Director of Career Services

Director of Career Services

JOB NO: 516938
CLASSIFICATION: Student Services Manager 2
GRADE: Grade 81
WORK TYPE: Staff Full-time
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: University of Alaska Anchorage
LOCATION: Anchorage
CATEGORIES: Executive/Director/Management

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks an innovative, engaging and dynamic individual for the position of Director of Career Services unit within the Division of Student Affairs. The Career Services unit serves and supports students and alumni through their career journey. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a Career Services office and is a collaborator who will bring leadership, vision, excitement and creativity to the career development experience at UAA.


Facilitate partnerships with university departments, colleges and community partners. Develop and strengthen collaborations across campus with departments, academic programs and university leadership to provide meaningful career experiential learning opportunities. Maintain relationships with community campuses to support them in career development and education.

Provide budget management for the department, conduct budget forecasts and projections. Facilitate resource allocations and secure external funding as needed. Work with the Fiscal Coordinator and departmental staff to ensure budget transparency and that all budgetary functions are handled efficiently, including soft ledgers, reconciliation processes, spending and management reports. Authorize expenditures and monitor and approve all requests for purchases and travel. Develop funding streams through grants or initiatives.

Connection to UAF and UAS Career Services on optimizing the functions and assets of Handshake in its system wide use as the primary career development software for the UA system. Create opportunities to include community campuses in the utilization of Handshake.

Supervise professional and student staff and provide leadership that develops a sense of team and empowers staff to provide a high level of care and service to students. Configure staffing and staff walk-in and appointment schedules to ensure continual coverage daily.

Ensure the delivery of a comprehensive program within Career Services that meets the needs of the UAA’s diverse student population. The director is responsible for providing leadership, administration and creating a vision for the department that is developmental and spans through the students entire academic journey to promote completion and academic/career success. Develop and implement the Career Services’s strategic plan and annual goals. Implement and maintain assessment plans to ensure quality programming and services.

Develop and implement marketing strategies and promotional campaigns for students to be able to engage in career development opportunities.

Provide leadership with academic departments in their coordination of internships, on-campus student employment, support the Federal Work Study program and compliance of the Job Location and Development program.

Represent Career Services on committees across campus, in the community, and across the state.


Ability to effectively work, communicate, collaborate, and influence UAA's diverse population of students, faculty, staff, community members, and external constituencies, multiple departments, and community campuses.

Understanding of career advising, employment law and regulations (including FERPA).

Demonstrated skills and knowledge in program development and administration in a higher education setting.

Understanding of student and career development theory and processes.

Ability to make independent decisions, develop vision/mission, and provide programmatic recommendations to University leadership.

Required Experience:

A master's degree is required (preferred in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, business administration/management/economics, or other closely related discipline) from a post-secondary institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

A minimum of three years of experience in a post-secondary environment managing career services, employment, training, or related activities.

Previous experience working in a career services unit.

Typical Training:

Experience supervising professional level staff and providing career advising.

Experience in data/trend gathering and analysis.

This is a full-time, regular, Grade 81, minimum $64,210 yearly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on June 7, 2021. To ensure consideration please apply by June 6, 2021 before 11:55 pm, Alaska Standard Time.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


Anchorage, AK

1 month(s) ago