Director for The Center for Calling and Career

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Louisiana College is searching for an exceptionally skilled and motivated individual to develop and implement an innovative, highly integrative, and technology-enhanced Calling and Career Center that supports the institution’s mission of preparing graduates for lives of learning, leading, and service. The Director for The Center for Calling and Career serves as the College’s external interface, working with corporations, agencies, and organizations both locally and regionally to establish internships and vocational opportunities for Louisiana College students. The Center provides resources in assisting students with choosing a major, career assessments, internships, graduate school, job searches, job fairs, and resume writing. The Director has profound esteem for the value and strength of a Christian liberal arts education and is passionate about helping students identify calling and how it relates to their career life. The Director of the Center for Calling and Career assists students in career/major exploration, leads workshops relating to resume building, networking, job search, interviewing, and helps students with connecting their time at LC to a successful and satisfying career. The position reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrichment and is under the direction of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Support Services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and oversight for The Center for Calling and Career and manages the daily operation to deliver relevant and effective career services for students at all levels.
  • Conducts employer visits and leads efforts to build partnerships with local employers to provide the best possible internship/job shadowing possibilities, service-learning opportunities, and career opportunities for students.
  • Stays current on economic and work trends and provides this information to students and the LC community while adapting services accordingly.
  • Maintains current knowledge of career, labor market, and job search trends.
  • Represents the College at various meetings ranging from chambers of commerce, economic development, jurisdictional organizations, educational organizations, and development partnerships to make the service-area business community aware of programs and opportunities available through LC.
  • Proactively participates in the identification, recruitment, and relationship management of employers through meetings, site visits, online networking, event attendance, Handshake, LinkedIn, etc. 
  • Initiates and promotes Handshake for job and internship searching and as a recruiting tool and provides education on Handshake as needed for employers and students. 
  • Engages, supports, and empowers students to discover, create, and implement their career and future educational plans. 
  • Develops and promotes student engagement in areas related to career exploration, career planning, internships, and experiential learning-related opportunities.
  • Creates opportunities for students to connect with employers in order to learn insider information about the world of work and to increase the likelihood of becoming gainfully employed upon graduation. 
  • Attends and participates in professional development conferences, state agency meetings, workshops, seminars, and job fairs as required.
  • Participates in campus committees to represent The Center and advance its mission and goals. 
  • Coordinates the Center’s internal and external marketing and communication and collaborates with Communications and Marketing to refine Louisiana College’s Calling and Career Center website.
  • Represents the Center for Calling and Career during college-wide events, such as Orientation, Preview Day, and Admission recruitment visits. 
  • Works closely with supervisors to develop strategic and operational goals that are consistent and align with LC’s missions and goals. 
  • Establishes metrics/measures for success and assumes accountability.
  • Participates in the assessment process to measure and report on goals and services and makes recommendations for continuous improvement. 
  • Ensures services provided are consistent with The Center’s goals and institutional efforts, including those on retention, completion, and educational quality. 
  • Coordinates, markets, and facilitates in-person and virtual workshops, class presentations, and events, such as the annual career fairs and site visits. 
  • Creates and presents informational and hands-on workshops to student groups, classes, and College events on career-related topics including but not limited to the following: choosing a major, choosing a career, group assessment interpretation, finding an internship or job, resume writing, and interviewing. Some presentations will involve an evening and/or weekend time commitment 
  • Connects students with employers’ external internships, service learning, and other experiential learning opportunities that are consistent with students’ career goals and interests and College policy 
  • Administers, scores, and interprets career inventories and assessments to help students in their career and education planning. (personality type software). 
  • Provides on-site career planning assistance for students through individual appointments, research directives, and regular workshops.
  • Works with academic departments, deans, chairs, program directors, and faculty to help foster connections to employers and to expand experiential and employment opportunities for students
  • Assists students in connecting to employers through campus interviews, job listings, and maintaining the website with employer information, student resumes, and student worker job postings, and more.
  • Helps students develop and refine skills in resume, cover letter, and application essay writing; online and in-person networking; social media etiquette; interviewing; professional etiquette; and job search skills through the coordination and delivery of individual coaching sessions, workshops, mock interviews, events, and other programs. 
  • Identifies, implements, and provides oversight for an electronic portfolio for students to showcase their experiential learning opportunities 
  • Tracks and reports on student/alumni coaching sessions, workshops, events, and other programs for data collection and student learning and operational goal assessments. 
  • Follows up with students/recent alumni to understand and identify areas for ongoing support. 
  • Teach orientation and other courses as needed 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Education & Experience Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education administration, college student development, counseling, human resources or related field. 
  • Two to five years of experience in career counseling/development, student development, higher education, recruiting or human resources.
  • Demonstrated success in career development 
  • Experience supervising and mentoring. 
  • Knowledge of student and career development theory 
  • Experience with leading and managing a department, division, or organization-wide projects or programs. 
  • Experience administering and interpreting strengths and/or personality tests
  • Demonstrated expertise with career advising, coaching, and mentoring that lead to effective, measurable, and creative career development. 
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of market trends related to entry-level hiring for college graduates and educational trends as they affect the preparation and potential employment of college students
  • Strong attention to details, ability to organize work, and perform duties with a high level of accuracy
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication skills, listening skills and team building, and the ability to think critically
  • Strong commitment to student growth and development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data literacy and analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student persistence and retention theories/strategies.
  • Ability to manage student caseloads and maintain documentation for each student interaction.
  • Ability to work with and relate to a culturally diverse student body and staff.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with a variety of software programs including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as data tracking tools, and data visual tools.

Additional Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of a background check
  • Submission of original transcripts within two weeks of hire.
  • Outstanding communication skills (interpersonal, written and verbal)
  • Local and regional travel will be required with some night and weekend work. 

Must be a visible CHRISTIAN leader and give witness as a person who lives a life that honors the Lord Jesus Christ and is consonant with the Statement of Christian Standards of Louisiana College and the Baptist Faith and Message. Applicants should send an application, an application letter, resume or CV, transcripts, and three reference letters to academicaffairs@lacollege.edu.  

To apply for this job email your details to academicaffairs@lacollege.edu