The director of career services manages the overall functions of an institution’s career services 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 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 directors work to achieve student placement with prospective employers, as well as build relationships with employers and plan other career-related services. Additionally, directors of career services oversee employees within the career services office, providing guidance, feedback, and discipline as necessary.
Although some 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. Some high schools also have director of career services positions available for their trade and industrial arts programs.
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. 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.
Director, Career Services Tasks
Manage career services staff, the administration of programs, and the career services budget.
Design and implement programs to help students and alumni improve their job seeking skills.
Establish partnerships for placing students in jobs with companies, organizations, and alumni.
Sponsor events which encourage employers to come to campus and hire students and alumni.
Run programs which assist students and alumni with career planning and applying for internships and jobs.