Director of Career Services

Director of Career Services
Department:  Career Center
Date:  02/06/2013

Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is one of the nation's oldest and best independent liberal arts colleges, enrolling approximately 1,825 students. Colby is a national leader in research and project-based undergraduate learning, and the depth of student-faculty interaction and collaboration is unparalleled. Colby embraces and honors a 200 year tradition of fostering intellectual and personal growth with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed, courageous and inspired leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. Colby is a national leader in environmental sustainability and education with award-winning campus greening initiatives and academic program. Colby College seeks inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of:


Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Director of Career Services supervises five full time staff members and eight student employees serving as Career Development Advisors. During the last four years the office has been focused on reenergizing its programs and support for students, both those taking place within the Career Center and those extending throughout the campus. Efforts have included strengthening ties with faculty members, parents and alumni, building a stronger relationship with the President’s cabinet and the Board of Trustees, increasing the numbers of recruiters and graduate schools to which students may apply, and establishing numerous new initiatives designed to involve students in preparing for employment or graduate studies. Beginning with their freshman year, students are engaged in understanding and building on the connections between their education, skills, and their goals. They are supported by growing numbers of alumni and parents who serve as mentors, presenters, and employer ambassadors. The results have been dramatic. Within a month of graduating from Colby in 2012, 82 percent of students were either employed, accepted into graduate school, or had received a post-graduate fellowship. Follow-up contacts with 2012 graduates during the six months following graduation produced an increase in this number to approximately 89 percent. Further information about Career Services and the new initiatives that have contributed to these results can be found at Additional information about the position can be found at

The successful candidate will be an upbeat, highly energetic and enthusiastic person with excellent verbal skills who is able to build rapport and establish trust with a wide variety of constituencies ranging from students, faculty and staff members to alumni, parents, trustees and employers. He or she will be seen as the face of the department, and will have the platform skills, clarity regarding the vision of the office, marketing insight and creativity to represent Career Services to multiple audiences on and off campus. In representing the department to alumni, trustees, students, and other internal and external audiences, the successful candidate will have the ability to present in a dynamic and compelling way the purposes and details of its programs. He or she will be a seasoned, resourceful, creative visionary who sees the potential for continued growth of the department.

In addition, the successful candidate will also have the knowledge and experience to enrich the mission and identity of Career Services on and off campus. A comprehensive and contemporary knowledge of career services within highly selective liberal arts colleges is particularly desirable. A must for the successful candidate is the ability to demonstrate current experience, awareness of best practice, and knowledge of: employment trends, job market, internships, and experiential programs; employer relations and cultivation; and professional and graduate school advising. The successful candidate will have prior successful experience in cultivating productive relationships with employers and graduate and professional schools. The candidate will also be able to provide evidence of prior success in working effectively with faculty members to develop discipline-specific programs, and fostering successful partnerships with alumni and parents to develop and expand internship and employment opportunities. Finally, the successful candidate will demonstrate prior success in attracting students to the Career Center and its programs and services by providing relevant and timely programs and workshops that reflect the needs and interests of students in all majors and across all years of study. Candidates must have a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in career-related work. A bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree in higher education, student affairs or a related field is strongly preferred.

Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae that includes notable achievements, and contact information (postal/email addresses and telephone numbers) for five references who are able to speak to the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to this position. The packet should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word attachments preferred) to The subject line in email should be DCSColby.

Confidential inquiries will be received at (603) 978-0316. Documents that must be mailed should be sent to:

William Spelman Executive Search
667 Midship Circle
Webster, NY 14580

Confidentiality will be maintained and references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials should be received by March 1, 2013. Review of applications will begin March 4, and the process will continue until the position is filled.

Students’ engagement with all aspects of their experience at Colby College is supported through the College’s strategic plan for student life, Colby 360. This plan asserts as its guiding principle the idea that a residential college affords students opportunities to learn and develop in all aspects of their college lives. However, where traditional approaches to student affairs in residential colleges tend to focus on creating policies and procedures, Colby 360 establishes a setting for student life designed to achieve five specific learning outcomes, and all units within Student Affairs organize their goals and expectations around these learning outcomes. Further information about Colby 360 can be found at:

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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