Southwestern University invites applications for an Assistant Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development position. This position empowers students and alumni to shape their professional identities, develop career-readiness skills, and construct well-managed professional lives by providing advising, programming, and resources to explore education and career options, and engage in successful searches for employment.

Primary Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides career advising and referrals to assist students with the career development process, including clarifying objectives, obtaining occupational information, and making the transition from college to career
  • Offers resources for career exploration and career-readiness skill development
  • Plans logistical and programmatic elements of CCPD’s on-campus and online programming and events, including professional development academies
  • Capitalizes on campus partners’ and alumni knowledge of professional/personal networks
  • Connects with employers to create networking and employment opportunities
  • Assists with the overall administration and office operations, including career-related technology
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited college or university.
  • One to two years of post-graduate work experience
  • Knowledge of career-development theory and application and basic understanding of and commitment to value of career competencies and career-readiness skills
  • Demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external University constituencies, including strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written, listening)
  • Demonstrate professional attitude and team spirit
  • Possess integrity and an affable nature
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, including a strong work ethic
  • Willingness to adhere to the University’s core values

Preferred Position Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in counseling, student development, or related field

Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates.  Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education.  Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

To apply:  The University will only accept application materials through Interfolio at  Interested persons must submit a letter of interest, resume, the name and contact information of three professional references, and salary expectation.  Email and paper applications will not be accepted.  Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Search Committee.  The Committee will review all completed applications until the position is filled.  All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  EOE/M/F