Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.
Position Purpose: The Director of Career Services is a pivotal and highly visible individual, working closely and collaboratively with faculty, staff, alumni, and parents to expand possibilities for student learning, leadership, and employment. The Director of Career Services will promote student learning through a comprehensive career services program, encompassing the following areas: career counseling, job search assistance (resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing skills, identifying job leads, using the internet and social media, etc.), graduate school counseling and information, internship assistance, and other areas related to career success. These services are provided to current students and alumni. This person will also collaborate with admissions, academic units, and alumni services to promote the career development of our students. The Director of Career Services reports to the Assistant Vice President of Student Life and is a member of the Student Life team.
- Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
- Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
- Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
- Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
- Direct a comprehensive career development program for students and alumni with the goal of helping students secure professional jobs upon graduation.
- Establish strategic goals for the Career Services Office, including long-range planning and assessment.
- Initiate and maintain recruiting relationships with employers for job and internships opportunities, in collaboration with department faculty.
- Manage and provide professional development for Career Services staff including but not limited to Career Success Counselor and Student Employment Coordinator.
- Oversee on-campus student employment and support the overall developmental nature of this program.
- Collaborate with faculty and administrators to infuse curriculum with job training experiences.
- Identify opportunities to partner with L.E.A.D., Counseling Center and the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action.
- Teach students and alumni to develop a comprehensive job search and related professional job documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, thank you notes).
- Administer and interpret career-related assessments.
- Manage annual departmental budget.
- Teach IDS4810: From Backpack to Briefcase.
- Develop and update office publications, including web page materials and other online resources.
- Maintain consortium relationships (i.e. ISCPA) to promote placement opportunities.
- Respond to outreach requests from the campus community.
- Other duties as assigned.
Essential Job Requirements:
- Master’s degree required.
- Minimum of three years experience in Career Development in a higher education environment or relatively similar environment required.
- Strong commitment to student development and sensitivity to diverse populations.
- Ability to motivate and assist students in developing long-term goals and coordinate this effort with faculty, staff, alumni and recruiters.
- Exceptional organizational, planning, supervisory and interpersonal skills.
- Competitive candidates will be familiar with vocational assessment instruments, career counseling techniques, career development theory, and online job search strategies.
- Ability to interact verbally in person, over telephone and via written and electronic media.
- Ability to spend long periods of time at a computer station.
Health, dental, life, contributions to a 403(b), and tuition remission included. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax
firstname.lastname@example.org - email
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the twenty-first century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the Greater Chicago land Area.