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Assistant Director for Career Development

Categories: North Central Region 6


CBS Student Services


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Date Posted:

Jan 21 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The Assistant Director for Career Development plays a key role in executing CBS’ career development programming by developing and implementing learning opportunities, supervising the team of professional career staff, managing employer relations and outreach, and coaching students. As a member of the CBS Student Services leadership team, the Coordinator will have collective responsibility for ensuring exceptional equity-minded student support services that facilitate student retention, degree attainment, and satisfaction.


40% - Career Development Unit Leadership
Provide leadership, vision and strategic thinking for CBS career development and oversee programmatic implementation. The assistant director is charged with implementing the values of social equity, relationship-building, and student support towards student career readiness and degree attainment.

20% - Career Development Team Supervision
Provide leadership and supervision to professional career development staff and manage daily operations and projects of the career function to optimize service to students.

20% - Career Coaching
The cornerstone of career coaching is the ability to build authentic relationships with individuals with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. The responsibility of this role is to first build relationships, then utilize those relationships to holistically support and guide students and recent alumni who are pursuing a range of careers in industry, research, graduate education, and professional health programs.

10% - Student Services Unit Leadership
The assistant director will serve on the CBS Student Services Leadership Team and is responsible for not only representing the functional area but contributing to the leadership initiatives of the office overall. 10% - Professional Development & Service A full position description is available at:

Application Process

How to Apply
● Instructions for using the University’s Employment System can be found at the link below:
● To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647). Application links: Non-UMN employees:
Current UMN employees:
Funds are available for travel expenses for finalists. The anticipated hiring range for this position is $54,500-$60,000. Questions? Contact me at

Institution Information

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) is an academic unit of approximately 2,400 undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the life sciences at the University of Minnesota. The college offers eight majors and ten minors to prepare students to solve biological problems facing our world. CBS Student Services is a team of 19 professional staff members; each contributing to the shared responsibility of advancing the mission and vision of the college. These staff serve students in three functional areas: academic advising, career coaching, and student engagement. The person in this role will lead a team of three staff focused on career development and support students through programming and one-to-one settings. This role reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and International Programs.

Additional Information

The University of Minnesota has a wide array of benefits available as a professional and administrative employee, such as:
● University paid contribution (10% of your salary) to your retirement account - vested immediately
● 22 paid vacation days per year, in addition to sick leave and 11 paid holidays
● Reduced tuition opportunities covering 75% of eligible tuition
● Excellent and affordable health care benefits
● Wellness program with opportunity to earn lower health care rates
● Free disability insurance
The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree
● At least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience
● Demonstrated leadership experience; supervisory experience or potential for supervision
● Previous experience in an educational setting performing career services or student support activities
● Evidence of effective relationship-building, team-building, and oral/written communication skills
● Ability to effectively communicate across race, class, and culture
● Ability to work well independently and collaboratively
● Demonstrated commitment to applying social and racial equity practices

Preferred Qualifications

 ● Master’s degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or field related field
● Four years of post-Masters work experience in higher education and significant experience in working directly with undergraduates in a career coaching or related capacity
● Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities of working with STEM students
● Knowledge of assessment best practices
● Demonstrated experience in applying a racial equity and social justice lens to create an inclusive office environment and practices
● Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies (students, staff, faculty)
● Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to initiate projects and programs and see them through to completion