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Job Req ID:  57717

Assistant Director, Life Design

General Summary/Purpose:

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 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. Read more about this plan here.


Reporting to the Director of Life Design, the Assistant Director will develop a vision, strategy, and plan for enhancing the professional development, career advancement, life design, connections with alumni, employer engagement, experiential learning, and mentoring opportunities for students and alumni, with special attention to under-represented communities, especially first generation and limited income, in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) and the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. The Assistant Director will provide training and education to other life design educators and campus partners within KSAS or WSE to ensure that every student has the opportunity to pursue life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital. The Assistant Director will collaborate with life design educators and with senior leadership across the university to develop scalable programs and interventions that engage students in life design, experiential learning, alumni and employer connections, and skill development.


NOTE: Multiple positions available. These five positions align with specific academic departments and student portfolios.  Upon completion of this primary application, please read the individual position breakdowns and notify us of your preference(s) via our supplemental application. Learn more about the specific roles here.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop a vision, strategy, and plan that builds on the strategy of integrating life design, alumni connections, employer engagement, experiential learning, and mentoring into the academic and co-curricular learning experience for students and alumni.
  • Using the mindsets and methodologies of life design, develop and facilitate courses, workshops, programs, content, and digital resources to help students and alumni achieve their life ambitions.
  • Partner with faculty, alumni, and employers to increase mentoring, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students and alumni.
  • Manage a portfolio of industry employers by identifying, promoting and supporting creative recruitment opportunities on campus.
  • Customize offerings and approaches given unique needs of students and alumni based on areas of academic interests.
  • Scale efforts for a positive life design and professional development experience for all students and alumni, with special attention to under-represented and first generation and limited incoming communities.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with colleagues across units, including, but not limited to, academic departments, academic advising, life design lab, alumni relations, and international services.
  • Meet regularly with administrators at the university whose offices also provide career and life design as well as mentoring and employer engagement to encourage coordination and identify the intersections of programs and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with leaders of diversity and inclusion offices, Hire Hopkins, Hopkins Connect, PHutures, and career and life design offices to build and maintain a network of employers and mentors across varied careers who can attend courses, programs, and networking events.
  • Engage in social media, digital outlets, and academic and professional journals and associations to establish an exciting brand, tell the story, and serve as a thought leader at Johns Hopkins University and in higher education.
  • Other Duties as Assigned


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. 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.


  • 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. 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required.
  • 3 years of experience within a higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting.
  • By way of experience, evidence of ability to develop and execute programs, courses, events, and content to scale impact across various constituent groups.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to achieve individual and shared goals within a complex and decentralized institution.
  • Strong multicultural competency and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to achieve equitable and inclusive results.
  • Comfortable with technology and able to quickly learn and use a wide range of systems (Handshake, Salesforce, PeopleGrove), collaboration tools (Zoom, Teams, Miro, Monday), and instructional technologies (Blackboard, etc.)
  • Listen and communicate convincingly in written and verbal formats.
  • Complete our position specific Supplemental Application upon completion of the primary application here.



Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of highly selective college or university settings, and familiarity with operations of the world of work and university networks.
  • Experience in successfully designing and teaching/facilitating courses, workshops and/or trainings in both in person and online formats.
  • Experience creating content (video, digital, written) and utilizing social media for the purposes of engaging and educating diverse audiences, and influencing public opinion.
  • Knowledge of higher educational leadership and administration, higher education structure and governance and factors that affect decision making at private research institutions.
  • Ability to translate student 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.
  • Demonstrated skill in effective negotiation, building consensus and influencing institutional decisions.


Classified Title: IL & LD Officer 
Working Title: Assistant Director, Life Design 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001443-Life Design Lab 
Personnel area: Integrative Learning & Life Design


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


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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