The George Mason University, University Career Services is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives leads office and division-wide efforts to scale career services, expand experiential learning opportunities and support fundraising efforts.
They will serve on the University Career Services Leadership Team and provide innovative vision, critical thinking and coordinated management of career development initiatives in both the Career Services and University Life Division strategic plans. They will be responsible for coordinating multiple projects simultaneously and ensuring project goals, project plans, budgets and schedules are established and executed with input and buy-in from key stakeholders and team members.
Leadership Responsibilities include:
Serve on the career center's leadership team and participate in developing strategic goals/objectives; in evaluating programs and services, assisting in the management of office operations and representing career services to the campus community
Consult and collaborate effectively and regularly with leadership team to share student, industry, employer, and other relevant information and to create/implement services and programs that anticipate or respond to trends in the preparation, recruiting and hiring of students
Engage team members and center staff in determining appropriate delivery of content on professionalism topics, manage services and programs offered to students, on-campus supervisors and employers hosting interns
Analyze and utilize tracked data and assessments to make informed, critical decisions
Strategic Initiative Responsibilities include:
Explore options, make recommendations, develop content and lead transition from place-based/live to virtual/24-7 service delivery methods (e.g, IvyBot, videos)
Ensure progress toward office diversity, inclusion and wellbeing goals
Assess needs and design approaches to infuse professionalism (e.g. workplace etiquette) and life skills (e.g. resilience) training into all services and events/programs
Encourage and support campus offices/supervisors to convert existing positions into internships
Manage and enhance Patriot Pipeline Internship Program for Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce member organizations
Manage application and review process for Unpaid Internship Scholarship, as well as develop fundraising strategy to increase the amount/number of scholarships available
Serve as the key champion of student employee recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation through use of the UL Division Student Employee Rubric to further promote student professional development
Staff Supervision and Development Responsibilities include:
Supervise Operations and Student Leadership Coordinator (1 staff) and Peer Career Mentor (1-2 graduate students)
Oversee and manage the Peer Career Advisor program (6-12 students); including weekly team meetings, creation of rewards structure for PCAs, and growth/expansion of program to extend outreach capacity through peer-to-peer engagement
Work cohesively with Operations and Student Leadership Coordinator to develop professional development project(s) for all student employees
Provide support and assistance in setting performance goals, reaching goals, and engaging in self-appraisal. Conduct annual appraisals
Encourage and provide opportunities for staff development and growth. Showcase and encourage successful staff effort at the campus, local, regional, and national levels
Continually improve by seeking professional development opportunities/feedback on supervision style and approaches to better enhance staff development, morale, and cohesion
Cross-Functional Teams and University Initiatives include:
Serve on various cross-functional teams to promote the vision and direction of University Career Services
Serve as a liaison to university departments as appropriate
Represent Mason and the center in local and national professional associations and conferences in order to stay current with industry standards and changes, revise programs to reflect trends, and increase the center's visibility among professionals in the field
Participate in university committees providing representation of the career center on community issues
Master's degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Human Resources or related field. Minimum 5 years' experience with experiential learning activities, college/university career services and/or in sourcing college talent for an employer. Experience in counseling, advising, or teaching of students/adults on their career/professional development. Previous experience with virtual service delivery (e.g., webinars, online events, chat). Strong project management skills. A demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion. Experience collecting and analyzing data, and making recommendations for improvements, changes and new initiatives. Exceptional communication (written, oral, presentation).
Demonstrated experience leading teams and developing positive relationships, partnerships, and alliances. Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and to interface effectively with employers, students, alumni, faculty, and university administrators. Experience in effectively prioritizing needs in a complex work environment. Demonstrated problem-solving skills including critical thinking, discretion, negotiation, sound judgment, and conflict management. Ability to embrace and drive change and to organize and manage multiple priorities, programs, and projects both independently and in a team. Demonstrated proficiency designing and delivering presentations and programs virtually. Familiar with social media and ability to use Symplicity, Handshake or other campus career management systems
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: 42718
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.