Ohio University Assistant Director, Career & Leadership Development Center for Diversity & Inclusion in Athens, Ohio

Job Description:

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. The beautiful, historic residential campus is located in the rolling foothills of Southeast Ohio in the quintessential college town of Athens, Ohio. With over 18,000 undergraduates and more than 5,000 graduate students enrolled from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries, the Athens campus is a dynamic and diverse learning community.

The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) mission states the unit “seeks to facilitate an infusion of diversity embedded into the fabric of the institution with inclusive practices, institutional policies, curricula, and programs leading to a supportive and affirming environment”. D&I work focuses on welcoming and affirming historically underrepresented and excluded students. The Career & Leadership Development Center (CLDC) supports all students as they move through their initial adjustment to college, to selecting a major, to acquiring internship experience, to developing leadership skills and helping students understand the application of these skills in a lifelong career development process. This new position seeks to build an infrastructure of supporting underrepresented students throughout their career development lifespan.

The Assistant Director will have a shared responsibility (50/50) between the Career & Leadership Development Center and Diversity & Inclusion with primary focus areas being: employer development, career and leadership coaching, development of career and leadership educational programs and events, building and maintaining strategic liaison relationships with stakeholders, and retention and persistence efforts.

Essential Functions: 1. (40% of time) The Assistant Director will help with the development of both full-time employment and internship opportunities for underrepresented students and alumni. • Perform employer outreach to develop, retain, and grow relationships with employer representatives; • Identify, target and source employer relationships; • Increase internship and full-time recruiting efforts by promoting students who engage in D&I and other student support units focused on enhancing and supporting diversity and inclusion; • Engage in employer development, and bridge the gap between college and lifelong career development skills; • Serve as the recruiting professional to local, regional, national, and international diversity based recruiting efforts; • Plan and attend employer specific networking receptions, industry dinners, special projects, student activities and training sessions for diverse student audiences. Host and/or visit local businesses, government and organizations to develop opportunities • Build and maintain strong employer relationships through the utilization of educational programs, events, and services; • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of recruiting and market trends to share regularly with all institutional stakeholders focused on diversity and inclusion; and • Maintain employer records in Handshake

  1. (30% of time) The Assistant Director will provide career coaching and internship help for students and alumni. This individual will assist students with all aspects of career development including identifying majors, career goals, resume development, preparation for graduate/professional school, and employability skills. The Assistant Director will also provide Leadership Coaching; an innovative service (executive coaching for students) that spans three 30 minute sessions where students learn to identify strengths, set goals, and articulate their accomplishments. • Engage underrepresented students in activities related to chosen career fields; identify, address, and clarify each students particular needs; • Engage students in leadership development; • Utilize technology and resources to guide students through the career and leadership development process; • Provide individual and group career coaching to students and alumni/ae regarding career planning and leadership development, employment/internship search, and graduate or professional school opportunities; • Collaborate with D&I and other student support units focused on enhancing and supporting diversity and inclusion to develop career/leadership activities and programs; • Assess services/programs to determine student needs/learning outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement; • Provide industry-specific coaching to students and alumni; • Educate and prepare students on the specifics of their job/internship search strategy, including document review, networking techniques, interview prep, and salary negotiation; • Assist students in leveraging the use of social media and other technology in their search strategy; • Administer and interpret personality, interest, skills, and values assessments; and • Maintain records of interactions with students

3.(20% of time) Development and presentation of educational programs and events: • Design 4-year career and leadership engagement model for D&I students; • Develop and conduct career, leadership, job search, internship search, and other career and leadership development workshops, class presentations, and similar programs for D&I stakeholders; • Present educational workshops on a variety of career topics; and collaborate with staff to create, customize and execute employer/alumni/student networking events and educational panels; • Assist with the organization of career fairs and special events; • Assess services/programs to determine student needs/learning outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement; and • Use social networking tools to enhance student and alumni networking and career building activities

  1. (10% of time) Build and maintain strategic liaison relationships with stakeholders: • Serve as the career and leadership development liaison to D&I student organizations and faculty; • Serve on D&I and DOSA teams, committees, task forces, and work groups; • Regularly meet with D&I staff to provide career and leadership development updates and best practices; • Service as a career and leadership consultant to faculty and staff by analyzing and synthesizing labor market information and aiding faculty and staff in identifying options for students and alumni in support of their career development; and • Work closely with D&I staff to establish and maintain partnerships and joint programming initiatives;

  2. Retention and Persistence Efforts: • Serve on retention and persistence teams, committees, task forces and work groups; • Design and maintain career and leadership development services and resources that engage underrepresented first-year and transfer students; • Collaborate with, and support, D&I units on retention and persistence efforts; and • Partner with colleges to identify and track at risk students for enhanced career and leadership development services

Common to all CLDC Professionals: • Provide individual and group career and leadership coaching to students and alumni/ae regarding career planning and leadership development, employment/internship search, and graduate or professional school opportunities • Support and enhance diversity at Ohio University • Focus on, and prioritize ongoing efforts to provide inclusive services and develop cultural competency skills • Collaborate with academic units and departments, campus offices, faculty, and staff to develop career/leadership co-curricular or in-class activities and programs • Assess services/programs to determine student needs/learning outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement • Utilize technology and resources to guide students through the career and leadership development process • Serve on division and CLDC teams, committees, task forces, and work groups • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree required by the time of the appointment. At least one year of experience working in a diversity and inclusion work environment, preferably at the college level.

Core skills for successful candidate include: • Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive educational and workplace environment. • Desire to support and understand the diverse experiences and needs of students and staff working at, and served by, the CLDC • Strong customer service and communication skills • Established history of organization and time management skills • Communication skills that support a positive team environment

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in diversity and inclusion based work environments and/or the career and leadership development field. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; team oriented individual that is available to work evenings and weekends as needed

Planning Unit: Vice President for Student Affairs

Department: Career Services

Campus: Athens

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position: Imants Jaunarajs jaunaraj@ohio.edu

Employment Type: Full-Time Regular

Advertised Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and credentials. Employees also enjoy a generous benefits package which includes health benefits, paid time off, and education benefits for employees and eligible dependents.