Associate Vice President, Career and Professional Development, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE, IL | Curran Career Consulting

Associate Vice President, Career and Professional Development, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE, IL


This post answers key questions about the AVP position, which opened on January 30 and closes on March 7, 2014. It also includes the full job description with requirements. To apply, go to:



Augustana College is looking for a results-oriented, creative and entrepreneurial leader who, together with staff and colleagues, is capable of making Augustana a leader in the preparation of liberal arts students for their lives after graduation. The selected candidate will be a builder, strategic thinker, innovator, connector, and collaborator. He or she does not have to be currently employed in a Career Center, but will be very familiar with the work world, the needs of employers, and the issues and challenges facing recent college graduates. The AVP will be equally familiar with higher education and how to engage faculty and colleagues across domains at a residential liberal arts college. A key requirement is to be a consummate communicator—someone who can inspire and lead all constituents to achieve Augustana’s goal of distinguished career and graduate school successes for its students and alumni.



This is a new position, created as a result of a bold new strategic plan, approved by the Board in January 2014. The salary will be highly competitive, compared to peer institutions.

Strategic Plan: Augustana 2020

One of the plan’s main objectives relates to career and graduate school preparation. The Associate Vice President will play an important role in developing and ensuring that Augustana achieves the following outcome:

Enhanced Preparation, to ensure students have distinguished career and graduate school successes
We will develop new relationships and resources so all students will have the knowledge, confidence and specific tools to connect their education with immediate goals after graduation and changing goals throughout their lives. Our graduates will find professions that honor their aspirations and investment, and vocations through which they will effect positive change in the world. “


Goals related to this strategic direction include:

• Implement Augustana (Augie) CareerConnections as a signature program of the college that better integrates advising with career and professional development and campus-wide student internship opportunities
• Capitalize on the full residential college experience to connect the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are the hallmark of a liberal arts education to our students’ post-graduate career plans
• Ensure that campus-wide events, such as the three campus-wide Symposia, highlight and integrate advising and career development.
• Ensure students develop professional competencies that enable them to pursue a successful and meaningful career path.


The AVP will be expected to orchestrate efforts that lead to the following results:
• For graduate school applicants, acceptance rate of 95% to their first or second graduate/professional school of choice
• For non-graduate school applicants, full-time employment rates of 90% within 6 months of graduation in positions requiring a college degree
• 80% of recent alumni in the workforce indicating that Augustana prepared them well to succeed in their current positions
• 90% of recent alumni in graduate school indicating that Augustana prepared them well to succeed in their current program
• 90% of students provided with internships (or similar intensive practical training experiences) or intensive/significant research projects


Augustana College has made a significant investment in the strategic career initiative. In FY15, the number of staff in the Office of Career and Professional Development is expected to increase from 4 to 13, with a budget of over $1M. A number of excellent staff have been reassigned from other areas of the College with significant career and professional development experience. Three to four additional new positions will be filled, and the AVP will have flexibility in building a team that can best meet the needs described above.

The incumbent will have the benefit of a Strategic Opportunity Assessment (SOA), conducted in 2013 by the Curran Consulting Group, on the Internship and Careers Office (former name) and related departments. The SOA report includes “Quick Wins” and longer term recommendations.

The Associate Vice President reports to Provost Pareena Lawrence, and will have frequent contact with President Steve Bahls and members of his Senior Cabinet. Structurally, the Office of Career and Professional Development is an important part of the Augustana CareerConnections and Enrichment Center overseen by Associate Dean for Curriculum and Enrichment, Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain. The Office of Career and Professional Development will be co-located with the Office of Advising, in newly renovated space at the heart of campus.

The career and professional development initiative is an institutional commitment, and the Associate Vice President is expected to develop a “Career Community” of internal and external stakeholders who can assist students and alumni as they explore, develop, and apply for internships and post-baccalaureate opportunities.



Augustana College is located in Rock Island, Illinois. Along with Moline, IL, Bettendorf, IA and Davenport, IA, Rock Island is one of the Quad Cities, a diverse community of 400,000 people, with a variety of activities and restaurants and an excellent international airport (MLI). The Mississippi River flows between Rock Island and Moline on the south side, and Davenport on the north side. Quad Cities publishes a Visitor’s Guide that can be accessed electronically through Rock Island is about 2.5 hours away by car from Chicago.



Augustana is described as a “very collegial” place to work. Faculty and staff are actively involved in institutional strategic planning, and there is strong support for the careers initiative. The 2500 students come from varied geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Augustana is a Division III school with many intramural programs. More information can be found at

The student to faculty ratio is 12 to one, and the student to career staff member ratio is projected to be 192:1—some of the best ratios in the country.

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION, effective 2014

Position Purpose

The Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development orchestrates College-wide career initiatives to achieve institutional strategic objectives relating to student and graduate success. Collaborating with senior administration, faculty, deans, administrators, alumni, parents and employers, the AVP oversees the design and implementation of an integrated model of career development that enables all Augustana students to transition successfully from college to work and further education.


The AVP leads 13 professional and support staff and a significant number of student interns/paraprofessionals, in an Office of Career and Professional Development that includes Career Counseling and Vocational Discernment, Entrepreneurial Center, and Employment and Internships. Serving the needs of 2500+ students and alumni, the AVP oversees a total budget of over $1M (operations and staff).


1. Build a new Office of Career and Professional Development, as part of the larger Augie Career Connections and Enrichment Center, that is capable of achieving institutional strategic initiatives through appropriate staffing, budgeting, systems and assessment strategies.

