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Director of Career and Professional Development

Warner Pacific University, Portland, Oregon

Job - Education

Close Date: 08/30/2019

Warner Pacific University’s Mission: Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.

Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary Description: Student Life’s top priorities are to help students leave WPU prepared to get great jobs and live lives of purpose. The Director of Career and Professional Development is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Vice President for Student Life. This role serves as a central leader in the work it takes to make that happen. This leader will be a proactive connector who will create programs to further develop students’ sense of purpose and job search competencies and actively network with students, faculty, staff, and the community to deliver on a vibrant career development program. This role includes a combination of mentorship, program development, and administrative planning and requires a self-starter who is willing to own, develop, and implement programs to help WPU’s traditional, adult, and graduate students build upon their competencies and confidence so they can thrive in whatever is next after graduation.

Essential Functions:
• Provide proactive occupational, vocational, and career guidance to students including counseling with job search and job application process, cover letter and resumes, interviews, networking, LinkedIn and social media skills, and graduate school application and selection, etc.
• Develop comprehensive career network of alumni and potential employers.
• Mentor and advise students concerning life planning and personal growth issues.
• Coordinate career fairs and career workshops for professional, graduate, and traditional students.
• Oversee Career and Calling Collaborative by convening campus partners (Student Success, FYLC, and Advising, etc.) and developing strategic initiatives and assessment toward the goal of developing a 4-year comprehensive plan for supporting students’ sense of purpose and employability upon graduation.
• Promote, enhance, and manage Handshake career platform, including approval of job postings.
• Manage and lead student worker staff as needed.
• Partner with academic departments to develop and support internship placement programs.
• Oversee first destination and student employment surveys in partnership with the Office of Institutional Assessment.
• Supervise departmental budgets.
• Participate as a University Mentor to first year and/or transfer students.
• Participate in and contribute to regular Student Life staff meetings and all-Student Life events each semester.

General Expectations
• Demonstrate presence and availability for student leaders and students you serve on campus.
• Create timely, consistent, responsive, and effective communication to students, faculty, and staff concerning the activities and events in your area.
• Practice regular collaboration with faculty, staff, and students across program areas on both the Mt. Tabor and Centre 205 campuses.
• Be present in the office on a daily basis unless arrangements are made with the employee’s direct supervisor.
• Contribute to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
• Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
• Adhere to University policies and procedures.
• Demonstrate commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
• Exhibit commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree required or minimum of four years experience in a higher education environment.
• Knowledge and experience in career planning, professional development, and/or college student mentorship.
• Ability to work outside of normal business hours, as necessary (campus events, pre-registration, etc.).
• Proficient in computer programs including Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel, and the Internet.
• Experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master degree in College Student Services or related field.
• At least three years of experience working in student affairs.
• Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and initiate and implement projects independently.
• Ability to multi-task, work effectively, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
• Excellent self-motivation, written communication skills, and the ability to work well with students, faculty, and staff.
• Skill in effective oral communication and public presentations.
• Experience with diverse, urban, and/or first-generation college students.
• Spanish language competency.
• Experience directing career services, academic support services, and/or students with disabilities services.
• At least three years experience as a direct supervisor of employees and/or work study students.

Physical Demands – Work Environment:
The position is located in a typical office environment. Professional/business casual attire is required.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject. All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above. Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.

Commitment to Diversity:
Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

To Apply: In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at Click "Apply Now" to complete the online application, and submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Cover letter with names/contact information for three professional references

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