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Hope College Hope College, East 12th Street, Holland, MI, United States
Jan 16, 2018
Full time
Hope College is seeking an executive director for the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career ( BCCC ), a new entity to help ensure that every Hope student is robustly prepared for career success and professional growth. The Boerigter Center for Calling and Career aims to transform the college's approach to career preparation with an innovative and integrated model that guides students from their first semester onward in identifying their strengths and interests and engaging them in career planning and experiential learning. The BCCC will integrate programs and staffing from Hope's career development center, academic advising and alumni and family engagement.   As the leader of a brand-new center, the executive director will strengthen and expand an existing team and cast a vision for the growth and activation of the "Hope Network," an extensive global community that includes alumni, supporters, families, donors and employers. With a passion for partnerships, s/he will create strong synergies between multiple departments and programs at the college, unifying partners in the goal to serve every student in their career discernment/preparation process. To that end, s/he will organize and direct staff, cultivate on- and off-campus relationships, and manage resources for maximum impact and efficiency. As the leader of the BCCC , s/he will create and support a workplace culture that recognizes excellence and promotes a positive atmosphere of mission-focused achievement. Visit boerigter-center  for more information about the  BCCC  and the position.    Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:   Management and Assessment Direct operations of the BCCC to ensure efficient, effective, innovative and collaborative practices are in place. Collaborate with on-campus partners across all disciplines and departments to build robust, integrated and measurable student programming for calling and career discernment. Lead and establish metrics for assessment efforts; work closely with Institutional Research to oversee collection of employment data, learning outcomes and other information. Identify new and emerging professional development and training opportunities (for both staff and students) that align to market and employer needs. Ensure the ongoing professional growth of BCCC staff. Actively engage in the development and implementation of campus-wide strategy for increased student recruitment and retention. Alumni, Community and Employer Engagement Develop strong relationships with Hope College alumni and employers to increase mentoring and recruiting of Hope College students for short-term career exploration experiences, internships and full-time career opportunities; leverage existing relationships to market student talent and create new student opportunities. Develop and implement strategy to strengthen Hope's visibility and reputation in local, national and international business and education communities. Serve as a college representative at a wide variety of events and functions.  Fundraising Work closely with Development staff to identify and cultivate relationships with individual donors and corporate partners to provide financial support for the BCCC . Develop sponsorship strategy opportunities [or sponsorship programs] that advance the Center's objectives.  Qualifications The ideal candidate will be an accomplished professional with the following: A master's degree or higher 5+ years progressive administrative leadership experience Proven track record in collaboration, effective communication and decision-making Strong commitment to mentoring and developing a team Commitment to building partnerships across multiple segments of stakeholders Ability to foster creativity, innovation and continuous improvement in pursuit of demonstrable results  Additional preferred qualifications include: Experience leading the creation of a new office or team Understanding of the emerging needs of college students and graduates in career discernment and preparation Fundraising experience Experience with career preparation/advising inside or outside higher education Familiarity with StrengthsQuest and other career-related assessments
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