Fordham University — Director of Career Services

Director of Career Services
Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Westchester campuses
Fordham University

Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution in the heart of New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 15,100 undergraduate and graduate students in 10 Colleges and Schools.

The Career Services department seeks a Director of Career Services who will advance our department mission to empower and challenge students to develop both personally and professionally. In this hands on role, the selected candidate will administer career resources and placement opportunities that enhance broad based life-planning skills and will have leadership responsibility for the overall coordination and delivery of services for both undergraduate and graduate students (in selected schools), and alumni at our three campus locations.

We seek an experienced professional who will oversee employer relations activities including on-campus recruiting, career fairs, Signature Partnership Programs, the Career View Program. You will similarly oversee career development resources including counseling, career development workshops, and career guidance instruments. The director will ensure that the career education program is integrated with the curricular and co-curricular programs of Fordham University, and will represent the office to a range of constituents including the offices of Development and Alumni Relations. Additionally, the Director will assess and evaluate office programs and services; prepare and manage the department budget; serve on University committees; and oversee a staff of thirteen professionals with five direct reports. S/he will conduct operations and make strategic planning decisions in support of the academic mission of the University and divisional goals, and create an environment and metric for proving the value of a Jesuit, liberal arts education.

Other responsibilities include: researching and seeking funding for innovative technological platforms including Symplicity, 12Twenty, BigInterview, and social media platforms; developing brands and creating assessment reports and other presentations to effectively tell the story of our work. In this key role, the Director will oversee research on industry best practices, plus develop and apply  innovative approaches to career services in a rapidly changing, return-on-investment focused climate; assessing programming to better serve students; and cultivating an efficient, effective team; and communicating with all members of our constituency to build rapport with individual students, student cohorts, faculty, parents, alumni, administrators and leaders of Fordham to further departmental goals, increase funding and develop operational procedures and resources that will serve the Fordham community.

The ideal candidate should have a related master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and business experience with a minimum of ten years of progressive professional experience leading to director or associate level in lieu of advanced degree. Preferred experience in a career services office within higher education and/or human resources (employer relations, recruiting, training and development, etc.) desired. Strong fiscal management skills, plus highly demonstrated oral and written communication skills, along with strong presentation and interpersonal skills necessary for the development of corporate partnerships, fund raising, grant proposals, etc. needed. Experience in information systems technology and outcome assessment instruments applicable to career services required. Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit education.

SALARY: Commensurate with Experience

START DATE: January 16, 2017


Submit letter and resume to: 

Joan Rawlins

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.