Director of the Dual Career Program
Job ID: R0028906 | Project Management | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia Office of Faculty Affairs seeks to hire a Director of the Dual Career Program (DCP) reporting to the Provost's Office. The Dual Career Program helps faculty retention and recruitment by assisting faculty spouses and partners in furthering their professional and career goals. The DCP Director responsibilities include:
  • Offering workshops as well as confidential individual consultations with current and prospective faculty partners/spouses to determine their career interests, provide support in the preparation of strong application materials and targeted search strategies, and assist with interview preparation.
  • Establishing contacts with internal and community partners to assist spouses/partners in securing employment in the Charlottesville area.
  • Partnering with UVA schools and departments to identify opportunities within UVA and, where necessary, build partnerships to ensure funding.
  • Managing a significant dual-career budget to assist in internal placements.
  • Tracking and reporting on program activities and results.
  • Helping with other faculty affairs tasks as needed during faculty hiring slow periods.

As such, the DCP Director is an integral part of the Provost Office's efforts to build and maintain a diverse, successful and committed faculty. The DCP Director will report to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

Education and professional experience:
  • Bachelor's degree and at least 4 years of experience required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.

Preferred qualifications include a combination of:
  • Experience leading a program or initiative/leadership experience and strategic planning.
  • Knowledge of the Charlottesville area and strong local connections.
  • Experience building area networks to support local job seekers.
  • Background in human resources, career counseling, recruitment and/or project management.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

Interpersonal Skills
  • Ability to collaborate and coordinate with a diverse group, including current and prospective faculty and their spouses/partners, Human Resources, School administrators, members of University leadership, and other stakeholders.
  • Discretion in managing confidential matters.
  • Tact and sensitivity to address difficult situations, often involving highly accomplished professionals.
  • Ability to lead and manage complex negotiations across hierarchical structures.
  • Service-oriented personality and companionate disposition.

Presentation and Event Planning Skills
  • Strong presentation skills. Willingness to coordinate and present at virtual and in-person events designed to support faculty recruitment, families transitioning to the area, and Dual Career participants seeking job search strategies.
  • Awareness of best practices in dual-career programs nationwide and ability to foster relationships with peer institutions.

Data Collection & Analysis and Technical Skills
  • Ability to use data to determine trends, opportunities for improvement, and resource allocation.
  • Intermediate Excel and/or Smartsheet, Qualtrics and Microsoft Office suite, including MS Teams.

We are interested in reviewing candidates with a broad range and combination of experiences, education and qualifications. We strongly encourage individuals from varied backgrounds who are interested in the position to apply.

This position will remain open until filled. This is an exempt-level, benefited position. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at alc6dk@virginia.edu.


COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.


Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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