• Director, Career Services-Candler School of Theology

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Candler School Of Theology
    Candler School Of Theology
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Admissions & Student Life
  • Description

    Candler School of Theology at Emory University prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world.  An intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology whose mission is to educate faithful and creative leaders for a variety of ministries in the church and the world.  Founded in 1914, it is one of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church, with an enrollment of nearly 500 students representing 40 denominations, and more than 8.000 alumni worldwide.  Candler seeks a dynamic, seasoned Director of Career Services to create a career services program for students and alumni who will work in church-related, academic, not-for-profit, corporate and other settings.    

    The Director of Career Services is part of the Office of Student Programming staff and reports to the Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation, who oversees the overall work of the Office of Student Programming.




    The expectations for and responsibilities of the Director of Career Services include, but are not limited to, the following:


    Career Counseling

    • Advise students on professional development opportunities, career planning, search processes and tools, holding regular appointment hours and weekly walk-in hours
    • Consult and collaborate with Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation on opportunities for vocational discernment
    • Work with other academic and program staff, especially Black Church Studies, Baptist Studies, Episcopal Studies, Women, Theology and Ministry, Religious Education, Contextual Education, and the Master of Theological Studies Program on vocational discernment and career resources for student

    Program Development and Administration

    • Develop, vet and maintain all current job, non-Candler internship, and fellowship opportunities in Emory University’s online job management system
    • Design and execute educational programming on career tools and skills
    • Serve as liaison with Emory University’s Career Center for resources available to Candler students and alumni
    • Track student and employer activities; develop and manage system for measuring outcomes data

    Employer Recruitment

    • Foster professional connections, relationships and opportunities for Candler students and alumni through outreach to city, regional and national employers
    • Build a Candler “brand” based on proven abilities, skills, and experiences of Candler students and alumni
    • Coordinate all major recruiting and other career events and programs for Candler students and alumni

    Alumni Support

    • Work collaboratively with the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement to cultivate alumni employers, alumni mentors, and other key relationships necessary to effectively resource the program
    • Provide new graduates with professional placement assistance
    • Serve as resource for later alumni in professional transition

    She or He maintains effective working relationships with Candler’s deans and faculty; with staff of the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid; Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement; Contextual Education; and various program offices; and with Emory University offices related to career services and student employment.



    • A master’s level degree higher education, counseling or similar
    • Seven to ten years’ experience in career services counseling
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated leadership skills
    • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to attend to details
    • Sensitivity to the issues of vocational discernment
    • Appreciation for the nature of ministry (ordained and non-ordained)
    • Ability to foster strong relationships with international students; Black, Latinx, and Asian American/Pacific Islander students; and with LGBTQ students
    • Familiarity with programs of theological education, the mission of Candler School of Theology, the church and the academy
    • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Word, MS Excel) and excellent database management skills


    FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Plans, implements, evaluates and directs various activities related to the provision of career services for students within a particular school of the university including on-campus recruiting activities, the marketing and administration of related internship programs, and career guidance and counseling services. Provides information to students on topics that affect career opportunities and advancement such as job opportunities, job search strategies, educational and training opportunities, occupational outlook information, career enhancement materials and resume writing. Manages the development and maintenance of computerized information systems that support student placement efforts. Directs the interviewing program for students in a particular school. Oversees the development of internship programs to provide students with real world experience in their field of expertise. Develops and maintains relationships with hiring representatives from potential employers of university graduates. Coordinates events in which potential employers can discuss employment and career opportunities. Creates marketing strategies to increase student and employer awareness of and participation in career services programs. May make formal presentations to alumni, students, community groups or professional organizations. Assists students in developing resumes. Conducts workshops and programs on career planning and placement topics. Ensures the preparation of operational and statistical reports for management and regulatory agencies. Plans, administers and monitors the department's budget. Establishes and administers departmental policies and procedures. Maintains professional growth and the professional development of staff by participating in educational programs and professional organizations and activities to maintain knowledge of national trends in the career services field. Hires, trains and supervises staff. Performs related responsibilities as required.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree in the school's specialty or a related field. Five years of experience in career planning and placement or a related field which includes one year of experience in a lead or supervisory role.




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