Posting Summary: The University of Virginia Darden School Of Business, one of the world's leading business schools, seeks candidates for Senior Director, Consulting and Professional Services Careers to join its Career Development team. Career areas include strategy/management consulting, technology consulting, boutique consulting, accounting, and executive search.
Darden's top-ranked Career Development Center (CDC) provides 900+ MBA (Residential and Executive) students with one-on-one professional career advising, lifelong career management skills, and exceptional internship and post-MBA job search support. We empower students on their job search journey, and our commitment to student success has no bounds.
The CDC engages over 130 companies on-Grounds annually that recruit and hire students for careers in consulting, investment banking, general management, and high tech. Each year, several hundred employers make MBA positions available to Darden talent. Our employer engagement model helps these companies achieve their hiring goals, including accessing alumni talent from Darden's exceptional global network.
The Senior Director will work to develop and execute the vision for a deeper engagement between students and employers in this global industry. A desired profile includes a seasoned professional at a leading management consulting firm who has a passion for helping MBA students pursue career paths in the industry, a seasoned talent acquisition professional who has consulting or strategy functional experience in his/her background, and/or a senior executive or c-suite level consulting/professional services leader who seeks to bring his/her time and talents to Darden.
This position has the unique ability to build meaningful relationships with both Darden MBAs pursuing consulting careers and the top MBA hiring employers in the consulting/professional services spaces. Successful Senior Directors will interact with students to understand their skills and needs and efficiently guide employers to optimal fit with Darden's talent. We are looking for experienced professionals who have a strong interest in sharing his/her business experiences with the Darden community and placing the next generation of business leaders with leading companies, simultaneously helping businesses meet their talent needs. The Senior Director will work with both the CDC and Alumni Career Services (ACS) teams.
Responsibilities Include: Build and maintain network with Darden alumni and corporate hiring executives and recruiters in the consulting/professional services sector to gain insight into talent needs, increase the number of jobs sourced at Darden, and to build brand for the school; Provide employment and industry insights to guide consulting/professional services firms on optimizing hiring strategies of Darden MBA talent; Leverage network and relationships to lead, manage, and organize individual coaching sessions and small group meetings with students and alumni who have an interest in consulting/strategy careers; Improve quality of career outcomes in consulting/professional services as measured by timely employment and compensation realized by candidates Introduce and connect students and alumni with consulting/professional services firms through the design and delivery of career offerings (e.g., workshops, resources, online content); Engage Consulting club, a popular Darden student organization; and Collaborate, partner, and build productive relationships with CDC and ACS team members and individuals across the Darden enterprise.
Work location is flexible but preference for Charlottesville, VA. Reasonable physical presence in Charlottesville during peak periods is required
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Master's Degree
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Preferred
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: MBA from a leading business school (candidates holding Ph.D., J.D., or other terminal degrees with required work experience are encouraged to apply)
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Extensive - 7 years plus
Required Specific Experience: Extensive experience; several years (at least 7 years) of post-masters work experience in strategy/management consulting, technology consulting, boutique consulting, accounting, and executive search.
An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience is acceptable. 'Hands-on' experience in in the areas described above is required, as is familiarity with MBA hiring processes and with coaching individuals. Career progression, leadership, and thought leadership in management consulting is necessary.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Executive and seasoned professional familiar with global business trends and issues. Proven ability to develop productive long-term relationships with key stakeholders. Strong communicator, both written and verbal. High level of emotional intelligence, empathy, integrity and collaborative ability. Willing to travel and work flexibly according to student and employer schedules. History of talent development and coaching in the consulting/professional services sector. Personality and leadership presence to build credibility and strong relationships with internal and external constituencies; appreciates shared governance and is a team player. Impact and results orientation; gets things done both individually and through others. Believes in and is motivated by Darden's and UVA's missions.
Required Computer Applications: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Strong skills in working with spreadsheets, presentation software, powerpoint, and visual analytics tools Aptitude to learn new technologies Strong skills in data analysis Curiosity towards other forms of social media to effectively reach stakeholders
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.