Cornell University — Executive Director of Cornell Career Services

Cornell University, a private institution founded in 1865, is a rural campus in Ithaca, New York with an undergraduate enrollment of 15,503. Cornell University is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, a member of the Ivy League, and a partner of the State University of New York. It has been described as the first truly American university because of its founders’ revolutionarily egalitarian and practical vision of higher education, and is dedicated to its land-grant mission of outreach and public service. Cornell University is located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Ithaca has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.

The Position
Reporting to the Vice President for Student & Campus Life (SCL), the Executive Director of Cornell Career Services (CCS) builds strategic vision and programmatic oversight for the function of career readiness for the Ithaca campus. The Executive Director leads CCS to provide broad guidance to all undergraduate college/school-based career units and the graduate school through mutually accountable relationships. The department will focus on enhancing, aligning, and optimizing employer engagement activities, alumni relations, and student coaching across industries and disciplines. Simultaneously, the Executive Director leads efforts to create a structure that promotes equity in, access to, and quality of career-related support and resources for all Cornell students with a student-centered approach and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Executive Director must be a prominent member of the university community, working collaboratively and creatively with the entire campus to bring a unified vision and sense of cohesion to the career experience at Cornell. 

The Executive Director will provide oversight for all administration, technology platforms, policies, communication strategies, a $2.3M budget, and a staff of approximately 20 within the department of Cornell Career Services. The Executive Director is responsible for leading career services with a focus on personal purpose and core competencies to prepare students for long-term career success. CCS complements and supports the career advising offices in the colleges/schools by providing overarching technology platforms and advising on trends and innovative practices in career readiness. As a critical divisional leader, the Executive Director will contribute significantly to SCL’s focus on an evolving and integrated student experience in a highly complex and decentralized institution.

A master’s degree in a related field and with progressively responsible experience in leading and managing organizations is required. Candidates must possess substantial experience leading career readiness efforts and engaging employers with a demonstrated track record of advancing diversity and enhancing equity and inclusiveness. The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity to communicate broadly across audiences, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships, and build unity. Flexibility, resiliency, and the creativity to thrive and manage change in a large, complex, and highly decentralized environment will be important in this role. The ideal candidate will have experience with outcomes-based assessment; technology platform evaluation and implementation; and budget development and fiscal management. Experience in student affairs and higher education is strongly preferred.     

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin May 26, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kara Kravetz Cupoli at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.