Assistant Director for Career Services

Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Category: Academic
Type: Full-time

Assistant Director for Career Services

Mar 31, 2017

Assistant Director for Career Services, College of Fine and Applied Arts

The College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a dynamic, high energy, collaborative, and student-centric Assistant Director for Career Services. The Assistant Director for Career Services will lead, develop, and deliver programs focused upon career mentoring and preparation for students with an emphasis upon the visual, environmental, and performing arts. The position requires strategic sensitivity to the evolving role of career services to advancement activities such as corporate and alumni relations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

- Provide individual counseling, occupational information, and job search strategies for students of all majors in FAA.

- Work in close cooperation with FAA units to plan and present career-related workshops and programs; develop and coordinate events and activities.

- Build strong working relationships with FAA units and their faculty and staff to determine ongoing need, marketing of events, and to maintain active partnerships.

- Develop strategic relationships with community members, alumni, and industry partners for internships, employment opportunities, and other career-related events.

- Participate in career fairs, FAA recruitment events, and other University events that increase visibility and awareness of programming and services offered.

- Develop, write, and edit material for print and online resources and the college career website.

- Create and deliver presentations about career service subjects to students and other stakeholders, as appropriate.

- Manage the collection of required data and oversee related databases.

- Prepare or contribute to annual reports as assigned.

- Conduct needs assessments and surveys, collect and report on data related to service delivery, and assess outcomes.

- Work with College Associate and Assistant Deans to formulate and implement policies and procedures essential to achieving program goals.

- Manage the day-to-day operations of career services, including the recruitment, supervision, and training of graduate students and other seasonal student workers.

- Serve as a resource for current and emerging trends in career development and career-related issues for performing, environmental, and visual art students, and actively disseminate that knowledge as appropriate to stakeholders and students.

- Serve as the College‰Ûªs representative on the campus-wide Career Services Council and other university committees as requested.

Position Requirements


- Bachelor's degree.

- Experience in providing career mentoring and planning services in a college or university setting. Candidates without this experience will be considered if they possess experience in the arts with the demonstrated record of creating and implementing programs.

- Knowledge of career counseling skills, including job search strategies and labor market trends.

- The ability to establish effective working relationships with staff of all levels, faculty, employers, and alumni.

- Strong oral and written communication skills.

- Well-developed organizational skills.

- An understanding and ability to work with and serve individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests.


- Master's degree.

- Experience in delivering career services for students in the arts.

- Experience in presentation, desktop publishing, and database applications.

This is a full-time 12-month academic professional position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and competitive with similar positions at the University.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file by March 20, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed prior to this close date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Melissa Madsen The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

About the College of FAA:

The College of FAA is a diverse intellectual community of visual and performing artists, humanists, architects, designers, landscape architects, city planners, social scientists, and engineers at the University of Illinois, an internationally renowned research and educational institution. FAA's modes of teaching range from studios and project-based learning to the traditional lecture and seminar forms. It is one of very few arts colleges to combine the performing arts, visual arts and design, and environmental arts and design disciplines. FAA is positioned to contribute uniquely to addressing the environmental, socioeconomic, cultural, and civic challenges of an increasingly urbanized society. Our students and their possible career paths reflect this diversity.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran,  status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (