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Director, Center for career & Professional Development
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted 5/19/2020

Kalamazoo College is a selective, nationally known liberal arts college offering students a personalized, integrated undergraduate experience known as the K-Plan that interweaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with individualized research and experiential educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of 40 dynamic Colleges That Change Lives, a group of colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 335,000 that supports four college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. 

The Position
Reporting directly to the provost, the director of the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) provides strategic and visionary leadership to advance career preparation and success of all undergraduate students and recent alumni. The director leads a team of five staff members focused on delivering scalable and equitable programs and services that leverage individual talents, technological solutions, innovative ideas, and collaboration with numerous campus partners in experiential education, academic affairs, advancement, alumni engagement, and admissions to expand students’ experience, and help all Kalamazoo students build the networks and confidence necessary to propel aspirations into tangible, post-graduate pursuits. As the department’s chief ambassador and spokesperson, the director is responsible for designing, expanding, and sustaining strategic relationships with employers, alumni, and other partners in the extended college community to support CCPD’s mission. The CCPD, a core unit contributing to Kalamazoo’s deeply-rooted institutional commitment to experiential education, works closely with faculty and colleagues in international programs, community engagement, student involvement, intercultural student life, and social justice leadership to provide and support student experiences that prepare graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world. 

Additional responsibilities of the director include: devising and communicating a clear strategic plan for the department that delineates a comprehensive approach to career and professional development, that resonates with undergraduates, and that garners the support of internal and external partners; incorporating current and emergent best practices as well as assessment initiatives into CCPD programs and services; implementing an active outreach plan to engage and respond to the needs of minoritized students and recent alumni; sustaining the focus on innovative experiential opportunities as a distinctive quality of the K-Plan and as an integral part of career preparation; advocating for internship policy development that will assure broad access and engagement of students across all identities and academic and career interest areas; contributing thought leadership as a member of the provost’s management team; and ensuring effective stewardship of the department’s budget, including gifts and restricted accounts. 

An advanced degree in higher education administration, counseling, business, or related discipline and a record of progressive professional experience in career services, experiential education, student affairs, corporate recruitment/talent management, business, or development are required. The successful candidate will possess proven supervisory experience with full-time professional staff, coupled with a demonstrated knowledge of career development best practices, contemporary job search strategies, market trends, workforce priorities across a broad spectrum of corporate and non-profit organizations, and familiarity with evolving recruitment processes including the use of technology. A strong belief in a liberal arts and science education coupled with the ability to communicate the value of a liberal arts-based skill set enhanced through intentional experiential opportunities and its relationship to career readiness and success are essential. A combination of experience that includes some professional employment in corporate, entrepreneurial, or non-profit management, as well as higher education administration is highly desired. Additional professional competencies that will be considered in the selection of the director of CCPD include: strong visioning, strategic planning, and data-informed decision-making ability; experience motivating, facilitating, and supporting collaboration across departmental boundaries and working effectively with both internal and external constituencies; experience leading change and cultivating innovation; commitment to inclusive excellence; and evidence of grant writing or fundraising experience. 

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin June 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website a twww.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895. 

Visit the Kalamazoo College website at www.kzoo.edu 

Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. An equal opportunity employer, Kalamazoo College is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law.

Dean, Career Development Office
Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio

Posted 3/9/2020

Kenyon College, one of the finest liberal arts institutions in the country and the oldest private institution of higher education in Ohio, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the Career Development Office (CDO). 

Founded in 1824, Kenyon College offers a curriculum rooted in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, enriched by interdisciplinary programs. The College attracts an outstanding student body of 1,730 from 48 states throughout the U.S. and 49 other nations around the world. The small, residential, hilltop campus in Gambier, Ohio, engenders close interaction between students and Kenyon’s highly acclaimed faculty and staff. Some of the many distinctive assets of a Kenyon education include a distinguished literary tradition, a breadth of community partnerships providing internship, pre-professional, and volunteer service experiences, engaged alumni, and many opportunities for research in the sciences. 

