Director of Career Development

Description of Job

Provide strategic vision, leadership, supervision, assessment and on-going improvement for comprehensive career and outreach services for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. Work collaboratively with academic divisions, departments, faculty, staff, employers, students and other constituents to enhance students’ career development. Support and streamline the efforts of the college to provide more intentional career development programs for students.  Increase the number and quality of available internships and other experiential learning opportunities, and build successful partnerships with employers. 


Leadership and Administration

  • Provide direction and leadership for career development initiatives
  • Engage in on-going assessment and evaluation to ensure continual improvement and provision of innovative and effective programs and services that meet the changing needs of students, alumni and employers
  • Lead, manage, and assist in training of Career Development staff, and other faculty and staff working with career and internship-related initiatives
  • Perform office administration functions; overseeing the budget, submitting reports, goal setting, etc. 
  • Participate in personal and professional development opportunities
  • Serve on college and Division of Student Development collaborative teams and committees as needed


Career Education and Outreach

  • Provide individual personal counseling/group counseling on a limited time basis
  • Plan and facilitate career development, planning, and placement programs and presentations based on the needs of students and alumni
  • Develop strong partnerships with academic departments, faculty, staff and employers to provide effective career services
  • Coordinate the internship program including development, tracking/assessment and successful employer partnerships


Employer Relations

  • Initiate, develop, and maintain contacts with present and potential employers
  • Develop relationships with employers and their internship/field experience programs


Technology and Electronic Career Services

  • Provide leadership and vision for career development technology infrastructure, including management systems, website and other social media
  • Consult with the campus Technology Services Office on current software and hardware available to assist best use of technology for students, alumni and employers



  • Responsible for hiring, training, and supervision of two full time staff in Career Development


Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Master’s Degree in counseling, college student personnel, human resources management or related field with five years of professional experience in career services, higher education setting preferred
  • Career education and outreach experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with students from underrepresented populations in their pursuit of internships and career placement.  Commitment to building an antiracist department.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Personal and Career counseling skills
  • Administrative and management skills
  • Knowledge and application of college student development theory in practice
  • Supervision skills and experience desired
  • Group facilitation and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a team setting and on an individual basis
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Multicultural Competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways.  

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:


Edgewood College

Human Resources –DCDV

1000 Edgewood College Drive

Madison, WI 53711


Equal Opportunity Employer