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Assistant Provost for University Career Services
The George Washington University
Washingotn D.C.

June 13, 2012

 Job Description:

The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of the Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Building on the visionary promise of its namesake, George Washington University (GW) is an ambitious, forward looking institution committed to the values of diversity, service, and community. With ten schools and colleges on three campuses and additional graduate education centers, GW is becoming a major player in exploring new frontiers and developing the advancements that will shape the future. GW’s approximately 10,000 undergraduate and 14,000 graduate students are high achieving, entrepreneurial, and engaged, seeking outlets for their aspirations, passions, and talents within GW’s ultimate blend of classroom, campus, and city. Combining a strong academic focus, a commitment to interdisciplinary learning, and a high profile research faculty, George Washington University is graduating citizen-leaders not only for this nation, but for the world. Reporting to the Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, the Assistant Provost for University Career Services is responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction, and administrative and fiscal oversight for the central university career services center and for facilitating collaboration among other career services centers at the university to ensure high-quality service to and engagement of all relevant stakeholders, including undergraduate and graduate students, employers and other community partners, alumni, parents, and university leadership, staff, and faculty. A new position created as part of a multi-year, university-wide career services enhancement project, the Assistant Provost will develop and oversee the strategic vision and direction of the university’s centralized career service functions, including career development services for undergraduate and graduate student populations, employer development and relations, and student employment. The Assistant Provost will also facilitate collaboration and coordination among the university’s other career services centers as convener and chair of the Career Services Advisory Council, including coordination of efforts that emerge from the Council, such as shared technology, marketing and outreach, assessment, employer development and relations, and staff development. Furthermore, the Assistant Provost will cultivate and manage relationships with relevant key internal and external constituencies to ensure awareness of and responsiveness to career services-related needs and trends and the engagement of these constituencies in developing, delivering, and resourcing innovative approaches to career services at the university. More specifically, the Assistant Provost will develop, position, and supervise the central career services center’s leadership team as a collaborative, action-oriented, and forward-thinking vehicle for the effective delivery of high-quality career services in support of the mission and strategic priorities of the university and its schools. The Assistant Provost will provide supervision directly or indirectly for a team of 35-45 professional and administrative staff and undergraduate and graduate student employees associated with the central career center. The Assistant Provost may also provide additional project-specific supervision of Career Services Advisory Council committees and workgroups. The Assistant Provost will oversee the allocation of central university resources for career services, which are expected to grow over the next three years under the university’s commitment to the career services enhancement project. Additionally, the Assistant Provost will generate additional resources through fundraising, grant writing, and other activities and will develop and implement strategies for monitoring, evaluating, and improving services and their outcomes.


A master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, and ten years of relevant experience are required. The preferred candidate will have experience in higher education student affairs, counseling, human resources, business, or a related field with experience administering and delivering career services in a higher education or similar setting, or in relevant senior level leadership positions managing experienced professionals. The preferred candidate will demonstrate evidence of a clear vision for a comprehensive approach to career development and services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; a proven track record of developing and implementing strategic plans and achieving measurable results; and expertise in the objective analysis of complex information or problems to derive logical conclusions and provide a sound basis for establishing priorities and selecting appropriate courses of action. The preferred candidate will also have an ability to foster and sustain innovation, collaboration, shared decision-making, and strategic partnerships in a complex work environment; proven skills and ability to work with and lead teams of people in a matrix management environment; an ability to develop and sustain strong university-employer relations in the Washington area as well as nationally and internationally; and expertise in the effective design, development, delivery, and evaluation of innovative career and related student services that incorporate best practices and research and are responsive to the needs of the students, the university and its constituencies, and the overall higher education marketplace. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal, and relationship management skills; flexibility and adaptability; openness and transparency; diplomacy and political savvy; technological insight; multicultural competency; and, a passion for college students and their overall career development and experience.

How to Apply:

Review of applications begins July 13, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Tracy Tyree at If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call SJG at 413-529-2895. SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group GW – Assistant Provost for University Career Services Tracy M. Tyree, Search Consultant Visit the GW website at The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.


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