Director of the Career Center

Director of the Career Center

Carleton College invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Career Center. The Director will lead the Career Center in empowering students and recent graduates to integrate and apply their liberal arts education toward succeeding in their career paths and living a meaningful life after Carleton.

Carleton College is one of the nation’s most prestigious and successful liberal arts colleges. Located in historic Northfield, Minnesota Carleton boasts an outstanding faculty, intelligent and engaged students, committed staff, and a passionate alumni body. The College is consistently listed among the top ten liberal arts colleges in various national surveys, including a number one ranking for undergraduate teaching.

Carleton’s Off-Campus Study programs and Center for Community and CivicEngagement (CCCE) create dynamic opportunities for students to learn with and from others in the local community and the wider world. In 2023, 70% of Carleton students participated in at least one study-abroad program and during the 2022-203 academic year, 67% of Carleton students participated in community service.

Under President Alison Byerly, Carleton has just completed a comprehensive strategic planning process. This plan, The Liberal Arts in Action, focuses on building an equitable community, advancing our understanding of the liberal arts, and expanding Carleton’s reach and impact is currently in the midst of being implemented. The Career Center features prominently in the IMPACT pillar of the plan and the next Director will have the opportunity to grow the Career Center in alignment with the exciting goals established by senior leadership and the community. 

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, the Director of the Career Center provides the strategic direction behind Carleton’s Career Center offerings and capabilities. Leading a staff of 10, the incoming Director will develop and build upon strategies to achieve measurable goals and outcomes around Career Center student engagement, satisfaction, employment surveys, and staff professional development. In addition, the Director will expand the engagement and utilization of alumni and parent volunteers. The Director will engage with a range of constituencies including students, faculty, prospective and existing employers, and a range of external partners. They will also partner with other offices and departments across the College to ensure that career readiness is integrated throughout the Carleton student experience.

Carleton is seeking a seasoned career services professional with strong management and operational leadership experience. The ideal candidate values the benefits of a liberal arts education and has a proven track record of strong student career successes. They will also possess exceptional analytical skills, both quantitatively and qualitatively, bringing an entrepreneurial, cutting-edge thought process to career services. An advanced degree is expected (master’s or doctoral).

This is a full-time position that will be performed on site in Northfield, MN. Salary commensurate with experience with a generous benefits package.

Additional information on the College and the search can be found at:

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Susan VanGilder, Global Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Education
Susan Kart, Senior Search Associate

For more information, please visit Carleton College’s home page at

Carleton College is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse group of faculty and staff and offers a comprehensive benefits package. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.