The Director of Career Services leads and oversees all aspects of the Friedman School career services. The Director will lead the initial and ongoing development of strategy; needs assessments; and the planning and execution of comprehensive career services to address the needs of all degrees and academic programs. S/he will manage a team of career services professionals including training and developing staff. S/he will identify and partner with internal and external constituents to identify and strengthen relationships with individuals and organizations as prospective employers or providers of internships, including alumni, businesses, government agencies and other organizations. The Director will also oversee all aspects of the Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute, or similar new initiatives that may arise in the future, as related to student careers to generate workshops, internships, career fairs, and career opportunities. S/he will design, oversee, implement, and evaluate innovative programming to prepare students for employment. The Director will evaluate, design, and implement best practices for career development, career searches, and career advising. S/he will work closely with Friedman School leadership, faculty and staff and her/his counterparts at other Tufts schools and other institutions to provide education and to implement best practices throughout the School. The Director will also represent the School at University and external events and meetings. The Director will oversee Career Services team operations including proposing and managing budgets, facilities, information technology assessment and planning, and long-term strategic planning with Deans of the Friedman School and her/his counterparts at other Tufts schools.
Essential Functions/ Responsibilities
Creates and leads overall program strategy for career services.
Oversees the communications plan for career services.
Develops and oversees strategy for outreach to internal and external stakeholders to increase internship and employment opportunities.
Cultivates relationships and collaborates with faculty, School administrators, alumni
and employers to provide targeted programming and messaging to students.
Assesses the skills valued by prospective employers through surveys and direct communication.
Designs career services programming, insuring inclusion of input from alumni, prospective employers, faculty and students.
Directly provides career service programming to individual students and groups through individual meetings, workshops, and online resources delivered by face-to-face, web-based, print and other means. Areas of programming include, but are not limited to:
Professional development throughout time at the School
Job and internship searches
Informational and mock interviews
Use of social media
Leads key events, such as alumni-student networking trips, orientation, commencement, and career fairs, with support from Career Services staff.
Manages and participates in the regular evaluation of the effectiveness of career service programming, including definition of metrics and standards, identification and implementation of assessment tools, and quality improvement based on evaluation data.
Oversees interaction with the Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute, including:
Seeking career, internship, and other opportunities with participating organizations
Maintaining active relations between the School and participating organizations
Overseeing and coordinating logistics for career fairs and meetings
Collaborates with the Director of Communications and Web Strategies on the effective use of technology to maximize numbers of students served and the value of programming, including:
Production of web-based career services and events
Identification, procurement and management of information technology systems and databases to support career services and programs
Evaluation of the use of new technology for delivery and assessment of career services
External dissemination of student and alumni activities related to internships and careers
Collaborates with Friedman School Alumni Affairs to improve upon:
Collection of alumni employment data
Identification of skills needed by graduates
Promotion of alumni participation in career mentoring
Identification of internships and employment opportunities
Organizes and manages the volunteer Career Services Executive Committee.
Promotes Friedman School graduates and represents the School and University to employers and other external constituents.
Attends and presents information at regional and national conferences to network with potential employers and increase awareness of the Friedman School brand.
Trains and manages all career services staff; evaluates employees and oversees professional development opportunities.
Develops, proposes, monitors and manages career services budgets, and provides reports to School leadership.
Bachelor’s Degree and 8-10 years of directly related professional experience in higher education.
Master’s Degree in student services or a related field of study.
Excellent communication skills.
Position requires travel, which may be several times per month, up to approximately 15% of total effort.