Assistant Director for Career Development

Job title: Assistant Director for Career Development

Company: Knox College

Job description: Overview

The Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development will envision, develop, market and manage a full spectrum of innovative career exploration and professional development programming initiatives designed to help prepare Knox students for life after Knox. They will work with the Career and Professional Development team to help ensure success of such initiatives. As an integral member of the team, the Assistant Director will also deliver one-on-one assistance to students and alumni for all aspects of preparation for successful pursuit of internship opportunities, and job and graduate/professional school searches. Position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director of Career Development and is a twelve-month, full-time, exempt position.

Essential Duties

  • Program ideation and development, focused on holistic career and professional development; engaging Knox alumni and recruiters in program delivery when feasible
  • Work with Executive Director to develop a comprehensive program development strategy, managing the strategy to ensure students and alumni have access to relevant and timely career programs and resources
  • Lead the creation and development of an online self-service career and professional preparation content resource
  • Supervise a team of student career peer leaders assigned to work on initiatives
  • Assist students and alumni with career-related decision-making through career assessments and exploration, experiential programs and opportunities, networking, and targeted programming
  • Advise students and alumni in-person and via phone, email, virtual media, for career choice, resumes, cover letters, job and internship search strategies, recruiting preparation, graduate and professional school preparation, web-based resources, career changes, and professional development topics
  • Build and maintain relationships and proactively partner with faculty, staff and student groups to market, and when appropriate co-deliver, initiatives and programs
  • Keep up-to-date on trends and issues affecting the future of the world of work
  • Participate in regional and/or national associations pertinent to our work, including partner associations as Knox representative for career fairs and initiatives
  • Assist Executive Director with employer engagement and recruiting
  • Lead the gathering and reporting of annual student outcomes, and the continual assessment of the effectiveness and satisfaction with our programs, resources and initiatives
  • Create and post marketing materials for student programs on social media on a weekly basis
  • Participate in student development initiatives and programs as part of Knox Student Development team
  • Occasional travel required for career and association programs and events as well as some evening and weekend hours
  • Lead the Center in the Executive Director’s absence


  • Bachelor degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum three years of experience working in a higher education setting, preferably in career development
  • Self-starter, with the ability to coach and motivate others with a sincere desire to work with college students
  • Proven program planning and execution skills with well-developed attention to details
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, networking and interpersonal communication skills with ability to build rapport with students, communicate effectively with campus constituencies, leverage relationships with alumni, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Facility/comfort with technology-based search and networking tools such Handshake and LinkedIn
  • Marketing oriented mindset; working knowledge of social media platforms as a marketing tool
  • Vision, creativity, imagination and a sense of humor; entrepreneurial, with an innovative spirit
  • Comfort with change, ambiguity, and risk in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to collaborate well with others as primary means to achieve results
  • Empathetic, with a commitment to inclusion

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.

Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 students from 48 states and 51 countries. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to all, regardless of race, gender, or financial means. The College recruits a national and international pool of high ability students and stands out among its peers for the inclusion of first-generation, international, and students of color, in a culturally rich and vibrant campus community.

For more information about Knox College, please visit .

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from discriminating on the basis of sex.

The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.

Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly K. Schrader

Old Jail 12 | Campus Box K-209

337 South Cherry Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7751


Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for additional information.

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office

500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Phone: 312-730-1560


Inquiries regarding the College’s policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.

For Employees:

Human Resources

Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200

368 South Prairie Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7200


For Students:

Director of Disability Support Services

Stephanie Grimes

Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 | Campus Box K183

340 South West Street

Phone: 309-341-7478


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Location: Galesburg, IL

Job date: Sun, 27 Mar 2022 02:16:49 GMT

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