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Director of Career Development

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Virginia Wesleyan University seeks an innovative career development professional who will develop and communicate the strategic vision for Career Development. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty to integrate professional development and internships into major academic programs and counsel students in the development of their professional profiles.

Our Career Development Program serves and connects students, alumni, academic partners, and employers.  The Director of Career Development provides direct services to students, connects with employers and internship and cooperative education partners, and develops resources to foster faculty and staff engagement with student career development. The Director will work with senior leaders across academic and administrative units as well as affiliated external partners, with the goal of including career exploration and preparation in students’ VWU academic and co-curricular experience.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director will provide:

  • One-on-one career counseling with students and alumni, assisting with resumes, cover letters, career exploration, internships, employment, and graduate school
  • Budget oversight
  • Oversight of the Professional Partnership Program (cooperative education program) and facilitation of INST 103: Professional Readiness
  • Career Development programs and workshops
  • Oversight of employer partnerships
  • Annual assessment of the Career Development Program

Qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related field
  • Experience with career development and internship/co-op administration and programs
  • Experience developing relationships with employers and other community partners
  • Experience counseling and working with college students
  • Ability to develop and execute a strategic vision and plan
  • Understanding of a liberal arts education
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty
  • Personnel supervision and team leadership experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience managing budgets
  • College-level teaching experience
  • Experience with programs such as Handshake, the Focus-2, Google Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Canva, and Blackboard 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit, electronically (as a single PDF), a cover letter, résumé/curriculum vitae, and statement of career development philosophy and three letters of reference to Human Resources, at Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions prior to application may be directed to Stephanie Billy, Coordinator of Support Services, The Lighthouse, via (757) 455-3125 or

About Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work with 42 majors, 32 minors, and 19 pre-professional tracks. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and a Master of Arts in Education. The Batten Honors College, a residential honors program, recruits high-achieving students and equips them to be problem solvers who are environmentally-conscious, strategic-thinking global citizens. Students thrive in average class sizes of 15 and through the University's experiential learning, high-impact leadership, and career-development programs. An inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University inspires students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia's dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.


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Statement of Non-Discrimination

Virginia Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of skills, experience, and qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, creed, gender, national and ethnic origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, the presence of non-job-related medical disability, or any other legally protected status.