Official Job Title Executive Director of Academic and Career Advising
Position Number JR100894
Department Center for Academic and Career Advising and Development
Position Type Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Percent 100
Posting Type Staff
Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program) St. Norbert College (SNC), a nationally-ranked, private, Catholic, liberal arts college is seeking an Executive Director of Academic and Career Advising and Development (ED). This ED is a strategic leader who plays a pivotal role in enabling student development and success. SNC seeks to reimagine and align its advising and career services with best practices and will look to this key leader to enable that transformation. The ED reports to the chief academic officer.
Job Summary Collaborating closely with faculty, as well as with peer and senior administrators, and academic and career development staff, the ED provides vision, leadership, and positive energy to the SNC academic and career advising community, including all aspects of traditional undergraduate advising and career development from first-time enrollment through degree attainment. This leadership position encompasses planning, directing, coordinating, implementing, and assessing traditional undergraduate career development and academic advising services, including designing and overseeing innovative programs across the span student’s enrollment at SNC, including as examples, internships, on-campus employment, and other experiential learning opportunities including service learning. The ED will build and maintain a robust pool of external internship options and an extensive network of partnerships and relationships with employers (including alumni) in the region.ED functions include coordinating faculty and staff advisor efforts in addressing student academic scheduling needs and exploring and attaining students’ career goals; supporting retention initiatives including course and career advising, the training and oversight of advisors, as well as strategic leadership for career counselors who develop, implement, and evaluate recruiting systems, programs, and events that connect employers with SNC’s students, faculty, and alumni.

The ED also designs and oversees implementation of a holistic case management model to guide students throughout academic planning, career exploration and decision-making; academic progress monitoring and interventions; academic and learning support; and collaborates with academic and other departments to coordinate and evaluate programs, support services, and activities that underpin student success.

required Minimum Qualifications Education –     

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel or a related field required. Doctorate preferred.

Experience and Credentials –

  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience, demonstrating program planning, advising, career development or related experience, and higher education leadership experience.
  • Additional experience working in higher education preferred, including experience overseeing academic and career advising, student programming, new initiatives, partnership development and supervision of staff.
  • Strong skills in strategic planning, establishing priorities, working in a fast-paced environment, and meeting deadlines while leading change.
  • A strong record of demonstrated leadership in higher education, including working closely with faculty and professional staff to achieve goals and effect positive change.
  • Demonstrated competence in building and sustaining external partnerships that lead to positive internships and other employment opportunities for students.
  • Successful experience in selection, development, and supervision of professional staff members.
  • Demonstrated competence in assessment, as well in use of assessment results in making changes that improve service delivery and program availability for students.
  • Strong analytical, creative, critical thinking, project management, problem recognition and resolution skills, including the ability to interpret departmental data for effective planning.
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering a diverse campus environment or commitment to do so as an employee of St. Norbert College


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities –

  • Demonstrated ability to apply student development and leadership theory and higher education trends and best practices to create practical, outcomes-based advising and career services for undergraduate students at various levels of development.
  • Ability to articulate and promote a vision for change, inspire others to take part in the vision and guide them through the change process.
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty and staff colleagues.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of an integrated appreciative advising approach to academic and career advising and the use of intake and/or dual advising focused organizational structures to deliver services.
  • Knowledge of advising, careers, data use regarding support services, pre-enrollment programs, on-going learning assistance, and technology support.
  • Ability to interact professionally with coworkers and customers, particularly in conflict situations.
  • Ability to multitask, meet specific deadlines, and prioritize tasks and assignments.
  • Knowledge of computer programs (Microsoft Office, Google Apps) and ability to learn upgrades and new programs as needed.
  • Skilled at organizing events, programs, projects and seeing them through to completion.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make decisions in an expeditious manner.

The College may consider equivalent credentials, licensures, training, or experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

supervision exercised over:
Staff in Center for Academic and Career Advising and Development; collaborate with faculty directly engaged in advising work
Responsibilities Oversee integration of SNC’s career and academic advising efforts, moving toward a more blended academic and career advising model that bolsters equity and student success. Work collaboratively with a range of campus stakeholders to plan and implement holistic career and advising redesign. Establish strategic vision, goals, and metrics (Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)) aligned with the College strategic plan for the Center for Academic and Career Advising and Development in collaboration with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs. Provide strategic leadership and accountability for delivery of high-quality, high impact advising and career services, including academic planning; academic progress monitoring and interventions; degree progress guidance; career exploration and decision-making; external and internal partnership development; resource referral; internship and employment development. – 40%

Develop and maintain employer and divisional partnerships that result in a broad array of on and off-campus internship options for students. Enable job and internship placement and employer interaction with SNC students. Partner closely with internal and external stakeholders to inform the design of systems, structures and tools that support consistent and quality delivery of services for students, such as: technology platforms, high-impact practices, career and affinity-focused communities for various academic disciplines, job search strategies, workshops, job/internship fairs, continuous improvement practices, and other related services to support academic and career advising. – 30%

Exercise overall managerial responsibility for academic advising and career development center and staff, including program and policy and budget development, management, and oversight. – 10% Serve as primary liaison for undergraduate academic advising faculty and professional staff. Develop and implement training for professional and faculty advisors in conjunction with the Office of Faculty Development. – 10%

Serve as a key member of the various college committees and provide a strong influential presence within the Divisions of Academic, Enrollment, and Student Affairs regarding their involvement and influence in campus wide student success and retention initiatives. -10%

Perform additional duties as assigned and attend College required training. Regular attendance required. Work in a manner that is aware of personal safety and the safety of others and observe safety, health and sanitation codes, regulations, or practices required by the College or governmental authorities.

Application Instructions Apply online:
Application Deadline 5/5/2023
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Yes
If Continuous, Initial Review Date 5/5/2023
Contact name Mindy Leiterman
Contact email

The application can be accessed here.