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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Career Services. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serving on the Vice President for Student Affairs' advisory team, the Executive Director is responsible for the development of strategies, goals, and initiatives for Career Services.

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Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive, polytechnic university located in San Luis Obispo, California. The emphasis of the University is a Learn by Doing educational experience for it's more than 19,000 students. With more than 7300 students living on campus, the university has the largest student housing program in the 23 campus California State University System. U.S. News and World Report ranked Cal Poly number one among public masters universities in the western United States for 22 consecutive years. Many students seek admission to Cal Poly not only because of its outstanding academic reputation, but also because the 6000 acre main campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean and California's Central Coast beaches.

About the Position

The mission of Career Services is to empower Cal Poly students to achieve a lifetime of meaningful career success. Career Services also maintains a key role in promoting and supporting an effective university and employer relations program by developing explicit relationships with the academic colleges. The Executive Director is responsible for the advancement of Career Services to ensure that the most innovative efforts are being implemented to assist students and alumni in their career planning and development. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serving on the Vice President for Student Affairs' advisory team, the executive director develops strategies, goals, and initiatives for career services and leads the execution of strategic priorities that support the Student Affairs Strategic Plan and institutional priorities for the university. The Executive Director overseas the development and delivery of communications, services, programs, and resources for students and alumni to navigate career aspirations.

The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the Career Services department, which includes a staff of 24 and managing a budget of $1.7 M. It also includes management reporting on its comprehensive programs that include: career development, planning, counseling, events, recruitment services, employment services, and a robust assessment practice. The Executive Director builds strong corporate partnerships with Career Services and the greater campus to engage employers with campus activities, events, and the value of the university's Learn by Doing philosophy. The Executive Director manages the Career Services Sponsorship Program, and expands partnerships with key employers and other constituents. Working with alumni through Alumni Relations and the University Advancement Office to create partnerships that will benefit students is an important component of the position. The Executive Director Is an advocate for Cal Poly academic programs to develop talent pipelines for the State of California and develops curricular and co-curricular activities to help students plan and achieve career objectives. In addition, the Executive Director leads fund development initiatives to meet current needs and future expansion plans for Cal Poly Career Services and is also responsible for prudent budget management reporting to ensure financial stability and success. A complete position description can be found here

QualificationsCPcommencement-2014-047-diverse girl

The successful candidate will have experience leading large organizations that deliver career services, including career development, career counseling, career planning, recruitment, employment, and internships. The following specialized skills are required:

Strong leadership and supervisory talents to effectively lead the department to deliver exceptional programs and services that support the mission and goals of the University.

The ability to develop a high functioning staff team to execute day-to-day operations of a core student service on campus including the ability to foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative work atmosphere.

Experience with budget planning and implementation, strong fiscal management and analytical skills.

The ability to network, develop relationships, collaborate with industry leaders, key employers, and corporations to expand partnerships that grow career opportunities for Cal Poly graduates and ensure future success.

The ability to lead a robust department assessment practice, analyze data from a wide variety of sources, and prepare presentations related to program effectiveness, outcomes, impact, and implications for future planning.

The ability to exercise discretion and apply initiative and independent judgment to address problems; the ability to resolve actual or potential problems from a broad perspective and discern underlying causes of problems.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to articulate high-level interpersonal situations and deliver presentations throughout the University, to employers, and the extended campus community.

Well developed public relationship skills in order to maintain effective and professional working relationships with students, parents, alumni, donors, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the general public.

Fund raising and development skills are required to generate revenue through corporate and alumni relationships.

Overall knowledge of student development theory and student affairs is needed to contribute to the Vice President's Leadership Team and the overall Student Affairs division.

A Master's degree and five years of progressively responsible experience related to career services, career planning, and development, recruitment, employment services is required. A Doctorate degree is a plus. Demonstrated skills in a higher education environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service centered attitude is vital.

PCVHow to Apply

Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant's skills and experiences to the qualifications for the position and a curriculum vitae that includes notable achievements. The packet should be sent electronically to The subject line in email should be EDCSCP.

Confidential inquiries will be received at (951) 201-8800. Confidentiality will be maintained and references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials should be received by July 10, 2015.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences, and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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