Bowling Green State University is a nationally ranked public university committed to redefining student success in a high-achieving, innovative environment. In 2021, Forbes ranked BGSU as the No. 3 midsize employer in the United States, highlighting the University’s commitment to its faculty and staff. Serving as the core of the University’s academic community, more than 800 full-time faculty members are engaged in teaching, research and creative activities, with over 2,000 full-time staff members to support the operations and education of over 20,000 students.

Job Details
Assistant Vice President/Executive Director for Career Design and Connections
Career Counseling and Placement
BGSU Main Campus
Ends at 11:59 pm Bowling Green, OH local time


The founding Assistant Vice President and Executive Director will lead the Michael and Sara Kuhlin Hub for Career Design and Connections. The newly endowed Hub brings together career services, internship and co-op support, student employment, pre-professional programming, and non-credit professional development programming that create interactions and connections between students, alumni, employers, and organizations to generate opportunities for students to attain their academic, career and postgraduate objectives.

  • Manage and oversee Career, Professional Development and Connections, which consist of a team responsible for building upon BGSU partnership and alumni connections to develop opportunities for employment for BGSU students. Hire and develop content expert "Connectors" to guide students in their career goals to achieve the jobs they want while also interacting with employers.
  • Provide leadership and set strategy for the Career Center that is responsible for career fairs and recruiting events, career programming and individualized career advising; develops and builds a Career Design plan and framework that allows students to align their academic and co-curricular experiences to reach their career goals; and provides oversight of technology tools and platforms utilized by students in their career discernment and search.
  • Develop a robust plan to capture and share BGSU's first destination career outcomes (career, and graduate and professional school placement) broadly with campus stakeholders to include Vice Presidents and Deans.
  • Increase the Career Design and Connections visibility and create strategies that increase inclusive participation by diverse populations and organizations to achieve individual and organizational success.
  • Manage and oversee Student Employment Services, for both work-study and non-work study student positions and all graduate assistantships across both academic and operational units; develop and implement strategies to ensure Student Employment Services supports students' on-campus employment in areas that align with a student's career interests.
  • Grow the employer portfolio to expand opportunities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally that are available for BGSU graduates.
  • Develop a strong partnership with the Center for College and Life Design (CCLD) to align with BGSU's strategic plan, Forward; develop strategies in collaboration with the executive director of CCLD to incorporate programming, activities and student engagement strategies into College and Life Design; collaborate with the CCLD executive director and academic leaders to analyze labor market demographics and career and occupational trends, as appropriate, to ensure educational programs remain relevant for today's society.
  • Leverage design thinking knowledge and strategies to institute appropriate tools and metrics to track student engagement, retention, and persistence for those students engaged in the Centers for College and Life Design and Career Design and Connections; responsible for increasing the university's post-graduation success outcomes in terms of first destination careers and graduate and professional school placements and career readiness competencies.
  • Collaborate with undergraduate and graduate admissions offices to support new student yield and facilitate matriculation to BGSU; collaborate with appropriate partners to support retention.
  • Work with the Vice President of University Advancement to leverage the nearly 195,000 alumni to connect, engage and support BGSU students.
  • Collaborate with college deans, other university administrators, faculty, and staff to provide strategies to improve career services for students in all majors and link these students to opportunities for employment and careers; work collaboratively with the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate and Professional Programs to increase graduate students' use of Career Design and Connections and increase employment rates.
  • Launch a comprehensive professional development initiative and lead efforts to offer innovative, micro credentials, certificates, and professional development for students, alumni, and working professionals to leverage degrees, experience and training to optimize career opportunities


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. Degree must be conferred at the time of application


Required experience:

  • Five years of leadership experience in higher education and/or corporate/external talent operations

Preferred experience:

  • Seven years of supervision experience
  • Experience with a framework and strategies involving career design, life design and innovation




Full-time administrative staff position available. Administrative grade level 362. Salary to commensurate with education and experience. Full benefits package available.




Bowling Green State University provides a comprehensive benefit program as part of a total compensation package. This includes medical, prescription, dental, vision, health accounts (medical & dependent), life & disability insurance, retirement plans, employee assistance program and tuition fee waivers for employees and their eligible dependents as well as paid time off, holidays and parental leave. For more information please visit   Benefits-at-a-Glance.pdf (bgsu.edu)


Bowling Green State University has contracted with The Career Leadership Collective, a consulting, research, and executive search firm for university career centers, to assist with this search. More information can be found at: https://www.careerleadershipcollective.com/bgsu

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of concepts, or experience with, design thinking practices


Full Time
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