Associate Dean of Career and Student Success

Search Number: S22-017

Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

The Associate Dean of Career and Student Success provides innovative and strategic vision and leadership for a comprehensive, effective, and sustainable career development, experiential learning, and employment services program to serve students and graduates.  The Associate Dean is responsible for identifying and implementing creative and forward-thinking programs and initiatives that address evolving employment and educational trends; advancing the mission and strategic direction of the university; and, positively impacting university outcomes including recruitment, retention and placement. Additionally, the Associate Dean helps to lead the Division of Student Affairs to center a professional orientation contributing to the academic, professional, and personal success across all phases of the student experience.  The Associate Dean oversees Academic Advising Department and the Center for Academic Success and Accessibility Services (CASAS), integrating these programs and services with Career and Professional Development to more holistically support the persistence of students to degree completion.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, career counseling, human resources, business, or related field
  • Minimum of seven years’ full-time, progressive leadership in career development/services within higher education or related area
  • Strong working knowledge of career development theories, student development theory, adult development theory, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, career competencies, and job search techniques
  • Direct experience working successfully with diverse populations, demonstrating multicultural competence, and a commitment to working at a university with a mission for social justice and anti-racism
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills with the ability to deliver information in a clear, concise and articulate manner to multiple stakeholder groups
  • Proven leadership and management skills, particularly as they relate to advancing innovative practices, building strategic partnerships, and leveraging team capacity
  • Effective staff development and supervision. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in developing employer relations strategies
  • Professional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence necessary to work effectively with multiple stakeholder groups and navigate a complex environment
  • Experience setting and managing multiple priorities, meeting deadlines, and working cooperatively within a team environment
  • Knowledge of emerging technology, strong analytical skills, and in-depth understanding of best practices research in the field.

These qualifications may be waived for individuals with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Essential Functions

Provides leadership in all aspects of planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of a comprehensive career and professional development office with an emphasis on students’ personal exploration, skill development, and career readiness, as well as collaborative partnerships (internal and external) that foster meaningful learning experiences and provide greater access to employment after graduation .  

Supervises the directors of CASAS and Academic Advising to realize their departmental missions and create an integrated delivery of experiences and supports to enhance students likelihood to persist to graduation and optimize preparation for success in postgraduation endeavors. 

Leads the University strategic approach to realize a cohesive vision for post-graduation success.  Elevates the role of career readiness for all students, working collaboratively with academic deans and departments, campus employment supervisors and other stakeholders, to integrate career preparation throughout the student experience.

Serves as the University expert and thought leader on best practices in career services. Understands career needs reflective of the diverse backgrounds, experiences, social identities and areas of study of SCSU students, articulates and monitors emerging career and employment trends, identifies stakeholder and employment needs, and communicates appropriate changes in professions/industries to the campus community, as applicable.

Develops and monitors the department’s long-range strategic plan, using best practices and a strong commitment to internal and external data collection, analysis, and ongoing program evaluation.  Emphasizes effective use of data analysis to strategically position departmental priorities and resources to support of institutional and divisional priorities and ensure desired results and outcomes.  

Works with the Assistant Director to develop employer relations strategies that expand employer involvement with the university; sustains, broadens and/or deepens employer engagement with students; and, builds new employment pipelines for SCSU students.  Ensures an employer outreach strategy that identifies employers who share SCSU’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and embrace workplace inclusion practices.

Works with the Assistant Director to develop and manage a robust program to support part-time and full-time internships, cooperative education, and other experiential learning opportunities.  Partners with academic and advancement colleagues to increase access to these opportunities for all students, including a focus on funding support for unpaid internships and related experiences.

Collaborates with Alumni Relations to maximize opportunities for alumni involvement in students’ career development, preparation, and planning, as well as graduate school, professional, and career advising for alumni.

Optimizes the use of appropriate technology and databases to enhance communication, interactions and activities among students, alumni, and employers.  Manages the career services platform contract.

Provides leadership, supervision, training, evaluation, and professional development planning for departmental staff, including graduate and undergraduate student staff.

Plans, budgets and manages fiscal resources.  Leverages limited resources to optimize outcomes.

Serves as a member of the divisional leadership team, serves on campus committees, and represents the department as appropriate. 

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.

The salary range for this position begins at $125,000 per year. The final offer will be based on the candidate's experience and qualifications. 


For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Maria Vasquez at by May 31, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. 


Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.