2. Establish a compelling vision, mission, and goals, and engage key stakeholders (including faculty, students, professional staff, alumni, and parents) in shaping the direction and initiatives of the Center.

3. Help define and promote the vision and value proposition of Augustana College’s new Center to students, colleagues, senior leadership, and Board of Trustees.

4. Educate Augustana College audiences on national trends relating to careers and professional development and the implications for students. Work with faculty to integrate classroom and experiential education so that student learning better aligns with the knowledge and skill sets required by employers.

5. Collaborate to design an integrated academic and career advising system, in concert with appropriate deans and directors, ensuring that each student has support from an academic, administrative, and peer advisor.

6. Play a key role in enhancing the use of eportfolios with students, enabling them to better communicate the value of their Augustana experience.

7. Ensure the optimization of Augie Choice dollars as it relates to internships, developing mechanisms to best prepare students for their experiential education, and systems to evaluate and communicate learning from internship and study abroad experiences.

8. Oversee the design and implementation of an integrated campus internship program.

9. In concert with faculty and campus leaders, create an intentional co-curriculum that capitalizes on and places value in the experiential learning taking place outside the classroom.

10. Oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive employer development plan for internships and jobs that leverages trustee, faculty, alumni and parent relationships, and best serves the needs and interests of students.

11. Expand the reach of the Center by instituting a Career Community approach to supporting student career goals, capitalizing on the willingness of alumni, parents and friends to engage with students. Oversee the development of systems that provide the most enjoyable experience for Career Community volunteers while facilitating access for those students who can benefit from external help.

12. Determine the appropriate balance between high-tech and high-touch services, supporting technological approaches that align with the way students approach careers and employers seek applicants in the 21st century.

13. Work with the Admissions Office to translate Augustana’s goals for career and professional development into a compelling story for guidance counselors and prospective students.

14. Create opportunities for external funding through the development of career initiatives that achieve quantifiable results. Participate in fundraising and friend-raising initiatives, speaking frequently about Augustana’s unique approach to careers and professional development.

15. Advocate for the staffing, resources, and technology that will best support the Center’s mission and goals.

16. Promote students’ ownership of their own career learning, planning and development.


1. Design an optimal staffing structure and resource allocation to support the Office of Career and Professional Development’s mission and goals.

2. Play a key role in the hiring, training, motivation, and evaluation of the Office of Career and Professional Development’s staff.

3. Implement appropriate assessment and data collection to drive decision-making relating to programs, services, or the development of opportunities/connections.

4. Oversee the development and analysis of metrics that track progress towards institutional goals relating to careers and professional development, and make adjustments to programs and staffing in response to data.

5. Introduce comprehensive, dynamic online resources for career development.

6. Collaborate with departments and Office of Advising to generate the development of four-year plans from college to multiple different career fields.

7. Promote career development programming and advising services that demonstrate a positive impact on student and alumni ability to achieve professional goals.

8. Leverage on- and off-campus relationships to enhance career advising, connections, internships, and work opportunities for undergraduates and alumni.

9. Involve faculty, colleagues and students in efforts to promote Quad Cities as a center of innovation, lifelong learning, and student recruitment.

10. Ensure the significant expansion of internship and job opportunities for Augustana students and graduates. Develop employment pipelines to particular companies, and pathways to specific graduate schools.

11. Promote the use of student paraprofessionals in providing certain career services (e.g., resume and cover letter preparation), and in expanding the reach of the Office of Career and Professional Development beyond the office and outside of regular work hours.

12. Create an environment of continual assessment, creativity, and innovation in meeting the goals of the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Key Collaborations and Partnerships

• Students and Student Groups
• Faculty
• Alumni
• Parents
• Academic Advising
• Student Affairs and Residential Life
• Alumni Relations
• Advancement
• International Programs
• Employers
• Quad Cities

SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE (*= requirement)

1. Demonstrated ability to build an innovative program that results in the accomplishment of strategic goals*

2. Clear understanding of the work world into which students will graduate and criteria for student success in gaining admission to graduate school or getting hired*

3. Ability to design initiatives, programs, and services that facilitate student entry into careers of choice

4. Ability to build, enhance, and connect students to networks and relationships on campus and beyond*

5. Proven ability to effectively engage with multiple constituencies, e.g., faculty, trustees, employers and students—in individual meetings, small groups, large presentations, and in writing*

6. Demonstrated effective skills in both leadership and plan execution*

7. Understanding of assessment and the ability to use data to make decisions*

8. Demonstration of key characteristics, including the ability to: innovate and think creatively; collaborate; connect; seize opportunities for serving the needs of students; plan for resources and personnel; and, build positive relationships with faculty

9. Knowledge and understanding of the liberal arts and the advantages of a residential liberal arts college education and experience

EXPERIENCE (*= requirement)

1. Ten years of leadership experience, including the development of major initiatives, in an area relating to careers, employment, or higher education*
2. Experience in position(s) with significant responsibility for achieving results
3. Demonstrated experience in building programs/initiatives with and through people who may, or may not, be direct reports*
4. Demonstrated success in developing collaborative relationships and networks*
5. Experience in effectively managing people, finances, systems, and technology*
6. Experience in raising funds through the creation of results-oriented programs and initiatives
7. Experience with eportfolios, online career resources, and other tools associated with 21st century career exploration and networking

EDUCATION (*= requirement)

Minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience*


Organizational Structure for Office of Career and Professional Development

C&PD Org Chart


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