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Executive Director of Career Services , Otis College of Art and Design, (Los Angeles, CA)

Job Summary

The Executive Director (ED) of Career Services manages the staff and operations of a career services department for both on and off campus student employment opportunities. The ED links various constituencies (i.e., students, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers) in a mutually beneficial career advisement and job/internship program. This position is charged with developing and sustaining new and critical employer relations that are industry specific and meet the needs of current students and recent graduates. The ED will lead assessment efforts within their area to be able to communicate to the larger campus community and prospective students, parents, and employers. The ED will work in tandem with the Director of Alumni Relations within the Institutional Advancement department to conduct coordinated outreach efforts to Otis College alumni in an effort to increase alumni relationship to the campus. The ED must strategically work with alumni in ways that further engage them through new employer/internship leads. This position reports directly to the Dean of Student Affairs.

Otis College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic which may be specified by law or college policy.

Job Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Manages a career services department including on and off campus employment opportunities. Sets goals, objectives, and priorities. Plans and develops new or enhanced programs for the delivery of services such as career planning, job search, internships, and job placement for students. Measures effectiveness and quality of operations through coordinated assessment efforts.
  • Directly supervises the Assistant Director, Internship Coordinator, and Student Employment Coordinator. Recruits, screens, hires, orients, and trains staff. Evaluates employee performance and provides guidance and feedback. Counsels, disciplines, and/or terminates employees, as required.
  • Oversees student employment and ensures compliance with immigration laws for international student workers. Manages and trains staff to provide counseling to international students seeking CPT work authorizations and OPT work permits and ensures that appropriate documentation and guidance is being offered.
  • Plans activities, events, and other programs, which actively promote students and the College to local and national employers. Plans and delivers presentations, schedules site visits with employers, plans direct mail campaigns, and develops publications to support Career Services marketing efforts.
  • Counsels or advises students and alumni regarding career issues and strategies, job search methods, resume preparation, internships, job placement, and related matters. Provides professional guidance to career advisors and assists them in problem resolution as needed. Oversees the development of workshops and seminars covering career topics.
  • Communicates with industry leaders and company representatives to understand and translate industry and professional needs into effective career placement for students. Maintains current knowledge of employment trends and emerging career opportunities.
  • Works with chairs and faculty to increase their involvement in developing services, programs, and other professional growth opportunities to benefit students and strengthen the working relationships between employers and the College.
  • Identifies opportunities to network alumni in order to augment recruitment, enhance alumni participation, and broaden the employer base for the College. Works directly with the Director of Alumni Relations to develop critical leads related to employment and internship opportunities for students.
  • Provides leadership and guidance in collaborative efforts toward the execution of the Annual Exhibition Weekend.
  • Must be a strategic thinker with expectations to engage Senior Team in discussions and decisions related to partnerships and opportunities to enhance student experiences in career placement and internships.
  • Manages a budget. Participates in budget planning by providing historical data and projections. Prioritizes requests for enhancements to existing resources.
  • Ensures that Career Services activities are coordinated with other College offices to enhance the efficiency and quality of services delivered by ensuring integrated efforts.
  • Develops and maintains information systems for managing records and data. Produces reports and analyzes information for use in planning and assessing operations. Integrates technology to increase the quality of services and programs.
  • Stays informed of developments in the field. Reads pertinent literature, attends meetings, and participates in professional associations as appropriate. Establishes and maintains an active network of professional contacts.
  • Travels for employer cultivation and participation in alumni and new student events as a representative of the College and/or the department.
  • Leads and chairs Employer Advisory Board.
  • Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.


A Master’s degree in Counseling or related higher education field is required. Doctorate degree in related field preferred. At least 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in counseling, educational administration, student affairs, or related field required. Individual should have a thorough knowledge of theories, models, principles, and best practices of career development and counseling. Individual must be skilled in examining, improving operations and procedures, formulating policy, developing and implementing new strategies, procedures, and programs. Knowledge of marketing strategies, processes, and available resources to identify and attract students and potential employers is required. Individuals experienced in working with diverse populations highly desirable. Individual must be student-centered with a demonstrated commitment to developing networks with business and industry leaders, while also strengthening relationships with faculty and College administrators. Must be available to travel to alumni and new student events. Working Knowledge of student CPT work authorizations and OPT work permit requirements highly desired.

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