The Position:
The dean of the Career Development Office (CDO) will join Kenyon College at an exciting time: construction of a new home for the department—part of an interdisciplinary hub providing library, academic support, and student services—is nearing its 2021 completion date. Reporting directly to the provost, the dean is a highly visible, engaged leader who advances Kenyon’s support for the post graduate success of its students. The dean provides visionary, strategic leadership, supporting and institutionalizing a broad spectrum of career preparation and success initiatives for current students and alumni, including: educational and skill-development programs; networking, internship, experiential, and employment opportunities; individual career coaching; and pre-professional and graduate-school advising. As the CDO’s chief ambassador, the dean actively cultivates relationships and expands networks with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community partners, and employers throughout the region and in key destination cities in order to support the CDO mission and enhance innovative programs, experiential experiences, and employment opportunities. Additional responsibilities include: enhancing student engagement with the CDO, beginning in their first year; designing and implementing a comprehensive four-year model of student career readiness and engagement; facilitating continuous improvement and ensuring that the CDO remains responsive to diverse student interests and evolving market trends; increasing internship opportunities and resources to support students’ career preparation and professional aspirations; optimizing available technology (Handshake, Wisr, e- newsletter, and social media) for communication and delivery of services and resources; and implementing effective data collection, analysis, and reporting systems that demonstrate outcomes and inform strategic resource allocation and direction. The dean works collaboratively with the Advancement Division in managing and stewarding alumni relationships that support the Kenyon Career Network. The dean is a hands-on leader, actively engaged in the strategic and tactical operations of the department while supervising and leveraging the talents of eight staff and managing a budget of approximately $940,000. 

A track record of progressive responsibility demonstrating a broad understanding of career development and expectations of today’s students and employers including familiarity with current job search strategies, job market trends, and recruitment methodologies is expected. A master’s degree or comparable combination of academic preparation and demonstrated experience are required. Also important will be experience working creatively and effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers; commitment to customer service; strong public-speaking, writing, marketing, and public-relations skills; excellent organizational skills, with an attention to detail and the ability to multi-task; and prior management experience utilizing a team approach. 

Application and Nomination: Review of applications will begin April 6, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895. 

Visit the Kenyon College website at www.kenyon.edu 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff and administration.

Adventure Coordinator
Waban's TREE Center
Sanford, Maine

Posted 2/18/2020

The Adventure Program is an innovative, state-of-the-art, evidence-based day program that integrates Therapeutic Recreation in outdoor activities such as skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. The program is based at Waban’s TREE center on the shores of Bauneg Beg Lake in Sanford, Maine. TREE utilizes the waterfront, campgrounds, nearly 3 miles of hiking trails, and a 45-foot wheelchair-accessible Climbing Tower. The Adventure Coordinator is responsible for the development, marketing and delivery of meaningful experiences and a curriculum driven program that serves to develop the safety, leadership, mentoring and physical skills of individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities.

The focus is on meeting the needs and goals of the individuals served while supporting them in building community relationships and reducing their reliance on paid staff.

The Adventure Program offers skill building through experience and action with cooperative games, trust activities, problem-solving initiatives, adventure, outdoor pursuits, local expeditions, and other activities as needed and are developed with a green focus. Position description: The Adventure Coordinator will assist the Life Works Director of Operations with the day-to-day functions of the program, including:

  • Program coordination, supervision, scheduling and management of member services
  • Ensuring quality of member services and compliance with MaineCare regulations
  • Providing supervision, guidance, training, mentorship, and instruction to a group of staff members within the Adventure Program.
  • Working collaboratively with Life Works leadership, case managers, and guardians to promote consumer satisfaction of services.


  • Bachelors Degree in a related field. (Degree in Recreation Therapy, Adventure Therapy, Education, Outdoor Education or Outdoor Leadership with a minor in Psychology preferred.)
  • At least 2 years' experience working with individuals with barriers including individuals living with a disability.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, patience, and possess a strong desire to work professionally with individuals with disabilities in a curriculum driven adventure environment.
  • Strong supervisory skills, program development and management experience.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-starter, innovative and resourceful.
  • Able to demonstrate sound independent judgment in accordance with agency policies and safety and risk management practices.
  • Must be proficient in use of computer and various programs.
  • Be or become DSP certified.
  • Requires sufficient physical fitness to participate in a variety of physically Preferred:
  • Strong group facilitation skills, written and oral communication skills, and flexibility in delivery of services.
  • Experience in the development of educational, adventure or wilderness programs.
  • Personal or professional experience in outdoor activities such as backcountry hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, skiing, climbing, etc.
Last Updated on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:00 PM