Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Associate Vice Chancellor for Career Development and Education
Following the February 11, 2022 announcement that career services professionals from its academic units would be consolidated into a single unified career center, Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) offers an unparalleled opportunity to create a cutting-edge operation as it seeks a new Associate Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs for Career Development and Education (AVC), with a targeted appointment date of August 2022. Please see official announcement for more information :
No institution is better equipped, in terms of senior leadership, campus-wide resolve, and financial and intellectual resources, to develop effective new models to serve diverse students and to guide and inform the approach to American higher education to give lifelong career preparation to 21st century graduates. A top 14 AAU member research university, WashU’s recent investments in advisory structures, facilities, and need-blind financial aid provide an unparalleled residential campus experience. Among the best-run and best-resourced U.S. higher education institutions, WashU reported an endowment of $15.3 billion in June 2021, earmarking gains to bolster academic initiatives and student support . The University of Washington has approximately 15,000 full-time students, half of whom are undergraduates. Nearly 17% of the undergraduate class enrolling in Fall 2021 were considered eligible for the Pell Scholarship. The new AVC will have the opportunity to create an infrastructure that ensures that every enrolled WashU student is equipped to achieve satisfying career outcomes regardless of prior identities, cultural and social capital, socioeconomic status, or prior educational opportunities.
AVC will join a leadership team of remarkable professional distinction, collaborative spirit and institutional ambition that is also one of the most diverse among AAU institutions. The AVC will report directly to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Anna Gonzalez, who in her previous appointment oversaw the Princeton Reviewtop-ranked college career center at Harvey Mudd College. The AVC will also work closely on strategy and fundraising with Chancellor Andrew D. Martin, who in his previous appointment spearheaded the creation of the LSA Opportunity Hub (the arts and science career hub) at the University of Michigan. The new AVC will be a visible leader on campus, contributing to WashU’s continued ascension as the destination of choice for the most ambitious and promising students, faculty, administrators and staff. AVC will directly or indirectly oversee a team of over 30 full-time and 10 part-time staff, with opportunities to grow this team and campus facilities dedicated to career services.
The consolidation of Career Services at WashU followed a comprehensive external review and strategic planning process which revealed a high degree of dedication and many areas of effectiveness in the current operations of Career Services. . The two-part review was held in recognition that factors beyond higher education’s control affect the career choices available to WashU graduates and their access to opportunities. The economic volatility of COVID-19 and post-COVID, globalization, new professions, new work environments and new industries, as well as employers’ increased reliance on technology for job vacancies and recruitment, have changed the employment landscape. At the same time, WashU students are increasingly looking for employment outside of the liberal professions, finance and consulting. Enabling access to this wider and more fragmented range of career paths requires a centralized career center whose leader, with direct access to WashU’s senior management and its academic deans, will have the authority, support and the resources to focus on building external relationships and preparing WashU students to gain the post-commencement launch and work readiness they seek, as well as the capacity for lifelong professional and personal renewal .
The AVC will augment the existing strengths of current WashU Career Services professionals, while paying greater attention to external outreach; earlier and more sustained engagement with students in their career exploration; the evolution of a model of advice towards a model of coaching for the professional orientation of students; collaborating with Academic Affairs to develop programs that inform majors of the range of career paths in each discipline and produce new career-ready graduates; and engagement with the civic, corporate, and cultural communities of St. Louis, including Fortune 500 and other major local employers.
A global city with a GDP of over $177 million in 2020, the metropolis of St. Louis has a diverse economy with strengths in the service, manufacturing, trade, transportation, and tourism sectors. Eight Fortune 500 companies have established their headquarters there. Saint-Louis has a dense cultural fabric, an international population, a global presence, and a history of engaged citizens and civil rights activism. It’s a city of walkable neighborhoods, with a thriving restaurant scene, jazz clubs, a world-famous symphony, critically acclaimed opera and art museums, the World Cup-winning Cardinals baseball team. Series and the Blues 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Champions. Gateway to the country and the nineteenth largest metropolitan area, it has a long-standing multicultural heritage and a tight-knit community that is open and welcoming to newcomers. Please visit: (https://diversity.wustl.edu/stories/insiders-guide-to-st-louis/).
Qualifications: WashU will appoint a CVA who is – or will quickly be recognized as – a top career development officer. Experience working or collaborating with a higher education institution is essential. Applications from individuals with experience in academic career services, corporate university relations, human resources, institutional advancement, alumni affairs, and professional services are encouraged. A master’s degree is required, with a terminal degree preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds to promote an inclusive campus and community culture. Significant and progressive management experience is required, preferably involving undergraduates and/or recent graduates, as well as employers and/or alumni. Proven skills in fostering new institutional relationships, mobilizing professional networks, supervising staff, budget management and strategic planning are essential. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to engage faculty, administrators, and senior administrators; advising creative, diligent, professionally ambitious and service-minded students; and to cultivate and manage a population of resourceful alumni and parents. The successful candidate will demonstrate comfort with ambiguity, a strong yet flexible management style, process orientation, proficiency in strategic planning and evaluation, ability to build institutional buy-in , a willingness to collaborate and consult with other campus leaders, and the ability to execute strategic initiatives and achieve project goals in a timely manner.
The review of the candidate’s documents will begin immediately and continue until appointment. A complete application will include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae or curriculum vitae and contact information for five professional references who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications for this position. (References will not be contacted without express prior permission.) Expressions of interest, applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to University of Washington Research Consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of CV O’Boyle, Jr., LLC, at [email protected], who will provide an internal job description upon request.