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Hamilton College Director, Career Communities (Industry Education) in Clinton, New York

As a key member of the leadership team of the Career Center, the Director, Career Communities is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive and robust industry education program that is fully integrated into the Career Center’s programs and positions Hamilton as a leader in industry education and post-graduate preparation. The inaugural Director, Career Communities reports to the Executive Director of Maurice Horowitch Career Center and will be part of the College Advancement office.

In addition to launching and leading the Center’s industry education efforts, the Director partners with a high-functioning career services team across work streams in the Career Center. As part of a dynamic and seasoned leadership team, the Director, Career Communities collaborates with the Executive Director, the Career Advising team, and the Director, Employer Engagement to set strategic priorities to further the mission of the Career Center and its broad initiatives and ensure successful execution of the goals.

This is an exempt position with a pay range of $72,000 - $82,000.


Key components of the position include building upon and reimagining the current industry curriculum to connect alumni to students in meaningful ways pertaining to both career interest and affinities. The Director will develop strategies to:

  • Enhance career readiness;

  • Direct annual program planning and implementation of key industry initiatives delivered by the Career Center; as well as skills training, and other industry-focused, scaled group efforts;

  • Serve as the liaison between the Hamilton Career Network and the Career Center.

Strategic Leadership:

Serve on the Career Center Leadership Team with the following:

  • assist the Executive Director with the strategic planning process and day-to-day operations;

  • exercise authority on strategy, judgment, budget, and policy related to Career Center’s organizational vision;

  • and represent and communicate the direction, goals and decisions set by the leadership team to key constituents as necessary.


Provide direction, guidance, and supervision of industry education professional staff, industry consultants, and student interns who support industry education programs; encourage and provide opportunities for staff development and growth.


Collaborate with the Career Center team to ensure all students have access to and engage in industry exploration tools and programs and ensure all students develop a career action plan specific to their industries of interest. Develop necessary strategy and structure for industry education, implementing a common philosophy and approach to industry advising and programming that dovetails with the core career development curriculum.

Partner with the Career Center leadership team in the planning and implementation of key industry education initiatives, including but not limited to:

  • build a process for industry exploration and skill development that helps students select industries for further exploration and access curated resources to assist students in evaluating and pursuing career options;

  • manage industry consultants;

  • oversee student-facing alumni industry-focused programs;

  • develop and execute career exploration treks, job shadow programs;

  • and offer other scaled group efforts.

Co-coordinate program and advising flows with the Employer Engagement and Career Development teams to ensure that new and re-envisioned programs are additive and not duplicative of services already occurring within the Career Center. Develop a sustainable strategy and infrastructure for connecting alumni to students in meaningful ways along both career interests and affinity-based lines to enhance career readiness.

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, or Bachelor’s degree and several years of demonstrated success in a combination of higher education, career development, alumni relations and organizational development and management, business development, or another related corporate environment.

  • 1-3 years of professional staff management experience required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to understand and demonstrate a commitment to Hamilton’s educational mission.

  • Proven leadership skills and an ability to manage, organize, motivate, and hold accountable employees and volunteers with different levels of commitment

  • Vision, creativity and imagination.

  • Proven program planning, organization, and execution skills. Ability to organize, analyze, prioritize, and problem-solve within a fast-paced office environment.

  • Excellent writing, public speaking, networking, and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to build rapport with students, communicate effectively with a wide range of campus constituencies, and leverage relationships with alumni, parents, faculty, and staff.

  • Ability to create systems and operational structures to accomplish defined goals and demonstrate high level of execution and follow-through

  • Event planning and execution

  • Demonstrated ability in capturing data, tracking progress, sharing it with important constituents, and using it to guide future planning

  • Commitment to equity - has developed or worked with initiatives that serve underrepresented groups.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff as well as members of the Hamilton community.

  • Intermediate knowledge of Excel and intermediate data analysis skills. Experience with CRM platform management, with a preference for knowledge of career ed tools such as Handshake, Vault or PeopleGrove.

  • Ability to work Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 and occasional availability on nights and weekends.

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and an educational experience that recognizes diversity in all of its forms and a wide array of cultural experiences as integral components of academic excellence. Candidates who can contribute to those goals are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in these areas.