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Career ConneXions Program Director

Posted: 05/01/2022

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Position is a full-time position with benefits reporting to the Vice President for Advancement

Career ConneXions Program Director Role
Over the past 5 years, the Career ConneXions program has become a flagship component of a St. X High School education. We are leading in Cincinnati and the nation at providing a career development program with experiential opportunities ‘Beyond the Classroom’. Alumni, parents, students, and community stakeholders are energized by this program, and recognize it fills a gap in our student’s needed education to prepare them well for life after high school. Other Cincinnati schools recognize the opportunity, and are beginning to copy the program design partially (e.g. Indian Hill, Mason, Lakota, CPS, etc.).

Program Mission Statement: Connect Alumni, parents and friends with St. Xavier students to contribute in their journey as Men for Others by inspiring and educating on fields of study, industry, and career planning.

St. Xavier Vision Statement: At St. Xavier High School, a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, we are committed to being the rigorous college preparatory school in greater Cincinnati where exceptional boys from diverse backgrounds transform into academically accomplished men for others who are prepared to discern and successfully carry out God’s plan for their lives and to serve as leaders in our rapidly changing world.

Program Strategic Goals:
     - Ensure program’s long-term success by maximizing the advantage it provides for St. Xavier High School across the broad spectrum of stakeholders:
  •  Deliver programming and tools for students to clarify career and college goals
  •  Enhance and develop skills that will help students thrive in college and life after St. X
  •  Serve as a differentiator for St. X admissions
  •  Strengthen alumni engagement goals
  •  Improve corporate and community partnerships
  •  Increase parent involvement and support
     - Continue explosive growth and program innovation to be recognized as a market leader in the experiential learning space.

Program Director Role Description (Full-Time with benefits):
  • Own all program leadership activities (Steering Team, Program Goals, Master Event Schedule, Status Reports, Engagement with school leadership, parent and volunteer community, student body, etc.)
  • Recruit Alumni and Parent involvement to cover all program needs including a robust Steering Team.
  • Lead marketing efforts with school marketing department (social, emails, text, announcements, newsletters, principal’s weekly, student and parent-facing event communication).
  • Lead student and parent engagement activities (e.g. Club Fair, Open House, Class Night) to maintain program awareness at 90% and program attendance/participation levels (per program goals).
  • Lead student steering team – identify and develop leaders among students.
  • Lead program operations (Speakers, Job Shadow, Mentoring, Internship, Education) with help from part- time resources
  • Analyze program evaluation data to adjust programming and develop targeted communications
  • Develop strategic partnerships with companies and alumni to avoid ‘re-recruiting’ each year
  • Develop strategic partnerships with local consortiums (e.g. NextUp, I Build Ohio, GC STEM collaborative) and universities to develop ‘bridging’ content and enhance program plans
Skills required:
  • Operates at a strategic level with administration, school board, alumni, faculty, parents, and strategic partner companies and universities.
  • Ability to influence and promote program goals within school stakeholders: Board, Faculty, Advancement department, Counseling departments, etc.
  • Passionate about student development and the role of experiential learning
  • Represents the ‘face of St. X’ extremely well
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • HR background or hiring and people management preferred
  • Data management skills – strong MSTools/Googleforms/CANVA/Contant Contact a plus
  • Ability to connect well with students, parents, and alumni
  • Be available for program events midday and occasional evenings

Applications will be accepted through May 29, 2022
Please have the following key information at the ready: resume, cover letter, three references.  The application process will take between 5 - 15 minutes to complete with your key information.

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