Director of Career Services

Director of Career Services

locationClaremont, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/18/2024
ExpiresExpires: 8/17/2024
Student Affairs and Services
Full Time
3 - 5 Years
$91,000 to $100,000 per year

Job Posting Title:

Director of Career Services

Job Details and Requirement:

Position Title:  Director of Career Services

Department: Office of Student Affairs    

Supervisor: Associate Dean & Director of Career Services


Provide leadership and vision in the development, implementation and coordination of a comprehensive, student-centered Career Services office that endeavors to guide and empower Pitzer students and graduates toward successful and fulfilling careers.  This position is designed to be deeply student-centered, focusing on personalized support, innovative programming, and strong partnerships to ensure students thrive during their time at Pitzer and beyond.   


Strategic Planning and Program Development:

Develop and implement a comprehensive career services strategy aligned with Pitzer's mission and values.

Design innovative programs and initiatives to enhance student career readiness, including workshops, networking events, and employer events.

Stay abreast of industry trends and labor market data to provide relevant and timely guidance to students and alumni.

Career Advising for Students and Graduates:

Provide personalized career advising to students and graduates at all stages of their academic journey, from exploration to job search strategies.

Offer guidance on resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, salary negotiation, preparation for the workplace and more.

Assist students in identifying their strengths, interests, and career goals through assessments and one-on-one consultations.

Employer, Alumni, and Family Engagement:

Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with employers, industry partners, alumni, and family members to expand opportunities for students.

Identify and market job, internship, research, and other opportunities.

Communicate regularly with Alumni & Family Engagement to promote strong partnerships in support of career development resources and opportunities.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging (DEIJB):

Promote DEIJB principles in all aspects of career services, ensuring equitable access to resources and opportunities for students and graduates from diverse backgrounds.

Develop specialized programming and resources to support underrepresented student populations in their career development.


Collaborate, communicate, and partner with faculty and staff to integrate career-related activities into the Pitzer student experience.

Represent Pitzer and actively engage in The Claremont Colleges’ Career Center Directors meetings, establishing collaborative and cooperative relationships with consortial partners.

Serve on assigned or appropriate campus and consortium-based committees and teams.

Data Analysis and Assessment:

Collect and analyze data on student outcomes, career interests, and employer engagement to assess the effectiveness of career services programs.

Use assessment findings to continuously improve services and inform strategic decision-making.

Operations and Budget Management:

Review, purchase, market, and assess career-related digital and other resources.  Develop and update career-related guides and tools as needed.

Oversee outreach and marketing of events, resources, and opportunities through multiple channels.  Maintain and develop website.

Develop and manage budget for Career Services.  Support ongoing and identify new fundraising opportunities to support student career development.

Other Essential Duties: Perform other essential duties and task specific to the position.

Basic Qualifications: Master's degree in counseling, higher education administration, or a related field. A minimum of 3 years of successful experience in career services, counseling, or related field, preferably in a higher education setting. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated commitment to student success and a student-centered approach to career development.

An understanding and appreciation for the small, private liberal arts environment

Demonstrated skills in leading, developing and supervising a diverse staff.

Ability to take full advantage of relevant technologies in the provision of career services.

The capacity to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, employers, graduates, and family members.

Knowledge of career development theories, counseling techniques, and assessment tools.

Familiarity with industry trends, labor market data, and emerging career fields.

Experience with data analysis and assessment methodologies.


The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging with experience supporting diverse student populations is paramount.

Problem solving: the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

Interpersonal Skills: the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others' ideas, exhibits willingness to try new things, and demonstrates maturity and composure in dealing with difficult situations.

Oral Communication: the individual speaks English clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.

Written Communication: the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and can read and interpret written information in English.

Planning/Organizing: the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.

Quality Control: the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors their own work to ensure quality.

Adaptability: the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, and can deal with frequent change, interruptions, delays or unexpected events.

Dependability: the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction, and solicits feedback to improve performance.

Safety and Security: the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly.

Supervisory Responsibility: Senior Associate Director, Associate Director, Assistant Directors, Office & Marketing Coordinator.  Career Services also employ several student workers.

Division of Student Affairs Commitment to intercultural Understanding and Social Responsibility: The Pitzer community values inclusivity and challenges itself to engage in ongoing self-assessment and communal learning in the areas of power, privilege, access, and inclusion. The Division of Student Affairs strives together for a community where persons are treated equitably, and systemic barriers are removed. Beginning with personal identity work and then investing in efforts on campus, we work to be engaged and ethical participants in creating a just society.

Licenses/Certifications: Must have a valid driver’s license and a driving record insurable under the College’s General Liability policy. Must be able to drive self to/from nearby off campus locations.

Other Requirements:  Must be able to provide own, reliable transportation for local driving.

Time Type: Full-time 40 hours per week

Annual Pay Schedule: 12

Work Schedule: This position works 40 hours per week. The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour lunch. These hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.

Work Model: On-Campus

Compensation: Budgeted Salary: $95,000-$100,000 per year

Pitzer College is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick time, parental leave, bereavement, etc.), tuition reimbursement, tuition exchange program participation and more. 

Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to:

  • Sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Operate a computer for prolonged periods of time.
  • Communicate with others by email, in person and over the telephone.
  • Read printed materials and a computer screen.
  • Have the mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment.
  • Assist with the set-up and teardown of event tables, signage, and other materials.
  • Must be able to reach overhead, grasp, pull, push, stoop, bend, twist, and lift 20 pounds from the ground to waist level without assistance; and
  • Have the stamina to work at a fast pace and manage a high-volume workload.
  • Working Environment: Work is performed in an office setting with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Work involves interaction with employees, students and/or the public in person, by telephone and by computer. May occasionally work outdoors for events and activities.

Instructions:  Only qualified applicants please.

Application Materials: Upload the following materials to complete your application:

Cover Letter:  Indicate your reason for interest in this position, describe how your qualifications make you an ideal candidate, and explain which of Pitzer’s core values best relates to your own. 

Resume: List relevant qualifications and dates of experience.

Professional References: References will be contacted for select applicants and advance notice will be provided. Provide the names of at least three (3) individuals who can speak to your professional qualifications. Include their business titles, contact information and an indication of how you are acquainted with them (e.g., former supervisor, coworker, etc.).

Required degree level

  • Master

Years of experience

  • 3 - 5 Years

Salary range

  • $91,000 to $100,000 per year