Student Affairs - Executive Director, Smith Career Center

Bradley University seeks applications for its next Executive Director of the Smith Career Center, a key position influential to the fulfillment of its mission and vision.  The Executive Director provides the Center’s strategic leadership and direction, including the identification and pursuit of prospective employers and maintaining relationships with current employers. The Executive Director also leads all career services provided to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and employers. Further, the Executive Director should be active in national discussions on trends in employer recruitment, career planning, job search strategies, and hiring.  Consistent with Bradley University’s history of innovation, the Executive Director will provide the vision and expertise to expand creatively upon an already successful program of services and support.  The Executive Director will report to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Executive Director leads a talented team of eight professional staff supported by five administrative staff, six student peer advisors, and consults with an employer advisory board. Annually, the Smith Career Center hosts seven career fairs with more than 600 participating organizations. Bradley University students complete about 1,100 internships annually. 2012 graduates were hired by approximately 500 different employers in 32 states and 5 countries; 97 percent of them used the services of the Smith Career Center.

A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of leadership experience in career counseling, career services, student affairs, human resources, or a related field is required.  A Master’s degree and seven or more years of related experience are preferred.  The successful candidate should have a proven track record of progressive responsibility within career and employer development.  Candidates should have outstanding skills of imagination, communication, planning, leading a complex organization, and relationship building with constituencies.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, current resume, and contact information for three professional references to  Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1897, Bradley University is a distinctive, medium-size comprehensive, private institution of higher learning.  The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois.  With approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 800 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with over 130 programs in five colleges, including the traditional liberal arts and sciences as well as programs in communications, business, engineering, education and the health sciences plus a graduate school) and the quality, personal attention and challenge of a small private college.  With over 60,000 alumni, Bradley is rich in tradition and full of promise to become one of the nation’s best comprehensive universities.  Visit to learn more about the University.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.  Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.