Assistant Director for Service Leaders Program & Career Development Center
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit https://www.susqu.edu.
The Assistant Director reports directly to the Assistant Provost for Post Graduate Outcomes/Director of Career Development. The Assistant Director is responsible for the management of the SU Service Leaders program, as well as work specializing in the development of student conceptions of the civic life. This position supports the Career Development Center, as well as partnering with the Johnson Center for Civic Engagement (JCCE) around the work of engagement and leadership development both on and off campus. The Assistant Director works closely with Admissions and Financial Aid to recruit 10-12 outstanding candidates per year, develops and implements an annual training and enrichment calendar, and manages the community partnerships associated with program members. This position is responsible for the ongoing mentorship, training, and enrichment of each cohort, as well as the collaboration between students involved in other JCCE programming. Additionally, this position has a significant role in program assessment and donor relations work associated with the continued support of the SU Service Leaders Program. This position also assists in the overall management of the Center for Career Development including delivering educational programming and developing and facilitating career development programming focused on the development of the civic life.
In partnership with admissions and financial aid, recruit each incoming cohort of SU Service Leaders
Develop and manage timeline in alignment with goals and needs of admissions and financial aid offices
Read applications, interview, and accept a cohort of 10-12 students per year
Develop and implement orientation and training and enrichment program for SU Service Leaders Program
Serve as a mentor and advisor for all students in the SU Service Leaders Program
Collaboration with the JCCE around sustaining rich community-partnerships with agencies that are well-positioned to accommodate students
Assess program outcomes and assist with donor relations work with program funder(s)
Assist students with career and major decision making related to the development of their civic life; educate students on resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and internship/job search skills; administer and interpret career assessment instruments, such as Myers-Briggs, DISC, Holland Code, etc.
Assist with the execution of Break Through programs, career fairs and other career related events
Design and deliver programs on vocational planning and engaged citizenship in the professional realm
Partner with the JCCE on their major programming including SU GIVE, SU Serve, and alternative breaks
Master's degree in student personnel administration or a related field required. Valid driver's license required.
3-5 years of experience in community engagement in higher education and/or community development
Demonstrated experience in student mentorship and partnership development
Considerable knowledge of the college-level recruitment and financial aid processes
Substantial experience in grant management and/or donor relations work
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Demonstrated experience working with community engagement initiatives in higher education, with a focus on connecting academic and community-based experiences. Considerable knowledge of program coordination, training development and implementation, and student mentorship strategies. Knowledge of career development theory and practice, career assessment resources, and career software systems. Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with diverse populations and organizations including students, faculty, alumni, staff, and parents. Excellent communication skills. Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team. Skilled at managing multiple tasks simultaneously. Able to work occasional nights and weekends.
Exhibited success in navigating the complexities and challenges of both community partnership and student professional development.
Normal office environment with little physical demand on a daily basis. Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Position requires the ability to move around campus and the larger community within the confines of one's abilities and the accessibility of spaces. Position requires ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, arms, and feet, handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping, crouching and bending. Position requires the ability to lift up to 10 pounds, with occasional additional physical demand. Working conditions are indoors.
Number of Months
Work Schedule/Hours per Week
Open Until Filled
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