Associate Director – Citizen-Leader Track

Virginia Tech

The Associate Director will report to the Director of the Citizen-Leader Track, who provides overall leadership and oversight to the full-time program.

The Virginia Tech 1,200-member Corps of Cadets offers student cadets invaluable opportunities for superior leadership training and individual and career development. Virginia Tech is the first land-grant university in the nation to combine the leader development curriculum of a Corps experience with academic coursework in leadership to award a minor in leadership studies. The Corps of Cadets was established in 1872.

Within the VTCC, the Citizen-Leader Track presents a structured program, similar in organization to the ROTC programs, to best prepare its cadets for post-graduation lives of service. Formally established in 2001, this track now comprises approximately 20 percent of the Corps’ cadet strength, roughly 200 cadets. These hard-working, dedicated cadets have diverse academic majors and career aspirations, and see the value of developing their leadership skills in order to pursue lives of service in business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Cadets in the Citizen-Leader Track live side-by-side and graduate with the same structured professional development experiences as their classmates destined for the armed forces. This structure is supplemented with additional academic and experiential opportunities unique to the Citizen-Leader Track, under the tutelage of the director and associate director. Much like ROTC cadets belong to military organizational structures mirroring their chosen service, Citizen-Leader Track cadets are assigned to what’s known in the Corps as “VPI Battalion,” with its own cadet chain of command. Within this structure, cadets practice leadership, followership, manage service projects, and develop the soft skills sought by employers today. And like ROTC, VPI cadets also participate in regular wellness and physical fitness activities, which leads to life-long wellness habits.

Citizen-Leader Track curriculum is continually upgraded and improved to meet the needs of its cadets. The Associate Director advises two year-groups of the four in the Corps, instructs multiple sections of classes each week, and assists in the mentoring and oversight of a professional lab and two fitness sessions each week. Cadets benefit from expert presentations on résumé writing, job searching, interviewing techniques, and other skills to help cadets launch their careers. Classes also delve into ethical leadership, team-building, professional networking, public speaking, financial planning, project management, and the college-to-career transition among other topics. Successful Tech alumni frequently return as speakers and panelists to share their life experiences and discuss how the Corps increased their value to their organizations.

Working with various partners, the Corps connects to organizations interested in recruiting cadets for internships and post-graduation employment. Many businesses and government agencies send representatives to campus to speak to Citizen-Leader Track cadets about the benefits of joining their team.

A primary focus of the position is employer outreach and cadet professional development, along with advising cadet organizations such as, but not exclusive to, the cadet medic staff, honor court staff, and the cadet honor organization, “Sash and Sabre.” In addition, this position will assist with oversight of the annual Regimental Platoon Tactical Challenge and work with a variety of cadet groups to coordinate this event for 1200 cadets. This position will require an innovative, high-energy professional. The incumbent can expect high contact time with cadets and must therefore be approachable. Competitive candidates will appreciate and embrace the dynamic daily environment, and take pride in potentially being part of an organization steeped in the traditions of character, service, and excellence.

– Assists the Deputy Commandant for the Citizen-Leader Track in all aspects of organizing, planning, executing, and marketing this unique leader development program.
– Develops and oversees employer outreach and employer relations initiatives to support the recruiting and hiring of cadets for internships and post-graduation employment.
– Establishes, grows, and sustains a network of employers across a range of sectors, where there is a mutual recruitment interest between the organization and cadets. Related activities might include: organizing corporate partnership options, participative sessions, and branding events; establishing and maintaining regular communications; soliciting employer feedback on areas like cadet performance in internships and jobs, or curriculum enhancement suggestions.
– Connects cadets to employers and employers to cadets, acting as a talent advocate for Citizen-Leader Track cadets. Understands supply and demand dynamics. Develops and maintains management systems and practices to support these efforts.
– Assists with developing, teaching, and evaluating weekly accredited professional development courses for Citizen-Leader Track cadets that prepare them for post-graduate roles of responsibility.
– Serves as staff advisor to a variety of cadet organizations such as Medic Staff, Honor Staff, and Sash and Sabre.
-Markets the Citizen-Leader Track to various audiences by various means, to include web-based applications, materials, and public presentations.
– Coordinates parallel efforts with the Rice Center for Leader Development and VTCC Alumni, Inc.
– Coordinates with the alumni director to develop and maintain an alumni outreach/feedback/networking program for the purpose of cadet career development.
– Oversees and/or participates in cadet-led physical fitness activities and health and wellness education.
– Assists with event planning, such as receptions, conferences, field trips, and guest speakers.
– Assists with development and implementation of VTCC global education initiatives.

– Advises cadets on individual career goals and plans. Guides student development in skills required for success as leaders and professionals; academic success, cultural awareness, self-responsibility, and social interaction. Provides appropriate counseling and referral for individual students when needed.
– Collaborates with the Commandant and other VTCC staff members to establish and implement short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans; program development, implementation, and evaluation; policy review and development; and operating procedures. Monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness; affects changes required for improvement.
– Ensures compliance with state and university policies in department operations. Develops and supports diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness.
– Serves as Departmental Liaison to various on-campus and off-campus organizations.
– Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

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