivery of experiential education and career exploration services, resources, and programming for students
  • Supervise, mentor, and guide the professional development of the Assistant Director of Experiential and Career Education including integrating continuing work on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Maintain and enhance internal office operations focused on communication channels, quality and efficiency, a student-centered ethos, and collaborative work with campus partners
  • Provide one-on-one and group advising to students when needed to support the Assistant Director of Experiential and Career Education; support career exploration and experiential education to align with student academic and professional goals. Present on a wide variety of experiential and career education topics
  • Outreach to new and existing employers to provide increasing numbers of experiential educational opportunities for students; conduct site visits to current and potential internship/project-based learning sites to evaluate learning/work environments, and provide support to employers in developing high-quality internship/micro-internship programs
  • Collect and maintain data on students to gain a more thorough understanding of those completing academic and non-academic internships and to make connections among experiential and career education, student learning, and career readiness and success
  • Develop and sustain fundraising channels to support Internship Impact Fund; provide annual reports on internship funding to donors and campus stakeholders
  • Establish and promote new opportunities for experiential education, particularly micro-internships and short-term project-based work; improve student access to local, out-of-state, and international experiential education opportunities through employer development activities, collaboration with faculty, and knowledge of international internship providers
  • Co-lead the Discovery Program in conjunction with Academic Advising
  • Provide oversight and leadership for administration of experiential and career education, particularly as related to internship registration and faculty professional development
  • Provide support to academic departments interested in increasing their students’ participation in internships and project-based learning
  • Collaborate with department chairs and faculty internship instructors to serve as a resource for best practices in the supervision of students participating in academic internship courses
  • Manage the process for undergraduate academic internship registration in conjunction with the Registrar, IT, CLaSS Director or Assessment & Operational Effectiveness, academic leaders and departments
  • Integrate career and professional development, focusing on the Professional and Career Readiness Competencies, into the curriculum and co-curriculum through collaboration with campus partners including faculty, academic deans, Alumni and Parent Engagement, and CLaSS
  • Serve as liaison to Center for Community Engagement, Office of Student Employment, WORLD Center for International Learning, and School of Business Administration Office for Experiential Learning Requirement
  • Provide career advising to students and alumni; specialize in providing major and career guidance to first-year and sophomore students when needed to support Assistant Director of Experiential and Career Education
  • Responsible for staying up-to-date on research and current trends in experiential and career education and related resources
  • Represent CaPD and/or the Campus Life and Student Success division on appropriate committees and teams
  • Perform other duties as assigned related to the University’s, Division’s, and CaPD’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Requires some physical effort (i.e. standing and walking); occasional light lifting; manual dexterity in operation of office equipment; extended period of time at a keyboard; perceptual demands for color, sound, form and depth; and at times, hours outside the normal university schedule.  Employee will be required to perform other job-related duties requested by the supervisor.

Inter-divisional Collaboration: 

This position will closely collaborate with many divisions/departments on campus, including Campus Life and Student Success.  Campus Life and Student Success is a dynamic, evolving division driven by transformational leadership and continuous improvement.  We seek team members who are highly motivated, strategic thinkers and relationship builders who thrive on shared governance.  Our high expectations are matched by a robust professional development curriculum which promotes achievement and significance through self-assessment, reflection, and holistic goal setting.  We actualize a philosophy of challenge and support grounded in liberal learning and development as it relates to student persistence and success.  We are committed to facilitating student discovery and exploration consistent with the aims of a broad liberal arts education; offering impactful learning opportunities based on current research and empirical data; cultivating the unique strengths and perspectives of individual students; fostering global awareness, social justice values, and civic engagement; and providing a healthy and vibrant educational environment conducive to holistic well-being.

UNIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT:

We value the members of our community and embrace diversity in all its forms as a great asset.  We value individuality, creative thinking, innovative problem-solving, collaboration, and community.  We seek to create a dynamic culture that is a force for change, growth, and equity.  To ensure sustained progress towards these principles, we aim to foster an environment that truly celebrates the variety of backgrounds, capabilities, contributions, and perspectives of all members in our community, with a vision emphasizing unified strength through diversity.  Through our work, we continually gain an awareness of and appreciation for our differences and develop our skill in working across cultural lines.  Additionally, we must acknowledge that our systems and structures are based on historical inequities and strive to fully understand and address how this impacts individuals.

We remain diligent in identifying and removing barriers to one’s sense of belonging on our campuses by:

  • Acknowledging that we are stronger because of our differences.
  • Accepting individual responsibility for promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Aspiring to be a diverse community that values inclusive excellence, and demonstrates awareness of how individual actions influence social impact.
  • Acting as a steadfast learning institution that offers continuous opportunities to deepen mutual communication in ways that support inclusivity, equity, and respect.

We recognize that we still have progress to make in becoming truly inclusive and equitable.  We unequivocally commit to create a culture where each individual is welcomed and belongs as an essential part of the fabric of the Stetson community.

The University:

Founded in 1883, Stetson University (http://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs.  Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with over 4,400 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.  The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,100 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music.  Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1945, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves over 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees.  Graduate programs offered at the main campus and online include Business, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, and Counseling.  Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility.  Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively.  Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

Stetson University is located in DeLand, Florida, one-half hour’s drive from Daytona Beach and from Orlando’s northeast suburbs, offering easy access to both outdoor recreational opportunities and the amenities of a larger city.  DeLand, Florida is the county seat as well as a college town with Stetson University’s campus classified as a National Historic District.  The award-winning downtown, known as Mainstreet DeLand, is lined with local gift and antique shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues hosting several festivals and special events.

How to Apply

Application Procedures: This position is posted on the Stetson University Office of Human Resources website (https://www.stetson.edu/administration/human-resources/job-opportunities.php).  Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, emails, and telephone numbers of three professional references to the Office of Human Resources at humres@stetson.edu or send to Stetson University, Inc., Office of Human Resources, 421 N. Woodland Boulevard, Unit 8327, DeLand, FL 32723. FAX: 386.822.7562.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.   Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University.  We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service.  We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world.  We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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