Director of Hopkins Connects

Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD4.0

General Summary/Purpose:
Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students and postdoctoral fellows. Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural vice provost for integrative learning and life design, the university has announced the creation of three new departments and several new initiatives and mission that will ensure that every student and postdoctoral fellow will have the ability to pursue life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital. Read more about this plan here.

With a dual reporting line to the Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design and the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, the Director of Hopkins Connect will develop a vision, strategy, and plan for enhancing the professional development, career advancement, life design, connections, employer engagement, and career and mentoring opportunities for all alumni at Johns Hopkins University. The Director will develop and oversee a university wide mentoring program that connects all students and alumni with select mentors who have expertise, experience, and access to networks. The Director will collaborate with senior leadership across the university to develop mentoring programs, engagement of alumni experts in academic and experiential learning, and identification and development of individuals who can support students and alumni in their pursuit of life aspirations and endeavors.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Develop a vision, strategy, and plan that builds on the strategy of integrating life design, alumni connections, employer engagement, experiential learning, and mentoring into the academic and co-curricular learning experience for students and professional life for alumni.
Plan and execute courses, workshops, programs, content, and digital resources to help alumni achieve their life ambitions.
Engage with faculty, alumni, and employers to increase mentoring, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students and alumni.
Cultivate and strengthen relationships with colleagues across units, including, but not limited to, academic departments, academic advising, life design lab, alumni relations, and international services.
Recommend and develop tools and resources for faculty to enhance their mentoring experience of students and alumni.
Customize offerings and approaches given unique needs of students and alumni based on areas of academic interests.
Recommend the purchase and implementation of technical resources for students and alumni across all JHU departments, schools and programs including vendor negotiation, installation of technology, and staff/student training.
Hire, train, supervise, and motivate a team of life design educators to scale efforts for a positive life design and professional development experience for all students and alumni.
Develop strategic relationships with key academic leaders (deans, vice deans, program directors, faculty, etc.) to facilitate continuous needs assessment and the effective implementation of life design and professional development for students and alumni.
Meet regularly with administrators at the university whose offices also provide career and life design as well as mentoring and employer engagement to encourage coordination and identify the intersections of programs and initiatives.
Collaborate with leaders of Hire Hopkins, PHutures, and career and life design offices to build and maintain a network of employers and mentors across varied careers who can attend courses, programs, and networking events.
Coordinate with the office of institutional research to collect, analyze, and report outcomes data relative to students and alumni having a satisfactory experience and achieving their life ambitions.
Engage in social media, digital outlets, and academic and professional journals and associations to establish an exciting brand, tell the story, and serve as a thought leader at Johns Hopkins University and in higher education.

The Ideal Candidate (very important)

The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working and flexible work arrangements. Our educators work within multiple offices and spaces on campus. Rather than assigning office or desk spaces to our teams, we have modernized our approach and assigned laptops and cell phones and expect that our teams can work from anywhere for the purpose of scaling our impact across the institution. For this model to work, the ideal candidate must present excellent skills in relationship development and engaging audiences in groups and via social media and digital outlets.

The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable leading programs and interventions with groups, and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once. Our new vision is focused on scalability of resources and services and does not utilize a one-on-one appointment model. For this transformation to work, traditional one-on-one counseling and coaching services are taking a backseat to a culture of scalable programs and interventions. Educators who thrive as counselors, advisors, and coaches and do not enjoy the intense focus on scalability and metrics may not be the best fit for this organization.

The ideal candidate is an effective user of social media and digital outlets to engage multiple audiences, strengthen individual and organizational brand, scale impact, and influence public opinion. Candidates who are not comfortable with the utilization of social media in a professional environment may not be a good fit for this organization.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Master’s degree required.
5 years recent direct experience within a higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting. Additional experience may substitute for education.
The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, knowledge of highly selective college or university settings and has familiarity with operations of the world of work and university networks.
Strong multicultural competency; extensive experience and working knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Preferred Qualifications:
JHU alumni with relevant experience are highly encouraged to apply.
Thought leadership in a related area is highly desirable.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
By way of experience, evidence of ability to develop and execute programs, courses, events, and content to scale impact across various constituent groups.
By way of experience, evidence of ability to engage, teach, and energize various constituent groups.
Knowledge of higher educational leadership and administration, higher education structure and governance and factors that affect decision making at private research institutions.
Understanding of nationally recognized practices, trends, and procedures for university career and life design, especially the unique needs of students and alumni.
Ability to translate student experiences to employment as evidenced by prior experience in either a government, non-profit, education, or private sector setting.
Demonstrated skill in fostering new institutional relationships, and marshaling professional networks with faculty, senior administrators, employers and alumni.
Experience in developing and implementing effective assessment methods and articulating strategic priorities.
Ability to provide energetic leadership, with ability to develop and execute a vision, and effectively manage, supervise, and develop staff.
Ability to demonstrate capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds to promote an inclusive campus and community culture.
Demonstrated skill in effective negotiation, building consensus and influencing institutional decisions.
Be influential and manage change in a highly decentralized institution.
Analyze information and situations and make independent judgments and decisions.
Listen and communicate convincingly in written and verbal formats.
Effectively and creatively utilize social media to increase engagement and influence public opinion.
Manage and delegate workload and work flow under the pressure of deadlines.
Set priorities in a complex environment and represent the institution’s perspective to external entities.

Classified Title: Associate Director IL & LD
Working Title: Director of Hopkins Connects
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Mon to Fri 8:30am - 5pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: University Wide

Personnel area: Integrative Learning & Life Design

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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