An associate director of career services helps the director manage the overall functions of an institution’s career service office and employees. They interact regularly with faculty members, students, prospective employers, and alumni, and they must be comfortable with public engagement at many levels. The associate director of career services regularly communicates in person, over email, and over the phone to help meet an institution’s career services objectives and quotas. These associate directors work to achieve student placement with prospective employers, as well as build relationships with employers and plan other career-related services. Additionally, they help the director oversee employees within the career services office, providing guidance, feedback, and discipline as necessary.
Although some associate directors of career services work at organizations with outplacement programs, the majority of these positions exist in higher education, such as at community colleges and universities. They generally report directly to the director of career services.
A bachelor's degree is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position. Relevant experience in placement processes and career services is needed as well. Associate directors of career services must have excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills, as well as proficiency with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite.
Associate Director, Career Services Tasks
Guide and measure assessment and training strategies, including incorporating feedback.
Develop, implement and measure success of programs for students and alumni.
Make presentations to and mentor students for career growth.
Work with potential employers to develop relationships and understand needs.
Review and edit resumes, applications, interview skills and student files.