Director of Career and Internship Services

About The Institute: 
The Institute, an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track non-classroom faculty position serving as the Director of Career and Internship Services. 

The Institute, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, the Institute offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, the Institute draws on its location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. 

With close ties to industry, the Institute draws faculty from the city's art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The college continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices. 

Job Description: 
Please note that the College reserves the right to select one or more candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

The Career and Internship Services unit educates and supports students and alumni by providing experiential education and career counseling services, including credit bearing worksite experiences, career planning and development opportunities, self-assessment tools, and individual counseling. 

Career and Internship Services is a major component of the Career and Internship Center which also comprises the academic department Internship Services. The Internship Studies unit offers all of the credit-bearing internship courses that students must complete as part of their degree program. The Director of Career and Internship Services maintains a very close, collaborative working relationship with the Chair of Internship Studies in order to ensure a seamless registration and enrollment process for students completing an internship. 

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Support, in direct support of the Institute's visionary strategic plan, the Director of Career and Internship Services is responsible for operations within the Career and Internship Services unit, including credit-bearing worksite experiences, career planning and development opportunities, self-assessment tools, and individual counseling. The successful candidate will be responsible for making recommendations to the relevant College bodies for policy development as related to the unit's mission, and oversee the management of budget, personnel, and programs pertaining to career and internship services provided to students and alumni. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for the quality of the career development initiatives developed by the unit, creating partnerships with industry aimed at developing and implementing educational and career opportunities for students and alumni. 

The exceptional candidate will perform the following duties:

  • Providing oversight and direction to the employees in the operating unit, including the management of the overall operational, budgetary, technological, and financial responsibilities and activities of the department.
  • Planning and allocating resources to effectively staff and accomplish the department's productivity goals. This includes planning and evaluating to improve the efficiency of business processes and
  • Procedures to enhance speed, quality, efficiency, and output for all stakeholders including, students, faculty, alumni and industry partners.
  • Coaching, mentoring and developing all team members, including overseeing new employee training and development as well as providing professional development opportunities, while at the same time empowering employees to take responsibility for their jobs related responsibilities and goals.
  • Fostering a spirit of teamwork and unity among department members that allows for healthy professional discussion regarding ideas, and expeditious conflict resolution and instilling a culture that manifests the appreciation of diversity as well as cohesiveness, supportiveness, and working effectively together to enable each individual employee and the department to succeed. It is also expected that the Director consciously creates a workplace culture that is consistent with that of the College's and that emphasizes the identified mission, vision, guiding principles, and values of the College.
  • Developing strong, collegial relationships with industry partners to ensure that students and alumni have a strong resource pool for career, job and internship opportunities.
  • Communicating regularly with other designated contacts within the College.
  • Collecting and applying evaluative data to improve services and training.

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Raising the visibility of our students and graduates to employers through effective marketing and networking techniques.
  • Managing and growing employer relations and on-campus recruitment programs, internship programs, and all other placement initiatives.
  • Collaborating with academic administrators to identify, define, and meet student career planning and internship needs, goals and objectives.
  • Coordinating career programs with academic departments, alumni and other constituencies
  • Managing the budgets for the unit.
  • Other duties as required.

Specific competencies sought as related to the position: 


  • Appreciate and respect the impact of varying racial, ethnic, religious and social groups and divergent opinions and attitudes in outreach to students, and outreach to faculty and staff.

Learning Enrichment/Higher Education

  • Exhibit a commitment to professional service, support, and assistance to students, faculty, and the campus community.

Professionalism/Service Orientation

  • Exhibit a commitment to professional service, support, and assistance to students, faculty, and the campus community.
  • Model professional behavior that prepares students and peer tutors for entry into their chosen fields.

Instructional Design/Student Development and Success

  • Understand the academic development needs of today's students and counsels, consults, or mentors them to ensure they are successful in meeting their education goals.
  • Advocate for student learning needs.


  • Use technology to enhance professional productivity.
  • Optimize the use of technology to improve service delivery to students, faculty and the campus community.

Master's degree required. Seven (7) years of experience in career planning, placement, student services, or human resource management and internship experience strongly required. Knowledge of career counseling principles and practices; marketing strategies, processes, and available resources; current employment trends and placement opportunities; financial/business analysis techniques; and targeted recruitment principles, procedures, and resources is required. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Ten (10) years of experience in career planning, placement, student services, or human resource management and internship experience pref. Familiarity with career fields of interest to students in the creative fields including art, design, business and technology, film, media and museum professions preferred. 

Additional Information: 
The Institute is undertaking a national search for the Director of Career and Internship Services and welcomes applications and nominations for this Non-Classroom Faculty position. Final salary and appointment rank will be based on the education level and cumulative experience of the candidate. We have a generous benefits package including health insurance, vacation, and holiday schedule. Applications for the position will be considered until the position is filled. 

The Institute is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, our community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. We are committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. The Institute is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.

New York, NY 10001
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