Executive Director of the Center for Career Discovery and Development

Georgia Institute of Technology in Georgia

Deadline March 17, 2014
Date Posted February 18, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Executive Director of the Center for Career Discovery and Development


Georgia Techs Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) invites applications and nominations for the newly established position of Executive Director of the Center for Career Discovery and Development.  This is a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Academic Professional or Senior Academic Professional (exact rank will depend on the experience and degree level of the selected candidate).


In support of its vision to define the technological university of the 21st Century, Georgia Tech is fundamentally re-thinking how career planning services and experiential education opportunities for students are provided.  Accordingly, the Center for Career Discovery and Development is a new unit established from a consolidation of the Office of Career Services (formerly in the Division of Student Affairs; www.careerservices.gatech.edu) and the Division of Professional Practice (in Academic Affairs; www.dopp.gatech.edu). The goal is to create a more focused, cohesive center working toward a common goal consistent with the mission of the Institute and in close collaboration with academic units.


The Center provides services and programs to support career development and planning, organizes interviews and career fairs, and promotes and manages internship opportunities.  It oversees Techs co-op program, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and is the largest voluntary co-op program in the United States.  The Center will collaborate with all campus-wide activities and functions that are relevant to career planning and experiential education, including pre-professional advising, service learning, and entrepreneurial opportunities for students. 




The Executive Director will report to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) and will serve as a member of the OUE leadership team.  He or she will provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction to the Center and its staff and collaborate effectively with the entire Georgia Tech community, including students, faculty, alumni, and employers.  Examples of responsibilities include the following:

  • Work closely with center staff, VPUE, OUE leadership team, and other key stakeholders to establish a vision, mission, and strategic plan for the Center.
  • Oversee design, implementation, accreditation, and assessment of programs and services that support the career preparation and professional development needs of undergraduates, offer experiential educational opportunities through internships and co-op, and direct career counseling and advising services. Use data to inform strategy and program development.
  • Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for the Center to the campus community.  Provide expertise to the campus on trends, issues, and research on career and professional development and workplace experiential education.
  • Cultivate collaborations with other stakeholders involved in career development and experiential education, including those in academic units, Graduate Education, International Education, and Alumni Affairs.
  • Work closely with the Office of Development to maintain strong relationships with donors and develop new opportunities for giving.
  • Collaborate with employers to maintain strong and positive relationships. Cultivate an employer network through frequent communication, and regular travel and observation of students engaged in work assignments.
  • Manage hiring, supervision, development, and evaluation of professional staff.
  • Review the Centers use of technology and recommend how to use technology more effectively in support of programs and services
  • Manage the Centers budgets, including those that derive from state funds, revenue sources, and donors.  Ensure compliance with all appropriate budgetary, financial, and administrative policies.

Required Experience and Education


Our students are distinctive and strive to have an influence and to exercise leadership in everything they do. Accordingly, we seek an innovative, open-minded, and visionary leader with demonstrated experience achieving goals and effectively managing change.  The Executive Director should have a clear understanding of the trends and issues related to career and professional development and work-related experiential education in todays world, particularly within the context of a STEM-focused institution.


The minimum experience required for this position includes the following: (1) at least five years of leadership in higher education or an industry relevant to the mission of the center; (2) evidence of success in developing organizations and establishing vision and mission for new programs and initiatives, and building successful collaborations with diverse academic stakeholders; (3) evidence of effective management of finances and technology; (4) supervising and developing professional staff; (5) evaluating and assessing programs and services and establishing and utilizing metrics to inform decisions; and (6) outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.  In general, the position requires a doctorate or terminal degree; however well-qualified candidates who have a masters degree and significant relevant experience will also be considered.  


About Georgia Tech and the Office of Undergraduate Education


Georgia Tech is one of the world's premier research universities, consistently ranking among U.S. News & World Report's Top Ten public universities and dedicated to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. The campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia where students receive a rigorous education to prepare them as leaders in influencing the technological, social and policy decisions that address global grand challenges.  Georgia Tech enrolls approximately 21,000 students (66% undergraduate) every year through its Colleges of Engineering, Computing, Sciences, Architecture; Scheller College of Business; and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. At the core of Georgia Techs educational philosophy is the tight integration of academic rigor and experiential education. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia and the Association of American Universities.


Under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Office of Undergraduate Education is charged with maintaining the quality of undergraduate education and the academic success of undergraduate students at Georgia Tech.  In addition to the Center for Career Discovery and Development, its reporting units consist of the Center for Academic Enrichment, Center for Academic Success, Honors Program, and Fellowships Office.  For more information on OUE, visit http://www.provost.gatech.edu/vpue.


To Apply


To receive full consideration, please submit an application no later than March 17, 2014.  We anticipate a start date of June 1, 2014 (or sooner), but this is negotiable.  To apply, email a cover letter that addresses qualifications for this position; a resume/vita; and the names, titles, and contact information (email, phone) for four professional references (references will not be contacted without prior notification) in a single MS Word or PDF file to Ms. Cara-Joy Wong in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, at carajoy.wong@gatech.edu. Selection process will include passing a pre-employment background screening.