Assistant Director for Career Engagement

Hart Career Center

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is an independent, residential, liberal arts institution with roughly 1,700 students. Nestled between three metropolitan areas (Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis), the Bloomington-Normal community is home to four institutions of higher education, numerous eateries, activities, and civic engagement opportunities.  Through the promotion and affirmation of diversity in all its forms, IWU creates a campus environment where students, faculty and staff will engage people from different backgrounds and encounter a plurality of experiences.


The Assistant Director for Career Engagement supports students through the development and promotion of internships and other forms of experiential learning.  They are responsible for the management of a centralized internship program serving all majors.  The position involves direct student advising.  



  • Internship program administration and development; administer and expand the IWU Internship Program for all academic terms; establish a working relationship with local and regional organizations and businesses to develop new internship opportunities; coordinate application procedures; develop appropriate training and evaluation measures for ensuring program accountability and quality.
  • Career counseling; advise IWU students on the career experiences stage; present seminars and outreach programs covering a variety of career-related topics; help interpret career assessments used to assist students in the career development process.
  • Career engagement; develop additional career engagement opportunities; strengthen existing job shadow program by increasing database of participants; explore opportunities for new ways to promote and engage students in job shadows, informational interviewing and alumni networking. 
  • Seminars and outreach programming; connect with Gateway instructors and other faculty to present to classes.
  • Grant administration; develop and submit annual grant proposal for the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Grant through IBHE; manage, administer and track grant funds and monthly intern payroll; cultivate and maintain relationships with community grant partners; comply with grant requirements by submitting quarterly and final reports, and coordinating annual audit of grant financial records.



  • Bachelor’s required, Master’s degree preferred; work experience may substitute if it relates to the responsibilities of the position.
  • Three years’ experience, particularly in career development practices, recruiting and program administration.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Local travel is occasionally required. 


Application Information:

Please download the application at  Feel free to also include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  In addition to the aforementioned materials, applicants should provide a one-page statement describing their understanding of inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to contribute to the IWU commitment of building a diverse and inclusive environment.  


Review of complete applicant materials will begin immediately and the position is open until filled.  


Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701 

Fax:  309-556-1710 (please use cover sheet)


The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.  Per the Governor's August 26, 2021 Executive Order regarding COVID-19 vaccination, personnel in the higher education setting will need to either provide proof of vaccination, or apply for a medical/disability or religious exemption. All those not fully vaccinated will be required to participate in weekly COVID testing on our campus.


Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at