Illinois Institute of Technology, a private research university located in Chicago, is pleased to announce the search for the Associate Vice Provost for Career Development and Employer Relations—an exciting new position that provides an opportunity to make a deep, lasting, and positive impact on the institution and the students it serves. The new Associate Vice Provost (AVP) must have the demonstrated skills to build strong relationships with key personnel at corporations and other employers, to provide visionary leadership, and to work closely with internal and external constituencies in innovative ways that advance the mission of the university. Illinois Tech provides students with exceptional preparation for professions that require technical sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. The AVP will be responsible for envisioning and building services and programs that support these students in identifying and successfully pursuing a professional position following graduation.

The Associate Vice Provost for Career Development and Employer Relations must be prepared to immediately focus on discovering, cultivating, and managing relationships with corporations and other potential employers in order to develop more opportunities for students seeking internships or employment while developing a strategy to continue to expand these efforts. Working with the staff, the AVP will develop and further enhance programs and support to prepare students for the process of seeking employment with the intent to engage more students and to do so earlier in their tenure at Illinois Tech. This is a unique and well-timed opportunity for the AVP and the staff to identify innovative ways to meet the career-related needs of the globally diverse student body.

About Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Tech is a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. Illinois Tech is one of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU). The mission of Illinois Tech is to provide distinctive and relevant education in an environment of scientific, technological, and professional knowledge creation and innovation.

Every successful organization has a vision and a plan to get there. The heart of a strategic plan is its vision statement. The Illinois Tech strategic plan is a living document and will be adjusted annually to reflect changes in circumstances—internal and external to the university. Strategies will be modified to cope with changing conditions and to exploit new opportunities, but the vision remains constant. It is our target and will not move until it is achieved. We are aiming high, and we intend to get there. To view the Illinois Tech strategic plan click here.

Illinois Tech is located in Chicago, where it was founded to provide a technical education for students from all backgrounds at a time when this type of education was reserved for society’s elite. Though the institution has evolved over the years, it has maintained its commitment to providing an exceptional education to a domestically and globally diverse student body. Illinois Tech currently enrolls almost 7,000 students (2,900 of whom are undergraduates) from 93 countries.

Position Summary

The Associate Vice Provost for Career Development and Employer Relations will provide strategic leadership for a team responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating recruiting systems, programs, internship opportunities, and events that connect employers with Illinois Tech students, alumni, and faculty. This position is expected to focus on nurturing relationships with corporations that will hire students.

Services in the Career Development Office include career development, career counseling, job and internship placement, and employer and alumni engagement. Specific services will focus on employer relations, assisting students near graduation, graduate placement into skill-based work, and assisting alumni with job search readiness and career development.

It is expected that the AVP create specific metrics that measure the level of success of current and new programs/initiatives/strategies.

The AVP reports to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT). As a member of SALT, the AVP may be expected to respond to student-related issues on campus.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaboratively create and execute a short and long-term strategic vision for developing and building relationships with corporations to become true partners of Illinois Tech. These partnerships entail hiring Illinois Tech students and assisting with career readiness programs for Illinois Tech students. The AVP will also be expected to work with key leaders at the institution to enhance employer relationships that will increase philanthropic giving to the university and develop opportunities for continuing education programs for corporate personnel.
  • Identify, formulate, and execute strategic priorities that will contribute to the growth and strengthening of programs and services provided by the Career Development team up to and including job placement post-graduation. Develop and implement methods to effectively assess and evaluate the programs and services offered.
  • Develop and maintain employer outreach programs and increase the number and quality of employment and internship opportunities for students across all departments and colleges.
    • Grow and cultivate relationships with professional networks, existing employer contacts, key campus stakeholders, and new external corporate partners.
    • Oversee and monitor the development and retention of relationships with employers for the purpose of externships/internships and job placement of graduates.
    • Continuously survey graduates and employers to ensure programs meet or exceed job market and employer needs.
    • Execute the collection of and reporting of internship and job placement outcomes as well as other data related to institutional effectiveness to the appropriate stakeholders within the Illinois Tech Community.
    • Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate full-time professional staff. Conduct regularly scheduled administrative meetings and professional development programming.
    • Lead the team in facilitating and planning programs that enhance the strategic vision and priorities of the office, including but are not limited to, job fairs, networking events, corporate engagement, career boot camp, advising sessions, etc.
    • Provide leadership to the staff, motivating the team to reach beyond traditional responsibilities, processes and ways of thinking and collaborate to achieve departmental, divisional and university goals.
    • Collaborate with Alumni Relations to identify corporate partnerships and development opportunities to support internship and employment initiatives and programs.
    • Maintain accurate alumni and graduate placement data.
    • Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records, including alumni survey data, alumni directory information, and other engagement of alumni through the office.
    • Develop employment profiles for matching graduates to exceptional opportunities as identified through the alumni network.
    • Ensure online resources are plentiful, comprehensive, and relevant at all times.
    • Enhance networking opportunities for employers, students, and alumni.
    • Build community involvement at the campus level by participating in campus-wide outreach initiatives including, but not limited to, Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR).
    • Develop and implement marketing strategies to recruit and promote awareness of employment and job preparation opportunities.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in a relevant field preferred
    • At least six years of related professional experience that demonstrates preparedness for the responsibilities of this position, including the supervision and management of professional staff, budgeting/fiscal management, and the development and maintenance of employer outreach programs
    • Experience working in a college or university setting preferred
    • Knowledge of best practices in career development and an understanding of the principles of student development preferred
    • Excellent communication, presentation, and relationship-building skills in order to work with corporate representatives, IIT staff and faculty, and students
    • Demonstrated broad and current understanding of career development strategies, best practices, industry trends, and the expectations of employers
    • Evidence of ability to lead and manage a diverse team in a welcoming and inclusive work environment
    • Demonstrated experience in engaging in and leading inclusive strategic planning processes
    • Understanding and appreciation of the growing role technology plays in the delivery of career development programs and services
    • Experience engaging, directly or indirectly by supporting others, in fundraising and/or program development with corporate partners preferred

Application Procedure and Timeline

Illinois Tech has engaged Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this important search process. Applications should include a detailed cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to The subject line for the email should read, “Illinois Tech—AVP.” Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and all applications received by February 8, 2019, will receive full consideration. The search will continue until an appointment is made.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, at

Illinois Institute of Technology is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity within its community. It actively seeks applications from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.

Click here for the Illinois Tech diversity statement.

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