There are currently 3 Assistant Director positions available in the functional areas of:  Business Classes, Technology & Entrepreneurship, Life Transforming Programs

Posting Date: June 21, 2018

Jobs@UVa Posting #: 0623523

University Staff Managerial and Professional Position #s:  12328, 09429, 00166

Anticipated Hiring Range:  $50,000 - $56,000 depending on qualifications

To apply, go to Official Jobs@UVA Vacancy Listing and complete an application online and attach a targeted cover letter indicating the functional area(s) for which you are applying and how your qualifications allow you to contribute to the programs/services of the functional area(s).  Also attach a resume, and contact information for three references. 

Review of candidate materials begins on July 9th, 2018, however, the positions will remain open until filled.  For questions about the positions or application process, please contact Chris Cunningham, Senior Recruiter, UVA University Human Resources at

The University of Virginia Career Center (herein Career Center) fosters holistic career development and facilitates connections to educate, inspire confidence, and empower all students to launch professionally and personally fulfilling lives.  The Assistant Director is a member of the Employer Relations Team which has the responsibility for successful employer relations to include: acting as an ambassador to the employment community, maintaining ongoing contact with recruiters who have established relationships, developing new relationships with recruiters, and keeping abreast of developments in local, national, and international career trends as they pertain to the career interests of students and alumni.

An Assistant Director in Employer Relations will have varying responsibilities based on qualifications and interest area but each will provide direct counseling and advising to students, contribute to the design and implementation of programs, and support the administration of academic, alumni, and employer partnerships.  Unique projects may include:

  • Business Classes: Serving as the lead facilitator for a 1-week Business Course for Arts & Sciences and class coordinator for Commerce 1100 (a 14-week introductory business course for Arts & Sciences students).
  • Technology & Entrepreneurship: Leading the development and implementation of Entrepreneurship focused programs that support the growth and development of students considering Entrepreneurship as a career path as well as designing programs that support students interested in technology.
  • Life Transforming Programs: Designing and implementing innovative programs that integrate skill development and experiential learning.


Career Counseling & Advising - 40% 

  • Provides direct student service through individual appointments, group advising, and walk-in sessions.  Individual advising involves extensive counseling, coaching, and advising for students at all stages of career development including academic major and career choices, internships, resume writing, industry and employer research, interviewing skills, networking and job search strategies.
  • Teaches portions of career development classes or career exploration and job search workshops, as needed.
  • Utilizes a range of assessments including Career Leader, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FOCUS2, Clifton Strengths, and Strong Interest Inventory to help students gain clarity of interests, target occupations and increase career-readiness.
  • Collaborates with faculty, especially in the College of Arts & Sciences, to collect and deliver industry specific information connecting majors and careers.  Develops and markets industry and career community specific programming and resources to faculty and students.
  • Engages with employers to collect and disseminate industry and career community related information to students.

Programming & Communications - 40%      

  • Contributes to large group programs designed to engage students in the career development process including resume clinics, career conferences, panels, open houses and week-long programming series.
  • Develops partnerships and responds to programming requests from CIOs and faculty.
  • Develops programs to address emerging needs related to the development of career communities; manages logistical details of each program and event.
  • Researches, develops and delivers industry-specific panels and programs consisting of faculty, employers, staff, and alumni.
  • Utilizes social media and technology to brand career communities and increase awareness of career resources, programs, opportunities, and meaningful connections between students and alumni.
  • Designs and implements engaging, hands-on courses that support the career discovery process, while also contributing to skill development.
  • Provides operational support and employer outreach for specialized courses and programs.

Administration & Partnerships – 20%

  • Collaborates with the Employer Relations and the Internship Placement Program (IPP) team to engage targeted employers and alumni in internships and Business courses for Arts & Sciences students (COMM 1100: Exploring the World of Business, the UVA DC Business Lab, and others).
  • Serves on working teams to support new initiatives involving career development and implementation of career communities.
  • Supports Career Center efforts to develop relevant content and more extensively utilize technology in the delivery of student career-related and industry-specific programs and services; develops newsletters and implements marketing recommendations to reach students more effectively; in collaboration with other Career Center staff, provides benchmarking and recommendations regarding priorities for technology service delivery.
  • Leads and works with Career Center team members to develop new and edit existing content for website, published resources and industry and community area information.
  • Attends and contributes to counselor group, staff, and core team meetings to share information and grow professionally, and to help develop and improve program offerings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in counseling, higher education administration or related field
  • At least 2 years of experience providing career counseling or advising services in a college/university setting or at least 4 years of career counseling or programming experience in a student-development setting
  • Strong customer service orientation; ability to assume responsibility and take initiative
  • Proven ability to design and present programs/workshops
  • Experience building partnerships with external entities and ability to work effectively with alumni, faculty, and employers
  • Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; strong oral and written communication skills
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative spirit; able to adapt to change in a fast-paced environment
  • Multicultural awareness and competence, and ability to work in a diverse environment and serve constituents from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Knowledge in the use of career assessment tools including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Career Leader, Clifton Strengths, FOCUS2, etc.
  • Knowledge of trends in career development, economy, effective interventions, technology, and higher education networks

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.