Program Director - Career Foundations

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 100304
Title: Program Director
Functional Title: Program Director - Career Foundations
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPSA-University Career Center
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Program Director-Career Foundations plays a key role in students successfully completing the Foundations phase of career development, which includes self-assessment, career exploration and basic job search tools. The Program Director provides leadership and supervision of the Center’s student staff programs.

The Program Director counsels students through individual appointments and drop-in sessions regarding career decision-making, career exploration, experiential learning opportunities, student employment and full-time professional job search strategies and techniques, use of social media and online career tools for career and job search activities, graduate/advanced study, career/life planning and transition issues.

The Program Director manages and administers the Peer Career Educator (PCE) and Center Student Employee (CSE) Programs. Serving in this capacity, the Program Director recruits, trains, supervises, develops and evaluates PCE student staff, and coordinates with student supervisors for training, development and evaluation of CSE student staff. The Program Director collaborates with PCEs to provide peer-to-peer programming and manages the budget and assessment for student staff programs, coordinates recognition events and manages Resource Room space.

The Program Director participates in outreach, programming and teaching. Serving in this capacity, the Program Director presents skill-based workshops, distributes information on Center services, resources and events, teaches career/job search classes and provides staffing support to center-wide events.

The Program Director maintains service delivery records pertaining to counseling, outreach/programming and teaching, and evaluates, monitors and reports on utilization of services. The Program Director serves on Center and campus-wide committees and attends staff meetings and training sessions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in student affairs, counseling, education or related area. Two (2) years experience in career services or a related field including counseling, educational programming, work with employers, administrative responsibilities. Computer literacy, including computer-assisted guidance systems, Internet job search tools and database management systems. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Excellent written communication and presentation skills. Ability to work with diverse student populations.


Previous experience at a large university and in a comprehensive career center. Demonstrated student staff supervisory experience highly desirable.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin on February 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, please submit a resume with cover letter and the names and contact information of three professional references by February 19, 2018.

Posting Date: 01/30/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 02/19/2018
Physical Demands

Office Environment
Occasional room set-up for programming
Some evening and occasional weekend hours required

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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