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Pratt Institute
  • Position Number: 4619072
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Position Type: Career Counseling and Placement

Director, Center for Career and Professional Development (71101)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute gives the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Institute is committed to ensuring students have access to internship opportunities and that they graduate with the knowledge and skills that will lead them to employment.

The Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) provides strategic leadership supporting students and alumni throughout their career development with a focus on increasing experiential learning and employment opportunities. The Director will build upon and sustain Pratt's strong employer partnerships to enhance institutional relationships and create recruitment pathways for students and alumni. The Director must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, creative arts and design, and a strong knowledge of National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards for professional ethical practice in career services and recruiting.

In addition, the Director will be responsible for driving structural change in CCPD and implementing the recommendations of a CCPD external review with a focus on creating a new vision for the office. This new vision must address current and future trends for students and alumni in the creative fields and include strong internal and external partnerships with academic units, Student Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and alumni to create a career ecosystem. This visionary leader must use data to inform decision-making and develop innovative events, programs, and resources that connect students and alumni to employers and integrate career engagement across the Institute.


Strategic Partnerships
  • Maintains high-level relationships with the provost's office, and academic departments and works closely with department chairs, deans, and the office of institutional advancement to collaborate on industry mentoring, studio visits, and internships.
  • Coordinates communication with faculty to ensure the CCPD is meeting unique academic department needs.
  • Establishes recruiting relationships with local, national, and international firms and studios.
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the institution, students and alumni, and employers on a state, regional, national, and international scale.
  • Expands employer engagement and tracks social capital programs with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to support neuro-diverse, first-generation, and BIPOC students and alumni.
  • Builds and sustains beyond-the-gates relationships and collaborates with senior leadership and alumni to identify new employer contacts that increase experiential learning and employment opportunities.
  • In collaboration with Institutional Advancement leads an employer advisory board of "career champions" to collaborate and promote Pratt students and alumni for experiential learning and full-time employment opportunities.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Institutional Advancement to leverage alumni to connect with and support students.
  • Presents, serves and represents the institution in various professional organizations including, but not limited to, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICA, Artists Thrive Network, National Career Development Association (NCDA), National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) and regional affiliates which provide broad opportunities for experiential learning and job development activities in the creative fields.

Strategic Planning and Operations
  • Leads the daily CCPD operations and staffing for a current team of six employees.
  • Provides strategic direction including the development of a five-year CCPD strategic plan and goals based on changing economics and industry trends, workforce development and institutional outcomes.
  • Oversees international student and DEI pipelines and builds internal and external relationships to achieve high-impact practices for student and alumni career success.
  • Manages the CCPD budget and expenditures and provides fiscal planning.
  • Partners with institutional advancement in developing initiatives that support experiential learning.
  • Develops and provides professional development opportunities for all staff levels.
  • Collaborates with the CCPD staff to expand campus partnerships and recruitment, informational sessions, portfolio events, and interviewing processes.

Career Coaching and Workshop Supervision
  • Supervises content and case management for staff and integrates industry trends into appointments and workshops.
  • Provides guidance on best practices for students (neurodiverse) and alumni (in transition) with a focus on career success, retention, and well-being.
  • Designs innovative career coaching curricula to meet the diverse needs of students and alumni.
  • Conducts and designs training workshops, presentations, and seminars for students, faculty, employers and alumni groups on trends in the creative fields.
  • Maintains monthly office hours for faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Data and Curriculum Alignment
  • Uses data to drive strategy and decision making with an emphasis on student and alumni career success, and shares data on use of services with IA and success office.
  • Monitors, analyzes and evaluates the current scope of services and data collection methods.
  • Reviews assessments including the First Destination, BLS Career Outlooks, Georgetown Center for Education and Workforce Development and SNAAP data briefs.
  • Tracks and shares CCPD data and usage contacts for services with appropriate departments that lead to alleviating barriers for student success, well-being, persistence and retention.
  • Oversees first destination survey collection, review and communication in collaboration with campus partners.
  • Provides timely first destination career outcome data to academic departments and key stakeholders that supports institutional decision making.
  • Manages the recruitment platform, Handshake, to track event registration, experiential learning and employment postings and user engagement.
  • Creates a career ecosystem at Pratt that supports curriculum reviews with academic departments to align career competencies with course objectives.
  • Analyzes labor market demographics and career and occupational trends with a focus on creative professions and utilizes information to deliver data informed events, programs and resources.
  • Completes CCPD engagement and participation reports.

Salary range $95,000 - $115,000


Required Masters degree in Higher Education, Human Resources, Arts, Arts Administration Management, Leadership or related area of work.


A minimum of 7-10 years of combined higher education, human resources, or corporate experience with a preference for applicants working in career services, creative arts, student success, or a related field. Experience in supervision of a professional staffing is required.

Special Requirements:
  • Skilled in strategic planning, assessment, budgeting, team development, and relationship building.
  • Experience as a senior level arts/design leader, educator, administrator and/or practitioner with demonstrated success in advancing organizational growth and change through a process that engages staff and stakeholders.
  • Understanding of data storytelling and narrating a vision to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Commitment to the goals and responsibilities of the centralized career services concept.
  • Nationwide professional contacts in both the
  • Demonstrated understanding of and proficiency with current career services technology, assessment and related software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to understand and communicate the needs of employer partners to inform professional development and skill-building initiatives on campus.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Effective organizational and management skills.
  • university and creative employment sectors.
  • Creative and innovative mindset for pursuing an effective strategy that serves an ever-evolving student and employer population.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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