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Assistant Director, Academic & Career Integration

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College / VP Area: Vice President for Student Life
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Academic Administration, Student Affairs & Services, Full Time, Program/Project Management



Under the limited direction of the Associate Director, Academic & Career Integration (ADACI), the Assistant Director, Academic & Career Integration is an active professional on the five-person Academic & Career Integration Subteam (ACI). This subteam, along with the Career Access & Equity Subteam, forms the Life Design & Career Integration Team (LDCI) within the UD Career Center (UDCC) and Division of Student Life (DSL).


The Assistant Director helps set and achieve the ACI’s overall strategic goals to enhance and integrate life design, career preparation, and professional experiences into the curriculum and academic programs so all undergraduate and graduate students achieve clear outcomes, ROI, and postgraduate success from their UD education. They achieve their goals through collaborative partnerships with deans, leaders, faculty, staff, and students in a portfolio of one to three colleges, 18-20 academic departments, programs, and support offices, 20-30 academic- and professionally focused RSOs, career communities, the Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning, Faculty Commons, Academic Technology Services, and other academic affairs units. In addition, the Assistant Director advances the goals of the LDCI Team, actively engages in UDCC, DSL, and college committees and coalitions, represents UD as a career expert on-campus and through social media, associations, and conferences, and works in conjunction with other UDCC staff to build new and forward-thinking operations and initiatives that positively impact career preparation, access and equity, and social mobility for all UD students and alumni.



Integration & Collaboration

  • Coordinate and achieve the strategic priorities of the Academic & Career Integration Subteam (ACI).
  • Oversee academic and career integration priorities, success strategies, and outcomes for a portfolio of one to three colleges, 15 academic departments and schools, 20 academic and professionally focused RSOs, and one to two career and industry clusters.
  • Work with multiple University offices and units on academic and career engagement strategies and resources. 
  • Serve on multiple teams, committees, planning groups, boards, task forces, and cross-functional teams.
  • Coordinate and engage in regular strategy and operational meetings with a variety of college and academic leaders.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of critical national, regional, and local trends and best practices in employer recruiting, the labor market and future of work; career access and equity; social mobility and social justice; higher education, alumni and family engagement; career development; student and postgraduate success; technology; and curriculum design. Share insights and critical information with the UDCC and its constituents.
  • Collaborate on college and academic affairs initiated career and post-graduate success related initiatives such as mentor programs, alumni career networks, internship-for-credit coordination and cultivation, and faculty and peer-led career advising.
  • Oversee the creation and design of UD’s career-related curriculum and content for use in academic departments, programs, and support units.
  • Ensure the delivery of antiracist, culturally responsive, and equity-centered career education, programming, and initiatives to meet the diverse needs of historically racially minoritized communities, LGBTQ+ students, veterans, limited income, and first-generation undergraduates and graduate students.
  • Recognize and help change UD and UDCC policies, procedures, services, and programs that perpetuate inequities in students’ ability to pursue and achieve postgraduate success.


Program & Project Management

  • Oversee major UDCC institutional programs assigned to the ACI subteam, including but not limited to the UDesign and Launch Empowerment Program through CANVAS, the Career Influencer Network, the Peer Influencer Network, and the Life Design and Career Integration Peer Consultants.
  • Design and implement collaborative and scalable programs and engagement strategies to connect all undergraduate and graduate students to career experiences, preparation, resources, and programming.
  • Build and utilize knowledge and expertise in the use of Learning Management Systems such as CANVAS to lead courses and develop career content and assignments.
  • Set and follow standards for maintaining trend knowledge in career fields, programming needs, and internal and external relations.
  • Manage and succeed in the functional areas of career coaching and counseling, industry advising, programming, alumni and employer engagement, special population support, recruiting trends, and professional development.
  • Collaborate with LDCI and counterparts on the Career Connections and Experiences Team to design and implement career programs, events and experiences.
  • Conduct one-on-one career coaching and counseling appointments, active-learning workshops, and presentations.
  • Represent the UDCC and UD as a career expert through social media, professional associations, and conferences.



  • Engage in continuous improvement to foresee and respond to changing needs of students and the workplace.
  • Analyze, understand, and leverage qualitative and quantitative data to develop, implement, and manage life design and career-related programs and resources and educational, student, and post-graduate success outcomes.
  • Collaborate with UDCC team members to collect and assess first-destination career outcomes data.
  • Participate in career curriculum assessment and develop measurable learning outcomes, assignments, and activities.
  • Utilize assessment and metrics to implement programs, services, policies, and initiatives to reduce inequities and create equal opportunity for historically marginalized, first-generation, and low-income students. Ensure the UDCC and its program, services and operations are inclusive, antiracist, and equitable.
  • Research career education, curriculum development, and workplace competency trends and initiate new and enhanced career programs.
  • Set and utilize reporting metrics to support office strategy, outreach, and education efforts.
  • Utilize student, faculty, and staff focus groups and advisory groups.
  • Identify and analyze patterns in campus data and develop/seek solutions/opportunities for equity-related discrepancies.



  • Master’s degree and 3 years of job-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience of paraprofessionals is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate the ROI and importance of academic and career integration.
  • Experience as a systems thinker with a strategic mindset that aligns with the direction of an academic and career integration model.
  • Demonstrated project and program management experience leading to quantifiable results and goal attainment.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, maintain and enhance effective and productive partnerships with diverse external and internal stakeholders, including faculty, advisors, administrators, staff, recruiters, alumni, families, and students.
  • Experience working with diverse populations; demonstrated professionalism and cultural humility.
  • Experience leading strategic planning and innovative organizational change.
  • Ability and proven track record in meeting goals dependent upon internal and external partnerships.
  • Demonstrated effective skills in collaboration, curriculum design, presentation, reporting, and oral and written communication.
  • Experience using a social justice lens in planning and problem-solving.
  • Broad knowledge and experience implementing career development and student engagement theory, practices, and strategies.
  • Commitment to students and maintaining an inviting, inclusive, and equitable office ethos and environment.
  • Effective team builder and group leader.           
  • Ability to utilize data, assessment tools, career information, and analyze and use employment and higher education trends.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound judgment, and act with discretion.
  • Ability to take risks, assess and shift priorities and adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to utilize Handshake (or similar CRM platform), MS office suite, web editing, and social media technologies for marketing, analysis, and work product.
  • Ability to travel and work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Demonstrated understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.



Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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