Career and Professional Development (CPD) provides career knowledge, preparation, and exploration opportunities to Bryn Mawr students and alumnae/i. The primary functions of the office are to provide career counseling/coaching, assessments, planning and goal setting strategies for current students (graduate and undergraduate) and alumnae/i, as well as to develop career-related skills and experience through workshops, Intensives, job & internship opportunities, networking and connection to other initiatives that are happening on and off campus.
Reporting to the Director of Career and Professional Development, the role of the Senior Associate Director is to develop and execute the strategy to accomplish these functions as they pertain to alumnae/i. The position will oversee select CPD staff and activate and utilize the extended Bryn Mawr community including faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i. The position will also collect, analyze and report on data related to alumnae/i career development experiences.
Network Creation, Activation and Orchestration:
- Establish teams of career experts to provide certain career services (e.g., networks, resume review and cover letter preparation).
- Determine, implement and manage the best career networking system for Bryn Mawr College.
- Actively manage and promote the Bryn Mawr College LinkedIn network and other online career communities to alumnae/i and students.
- Maintain close relationship with the Career Development Representative on the Alumnae Association Executive Board (AAEB) and the Alumnae Association.
- Engage alumnae/i with each other to support active alumna/i career networks in specific professions.
- Provide career resources for alumnae/i both on- and off-campus.
- Cultivate relationships with alumnae/i who are interested in hiring alumnae/i or students for jobs & internships.
- Connect directly with the student-led career peer team, providing them with connections to the alumnae/i network.
- Source speakers for academic departments in collaboration with Alumnae Relations and Development by sharing data on alumnae/i with faculty and staff.
- Identify alumnae/i to serve as resources for students and student-focused programs administered by College.
- Oversee the Alumnae in Residence Program both on- and off-campus and utilize the relationships to create additional opportunities for alumnae/i and/or students.
- Strengthen and maintain open lines of communication across internal and external stakeholders.
- Provide career coaching for alumnae/i one year out and beyond, including resume, cover letter, and CV review, job search strategies, interview preparation, salary negotiation, etc.
- Utilize teams of industry-specific career experts to provide certain career services (e.g., networks, resume review and cover letter preparation) to extend the reach of the CPD.
- Identify, select and manage coaches for specialized topics and supervise their work to ensure quality programming and services, as well as tailored content.
- Monitor quality of services offered by others by collecting feedback and addressing any concerns.
Program Management and Assessment:
- Identify goals for career programs that meet the diverse needs of the alumnae/i population.
- Design and implement strategies to address the career-related needs of alumnae/i representing multiple decades, regardless of major, background, or areas of interest; effectively assist alumnae/i in multiple areas of life transitions (career changes, parenthood, retirement, etc.).
- Identify appropriate organizational partners that provide programs to support the vision, mission and goals for alumnae/i career engagement.
- Develop, analyze, and report on metrics that track progress toward goals.
- Utilize technology to collect data including, but not limited to Qualtrics, Peoplesoft, and Handshake.
- Create a compelling vision, mission and goals for alumnae/i career engagement that aligns with the Career and Professional Development (CPD), the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC), Alumnae Relations & Development (ARD) and institutional priorities of the College.
- In conjunction with key campus stakeholders, facilitate ongoing strategic planning to ensure high quality, effective, and well-organized alumnae/i engagement opportunities.
- Promote the vision and value proposition of alumnae/i career engagement to ARD, LILAC, alumnae/i, and students.
- Educate stakeholder groups such as the CPD team, LILAC, ARD, and AAEB, to keep others informed and seek input on strategy to assess needs.
- Inform Bryn Mawr audiences on national trends relating to alumnae/i careers and professional development, the implications for liberal arts graduates in general, and Bryn Mawr graduates in particular.
- Develop and monitor budget lines related to alumnae/i CPD initiatives; keep Director informed of budget status and write formal requests for funding when needed.
- Supervise key staff positions that involve alumnae/i engagement and services.
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned or directed by the Director or Associate Dean.
- This position requires some domestic travel.
- Ten to twelve years of leadership experience in an area related to career development or employment across the lifespan.
- Demonstrated success working with women.
- Demonstrated experience in achieving goals with and through people who may, or may not, be direct reports.
- Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships and networks for mutual benefit.
Master’s degree required, with preference in the areas of Counseling, Human Development, Human Resources, Higher Education, or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
SKILLS and ABILITIES:
- Demonstrated excellent skills in the following areas:
- Interpersonal and collaboration
- Metrics development and analysis
- An entrepreneurial mindset
- Innovation and creative thinking
- Using technology
- Fiscal and resource planning
- Clear understanding of the work world that alumnae/i are part of, and the criteria for success in making good career decisions and discovering new or transitioning between opportunities.
- Commitment to working with a diverse alumnae/i population with diverse career needs.
- Strong demonstrated ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.
- Demonstrated ability to use technology to collect data and build efficient processes.
- Understanding of program assessment, and the ability to use data to make decisions.
- Demonstrated ability to design, execute, and evaluate initiatives, programs and services that facilitate alumnae/i career development.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences (including alumnae/i, staff, employers, and students), in small meetings, large presentations, and in writing.
- Ability to establish a vision, mission and goals.
- Ability to build, enhance, and connect alumnae/i to networks and relationships on- and off-campus.
- Knowledge of and experience using best practices in career services, including the use of technology.
- Appreciation for how academia works, and opportunities to engage others in promoting alumnae/i career success.
- Knowledge of and experience in various working environments, including private, public and nonprofit organizations.
- Experience interpreting self-assessment tools (MBTI, StrengthsFinder, Strong, etc.) in individual and group formats.
- Available to work evenings, weekends and travel for events.