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Executive Director, Career Development Office

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Executive Director, Career Development Office
Department JGSB Career Development Office
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18078
Open Date 08/16/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend hours as needed.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Executive Director of the Career Development Office (CDO) is responsible for overseeing the career development and placement process for the students of the MBA programs and alumni of the Jones Graduate School of Business (JGSB). The executive director is responsible for two main work streams: employer relations and counseling and professional development. The executive director develops and overseeing an advising system that provides effective counseling and career preparation for MBA students. The executive director is responsible for increasing the visibility and reputation of the JGSB among prospective employers, locally and nationally, to attract the best available jobs to student and alumni stakeholders. The executive director is responsible for developing and overseeing a concierge/facilitated network model to increase effectiveness of support for students and alumni gaining employment outside of traditional on-campus recruiting.

Education Required Master's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience cannot be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

MBA or closely related professional degree.

Experience Required 5 years
Type of Experience

Related experience which includes:
- Strong corporate experience and strong corporate network.
- Prior team management or supervisory experience.
- Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Strongly prefer seven years + one or more of the following:
- Customer service experience.
- Experience in some of the following industries: financial services, marketing, management consulting, energy.
-graduate business school career development experience.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Demonstrated ability to lead, plan and manage at both strategic and operating level.
- Effective public speaking skills and executive presence.
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills (both oral and written). Able to work with minimal supervision and be energetic and self-motivated. Must be able to plan, implement and evaluate career development strategies and have strong team management skills in working with diverse personalities and interests. Must be able to maintain confidentiality, professional approach and positive attitude.
- Able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
- Requires ability to make sound, independent decisions and lead others.
- Proficiency in applicable software and technology. Required software: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Explorer.
- Must demonstrate sound judgment and strong assessment skills regarding the academic, employment and personal characteristics of each applicant.
- Extensive cultural awareness.
- Able to establish and maintain strong rapport with current and previous Jones School students, administration, faculty and corporate representatives to represent the school.

Skills Preferred

- Proficiency with Banner system.

Internal / External Contacts

The Executive Director of the Career Development Office interacts with both internal and external stakeholders. Internal Jones School stakeholder interaction includes working with faculty, students, alumni, and staff. External stakeholder interaction includes representatives from other schools, alumni, Council of Overseers, Jones Partners, corporate entities, and non-Jones School Rice University departments.

Physical Demands

Normal office environment.

Working Conditions

Domestic and international travel required throughout the year to promote the Jones School (approximately 15%). Required to attend after-hours functions (several times per month). Could be as frequently as two nights a week in the height of the recruiting season.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/11562

Job Duties

Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Advise the Dean’s office, faculty, and staff on career management related university policies and procedures.

Percentage of Time 5
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Resolve ad hoc Career Development Center issues.

Percentage of Time 5
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Work collaboratively with multiple stakeholder groups in support of admissions and other programmatic activities: other JGSM departments, faculty, alumni, students, and other university departments (financial aid, office of international students, registrar, etc.).

Percentage of Time 10
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Oversee and direct career counseling, professional development and placement assistance services.
- Develop and manage career planning and placement services to help students and alumni engage in self-assessment, obtain occupational information, explore a range of employment opportunities, present themselves effectively as candidates and obtain optimal placement in employment.
- Work collaboratively with the associate dean of degree programs to develop CDO strategies, initiatives and plans. Lead and direct the implementation of CDO strategies, plans and initiatives.

Percentage of Time 30
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Lead and direct CDO relationships with employers. Develop strong relationships with corporations and non-profit organizations hiring MBAs with the intent of attracting them to conduct on-campus recruiting at the JGSB. Lead concierge/ facilitated networking initiatives. Travel nationally and internationally as needed to build relationships and attract on-campus recruiters. Develop a database of diverse representatives and companies throughout the U.S. through meetings and correspondence.

Percentage of Time 30
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Direct the creation of professional development content for fully-employed (EMBA and MBAP) students and alumni. Identify and cultivate source new employment opportunities for fully-employed (EMBA and MBAP) students and alumni.

Percentage of Time 20

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a master's degree or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have five or more years of related experience which includes strong corporate experience and a strong corporate network, prior team management or supervisory experience, and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Please provide the salary or range that you would require or consider for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)