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Assoc Dean-Career Srvs

  • Requisition no: 527726
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: Graduate School of Journalism
  • Grade: Grade 14
  • Categories: Stdnt Affairs/Educational Admn

Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean of Student Life, the Associate Dean will be responsible for management of all aspects of the Office of Career Services. This person will be responsible for directing a career services function that reflects the strategic goals laid out by the Dean(s) of Columbia’s Journalism School, as well as in response to curricular priorities, diversity efforts and industry trends.


Develops and executes strategic plan for an organized interface between employers and students, including in-person and virtual meetings. Manages all aspects of our annual Career Expo.  Arranges student-group meetings with news organizations throughout the academic year and matches individual outstanding students with selected employers.

Develops a strategy and directs the development, implementation, and direction of career services policies and procedures.                       

Counsels students on career planning and opportunities.  Critiques student cover letters and resumes, and may also assist with job-application preparation.

Oversees the publication of career services news and information content for all online platforms, including a newsletter for email and web distribution and a substantial database of job offers and application deadlines. Oversees the development of guides to internship, job openings and resources. Oversees surveys and statistical analysis of new graduate job searches.

Tracks journalism hiring trends and maintains contacts throughout industry.  Serves as liaison to professional journalism associations.

Plans lectures and panels on journalism career topics.   Recruits speakers and panelists.

Develops and maintains partnerships with professional organizations. Advises prospects of available job placement services following graduation.

Oversees a number of Columbia-exclusive partnerships with groups like INN (Institute for Nonprofit News), including publicizing programs, collecting applications and helping, with media outlets, to select students for such opportunities.

Manages department budget.  Monitors and controls expenses and budgets.

Directs the development of reporting systems to ensure accurate, timely and informative reporting regarding job placement, and other related metrics.

Establishes strategic goals for the team.  Accomplishes department objectives by managing staff; planning and evaluating department activities.

Communicates job expectations; plans, monitors and appraises job results. Conducts timely performance evaluations and manages performance issues.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:      Bachelor’s Degree required.          

Experience:     Minimum 7 years related experience, preferably in journalism

Other Skills:    Demonstrable journalism networking abilities. Excellent research, written and oral communication skills required.  Database experience is important.   Must be highly detail oriented, with the ability to work independently and in teams. Must possess strong creative and problem-solving abilities.


Preferred Qualifications

Education:      Master’s Degree preferred.

Experience:     Additional experience in recruiting, personnel assessment and career development strongly preferred.

Other Skills:    Demonstrable understanding of news organizations in print, broadcast and digital media highly preferred.  Research experience; knowledge of digital frameworks; knowledge of news events and professional journalism training needs.

Other Requirements

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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