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Executive Director of the Career Development Center

Requisition ID:  16745

Job Summary


Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks a bold thinker who will provide strategic vision and establish a campus environment that weaves together the interplay of academics, student employment and career development, with workforce readiness as the Executive Director of the Career Development Center. The Executive Director reports to the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & the Student Experience. The Executive Director drives the strategic, innovative long-term vision for the Career Development Center. With student success at the core of Purdue University Fort Wayne’s strategic priorities, this position will champion the linkages that assist our students, graduates, alumni, faculty, and employers in the development of career education, career identification, cooperative education programs, internship opportunities, and employment opportunities commensurate with formal academic pursuits.



• Sets overall goals and strategic priorities for career development and career pipelines, in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
• Lead and incorporate the vision into the continued development of a high-impact unit within the campus community.
• Use understanding of career development theories to design and deliver career education, career identification, cooperative education programs, internship opportunities, and employment opportunities.
• Awareness of national and regional trends in higher education, career services, employer relations, the economy, and the resulting impact on Purdue Fort Wayne’s population of students, academic programs, and alumni.
• Participates in university development efforts to raise funds for critical career experiential opportunities, including presentations to potential donors and grant writing for foundation support.
• Successfully manage multiple budget lines and external contracts with multiple software vendors.
• Lead, develop, supervise, and engage the Career Development Center staff utilizing best practices for team development, communication, and supervision.



• Lead efforts to establish and expand relationships with regional employers, non-profits, government organizations, alumni and families as needed to steward, develop and track externships, internships, cooperatives, full-time hiring and programming opportunities in collaboration with employers.
• Participate in outreach efforts to active employers, alumni, donors, and community stakeholders, including job/career fairs.
• Co-coordinate with the Chancellor’s cabinet to facilitate the discussion on common issues, resources, and solutions used to manage career-related services for undergraduate and graduate/professional students, alumni, and the community.
• Develop understanding of the unique needs within the various schools and units at Purdue Fort Wayne; contribute to the development of programs and career pipelines relevant to those needs and congruent with workforce needs in the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana and the region.
• Participate in various local, state, regional and national organizations to increase presence of Purdue Fort Wayne Career Development Center and our role in workforce development, career education, and networking events that build potential student opportunities and employer databases.


• Plan, promote and market career services and information to students, including information resources, individual career counseling, and career pipelines.
• Supervise recruitment, interviewing processes and other facets of career planning and job listing services for current students and alumni.
• Assist the Career Development Center team in conducting workshops, seminars, and other presentations to student, faculty, employer, and alumni groups.
• Partner with academic leaders and faculty to develop career programs and initiatives that affect student’ marketability to employers.
• Lead efforts to develop, promote, and execute a high-impact student employment program university-wide.


• Drive the annual and multi-year strategic vision for the office. Lead staff in developing and implementing strategic priorities.
• Utilize assessment information to innovate programs and services.
• Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research to yield elevated response rates on annual career outcomes reporting as required by state, accrediting, and federal agencies, as well as tracking all student/graduate cohorts to report to university stakeholders.
• Stay current on changing economic and labor conditions and industry trends in Indiana, region, and nationally.


Find out why so many are taking advantage of a career at Purdue University Fort Wayne!  Employees enjoy:


  • Free tuition through Purdue University Global
  • Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, spouse, and children
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance available on first day of employment
  • Additional voluntary benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Support for professional development opportunities
  • Live and work in an affordable, family friendly community



  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs, or related field.
  • Eight to nine years of experience leading career initiatives with excellent business acumen, workforce development insight, and knowledge of professional recruitment, or equivalent experience in community workforce development, higher education, human resources, career center.
  • Minimum five years of experience supervising teams, capable of inspiring and motivating a team. Budget development and financial management experience. Strong knowledge of learning outcomes assessment and evaluation strategies experience.
  • Deep understanding and strong familiarity with the local job market.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and build relationships, and with great networking talents that build long-lasting employer relationships.
  • Goal-setting and strategic planning aptitude, exceptional communication skills (written, oral, presentation), critical thinking skills, and strong analytical skills. 
  • Ability to embrace change and to organize and effectively manage multiple priorities, programs, and projects in a fast paced, changing university environment.
  • Proven track record of successfully growing initiatives, demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse student environment, able to work with a variety of sectors including business, labor government, education, and the community.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and maintain compliance with the Purdue University Motor Vehicle Records Check policy.




  • Master's degree.


Additional Information:


  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contributions Immediately


Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.



Nov 23, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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