Career Services Manager

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 22002861

Tippie College of Business is seeking a Career Services Manager who is responsible for overseeing career services processes and policies for the suite of Graduate Management Programs: on-campus/full-time masters (Master of Finance and Master of Business Analytics), Professional MBA, Online MBA, and Business Analytics – part-time programs with the guidance of the Director of Tippie Career Services. The manager oversees career coaching collaborations across programs to ensure a coordinated career services strategy. Additionally, coordinates with the Strategic Partnerships team to execute corporate outreach strategy and building partnerships for the college.

With management oversight for a team of career services professionals, the manager leads the team to develop and implement career services procedures; create, execute, and assess career coaching plans, provide a range of tools, resources, and programming. The manager will benchmark, identify, and coordinate systems needed to connect our students with career opportunities, connections, and professional development resources. 

The manager works collaboratively with multiple units within the Tippie College of Business and is responsible for contributing to a culture in which our core values (impact, innovation, and integrity) are at the forefront of all activities. The manager must embrace and support new approaches and continuous improvement to drive results, lead a culture of optimism, collaboration, and proactive problem-solving. 

Specific Job Duties and Tasks

  • Responsible for the day-to-day activities and guidance of their team members in coordination with the Director of Career Services. Sets goals, implements guidelines, and assists with any issues the employees may have.
  • Supervise, train, and guide team, responsible for annual performance reviews and provide professional development opportunities to support growth and career advancement.
  • Supervises and provides coaching, feedback, and development assistance to Iowa students through the life cycle of the program. This includes individual coaching sessions to develop and continually refine a realistic job strategy work plan for both internship and full-time employment or professional development; monitoring student’s progress against career goals and guiding in the achievement of those goals.
  • Provides advice and support in developing and implementing activities to support the career development process (e.g., company visits, expand Iowa brand presence, regular programming, and access to recruiting and hiring professionals).
  • Identify, recruit, and manage strong working relationships with corporate recruiters in partnership with Strategic Partnerships team.
  • Understand and effectively communicate individual company hiring needs and desired student profiles to hiring organizations.
  • Analyzes program and outcomes data to understand needs, trends, hiring behaviors of prospective employers and target markets to enhance the student experience and create program opportunities.
  • Utilizes historical outcomes data and activity to create future strategic and tactical plans for the team.

Education Requirement

  • Master’s degree in business administration, education, or other related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience (typically one to three years) in recruiting and/or career coaching and placement; assertive approach to the placement process including actively sourcing opportunities, ongoing outreach to new and existing employers, and providing direct referrals into organizations on behalf of students.
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge and ability to: 
    • effectively communicate verbally and in writing and interact with a diverse set of constituencies, including the ability to develop and deliver formal and informal presentations to audiences of all kinds
    • establish and build strong working relationships with corporate/employers, students, colleagues, and vendors
    • form and manage effective teams by cooperating on tasks, assisting others when needed, and communicating openly
    • analyze situations fully and accurately and reach productive decisions utilizing a variety of decision-making approaches including consultative, command, and/or consensus
    • work effectively under pressure and in certain cases with a high degree of ambiguity
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge and ability to: 
    • create and manage complex budgets
    • Identify and execute on business process improvement initiatives, techniques, and approaches to drive results and lead a culture of optimism, collaboration and proactive problem-solving
    • Ability to travel, as well as a valid driver’s license and ability to meet and maintain UI Fleet Safety Standards

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience managing a professional team
  • 5+ years professional experience
  • Knowledge of graduate level hiring
  • Knowledge of and working proficiency Microsoft Office, Qualtrics, and LinkedIn
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with Career Services systems including Handshake, CRM and/or database tools

For questions, contact Jade Rogers at

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Job Benefits:


  • Regular salaried position. Located in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans.
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Application Instructions:

Application Details
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check. 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Job ID: 81100

Posted 13 days ago

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