Associate Director, Career & Professional Development

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Alumni / Development / Fundraising

About the University of Denver
Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

About DU Advancement
The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DUs remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting The Cultural Center’s digital home. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of collaborative, curious, results-oriented, and mission-driven advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession.

About Career & Professional Development
The University of Denver and Career & Professional Development (CPD) is seeking an Associate Director. CPD, located in the new Burwell Center for Career Achievement, is one of five offices on campus providing career development services to DU students and alumni. CPD serves most of the undergraduate programs, recent graduates, University College, and multiple graduate programs not served by the other career services offices on campus. We provide a full range of services including innovative career programming and events with alumni and employers, one-on-one career advising, access to jobs, internships and alumni and employer connections, annual career fairs and networking events, and on-campus recruiting. CPD is a very fast-paced, busy office that connects with students, faculty, staff, a wide variety of departments and divisions across campus, employers, alumni, parents/families and the community.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Undergraduate Career & Professional Development (CPD) develops strategic career services initiatives while providing direct comprehensive career support for undergraduate students and first year alumni in STEM with specific leadership to the Ritchie School of Computer Science & Engineering (RSECS) students. They will develop and support strategic initiatives with career curriculum integration including working with faculty and staff to integrate career into classes and college-specific programming. These new initiatives grow the engagement of undergraduate students with career services and support DU IMPACT 2025. In addition to career advising, presentations and programming, they will conduct outreach to RSECS faculty, staff and student groups and develop and market career services events and presentations for students. The Associate Director will hire, train, develop and manage 2 Career Advisors and a team of 6-10+ Career Peer Advisors. They will coordinate the Summer Internship Award Program and donor luncheon/donor requests. They will have the opportunity to teach a Careers & Leadership course for undergraduate students, if desired. The Associate Director will partner with the Employer Connections team to communicate student interests and needs within their student populations. They will work with Employer Connections and Alumni Engagement to coordinate networking events and other programs for students. They will work with the Career & Professional Development team to set institutional career services goals. The Associate Director will demonstrate advocacy of inclusive excellence values in student professional development. They must be able to work evenings or weekends as necessary. The position reports to the Director of Undergraduate Career & Professional Development.

Essential Functions

Career Advising

  • Manage and provide comprehensive career services to individuals and groups for undergraduate students and recent graduates on topics including career assessment, self-marketing techniques, job/internship search, career-related technology (Pioneer Careers, LinkedIn, etc.) and career management strategies.
  • Become proficient in understanding the degrees and programs offered and practice a market-based approach in career planning and advising students.

Program Development and Promotion

  • Develop and promote programs and events (i.e. alumni panels, employer visits).
  • Design presentations on career-related and professional development topics; connect with students through classroom presentations and student groups; collaborate with University partners to cover a range of topics.
  • Collaborate with Alumni Engagement to develop events and programs to connect students with alumni in the STEM fields.
  • Work with the Employer Connections team to identify potential employers for programs and events.

Coordinate the Summer Internship Award Program

  • Promotion, selection, award distribution, follow up and donor luncheon/donor requests.
  • Develop virtual and online engagement opportunities such as education videos and webinars engaging students and alumni in conversation and networking.
  • Work with Advancement Marketing & Communications to create and disseminate marketing materials, including identifying content relevant to audiences from diverse backgrounds.
  • Create and track events in Pioneer Careers Online. Develop marketing materials for liaison specific events; promote events to relevant campus partners.
  • Utilize engagement data to organize strategy for increasing engagement among lower engaged populations.
  • May have the opportunity to teach the Careers & Leadership course offered to all undergraduate students.

Career Services Coordination and Collaboration

  • Provide outreach to student organizations to develop effective relationships as an avenue for marketing and supporting client population.
  • Collaborate with Equity in STEM program to provide career education and training.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships and communication with client populations.
  • Collaborate with the Employer Connections team and Alumni Engagement to develop events and programs to connect students with employers and alumni in the STEM fields.


  • Hire, train and provide direct supervision and professional development support to 2 professional Career Advisors.
  • Lead and manage the Career Peer Advisor program.
  • Hire, train and develop a team of 6-10+ Peer Advisors who offer all-day drop-in hours in the Burwell Center for Career Achievement.
  • Provide professional development opportunities and oversee mentoring program, Passion Projects, classroom outreach and other activities where the Career Peer Advisors can support the work of CPD.

Partnerships & University Citizenship

  • Serve as an active and collaborative liaison to the Ritchie School of Computer Science & Engineering.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based Advancement and Career & Professional Development functions and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative career and professional development practices.
  • Model One DU leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of career development issues affecting students and recent alumni at all levels and the ability to identify and analyze employment trends affecting them.
  • Supervisory and management skills.
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international job markets.
  • Knowledge of personal marketing and branding techniques.
  • Cultural competency: Ability to understand and appreciate cultural differences that impact student experience and to communicate effectively across cultures.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to speak effectively and credibly to a wide range of student/clients, employers, faculty and University administrators.
  • Must have strong spelling and grammar skills to critique cover letters and resumes, and all marketing and communication materials.
  • Familiarity with a range of career assessment instruments.
  • Strong ability to partner with faculty, staff alumni for the development of innovative career programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education or work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification).
  • 5 years of related professional experience in developing and planning programs, career advising, or coaching. 
  • Supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree, preferably in higher education, counseling, or related field such as human resources.
  • Experience in a higher education, or similar complex environment such as the military, government or non-profit.
  • Experience in a STEM-related industry such as computer science and engineering.
  • Experience developing and planning career-related programs.
  • Experience working with college students or other job seekers.
  • Experience teaching or assisting with career courses or similar student success courses.
  • Familiarity with a range of career assessment instruments such as StrengthsFinder, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some nights and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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