University of North Carolina Chapel Hill — Director, University Career Services

The nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UNC has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation. Now in its third century, the University enrolls more than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. UNC is situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, one of three corners comprising the Research Triangle which is home to numerous high-tech companies and enterprises, as well as several outstanding higher education institutions.

The Director of University Career Services (UCS) provides the leadership and vision for UCS staff who assist undergraduate students when selecting a major and career direction, planning for their career goals, learning effective job search skills and strategies, and finding part-time jobs, internships, and employment. Staff work with current and potential employers of UNC students, and also provide assistance to graduate students to find part-time jobs, internships, and full-time employment. UCS programs include helping students learn about career fields, establishing linkages between students and employers, and providing advising to students applying to graduate and professional school. The Director is a department head in Student Affairs, participates in goal setting and strategic planning, and reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Sustaining a culture of innovation and expanding the success of UCS and the students it serves are top priorities for the Director of this award winning, highly regarded centralized career center. The Director will work collaboratively with academic and student success partners across the University to develop and deliver nationally comparative best practices. As the chief ambassador for UCS, the Director will maintain a keen focus on external relations with the goal of continually expanding relationships with, and engagement of, alumni, parents, and employers to support the professional development, experiential learning opportunities, recruitment, and hiring of UNC students in key national and global destinations. Additional responsibilities of the Director include: leading a staff of 16 FTE counselors and five FTE support staff; managing an operating budget of $1.4 million; encouraging early utilization of UCS services by undergraduates; developing customized services to meet the unique career interests and needs of students across all broad market sectors, including those aligned with non-profit, emerging opportunities, and entrepreneurial endeavors; collaborating with academic advising and other University departments to create an integrated, seamless advising experience for students; creatively deploying social media and other communication channels to strengthen UCS branding and messaging with all constituencies; evaluating the technological demands and opportunities for UCS to enhance customer service, data management, and assessment; and managing a state-of-the art centralized facility as well as several satellite offices operated in conjunction with other University partners.

Minimum requirements include a master’s degree in student personnel/higher education administration, counseling, or human resources and at least ten years of professional experience in a college career services office or similar management related experience in the field of career development, talent acquisition, and/or corporate relations/corporate recruiting. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with career counseling theory, techniques, and interest assessment tools; experience delivering programs to students, parents, and employers; management and budget experience; employer relations/development experience; and knowledge of, and experience with, program assessment will be important for success. Additionally, experience in marketing, public relations, and fundraising; demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice as well as personal and professional integrity; ability to partner with others and foster a spirit of engagement; exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment; understanding of, and commitment to, diversity issues in the delivery and programs and services; and an ability to utilize technology in the delivery of student programs will be important in the selection of the next Director.

Applications received by September 27, 2016, will be assured full consideration. All application materials, inclusive of a cover letter and resume, must be submitted online to UNC Chapel Hill at (select EPA non-faculty position). Spelman Johnson is partnered with UNC on this search. For additional information and/or to nominate an individual for this position, please email Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
UNC Chapel Hill – Director of University Career Services
Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.  For a complete list of the University’s core diversity values visit