Associate Director – PHutures

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Job Req ID: 94158

Associate Director PHutures

Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students and postdoctoral fellows. Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design, the university has announced the creation of three new departments and several new initiatives and a mission that will ensure that every student and postdoctoral fellow will have the ability to pursue life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital.

We are seeking an Associate Director of PHutures who report to the Executive Director of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Design and will help develop a vision, strategy, and plan for enhancing the professional development, life design, alumni connections, employer engagement, and career and mentoring opportunities for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at Johns Hopkins University, with special attention to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.

  • The Associate Director will work collaboratively to develop programs, courses, events, content, and resources that enhance access to career education, experiences, and opportunities for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, particularly at the Homewood schools.
  • The Associate Director will work independently on projects and set their own deadlines and priorities, but can expect to meet regularly with the Executive Director to assess and evaluate priorities and set goals.

This position focuses on serving the unique needs of the doctoral and postdoctoral population by creating a cultural shift away from the transactional aspects of career services to taking a transformational approach focused on strategic planning, scalability, and equitable access to resources. To be successful, the Associate Director will achieve strong engagement and outcomes in the following areas: life design programming and education, experiential learning, employer engagement, alumni connections, and data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Strategy & Leadership

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director on a multi-year strategy for the development of the PHutures office, including but not limited to leading the fellows program within the office and overseeing core career education initiatives & curriculums.

Career Education

  • Research, design, and implement existing and emerging curricular opportunities that develop core competencies, establish career readiness, introduce career pathways, and provide career experiences for enrolled doctoral students.
  • Utilize innovative pedagogical techniques in curriculum design, classroom learning, and learning technologies to facilitate teaching and learning experiences.
  • Teach career education sessions on a variety of topics (e.g., resume and LinkedIn profile development, interviewing, and business writing.

Career Advising

  • While the emphasis is on scalability and access to resources, offer group and individual consultations for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows on identifying career paths, for example, developing a job search strategy, and effectively completing the employment application process.

Program Development

  • Collaborate with PHutures colleagues to spearhead new and innovative programmatic initiatives that develop professionally relevant skill sets for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Program Management

  • Oversee existing programs and opportunities that support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, including the annual “Empower Your Pitch competition” while providing opportunities for recognition across the JHU community, especially the Career Impact Award.

Stakeholder Cultivation

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including students, faculty members, staff members in student-serving offices, alumni, and professionals with doctorates in support of mutually beneficial goals and initiatives on behalf of the student and postdoc community.
  • Key stakeholders include, but are not limited to, academic departments, academic advising, life design lab, Hopkins Connect, Hire Hopkins, Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO), alumni relations, and International services.

Research & Thought Leadership

  • Research and compose internally- and externally-facing reports and essays that advance the conversation on doctoral and postdoctoral career development and support.

Data Analysis & Assessment

  • Develop and implement assessment plans for initiatives; identify relevant metrics and gather and analyze data accordingly.
  • Iterate on programming according to data-driven outcomes.

Web Development & Design

  • In collaboration with student staff members, oversee the development of a new and expanded PHutures web presence; streamline information and graphics into relevant web pages, write web copy, and identify and integrate appropriate web widgets.

Finance & Administration

  • Oversee and administer financial procedures for office, including budget development and analysis, corporate card management and reconciliation, and coordinating with relevant units to make purchase orders, disburse honoraria, and pay speaker fees.


  • Help promote PHutures events and resources to internal and external stakeholders through regular copywriting and ensuring high quality graphic design of advertising visuals; engage in social media, digital outlets, academic and professional journals, and professional associations to establish an exciting brand and tell the story.

Career Development Projects

  • Market and moderate regular professional development events on an ad-hoc/as-needed basis.


  • Design and implement other projects and tasks relevant to office needs and that support stakeholders on an as-needed basis.

The Ideal Candidate

  • The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working and flexible work arrangements. Our educators work within multiple offices and spaces on campus.
  • Rather than assigning office or desk spaces to our teams, we have modernized our approach and assigned laptops and cell phones and expect that our teams can work from anywhere for the purpose of scaling our impact across the institution.
  • In this role, candidates can expect to work in a hybrid environment. For this model to work, the ideal candidate must present excellent skills in relationship development and engaging audiences in groups and via social media and digital outlets such as Podcasts, YouTube, and LinkedIn & Twitter.
  • The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable leading programs and interventions with groups, and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once in a highly decentralized institution.
  • Our new vision is focused on scalability of resources and services and does not utilize a one-on-one appointment model. For this transformation to work, traditional one-on-one counseling and coaching services are taking a backseat to a culture of scalable programs and interventions.
  • Educators who thrive as counselors, advisors, and coaches and do not enjoy the intense focus on scalability and metrics may not be the best fit for this organization.
  • The ideal candidate is an effective user of social media and digital outlets to engage multiple audiences, strengthen individual and organizational brands, scale impact, and influence public opinion.
  • The ideal candidate is equity-driven and understands that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts are not boxes to check but rather interwoven into the fabric of our work within the institution.
  • The ideal candidate loves to experiment and is not afraid of big ideas or failure.
  • Candidates who are not comfortable with the utilization of social media in a professional environment may not be a good fit for this organization.
  • Candidates who are not comfortable managing different priorities and at the same time may not be a good fit for this organization
  • The ideal candidate for this position will hold a terminal degree and have experience working with terminal-degree students and postdoctoral fellows.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory)

  • Master’s Degree required.
  • Three (3) years recent direct experience within a higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting.
  • Five (5) years preferred.
  • Additional experience may substitute for education.
  • The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, knowledge of highly selective college or university settings and has familiarity with operations of the world of work and university networks.
  • Strong multicultural competency; experience and working knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
  • Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD preferred.
  • Experience in higher education from a research driven institution, including experience in building professional development and experiential learning programs that reach large audiences.
  • Experience managing multiple priorities at once and comfortable working with quick deadlines & priorities.
  • Experience in collaborating with various stakeholders to drive Diversity and Inclusion results.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • By way of experience evidence of ability to develop and execute programs, courses, events, and content to scale impact across various constituent groups.
  • By way of experience, evidence of ability to engage, teach, and energize various constituent groups.
  • Ability to translate doctoral and postdoctoral experiences to employment as evidenced by prior experience in either a government, non-profit, education, or private sector setting.
  • Demonstrated skill in fostering new institutional relationships, and marshaling professional networks with faculty, senior administrators, employers and alumni.
  • Experience in developing and implementing effective assessment methods and articulating strategic priorities.
  • Ability to demonstrate capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds to promote an inclusive campus and community culture. Manage change in a highly decentralized institution.
  • Be empathetic and exhibit kindness as a core value while creating and establishing connections with and for students and postdocs, including in interaction with campus partners.
  • Listen and communicate convincingly in written and verbal formats. Analyze information and situations and make independent judgments and decisions.
  • Proven leadership skills as demonstrated by active role in higher education, student organizations, committees or volunteer experience.
  • Sees value in effectively and creatively utilizing social media and digital applications such as Podcasts, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn & TikTok to increase engagement and create a visible brand.
  • Set priorities in a complex environment and work effectively under pressure while representing the institution’s perspective to external entities.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and manage a learning program based with intentionality and measurements for success.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, facilitate and lead workshops, meetings, and training experiences.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to utilize data visualization tools effectively.
  • Knowledge of Power BI, Tableau, R, and Python is a bonus.

Classified Title: Sr. IL & LD Officer

Working Title: Associate Director of PHutures

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: Homewood Campus

Department name: Integrative Learning and Life Design

Personnel area: University Student Services

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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