EACE 2018-2018 Board of Directors Elections

Director, Technology & Information Management Candidate

Amy Smith
Associate Director of Employer Relations, Hofstra University

1. Describe your interest in serving on the EACE Board in this capacity.

Since I joined EACE in August of 2014, I have witnessed the dedication with which the volunteers who move this association forward approach their work. As I continued to be involved with EACE through presentations, events, and leadership, it became more and more clear to me that I wanted to be one of those people that, after giving so much in their professional role, devotes even more of themselves to ensuring the professional development and growth of others in their field. The opportunity to serve as Director of Technology and Information Management pairs this desire to contribute and lead with my already strong and documented interest in how technology shapes our world.

2. What skills and experiences do you possess that have prepared you to be successful in this role?

For the past three years, I have served on the Technology Committee: a general member in 2015-16, I have served as co-chair since July 2016. My involvement in the Technology Committee has allowed me to help improve not only how EACE utilizes technology as an association, but how we can share technological innovations and advancements with each other. I have hosted multiple Twitter Chats on various topics, and have provided guidance and support to the Technology Committee as we both grow existing programs and develop new initiatives, most recently the Digital Champions program and EACE Professionals Facebook group. It is my prior experience and involvement with EACE and the leadership, support, and strategic skills that I have honed through my work with the Technology Committee that gives me the motivation and drive to continue serving in a greater Leadership capacity.

Outside of EACE, my role as Associate Director of External Relations at Hofstra University requires that I provide troubleshooting support to our employers, students, and staff on both Handshake and Symplicity. In coordinating logistics for our Career Fairs, I utilize technology heavily, from communication to marketing to the digitization of our venue floorplan. In the absence of my office having an dedicated Information Systems or Technology-related full-time role, I have taken on most support initiatives in our office on technological matters. Within Hofstra’s Division of Student Affairs, I have worked since early 2017 supporting a University-wide initiative implementing the EAB’s Student Success Collaborative software. I provided input on the use of the system, reported findings and suggested improvements to Student Affairs leadership, and led The Career Center’s transition to the software, coordinating administrative accounts for our team and creating training documents and videos that were eventually shared across the Division of Student Affairs. Now that Hofstra has spent a full semester on the software, I serve the Division on an interdepartmental workgroup that continues to explore ways to better leverage the software and its capabilities. Much of my interest in technology and how it impacts my work I owe to the Career Services Technology Meeting (CSTM), which I attended in both 2016 and 2017, and had the pleasure of both attending and serving on the planning committee for 2018. 

3. What ideas and/or goals do you have for this position?

In this role, I will strive to emphasize the importance of technology in how professionals in our field collaborate with each other. In my experience, I have seen much of what we as career services professionals and employer partners do that leverages technology and data live in silos; as a result, we walk away from conferences, meetings, and webinars with so much great information that we would love to implement that can tend to fall by the wayside once we return to our everyday responsibilities. By implementing new initiatives that build an atmosphere around technology that is inviting, educational, and accommodating, I want to see EACE further establish itself as an organization that champions technology as a resource to be owned collectively, where each member feels that it is their space to share what works for them – or reach out when something doesn’t. 

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