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Director, Career Center

$122,000 – $130,000 yearly

California State University, Northridge

Last Updated: 5/17/23

Job Description

Director, Career Center

CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

The University:

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award- winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts nearly 400,000 alumni who fuel the region's economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 12,000 jobs each year. CSUN is a designated Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution, nationally recognized for success in serving a diverse student body. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named CSUN an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, the Wall Street Journal ranked CSUN third in the nation for the university's diverse learning environment, and CSUN is the nation's seventh- ranked school on CollegeNet's 2021 Social Mobility Index.

About the Position of Director, Career Center:

The Career Center Director provides leadership, vision, strategic planning and direction for a comprehensive and innovative career services program, including academic and career education, career counseling and advising resources, internships and experiential education, job search and placement, on-campus student employment and career development, personal and professional development, post-baccalaureate degree planning, job listing services, alumni services, and employer relations and recruitment services. The Director reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Career Center, including fiscal planning and management, staffing, supervision, use of technology and multi-media, and resource generation. The Director leads the Career Center in advancing the university's goals to improve student retention and graduation, eliminate equity gaps, and advance core equity values through programs and services that intentionally serve first-time and historically underserved students. The Career Center serves all students and, as such, the Director cultivates key partnerships and collaborates with academic colleges, departments and student support units to offer relevant career-focused programming and resources. The Director assesses programs and services to insure effectiveness in meeting student learning and other outcome measures and disaggregates data to understand and ensure that all students are equitably served. The Director serves as a member of the Student Affairs Management Council and works with division leadership to accomplish the mission and strategic priorities of the university and the division. The Director serves on a variety of division, university, and CSU system wide committees. The Director takes on special projects and assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

As a leader, the Director demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values and priorities; establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team; encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university; participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set; and strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.


Qualifications include: an earned Master's degree in education, college student personnel, career counseling or related field from an accredited institution; a minimum of five years of progressively responsible managerial and lead experience with responsibility for career services and including supervision of staff; a demonstrated record of developing successful career development and career exploration experiences for students; thorough knowledge of career development theory, career counseling, and career assessment instruments; familiarity with common career development and technological solutions (e.g., Handshake); skills in budgeting, resource generation, strategic planning and operations; demonstrated ability to motivate and lead a diverse staff in accomplishing established goals; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of career services; demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and effectively collaborate within a higher education setting to achieve goals and priorities that support student success; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to make presentations before a variety of audiences and promote career development as an essential component of college student success; knowledge of assessment and evaluation practices; the ability to design and utilize appropriate instruments to determine efficacy of services and measure progress in the attainment of goals and student learning outcomes; demonstrated experience in utilizing data/evidence to inform strategic change and make progress towards identified goals; and foundational (or a working) knowledge of effective practices to assess and evaluate co-curricular student learning and student success outcomes.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership:

  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of the department by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $122,000 to $130,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience

Application Period

Applications received through May 12, 2023, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Effective Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.

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Northridge, California, United States
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