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  • Directors, Assistant Directors Have Most Experience Among Career Center Staff

    May 04, 2016 | By NACE Staff

    Organizational Structure
    Career center staff members sit at a table.

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

    Among career center professional staff, directors have the most experience, according to results of NACE’s 2015-16 Career Services Benchmark Survey.

    Directors have an average of 16 years of experience, followed by associate directors with 12. (See Figure 1.) Technology coordinators—with an average of 10 years of experience—are the only other career center professional staff with experience of 10 years or more.

    Data for NACE’s 2015-16 Career Services Benchmark Survey Report for Colleges and Universities were collected from September 14, 2015, to December 23, 2015, from NACE member institutions; there were 842 respondents, representing 42.9 percent of all eligible respondents. Highlights from the survey are available on NACEWeb. Participating career centers receive a complimentary copy of the survey results (see MyNACE > Research Reports).

    Figure 1: Average years of experience of professional staff members, overall

    Position Percentile 25 Mean Median Percentile 75
    Director 10 16 15 21
    Associate Director 7 12 10 15
    Assistant Director 4 8 7 10
    Career Counselor 2 6 5 8
    Career Information Coordinator 2 8 4 14
    Internship Coordinator 2 7 5 9
    Marketing Coordinator 2 6 4 6
    Employer Relations Coordinator 2 7 5 10
    Technology Coordinator 4 10 8 15
    Source: 2015-16 Career Services Benchmark Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers