Mar 04, 2024

Director of Career Services

$95,000 - $110,000 yearly
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Platt Campus Center, East Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA, USA
Full-Time Education

Job Description

Director of Career Services

Division of Student Affairs

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Director of Career Services provides leadership and direction for a comprehensive Career Services office consistent with a premier engineering, science and mathematics undergraduate liberal arts college. The Director collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including admissions, academic affairs, alumni relations, institutional research, sponsored research and projects, students, faculty, alumni, trustees, parents, and employers to foster effective relationships and partnerships. The Director will work closely with institutional research to oversee assessment functions and the articulation of outcomes to internal and external stakeholders. The Director will have the immediate opportunity to broaden the impact of Career Services, specifically focusing on strategically connecting more deeply and meaningfully with each of the academic departments and leaders across the College. The Director serves on the Division of Student Affairs leadership team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and supervision to professional staff to create and oversee the implementation of a strategic plan for Career Services.
  • Contribute to the overall Division of Student Affairs strategy, vision, and foci.
  • Consistently review, evaluate, implement, and contribute to best practices and innovations in career development.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations to ensure efficient, timely and effective programs and services to students, alumni, and employers.
  • Oversee fiscal planning, operational budget, and management. Ensure that expenditures are within the approved budget.
  • Supervise, provide guidance and leadership to staff and student employees. Conduct staff evaluations; approve work schedules and time sheets.
  • Provide high quality career development services to students and alumni.
  • Enhance the career development experience, opportunities, and understanding that diverse student populations approach the process differently.
  • Organize career seminars and workshops, networking opportunities, and other career-related programs that are presented by OCS staff, alumni, and employers.
  • Create on-going campus outreach efforts to engage students throughout their four years.
  • Communicate with department chairs and other faculty to ensure the career services office is meeting the needs of departments.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of the Faculty to inform students of summer research opportunities in all academic departments.
  • Maintain relationships with a robust number of established employers that consistently recruit on-campus.
  • Implement outreach efforts to new employers to develop summer and full-time employment opportunities for students.
  • Oversee all recruitment efforts including on-campus recruiting visits and annual Career Fairs.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Research and Projects to learn about new employers who want to recruit students.
  • Manage and review career information resources and the OCS website.
  • Prepare, publish, and distribute an annual Career Services report on yearly activities and Senior Exit Survey conducted with the Office of Institutional Research.
  • Make presentations to prospective parents for the Office of Admissions as well as presentations to parents during Orientation and Family Weekend.
  • Advise on the graduate school application process.
  • Collaborate with the Directors at the other Claremont Colleges; share a career management system (currently Handshake); attend monthly meetings.
  • Promote the reputation of the college through involvement in local, regional (e.g., MPACE) and national (e.g., NACE) organizations in the field of career services.
  • Adhere to the Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to function in a leadership capacity, working with minimal supervision and a high degree of autonomy in establishing priorities and decision-making.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of career development theory and practice, student employment, and applicable federal regulations.
  • Experience developing and implementing comprehensive career programming.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and team-building skills.
  • Outstanding presentation skills in communicating effectively to large and small audiences.
  • Demonstrated marketing and event/project management experience.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use computer applications and the internet for commonly used databases and web sources to assist students with internship, job seeking or graduate school exploration.
  • Demonstrated skill in staff supervision, budget management, strategic planning, assessment and learning outcomes, and career services-related technologies.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively, creatively, and effectively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers.
  • Excellent organizational skills with an attention to detail.
  • Able to work effectively and sensitively with individuals from diverse cultures, ethnic groups, lifestyles, and backgrounds.
  • Able to conceptualize, design, develop and implement programs.
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and personal integrity.

Required Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree, preferably in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, or equivalent in work experience in related area.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of career development, job search strategies, employer relations, contemporary recruitment methodologies, and trends in career services including the use of current technologies.
  • Three or more years of management experience including but not limited to supervising/managing professional staff.


Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with undergraduate student populations in STEM field is preferred.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to sit; stand use hands and fingers and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The individual must regularly lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


The regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Hours may vary due to the needs of the department or College.


This is an exempt, full-time, benefits-eligible position.


The anticipated starting salary is $95,000 - $110,000 annually. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

To apply:


Reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Additional Information:

This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Regular employment at the College is for no specified period; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.


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The anticipated starting salary is $95,000 - $110,000 annually. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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