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Director of Service Learning & Career Development

Director of Service Learning & Career Development

Texas Lutheran University invites applications for the position of Director of Service Learning & Career Development. This position is responsible for the leadership, administration, and marketing of Career Services and Service Learning for the University, including all services offered to undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. The Director provides leadership, creativity, and vision for the department and is responsible for making recommendations to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs regarding the development of policies, budget, personnel and programs pertaining to career planning and civic engagement provided to TLU students. The advancement of service learning and career development as a retention tool for TLU students is a critical role of this position. Within that context, the Director is responsible for raising the visibility and reputation of TLU students and graduates to employers and community representatives through effective marketing and networking techniques; developing and implementing strategies for Service Learning and Career Development in accordance with the University’s mission; and providing leadership for the planning direction and administration of the overall operational functions.

TLU is improving and expanding its Career Services and Advising Support programs by building an institutional structure to provide a seamless process to help students answer questions regarding vocational interests and abilities, career and degree choices, and academic planning.

The position calls for a collaborative leader who is entrepreneurial and able to cultivate productive relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, and community representatives; manage and grow employer-relations and on-campus recruitment programs; and promote student leader, internship, and civic engagement opportunities. The Director will collaborate with the Office of Advising Support to develop linkages between career paths and majors offered at TLU. Additionally, the Director will collaborate and coordinate service learning and career development programs with faculty and academic departments; alumni as well as other internal and external constituents.

Responsibilities include:

  • Set vision, mission and direction for Service Learning & Career Development
  • Provide leadership in the education of students regarding the understanding of vocation discernment and preparation for career success through job search and employment processes
  • Develop programs that enhance student involvement in civic engagement, experiential learning, community service, and service learning through both campus and external communities that include leadership development, event planning and execution, administrative logistics, and assessment
  • Build partnerships between TLU and external communities (business, public sector, and not for profit) to facilitate employer recruitment of TLU students and alumni
  • Track employment trends for TLU majors and programs and communicate them to department chairs, enrollment services, TLU community and families
  • Develop and implement civic engagement reflective modules to be offered within the Compass General Education Curriculum
  • Encourage, support, and coordinate with faculty on service learning, community service, and civic engagement opportunities learning, within academic departments, programs, and classrooms
  • Support campus student organizations associated with service learning, servant learning, community service, civic engagement, and leadership
  • Oversee selection and use of employment inventories (such as personality, interest and aptitude, etc.)
  • Oversee a resource center on careers, graduate programs, experiential education opportunities, and other information; both traditional and electronic
  • Ensure effective, contemporary, professional and responsive programs, career fairs, and workshops are designed and implemented to meet student needs
  • Ensure appropriate student and alumni job search process and procedures
  • Ensure that occupational, educational and economic information is collected, organized and used for career placement. Promote the success of alumni and chronicles their career pathways
  • Oversee coordination with faculty/department chairs in providing career development services for TLU students and alumni. Establish liaisons for academic and/or administrative departments to increase utilization and successful outcomes
  • Develop a strong relationship with Advising Support to develop linkages between career paths and majors offered at TLU
  • Ensure collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs office, program chairs, and faculty in promoting internship opportunities at the undergraduate level
  • Maintain and promote a listing of current vacancy postings for full/part-time, seasonal, and intern employment in TLU Career Link (online career services management tool)
  • Ensure an active online presence including interactive web site, blogs, use professional social networking sites, and resume/job skill applications
  • Ensure there are consistent procedures, criteria and evaluation for all programs and services
  • Ensure compliance with federal/state laws, regulations, and codes, as well as institutional policies and procedures related to position’s functions
  • Coordinate with Institutional Research & Effectiveness and Alumni Relations on conducting research to track the successes and patterns of alumni employment by major in order to explore questions regarding the rate of return on the investment for the TLU education
  • Collaborate with Alumni Relations to link current students and alumni in their career exploration and job search process
  • Assist with fundraising and grant writing efforts for the department
  • Establish a Career Development Advisory Board of internal constituents as well as a Business and Professional Roundtable for external partners in industry and professional fields appropriate for TLU majors and their career pathways
  • Serve on committees as assigned
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested
  • Understand and support the mission of Texas Lutheran University

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree required; Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Counseling, and/or related field
  • Minimum of three to five year full-time experience in Higher Education, Career Services and/or civic engagement and/or service learning work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in areas of collaboration, team participation, creative problem solving and decision making
  • Ability to work effectively within a culturally, socially, and economically diverse community with skills in communicating across cultures
  • Demonstrated expertise in program development, marketing, and assessment
  • Demonstrated management and leadership skills

Benefits are competitive. Texas Lutheran University, an accredited university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is located 35 miles from downtown San Antonio. Please submit a cover letter, application, resume, and the contact information for at least three professional references to:

Human Resources

Texas Lutheran University

1000 W. Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
Fax:(830) 372-6409
Email: humanresources@tlu.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.