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Executive Coach - Washington DC
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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business, one of the world's leading business schools, seeks a Career Center Executive Coach, Professional Degree Programs to join its Career Development Center team, leading best in class career support for students in Darden’s degree programs for working professionals.  With strong momentum in the residential MBA and professional MBA formats and recent innovations and industry-leading results, the Managing Director joins Darden at an exciting time.  Darden is ranked the #1 MBA education experience in the United States for nine years in a row by the Economist magazine.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Executive Coach plays a critical role in Darden's success as we continue to build our Career Center presence for our working professional degree programs, including Executive MBA, Part-Time MBA, and MS in Business Analytics.  
This role is based at Darden’s Sands Family Grounds in Rosslyn, VA, our state-of-the-art facility with expansive views of the capital region and contemporary classrooms, offices, and event space.  

Each year hundreds of global organizations, large and small, engage Darden.  Last year, Darden partnered with over 150 companies across all major industries, functions, and geographies – top sectors include consulting, financial services, government, and technology, and top geographies include northern Virginia, the Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic.  The center’s employer engagement team supports employers with recruiting activities in our Charlottesville and Washington DC/Rosslyn, VA facilities.  Darden’s employer engagement model offers businesses the opportunities to hire our purpose-driven students, support our world-renowned faculty, and interact with our innovative programs through partnerships designed to advance their missions and goals. 

Partnering with the Managing Director and team, this position has the unique opportunity to build a comprehensive approach to career development programming and resources and deep and meaningful connections with our Professional Degree students in three distinct programs.  These programs feature a convenient hybrid structure of in-person and online coursework that allows students to earn the Darden MBA or a UVA Master of Science degree while advancing their careers. 
  • The EMBA program is 21 months in length, offers classes on weekends and weeknights, and is designed for professionals with 5 to 25 plus years of work experience.  The cohort size for EMBA is approximately 140 students per class year (280 students at any one time). 
  • The Part-Time MBA offers flexibility in program length, ranging from 28 to 48 months, operates classes on weeknights, and is designed for professionals with 2 to 15 years of work experience.  The Part-time MBA cohort size is expected to be 70 students per class year when launched in the Fall of 2022, scaling to 200+ students at any time based on expected program growth. 
  • In partnership with UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce, the Master of Science in Business Analytics program is a 12-month program focused on essential and emerging data analysis techniques within a business context.  The program’s current enrollment is just over 50 students. 

The Executive Coach works across Career Center functions to achieve results, including with career coaches in Charlottesville/remote, employer relations, and career education/innovation.  The role also collaborates with Senior Directors who have coaching expertise in the following sectors to provide coaching and engagement for professional degree students: consulting, general management / operations, marketing, investment banking, financial services, technology, and specialized careers.

In addition to the Professional Degrees team, the position works closely with other Darden departments, the team supporting Washington DC Initiatives, Alumni/Engagement, the Batten Institute, Mayo Center for Asset Management, Center for Global Initiatives, and the Institute for Business in Society, among others, to cultivate and develop relationships in support of student engagement and success. 

A successful Executive Coach invests time understanding the needs of the students and strategically connecting and supporting them.  Support includes Darden’s career education programs, one-on-one career advising and alumni interaction.  This role has in-depth understanding of job leads, postings, applications, interviews, and offers.  This position also develops opportunities on processes, connections, and outcomes related to executive networking or professional advancement. 

Given the academic and co-curricular schedules of professional degree students, periodic weeknight and weekend hours are necessary.  Occasional travel to Charlottesville is required. 

Familiarity with one or more of the following professional organizations – MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA), MBA Career Services for Working Professional (CSWP) and Executive MBA Council (EMBAC) – is helpful. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Coach professional degree graduate business students on their purpose (career path definition and skills assessment), pathway (resources and options), presence (resume writing, networking, interviewing, offer-related decisions), and other aspects of an MBA job search.
  • Engages stakeholders to source opportunities and support professional degree students. 
  • Develops and facilitates programs, presentations, and events.  Advises student organizations regarding career activities.  Innovates on new ways to support professional degree students. 
  • Creates and promotes resources that educate, prepare, and motivate professional degree job seekers.
  • Manages and records career coaching and outcome data in career management systems and produces related reports, analytics, insights, and recommendations.
  • Improves quality of career outcomes for professional degree job seekers as measured by timely employment and compensation realized by candidates.  Makes the Darden Career Center best in class among the top business schools for professional degree students. 
  • Collaborates, partners, and builds productive relationships with Career Center and other student services team members and individuals across the Darden Enterprise. 
  • Models and nurtures extraordinary service levels with an emphasis on responsiveness to and support of professional degree students. 

This is an Exempt level, benefited position.  For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits. 

This position will remain open until filled.   The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. 

To Apply: 
Please apply through Workday, and search for R0034740. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.   Complete an application online with the following documents:
  • CV
  • Cover letter
Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission.  

Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.
For questions about the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at alc6dk@virignia.edu.

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/.

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Position: Executive Coach - Washington DC
Organization: University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Location: Charlotttesville,  VA 
United States
Salary: Competitive
Posting Start Date: 4/11/2022
Date Posted: 4/11/2022
Requirements Education and Professional Experience:
  • Master’s degree required.  Master of Business Administration (MBA) from a leading business school or terminal degree strongly preferred.
  • At least seven years of experience is required; experience with MBA hiring processes and with coaching individuals is preferred. 
  • Ability to collaborate across teams, analyze resources, and make data driven decisions.
  • Impact and results orientation; gets things done both individually and through others.  Attention to detail, ability to follow through on commitments.
  • Proven ability to develop productive long-term relationships with faculty, staff, professional degree students, and outside stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in their work and successfully partner with, engage and support professionals from diverse backgrounds.
  • High level of emotional intelligence, empathy, integrity, responsiveness, and collaborative ability.
  • Strong communicator, both written and verbal.
  • Career coaching credential or certification (complete or in progress) preferred. 
  • Willing to work flexibly according to professional degree student & employer schedules. 
  • A seasoned business professional who is familiar with global business trends and issues.
  • Proficiency with LinkedIn preferred. 
  • Analytical and technical skills, with experience in a CRM-based function.  Experience with career management systems (GradLeaders, 12Twenty or VMock) preferred; if not, apparent analytical ability to learn it. 
  • Belief in the mission of the Darden School and passion for the University of Virginia.
To Apply: 
Please apply through Workday, and search for R0034740. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.   Complete an application online with the following documents:
  • CV
  • Cover letter
Status: This listing expires on: 6/10/2022
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University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Charlotttesville,  VA 22901
United States
(248) 361-2867
Jeff McNish