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Director of the Center for Career Development

Position Type:

  • Full Time
  • Staff


  • OH-Columbus

Franklin University has an exceptional opportunity available for a Director of the Center for Career Development.  This position will provide leadership and strategic direction for the Center of Career Development.  This innovative leader will focus on a 21st century approach to career services, leveraging emerging technology and strong relationships within and beyond campus to foster a high quality, life-long career development approach for the Franklin University community. The Director will be responsible for creating a proactive career services culture that combines best-in-class traditional practices with emerging engagement that is responsive to the needs of our adult students, our expansive alumni base, and our evolving labor market/employer partners.

Responsibilities include providing high quality programs and services to students in support of the Department of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; Identifying strategic goals, initiatives, programs, and strategies to enhance opportunities for students, alumni, and prospective employers to engage in proactive career exploration, development, and career placement that meet their unique needs; developing, strengthening and leveraging key relationships with corporate, business, and other employers and human resources professionals to advance the work of the center, including defined strategies to connect non-local participants with employers in their own communities; building relationships and managing a complex, highly visible set of services for students, alumni, donors, and corporate employers, essential to the overall success and reputation of the University; planning and coordinating of a series of educational programming on important topics related to career planning, job search, soft skills, leveraging social media in career development, professionalism, etc. including traditional and virtual job fairs and other programs; engaging students through career advising, counseling, and education providing both job opportunities and graduate and professional school educational planning;  engaging students in career exploration through experiential education; incorporating data-driven career exploration by proving economic outlooks for specific industries; fully engaging with the profession through participation in national and regional associations; providing the highest level of service to Franklin community members interacting with the Center; and completing special projects and other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 

This position will require a flexible schedule to cover the priorities of the Department. Evening work hours are not uncommon and some travel should be expected.

We seek someone with an Advanced Degree; in the area of human resources administration, business administration, international relations, higher education, adult learning, or a closely related field.  The selected individual should have 5-7 years of directly related work experience, preferably in human resources or corporate recruitment, with strong experience in developing and leveraging mutually beneficial relationships with employers.  Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques is required.  He/she should have excellent ability to conceptualize, create, implement, manage and periodically measure the effectiveness of new and complex partnerships and programs related to emerging markets and trends.
In addition, The Director must have demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultures and student populations (adult students) and strong presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.  Experience utilizing technology tools in career services is preferred.

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University has built its reputation on removing barriers to higher education for ambitious adults who must balance their educational goals with other commitments. Accredited and nonprofit, Franklin has earned its long-standing reputation as an innovator in online education. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work.

Franklin offers a competitive benefits package, incentive program and free parking. In addition, Franklin provides free undergraduate tuition for employees and immediate family members, graduate tuition assistance for full-time employees and immediate family members, and a discount on doctoral tuition for employees.

Franklin University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Franklin does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.