EACE 2018-2018 Board of Directors Elections

Director, Professional Development Candidate

Jennifer Grauso
Director of Career Development Programs, St. John’s University

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

As an active participant with EACE for more than 4 years, I am extremely excited to continue to grow within the organization.  I believe in the mission of the association and the professional development of its members.  Personally, I am always looking for new ways to learn and grow in order to best serve my students and my University.  I can bring this passion for growth and development to the role of Director, Professional Development ensuring all members continue to have access to incredible opportunities.  It is important to find professional development opportunities internally and externally.  The idea of creating and planning events for the EACE membership is motivating.  Making sure we offer our members helpful resources, tools, programs, and opportunities to assist with their individual professional growth. 

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

Currently, I oversee the creation, implementation, and review of more than 240 events per year.  I am a certified meeting and event planner.  I track, analyze, and report on event data ensuring our programming is meeting the needs of our audience and I implement strategies to improve future planning.  Staying current with the trends is essential.  I research and benchmark programming strategies with other institutions and employer partners making thoughtful suggestions throughout the year.   I am always looking for new ways to utilize technology and have brought several new platforms to campus based on research, demos, and suggestions made to supervision.  For example, we began using CF Plus as our career fair guide app to eliminate paper and make the employer listing accessible to students prior to the fair.  We also now use Big Interview to pre-screen and interview students for our high priority programs, saving the interviewer time and giving the students a virtual way to interview and be considered for a program they might have missed due to the time constraints of an on-campus interview.  Additionally, I supervise, provide guidance, and motivate a team of 10 professionals. 

I am extremely passionate about professional development.  Within my institution I have completed several certification programs through our Human Resources department.  I volunteer for programs and take on work outside of my department to gain exposure, continue to learn, and brand myself on campus; these include becoming a pre-health advisor, a member of the university conduct board, and an adjunct faculty member.  Throughout my career I have strategically worked for and received six professional promotions.  In addition to becoming a leader on campus, I also have experience with external associations.  I served as the Director of Programs for MNYCCPOA (a college career planning association), I have been a member of the EACE Road Trips to the Real World committee since 2015, and I am the current President of the BIG EAST Career Consortium.  Outside of positions held, I am a member of the NACE Leadership Advancement Program 2017-2018 cohort, have presented at EACE and NACE conferences, received an award for Best Practices in Career Development from MNYCCPOA, and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.   Networking, professional development, and career growth are at the core of everything I believe in as a higher education administrator.  

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

While it is important to look forward, it is also important to be aware of the past.  I will start by understanding fully what the current and past professional development offerings from EACE have been; I will assess and evaluate what is working and determine where the areas for improvement may be.  It is important to survey the membership and discover new professional development opportunities of interest to the group. Benchmarking with other associations and professionals will also be necessary to ensure EACE stays at the forefront of programming. 

One specific example of something we may wish to implement is to create meet-ups or virtual ways for our membership to connect and learn from each other by position or function.  Perhaps all Employer Relations Directors from various institutions want to ask a quick question or bounce an idea off of each other. If we had our membership sorted by function, if we had list serves, or if we facilitated a way for them to have the opportunity to meet once a month they would be able to utilize each other’s experiences.

This is one very specific example.  However, it would be my main goal to serve the best interests and needs of the EACE membership to the best of my ability while upholding the incredible status of the association.  

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