Director of Career Services (Exempt) - NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Department: Student Life

An application for this position consists of an HSU Application, a resume and a document detailing your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (see below). The completed application package should be emailed to Human Resources at  and cc:

POSITION: Director of Career Services (Exempt)

LOCATION:  Abilene, TX

START DATE:  As soon as possible

SUPERVISOR: Vice President for Student Life

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT -  Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

SCOPE : The Director of Career Services provides leadership and direction for a university-wide strategic initiative that incorporates best practices in the field of career services. This position develops a strategic plan for enhancing and enriching a clear pathway for students' career development and success by integrating career services into the HSU university experience. The Director of Career Services works under the supervision of the Vice President for Student Life and in the division of Student Life.

The Director of Career Services is expected to maintain contact with HR offices and hiring managers of Big Country Chambers of Commerce members, DFW businesses, and Midland/Odessa businesses. Arranges, manages, and coordinates hiring managers coming to campus to interview students. Guides students in career choices and employer matches. Meets regularly with Abilene Chamber of Commerce to determine job needs for the area. Reports job needs and trends to Deans and AC for consideration of programming to meet the needs.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This job is sedentary in nature. Must be able to sit/stand for long periods of time while performing office functions. Occasional light lifting may be required.

TRAVEL/TIME REQUIREMENTS: This is an Exempt Level Professional Position which often requires more than a 40-hour work week. Frequent evenings and/or Saturdays are required for attendance at various special events on campus, including graduation, awards ceremonies, banquets, job fairs, etiquette dinners, professional luncheons, etc. May require travel to employer offices and alumni chapter meetings.


  1. Master's degree preferred, preferably in a counseling or student affairs related area. Minimum required is Bachelor's degree and seven years of experience in a related field.
  2. Demonstrated Christian faith and commitment to high standards of Christian integrity and service.
  3. Previous customer-service oriented work, including the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff.
  4. Excellent communication skills required (ability to clearly express ideas and concepts orally and in writing).
  5. Strong interpersonal skills (emotionally intelligent).
  6. Strong commitment to the values of diversity and human compassion.
  7. Experience in strategic planning and budget management.
  8. Collaborative, effective team leader.
  9. Demonstrated understanding of changing student needs and ability to articulate these needs to the University community.
  10. Commitment to the academic achievement and personal development of college students.
  11. Commitment to working in collaboration with senior administrators, other University colleagues, direct reports, faculty, and board members.
  12. Demonstrated involvement in appropriate professional associations in student life field, and, in particular, Career Services.


  1. Provide leadership for furthering a student's vocation preparation and calling  
  • Assist students and alumni in choosing careers  
  • Provide individual and group  career counseling with prospective students and current students  
  • Assist students in obtaining career-related work experiences while in school  
  • Assist students in developing job search skills and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school  
  • Administer and interpret inventories/typologies useful in career counseling (such as Enneagram, CliftonStrengths, MBTI, etc.)  
  • Coordinate holistic student programming to build community and lifelong relationships through appropriate developmental and educational initiatives  
  • Counsel with students and parents as needed  
  • Guide students in the development, design, and layout of resumes and cover letters  
  • Develop and conduct effective and creative programs/events on career exploration and career-related experiences  
  • Develop innovative ways to develop students (such as through a virtual career center)
  1. Communicate with campus constituencies  
  • Work in partnership with Academic Affairs to develop, implement, and evaluate curricular and co-curricular programs infused with the concept "a clear pathway to the end"
  • Work with Admissions staff to articulate the role of Career Services
  • Assist with developing part-time, full-time internships in consultation with faculty and maintain online resource system (College Central Network)
  • Educate students in their career development by working with the  First Year Seminar faculty
  • Make presentations to various classes and departments for the purpose of career development, i.e. resume writing, job search, career decision-making
  • Represent Career Services to the university and its constituents
  • Work with Student Activities and speak at campus events (such as Round-Up and Stampede)
  • Oversee related marketing plans, publications, and website design/content
  • Maintain Career Services presence on social media platforms (eg. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  1. Provide leadership for alumni networking and connections outside campus  
  • Seek to develop and maintain relationships with various constituents such as employers, graduate school representatives and alumni for the purpose of assisting students with their job search.
  • Work with Alumni Relations to encourage alumni to visit the campus and share their story in curricular and co-curricular environments
  • Build alumni networks
  • Work with established job fairs to ensure that HSU is represented and inform students and faculty of upcoming job fairs
  • Communicate with parents to make sure they have the resources to help students
  • Help build internship opportunities  
  • Recruit representatives of regional and national companies and agencies to interview and employ graduates of HSU  
  • Work with employers, graduate school representatives, and alumni who wish to visit the campus for the purpose of recruiting. Arrange interview schedules, greet and welcome them, and follow-up to determine additional needs  
  • Build an employer-in-residence program that includes mock interviews, resume' reviewing, and job/internship inquiries
  1. Other  
  • Work with student government, social clubs, and other campus organizations as needed
  • Adhere to guidelines in the University Personnel and Safety Handbooks and departmental policies  
  • Oversee fiscal responsibilities related to the areas listed above  
  • Assist with strategic planning for Student Life
  • Complete special projects or serve on committees as needed or assigned

KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)  on a separate sheet of paper, complete the KSA information listed below. Using any standard word processing program, please write a paragraph for each KSA listed describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is your opportunity to express your background and qualifications in each area. Relate the KSAs to the Essential Duties when possible. Explain your qualifications from your background, education, current job and/or previous jobs as they relate to each function. Interview decisions will be based on the information provided.

  1. Computer Skills:   
  2. Professional/Business Office Experience:  
  3. Human Relations/Customer Service:   
  4. Communication:  
  5. Office Management:  
  6. Christian:  

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the  HSU Benefits Summary  on the HSU website.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant's religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU's mission.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.

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HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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