Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Services, the Director of Career Advancement provides leadership for the Office of Career Advancement -- which offers career guidance and professional development activities for more than 1,200 masters and doctoral students in all areas of public health. The Office of Career Advancement works with other areas of Harvard Chan to provide best-in-class services across the student lifecycle, from admissions to alumni affairs.
The Director oversees the Office of Career Advancement, which provides comprehensive group and individual career and professional development support to graduate students. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Provides strategic leadership and direction for the Office of Career Advancement, in partnership with the Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Services, Associate Dean of Student Services, and the Dean for Education;
Develops programs, resources, workshops and online tools to serve students in various degree programs;
Develops strategies with department chairs and academic department administrators to identify and address the unique career needs of students in different degree programs and with interests in particular public health fields;
Responsible for the operational supervision of the department, including developing staffing plans, hiring and supervising staff, and developing and managing the office budget;
Develops instruments to collect and analyze data relating to student satisfaction, needs and outcomes to drive programming.
Responsible for ensuring compliance with CEPH (accreditation) and FAFSA (federal financial aid) reporting requirements regarding 1st year student outcomes as well as unit adherence to University and School confidentiality requirements, and Title IX training and compliance for staff – particularly those who meet frequently with students. Also responsible for crafting and implementing mechanisms to comply with new CEPH requirements for annual assessments of how prepared graduates are for the current skills needed in the public health workforce.
Collaborates closely with the directors of the other Student Services and Office of Education teams and others as the lead responsible for crafting a comprehensive slate of career guidance and professional development activities including, but not limited to, individual career coaching, department-based programming, skills-building workshops, employer information sessions, career fairs, and on-campus hiring.
Develops the strategy for building robust relationships with organizations, agencies, and companies to serve as prospective practice placement sites, providers of internships and fellowships, and full- and part-time employment for graduates and supervises other team members in executing best in class stewardship of external stakeholders;
Develops a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy to build awareness and improve access to career advancement resources for current students;
Works with the Office for Alumni Affairs to develop and coordinate career guidance programming to alumni and to engage alumni volunteers in all aspects of the career guidance process for students;
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PLEASE NOTE: Early evening work is frequently required, as well as some weekends and overnight travel.
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Provides supplemental individual career coaching and provides direct supervision to two Assistant Directors/Career Coaches including weekly case reviews and strategy review for frontline coaching staff;
Serves as the primary representative for the School's career development function at the School, the University, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and at other professional organizations focusing on graduate level career development.
In addition to providing leadership and strategic guidance to Career Advancement staff, the Director maintains and develops strong relationships with department chairs, key faculty, staff and administrators across the School and the University, and with prospective employers, with a focus on ensuring that the Office is meeting the needs of students in various degree programs and fields of public health.
PLEASE NOTE: Early evening work is frequently required, as well as some weekends and overnight travel. ______________________________________________________________________________________________
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year. Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required
8 + years' of related experience required
Supervisory experience required
Master's degree preferred
Experience in public health, health care, or the life sciences sectors strongly preferred
Experience in all aspects of career services (i.e. - employer recruitment, job placement, training on job search skills, career coaching, etc.) strongly preferred
Experience with data collection analysis and tools, electronic career resources, the Symplicity platform, social media, and information delivery systems preferred
Experience working at the graduate level in a university or college setting preferred
Experience with strategic planning, management, budget development, and managing organizational change preferred
Experience communicating with and providing service to a diverse student body, and forging relationships with key stakeholders across a school, university, and with outside constituencies such as alumni and employers preferred
Excellent oral presentation and writing skills, experience meeting deadlines, and handling competing priorities preferred
Excellent interpersonal skills, high degree of emotional intelligence, experience motivating staff and working collaboratively preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48909BR
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