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Director, Career Communities & Career Development - Student Affairs

Washington University in St. Louis
Saint Louis, MO
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

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Position Summary

Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), one of the nation's premier private institutions of higher education, seeks a visionary and collaborative leader for the position of Director of Career Communities and Development. This leadership position represents an exciting opportunity to be part of a well resourced career services transformation effort, a major campus priority at WashU, and work with a large, talented career advising staff to serve a high achieving student body.

The new career center will reside in the Division of Student Affairs, a collaborative team of over 300 professionals who work together to coach, mentor, advise, and assist all students to achieve their full potential. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Anna Gonzalez, is known for her prior work transforming career centers, including the top-ranked career center at Harvey Mudd College. The Division's five major priorities include: career development; healthy excellence; sense of belonging; leadership; and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Reporting to and with the support of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Career Development and Education, the Director of Career Communities and Development will have the following goals: (1) develop a new career advising model for campus that supports early career exploration, Career Communities advising, identity and affinity groups, graduate and professional student advising, and specialized support, including career counseling; (2) build the career advising infrastructure to support the career advising model, including creating the organizational chart and writing position descriptions; (3) transition existing staff into new roles with appropriate support and hiring new staff; (4) supervise the Career Advising and Communities team, a group of approximately 25 professionals, setting annual goals, evaluating performance, and supporting career development; and (5) develop a unit-level strategic plan in support of the career center's goals and regularly assess and report on progress. The Director will also serve on the leadership team that will support the transition to a unified career center.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
  • Direct the development of institution-wide and high profile initiatives to support career advising. Develop and implement the overall direction, priorities, and objectives for a four-pronged approach to career advising, including first and second year student engagement, Affinity & Identity programs, Career Communities, general career counseling, and specialized support. Oversees the thoughtful creation of career advising services, courses, and events/programs, and coordinate activities with campus partners.
  • Supervise and manage five Career Communities and Development leaders, including establishing and tracking quantitative goals for the team and individual team members. Indirectly supervise up to 25 Career Development staff. Develop and maintain training plans for team, in collaboration with Manager of HR Operations for the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Develop unit-level strategic plan in support of career center's goals, assess and report progress. Consistently evaluate and refine the program through data and information analysis, goal evaluation, surveys, and verbal feedback.
  • Serve on the Career Center Leadership Team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ten years of relevant professional experience.
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community.
  • Experience with and commitment to working with individuals of diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, religious backgrounds, and people of various gender identities and/or sexual orientations.
  • Ability to establish and communicate priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, listening, writing, oral communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of career development trends in higher education.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree in related field and five years related experience.



Salary Range

$70,300.00 - $120,000.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University's policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment - fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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