Lawrence University seeks a creative and collaborative career services leader to serve as its next Riaz Waraich Dean for the Career Center & Center for Community Engagement and Social Change. The expected start date is June/July 2022. This is an on-site and in-person role.
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University (Lawrence) offers its 1,500 students a quality of education that stands out among its peers. The combination of a nationally ranked liberal arts institution and a first-tier conservatory of music ensures that students benefit from challenging academics and quality arts education in a vibrant, welcoming, and supportive residential campus setting. Lawrence has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the nation at 8:1, and 60 percent of its courses offer one-on-one teaching. This provides intensive faculty engagement that opens minds and changes lives. Small classes and a four-year residential requirement create a close-knit community where students live, study, and thrive in a climate of shared discovery and enrichment. Lawrence was selected for inclusion in the book Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College—engaged learning, the development of multiple interests, and community outreach are central to the Laurentian experience.
Lawrence is the second institution in America to be founded as a coeducational college, and diversity, equity, and inclusion remain among its core values. Current students come from 43 states and 34 countries, and 28 percent of the student body are domestic students of color. Together, the entire University is working to build an equity-minded campus culture and an antiracist community. The University also supports extensive programs of off-campus study and community internships. Specialty opportunities include The London Centre, an academic study abroad program for Lawrence University sophomores, juniors, and seniors who wish to live and study in downtown London, and community events at the 425-acre Björklunden campus on Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin.
Reporting to the vice president of student life and a member of their senior leadership team, the Riaz Waraich Dean for the Career Center & Center for Community Engagement and Social Change (dean) is charged with providing strategic and visionary leadership to advance the career preparation and success of all students and recent alumni through programs and services that build and strengthen professional networks and confidence necessary for success and impact in post-graduation pursuits.
Employing a deeply collaborative and data-appreciative leadership style, the dean will incorporate current and emergent best practices into the office’s programs and services. This senior leader will intentionally link academic and career advising, grow and strengthen relationships with employers, and improve undergraduate preparation for graduate and professional schools. Additional responsibilities include: enhancing student engagement with the office, beginning in their first year; designing and implementing a comprehensive four-year model of student career readiness and engagement; facilitating continuous improvement and ensuring that the office remains responsive to diverse student interests and evolving market trends; increasing internship opportunities and resources to support students’ career preparation and professional aspirations; optimizing available technology for communication and delivery of services and resources; and implementing effective data collection, analysis, and reporting systems that demonstrate outcomes and inform strategic resource allocation and direction.
The successful candidate will lead a talented team focused on delivering responsive and equity-focused programs that leverage individual talents, innovative ideas, and collaboration with employers, the Appleton community, and campus partners in academic affairs, student life, advancement, alumni engagement, and admissions. The dean will be a hands-on leader, actively engaged in the strategic and tactical operations of the center while supervising and supporting the talents of eight professional staff members. The dean oversees an operating budget of approximately $90,000, and an additional $250,000 in funding for student experiential learning.
This position is an exceptional opportunity for a forward-looking and energetic leader with a record of success in fostering new institutional relationships, marshaling professional and volunteer networks, staff supervision and development, budget management, and strategic planning. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate facility with developing effective assessment methods, engaging faculty and administrative colleagues to support and advise students, articulating strategic priorities, and a capacity and appetite for fundraising.
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) and at least five years of progressive leadership experience in career services for undergraduate students, alumni, and employers. Candidates with experience in corporate university relations, human resources, alumni affairs, institutional advancement, and professional services are equally welcome.
The search committee particularly invites applications from candidates with extensive experience in understanding and addressing the interests and needs of broadly diverse populations, including a record of success in creating a more inclusive campus by further diversifying the staff and demonstrating experience with successful diversity-related initiatives.
Application and Nomination
Lawrence University has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be forwarded to Michel R. Frendian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
COVID Vaccination Requirement
Employment, or continuation thereof, at Lawrence is contingent upon being fully COVID-19 vaccinated (unless a medical/religious exemption is received); proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required before the start of employment.
Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and the viewpoints and approaches that a diverse community represents. The University strongly encourages candidates who can contribute to diversity at Lawrence to apply.