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Oregon Career Information System (CIS) Director - Archive
Oregon Career Information System

Posting: 12228
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-03-03

POSITION TITLE:  Oregon Career Information System (CIS) Director
FTE:  1.0
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:  Officer of Administration, renewable fixed term appointment
ANNUAL BASE RATE:  $60,000 to 90,000
STARTING DATE:  March 1, 2013

The Oregon Career Information System (Oregon CIS) is seeking a creative, human-centered manager, an energetic problem solver, and a passionate leader to direct Oregon’s provider of quality career information and services, oversee its research and development agenda, and provide state and national field leadership.  Oregon CIS is a consortium of state and local agencies devoted to developing and disseminating current, state-based career information in Oregon.  Administered by the University of Oregon as an outreach center within the College of Education, Oregon CIS maintains a network of linkages with data-producing agencies, education service districts, school districts, community colleges, and about 650 user sites throughout the state.  With funds from consortium members, Oregon CIS maintains a staff at the University of Oregon to research and evaluate career planning tools and career information; produce research-based career planning information and products; develop and manage computerized delivery systems and other products; offer training, consultation, and support to organizations engaged in career development and educational planning; and provide field leadership in the state and nationally.


The Oregon CIS Director oversees an established, self-supporting program that delivers products and services critical to career planners, educators, and workforce development professionals in Oregon. Oversight of Oregon CIS products and priorities and maintenance of this valued and sustainable organization involve a broad spectrum of activities.

  • Management activities involve strategic planning and goal setting, budget development and management, staff supervision, personnel management, and support to the Oregon CIS Board.
  • Research and development activities involve envisioning, creating, and implementing solutions to a rich diversity of career issues and problems that Oregon communities experience, and expanding the CIS knowledge base.
  • Field leadership includes working with other state leaders in education and workforce arenas, professional association participation, and sharing of CIS knowledge base to a broad and increasingly diverse constituency through presentations about CIS, its program and services, and its research activities.
  • Service activities to the consortium members include training on career development and educational planning, instruction in the use of CIS products, consultation on integrating CIS into classroom and counseling curricula and career-development programs, and promotion of career development and the use of CIS products and services.  Service also involves the development of materials for classroom and individual use, the evaluation and revision of CIS products and services, and communication with consortium members through the organization’s website, mailing lists, newsletters, and direct correspondence.


Education:  Master’s degree or higher in a related field (for example, counseling, career development, education, business, public administration, information technology).

Experience:  At least 5 years of professional experience that qualifies the person to manage a major educational program with state-wide impact, including experience with all phases of program management and knowledge of the principles and practices of budgeting.

Technical Skills and Knowledge: High level of sophistication with Windows and ability to use Microsoft Office software for communications and reporting is essential.  Understanding of Web 2.0 and database design in order to collaborate with programmers and others to develop applications is critical. Knowledge of or ability to learn HTML and Macromedia Dreamweaver is important to carrying out many routine activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Visionary approach to building organizations and products.  Able to see both short-term and long-term opportunities and directions while focusing on customer or end-user needs.
  2. Ability to understand and work with diverse interest groups within partner organizations and the wider community.  Understanding of the interplay between public policy, research and theory, trends, and technology that affect the delivery of CIS.
  3. Proven ability in fostering cooperation and sharing vision.  Ability to engage national, state, and local career education leaders.
  4. Experience and skills in working with and supporting a board of directors or other type of policy or advisory group including providing orientation for new members, planning meetings, and maintaining records.
  5. Conceptual understanding and successful experience in career development, education, and workforce programs.  Understanding of the career development and counseling processes by which people acquire and use career information.  Familiarity with counseling, career development, career technical education programs, and administrative practices of schools, colleges, and social agencies in Oregon. Understanding of state and federal initiatives in school improvement and workforce development.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.  Active listener who responds to the concerns of others.  Effective presenter to large and small groups and to individuals.  The ability to set up training equipment and exhibits for training and field leadership duties.
  7. Understanding of accurate, current information and industry standards of quality. Demonstrated commitment to quality customer services.  Personal integrity and attention to detail in own work.
  8. Experience in leading complex projects from inception to conclusion and incorporating the final products into ongoing service delivery.  Ability to organize daily activities of self and staff to meet program requirements and timelines.  Ability to work as part of a team, both as leader and team member.  Ability to coordinate one's own activities with others and to maintain productive relationships with other agencies and organizations.
  9. Ability to travel extensively around the state.
  10. Experience that demonstrates an ability to direct a multi-disciplinary outreach and research center and its staff within a university environment.


To apply, send the following electronically: A cover letter addressing your interests, qualifications, and match to the position description; responses to the supplemental questions, a current vita or resume, and the names and contact information for three (3) references.  Have the three (3) letters of recommendation, one (1) from a current or most recent supervisor, sent separately and electronically. Materials should clearly indicate to the search committee that you meet the minimum qualifications.  Electronic submissions are preferred.

Supplemental Questions(Please use no more than one page per question.)

  1. Relationships with stakeholders, partners, and staff:  Name three behaviors or personal attributes that are critical in initiating and maintaining positive relationships with those you work with.  Explain how these have helped you build relationships in the past.
  2. Working with the board: The Oregon CIS Board is a policy group with members representing consortium institutions and affiliated interest groups.  What would be your process for preparing information and communicating with the board on a regular basis as well as on a critical policy issue?
  3. Oregon initiatives: The career development tools in CIS support Oregon school initiatives and workforce development.  Provide one idea for a CIS development that would enhance support of an Oregon career-related initiative.
  4. Leadership style: How would you characterize your leadership style? Give an example of how you used your leadership style in solving an important problem.
  5. Vision: Where do you see Oregon CIS in three to five years? How would you develop a strategic plan to achieve that vision?

To ensure consideration, applications should be received by or postmarked by 5:00 p.m., August 17, 2012, but the position will remain open until filled.

Submit materials as a .pdf, .doc or .docx attachment to:
(Please write “Oregon CIS Director Search” in the e-mail subject field.)
Or mail to:
Oregon CIS Director Search Committee
c/o Michael Ruell
1244 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1244

Position is subject to a criminal background check.

The UO is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We seek candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to the University of Oregon’s diverse community.