Knox College, a distinguished liberal arts college, is pleased to announce a national search for an Executive Director of Career Development. This newly created position offers an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, innovative, and entrepreneurial career services leader. The successful Executive Director will provide visionary leadership for all aspects of career exploration for students and will create a collaborative and robust employer engagement and management strategy to connect employers with students, faculty, and alumni.

Through creativity, vision, and strong communication, the founding Executive Director will have the opportunity to take career development at Knox to the next level in support of the mission, goals, and strategic priorities of the College. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding of student development; an in-depth knowledge of occupational and employment trends and practices; excellent organizational, public relations, and communication skills to foster successful employer relationships aimed towards increasing the quality and number of employers recruiting Knox students and alumni for career opportunities; and an enthusiastic appreciation of the experience and values of a liberal arts education.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Development, the Executive Director of Career Development provides vision, strategic leadership, administrative guidance, and operational direction for all aspects of the Bastian Family Career Center. The Executive Director will prioritize a strong focus on cultivating lasting employer partnerships by developing, executing, and evaluating a robust employer relations program. The Executive Director will: be aware of emerging trends and best practices within the career development field and implement them as appropriate; facilitate meaningful connections with academic departments and alumni expanding and diversifying the portfolio of external opportunities for internships; and broaden opportunities for students to interact with alumni through strong relationships with the Office of Alumni Relations.

Key areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Establish a vision and strategic plan for the future of the Career Center, incorporating Knox’s tradition in the liberal arts with experiential learning, career and professional development, and entrepreneurship.
  • Increase the number of quality employment and internship opportunities available to Knox College students through the continuous development of relationships, both locally and nationally, with corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
  • Develop and cultivate deep relationships with faculty and staff to ensure integration of the Career Center with departments across campus.
  • Provide leadership, supervision, and mentoring to professional and paraprofessional Career Center staff.
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Director of Alumni Engagement to cultivate employment and internship opportunities via the Knox alumni network.
  • Refine and build upon signature programs in the context of a four-year career development model.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and communication strategies that increase awareness of and engagement with the Career Center.
  • Develop protocols to manage the collection, assessment, and reporting of Career Center data; work closely with Institutional Research to ensure high participation in the annual first destination survey.
  • Evaluate the fiscal needs of the career center; prepare, manage, and administer the operational budget, as well as the special program budgets; identify needs and work across the College to fund important career-related initiatives.
  • Evaluate and fully implement technologies that provide state-of-the art software programs for students, employers, and alumni to increase employment opportunities.


  • Master’s degree in an appropriate and related field.
  • Minimum of six years of professional experience in career development or a closely related field with a track record of progressive administrative responsibility; strong experience in employer relations preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the liberal arts and an ability to connect the student experience to the world of work; work or educational experience at a liberal arts institution preferred.
  • Knowledge of best practices in college career planning and counseling.
  • Prior experience in strategic planning, outcomes assessment, and program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use commonly used computer databases and web sources to assist students with job seeking or graduate school exploration.
  • Evidence of exceptional ability to lead and manage diverse teams, especially in terms of establishing and implementing a shared, innovative vision and strategies for achievement.
  • Outstanding communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to establish and nurture relationships with external and internal constituents.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive climate for students, faculty, and staff; strong desire to work with first-generation college students.

About Knox

Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1400 undergraduate students located in Galesburg, Illinois. With a campus population that includes students from 48 states and 51 countries, significant representation of first-generation college students, and substantial cultural and racial-ethnic diversity, Knox is a vibrant and creative community. The College attracts students with high aspirations and is nationally recognized for its academic excellence and contributions to the public good. For more information, please visit:

Application Procedure and Timeline

Knox College has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Applications should include a detailed cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.comThe subject line of the email should read “Knox – Executive Director of Career Development.” A confidential review of applicants will continue until an appointment is made. All applications received by September 14, 2018, will receive full consideration. Anticipated start date negotiable.

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

Knox College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.