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Career Development Center Director Search

Buffalo State College invites applications for its next director of the Career Development Center. The college is seeking a dynamic, creative, and well-rounded leader looking to take the next step in their career services experience. If you are ready to provide innovative leadership to a team of strong career development professionals and help advance the college's urban-engaged mission along with national, regional, and local employers, this position is one that you should consider. The Career Development Center Director will assume office July 1, 2020.

Search Prospectus (PDF)


Three candidates for the position of director of the Career Development Center will participate in virtual open forums on the following dates. The names of the candidates will be released two days before their scheduled visits, along with a Qualtrics link that Buffalo State community members may use to receive an invitation to the candidates’ sessions, which will be conducted via Zoom.

Each candidate will present on the topic of “innovative approaches to career development that would specifically support the success of diverse, first-generation students at Buffalo State College” to the campus community on the following days:

Denise Harris
Tuesday, April 7
1:00–1:50 p.m.

Sign up for Ms. Harris' Open Forum here.

Denise Harris Survey

Katherine Marshall
Wednesday, April 8
1:00–1:50 p.m.

Sign up for Ms. Marshall's Open Forum here.

Katherine Marshall Survey


Maureen Huber

Thursday, April 9

1:00–1:50 p.m.

Sign up for Ms. Huber's Open Forum here.

Maureen Huber Survey

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Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the director of the Career Development Center is responsible for providing guidance and vision for career development on the campus, supervising and administering the operations and staff of the Career Development Center, and serving to provide leadership for contemporary employer engagement and high-impact practices that support students at all educational levels.

The director is also responsible for administering state, IFR (fee-based) budgets, maintaining and developing annual and ongoing assessment plans, serving as a key spokesperson for career-related topics, as well as maintaining policies and procedures as it relates to their unit. Key relationships for this individual include academic affairs administrators (assistant provost, department chairs, internship coordinators, deans), institutional advancement (corporate relations), enrollment management (admissions), the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Student Affairs Leadership Team.

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• Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs Administration or related field.

• Progressively increasing leadership responsibilities in higher education.

• Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

• Experience with administration of career development programs and staff supervision. 


• Experience working with diverse students in a higher education environment.

• National involvement with professional organization(s) related to career development.

• Budget, assessment, and planning experience.

• Experience with campus/employer relations.

• Demonstrated leadership of innovative practices and/or strategic thinking.

• Familiarity with urban and anchor institutions' efforts.

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Application Process

Candidates should visit and electronically submit the following  materials:

  • Letter of interest that speaks directly to the applicant’s required and preferred qualifications.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • In a 1-2 page statement, describe your philosophy of career development and the role you envision playing in the success of diverse, first-generation students at Buffalo State College.
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for three references. References will be contacted only for finalists. Candidates will be given prior notification. 

Deadline: For full consideration, materials must be submitted by  February 25, 2020

Search Committee

Laura Rao, Director, Civic and Community Engagement

Amy Wilson, Chair and Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration

Professional Staff Representatives
Philip Badaszewski, Assistant Dean, Residence Life

Mary-Jo Jagard, Director,  Alumni Engagement Office

Nigel Marriner, Registrar, Registrar's Office

Lynn Rogers, Senior Career Counselor, Career Development Center

Stanley Simmons, Say Yes Coordinator, Academic Success

Faculty Representatives 
Julie Henry, Chair and Professor, Elementary Education, Literacy, Educational Leadership

Brent Patterson, Associate Professor, Art and Design Department

Student Representative
Gaelle Jean-Baptiste, President, United Students  Government

Community Representative
Laura Tyrrell, Claim Finance and Field Shared Services, Travelers Insurance

Administrative Support
Amanda Marzolf, Office Assistant, Information Technology, VP Office


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