Director of Career Services

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Department: Career Services
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Management, Student Affairs

Department: Career Services

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The vice president for student affairs and dean of students envisions every Michigan Tech graduate thriving in the workplace as exceptional employees and compassionate and ethical people serving and leading in their communities through inclusive, impactful, transformational, and positive social change. The director will have the opportunity to collaborate with division and academic colleagues, corporations, employers, and student organizations to execute responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will be a creative, collaborative, visionary, and dynamic leader with proven educational and managerial experience. The director will have the capacity to build and scale out new and engaging systems, work processes, and programs in a fast-paced office culture. Most importantly, the director is expected to act with a genuine and measurable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that students of all backgrounds and aspirations are well-served and positioned for university and lifelong success.

Career preparation services are integral to student recruitment, retention, and success. Under limited supervision, all Student Affairs directors advise the vice president and dean of students; provide thoughtful leadership and daily oversight aligned with university mission, division values, department goals, and vice presidential vision; promote services and outcomes; pursue resource development opportunities; are responsible for administrative, planning, resource management (e.g., human, budgetary, physical, technological), assessment, and evaluation functions; and create an imaginative work environment that fosters pioneering and culturally-responsive service-delivery from enrollment to commencement.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Hires, develops, supervises, and evaluates staff, including implementing corrective action plans as appropriate.
2. Develops short- and long-range operating and/or strategic plans.
3. Ensures the development, implementation, and assessment of pioneering, culturally-responsive, and comprehensive career preparation services, especially for under-served and historically marginalized students, that prepare students to become exceptional, compassionate, and ethical employees.
4. Partners with corporations, government agencies, and organizations to develop high-caliber employment, internship, and co-op opportunities for students and recent alumni/ae, including their involvement in signature student events.
5. Develops and maintains strong, ongoing relationships with employers, particularly those that hire recent college graduates.
6. Engages with and leverages the talents and expertise of faculty, staff, community leaders, and alumni/ae to support, inspire, and create opportunities for students.
7. Engages with department chairs, faculty, and deans to support student success in finding and preparing for internships, jobs, and graduate and professional programs.
8. Works with appropriate faculty to integrate career readiness into coursework and academic programming in departments and colleges/schools.
9. Engages with outreach and admissions colleagues to leverage post-degree outcomes to attract, recruit, and yield students.
10. Partners with commencement coordinator and/or other appropriate personnel to collect “First Destination” data then assumes responsibility for analysis and reporting.
11. Partners with student affairs colleagues to integrate career development with other student affairs services such as leadership development, community service, conflict resolution, academic development, and wellness.
12. Partners with the Graduate School to support the needs of graduate and continuing education students.
13. Identifies, procures, and maintains technologies and software that enhance service delivery and overall efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
14. Develops, monitors, and reconciles budgets and expenditures.
15. Develops and assesses student learning outcomes.
16. Prepares and presents reports demonstrating value and outcomes.
17. Ensures a safe working environment by identifying and reducing risk.
18. Reviews and reports on student evaluations and recommends changes.
19. Oversee/write grants appropriate for the department as appropriate.
20. Participates in and supports, as requested, signature Student Affairs events (e.g., orientation, welcome week, move-in day, commencement, etc.).
21. Participates in and assists with the planning of fundraising efforts.
22. Attends established meetings.
23. Represents the office or VPSA-DOS as requested.
24. Participates in internal and external professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge development needed to provide effective leadership and program development.
25. Joins and participates in appropriate professional associations to position the department and division to influence industry practices and standards.
26. Commits to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work by actively engaging in university continuous improvement initiatives.
27. Applies safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
28. Performs other position-related duties as requested.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Master’s degree

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Five or more years of career development/preparation services
• Three or more years of staff supervision experience
• Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office and/or Google Workspace
• Demonstrated experience working effectively with diverse individuals

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Career development certifications
• Experience with college career centers, employer relations, and/or internship management
• Program assessment and evaluation experience such as using data analytics – tracking both student interactions with career centers and career outcomes for recent graduates and alumni/ae
• Project management experience
• Budget development experience
• Hand-shake or other career preparation and management software and platforms
• Presentation/public speaking experience
• Report writing experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of multi-racial/ethnic, low-income, LGBTQ+, veteran, non-traditional, online, disability, first-generation, and other diverse people
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Excellent oral/written communication
• Excellent proofreading skills
• Demonstrated ability to build, foster, and maintain positive professional relationships in a team environment
• Demonstrated problem solving, decision making, and crisis management skills while working with complex procedures and processes
• Demonstrated ability to be highly self-motivated, punctual, prioritize multiple tasks, and display attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability to analyze complex information in a timely manner
• Demonstrated ability to manage emotions and diffuse stressful situations
• Demonstrated willingness to work flexible hours
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment
• Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements. Final candidate(s) will be subject to a motor vehicle background check.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Ability to design brochures, event flyers, and newsletters
• Ability to develop and manage social media accounts
• Program assessment and evaluation

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Moving small- to medium-sized boxes of materials in and out office during special events
• Driving personal or university vehicles or golf-cart during special events to transport materials and supplies to events
• The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate
• Fast-paced
• Results-oriented
• Accountability-driven
• Agile

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Please upload a cover letter that addresses required and desired qualifications, knowledge, skills, and abilities; a résumé with starting and ending month and year for each job; and five references (two must be supervisory) as a single PDF document. Screening and interviews may begin immediately, but no appointment will be made prior to the full consideration date. Position will remain open until filled.

Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before April 24, 2022.

The screening process may also include a self-assessment of required and desired skills, abilities, and experiences.

Additional Information

About the University

Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research university located in Houghton, MI in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

The Character of the Division

The Division of Student Affairs at Michigan Tech is devoted to student success from enrollment to commencement. We are dynamic, agile, and culturally-responsive. We guide, support, and, on occasion, challenge students as they develop, refine, and pursue their academic, career, and personal endeavors. All staff are responsible for creating a safe, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, respectful, and caring environment for students, colleagues, and visitors. We seek skilled and diverse colleagues who are student-focused, nimble, self-motivated, and will embrace and respect who we are and what we do. We also seek colleagues committed to moving the Division forward towards prominence and influence on campus, nationally, and within the Student Affairs profession. Titles and responsibilities are subject to change in accordance with university policies and procedures to meet the needs of our students, the university and division, the state of Michigan, employers, and the profession.

Before applying, we encourage interested individuals to spend time learning more about who we are, our values, and what we do:

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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