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Assistant Director, Career Development Office

Apply now Job no: 492849
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College is conducting a search for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Assistant Director in the Career Development Office. The Assistant Director is a member of the Career Development Office (CDO), which is positioned within the Academic Affairs Division. The Assistant Director reports to an Associate Director of Career Development. The Assistant Director supports the mission of the College by offering career advising and programming; conducting outreach and support to faculty, campus and external partners; and providing oversight of experiential learning initiatives managed by the Career Development Office.

Career Advising

  • Assist a diverse community of students and alumni in evaluating their skills, values and professional interests through advising, workshops, programming, and self-reflection exercises.
  • Coach students and alumni through securing internship and job opportunities by offering feedback and assistance with identifying and assessing opportunities, resume and cover letter writing; networking; interviewing; and professional etiquette.
  • Strive to scale counseling reach through development of digital resources, programming and group advising.


  • Determine workshop and programming needs of the student body and campus groups, such as Black Student Union, Unity House, ADELANTE, ECO, Greek organizations, and student-athletes.
  • Conduct career workshops and programming for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Regularly assess and evaluate programs’ effectiveness through survey collection and analysis.

Outreach and Support

  • Serve as a liaison to several academic departments, communicating regularly with the chair to share resources, upcoming events, and relevant job and internship leads.
  • Develop and provide customized programming in partnership with academic departments.
  • Attend local, regional or national conferences and committees related to primary job functions.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the web pages and resources.

Focus Area – Experiential Learning

The Assistant Director will actively support the growth and development of experiential learning efforts in direct collaboration with an Associate Director. Current and future initiatives are described below, with the expectation that programming will continue to according to the evolving needs of students and alumni.

  • Increase both the quantity and quality of local experiential learning opportunities through the Kenyon Community Internship Program.
  • In conjunction with Associate Director, implement and oversee a summer professional development series.
  • In conjunction with Associate Director, offer administrative support to EXPL 205/206 courses.
  • Create, maintain and update resources and programming to help students and employers maximize the student employment experience on campus.
  • Join the Summer Internship Stipend committee and oversee donor stewardship of endowed funds.
  • Ensure experiential learning representation at Kenyon’s annual Showcase event.
  • Regularly update CDO staff on available and upcoming experiential learning opportunities to share with students, academic departments and campus partners.
  • Other duties as assigned by Associate Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong technological background, with proven track record of utilizing software and technology to streamline processes, create resources, and scale programs. 
  • Team player, excited to work collaboratively with others.  
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience addressing career or professional development needs of underrepresented populations.
  • Software proficiencies: Microsoft Office, Google Suite.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with and affinity for the liberal arts.
  • Career development or advising experience.
  • Certification in one or more career assessment.
  • Software proficiencies: Adobe Creative Suite, Handshake, Google Suite.

Working Conditions
This position may require limited travel and the associated physical demands, as well as occasional work during evenings and weekends. 


Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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